Oh boy…

Let’s get all of the negative stuff out of the way.

We know that A-Rod did not live up to his monster contract and that New York openly wanted to get rid of him.  We know that he took a lot of performance enhancing drugs.  We know that he was not a great and well liked teammate.  We know that he was not as productive in the post season as he was in the regular season.  We also know that many of you don’t like him.

We also know that this is still one of the best players of all-time and that when we decided to do these lists we would leave the dollars out of it.  We will save that for another list.

Even with a team as decorated as the New York Yankees have been, Rodriguez put up some very impressive statistics while playing there that can’t be ignored.  As a Yankee, he was a two time MVP and won three Slugging Titles and two Home Run Titles.  He would collect 351 Home Runs with 1,580 Hits.  While the post season criticism of A-Rod does have merit, he had a great 2009 playoff and helped the Yanks win the World Series in 2009.  Statistically, he can’t be ignored and this spot is earned, though we won’t blame you if you tell us why this is wrong.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop, Third Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the Texas Rangers with Cash for Alfonso Soriano and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Joaquin Arias) 4/23/04
  • Departed: Released 8/13/16.
  • Games Played: 1509
  • Notable Statistics: 1,012 Runs Scored
    1,580 Hits
    263 Doubles
    9 Triples
    351 Home Runs
    1,096 RBI
    152 Stolen Bases
    .283/.378/.523 Slash Line
    54.2 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (2009)
    All Star Game (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2011)
    MVP (2005 & 2007)
    Silver Slugger (2005, 2007 & 2008)
    Hank Aaron Award (2007)
    Babe Ruth Award (2009)
    Highest WAR for a Position Player (2005 & 2007)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (2005, 2007 & 2008)
    Highest OPS (2005 & 2007)
    Most Runs Scored (2005 & 2007)
    Most Total Bases (2007)
    Most Home Runs (2005 & 2007)
    Most Runs Batted In (2007)
    Highest Power/Speed (2004 & 2007)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2007)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Third Baseman (2008)
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