Would it surprise you to find out that, by at least one measure, Alex Rodriguez is one of the best postseason hitters of his generation?
Because of his reputation for choking, people are often stunned to find out that A-Rod has a career 1.033 OPS in ALCS and World Series play. Almost all of his struggles at the plate have come in the ALDS, which is an important part of the postseason but not normally the place where legends are made.
But Alex Rodriguez is different, as his entire career seems to be defined by struggles that have obscured one of the great careers that baseball has ever seen.
Much like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football before Lucy pulls it away, people always seem to be moving the bar for greatness so it is just out of A-Rod’s reach.
Miguel Cabrera is an artist with a baseball bat. He paints pictures with his batting stroke, much like his name sake the famous artist /painter Miguel Mateo Maldonado y Cabrera did with his paint brush. Miguel Mateo the painter, (1695-1768) was recognized as the greatest in all of New Spain, which today is Mexico. One Cabrera with a brush and one Cabrera with a baseball bat, both men painted in strokes of greatness. Until someone comes along to take the Triple Crown Miguel Cabrera is the greatest hitter in baseball. Carl Yastrzemski had the great honor of being the last Triple Crown winner since 1967, 45 years ago. This fact alone makes Miguel Cabrera’s achievement a Mount Everest experience. There are only a few who can claim the Triple Crown in Major League Baseball’s history.
The only thing more frustrating than being a Jets fan last Sunday was being an American.
As excruciating as it was to watch the Jets return to preseason form and completely ignore the end zone, it was worse to watch the American golfers slowly sink (unlike their putts), one after another, on their “home” course at Medinah.
As far as I’m concerned, Davis Love III is as good a coach as the team has had. Any coach who can work the two-day foursome matches to get his team a four-point lead heading into singles has to be applauded.
At that point it’s up to the individuals. After all, golf is an individual game. And the bottom line is, when the pressure was on, the Americans simply didn’t come through. Whether it was Jim Furyk’s putter or Phil Michelson’s normally reliable short game, the Americans didn’t hit the clutch shots while their European opponents nailed one after another.
Washington Nationals News: Pitching Rotation Is Nats Strength But Ryan Zimmerman Puts Extra Charge In Offense
3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN
Considering the Nationals have the NL’s likely Cy Young winner on board with lefty Gio Gonzalez, this may seem a strange pick. But the gut just says go with the team’s best player … and Zimmerman is just that, and has been one of the game’s better players for quite some time.
Since breaking into the big in 2005, the third baseman has provided a great glove and consistently put up solid numbers, and at times can rattle off some spectacular ones over stretches. Injuries have been his main setback in becoming a star, but he’s healthy now and finds himself given the perfect stage to let the rest of the country know just what he can do.
In 578 at-bats during the regular season, Zimmerman hit .282, banged out 25 homers, knocked in 95 runs and scored 93. He struggled the first three months, but, again, once healthy, he took off in July, August and September as Washington quickly evolved from a nice story to arguably the best team in baseball en route to winning 98 games – the most in the majors.