Tuesday, October 30, 2007


There's been a lot said in newspapers the last couple of days about A-Rod and why you shouldn't go after him. Here's a representative quote from NYT's Selena Roberts:

He isn’t worth the angst. A-Rod is almost a winning addition to any team like a three-leaf clover is almost lucky.

I don't know about that. The Yankees took the wild card this season by six games after looking dead and buried at one point. That was after a truly monstrous season from Alex Rodriguez, one that no other third baseman could hope to match. In terms of win shares, we estimate the Yankees squeak in by a single game if they replace A-Rod with David Wright, and miss out altogether with anyone else.

What's that? Chemistry? Clubhouse magic? Right. Tell the 1972-74 A's and 1977-78 Yankees all about that. Those less than tight knit groups won more than a few games. If A-Rod hadn't been there, I don't think Hideki Matsui would have magically turned into Ted Williams.

What else? Postseason dud? Sure. People said that about Randy Johnson and Barry Bonds at one time, too.

Anyway, my point is this: come to the Dodgers, Alex. We'll take care of you. And Torre can take care of the chemistry.

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