I’ve been specifically asked (nay, instructed) to write a post today about A-Rod.
The problem is, there’s not much to say. Yes, A-Rod is having a fantastic start to this season. This isn’t surprising (nor should it be). He’s an amazing baseball player, he always has been. I’ve never contended otherwise (except to suggest that despite his statistics, in instances when there is increased pressure, he does not perform as well).
So let me re-iterate: A-Rod is great. He’s a great baseball player with fantastic stats.
What changes? Nothing. I still know that Jeter deserved the MVP last season (despite the flawed voting process). I still believe A-Rod is somehow more psycholigically attuned than some others and isn’t as able as others to put everything out of this head. This results in slumps during times of increased pressure (whether because of fan boo-ing, a mechanics slump or the playoffs) and until he learns to tune it out and just let his natural ability take over, he will slump at those times.
Sure, his playoff sample size is small. I know, psychology and feel are not statistically relevant. It’s just what I think. (Maybe linking confidence to performance may draw the ire of pure Sabermetricians, but i’m willing to chance it).
Anyhow, for those that think any A-Rod bashing is hooey, you may find this link to firejoemorgan.com entertaining. In fact, you may find the entire site entertaining (I think it’s laugh-out-loud funny). Take a look.