It’s a fascinating debate. The three time MVP against the three time MVP. Alex Rodriguez or Albert Pujols. It’s not even worth it to talk about which player you would rather have on your team, because both are incredible. But, a good question would be: When it’s all said and done, who will have had the better career? So, let’s answer it by looking at the home run totals of both of these players. Here is a graph showing the home runs totals by age for each of these players.
A-Rod had the head start. That in itself already gives you the idea that A-Rod is the more incredible player. Pujols came in at 21, like most great players. A-Rod came in at 18, like most historic, iconic players.
Pujols did get off to a quicker start though. In Pujols first season, he hit 37 home runs, quickly bringing his total to half of A-Rod’s, who had already been playing for three years.
For the next four seasons, Pujols kept pace with A-Rod. In fact, they both stayed at a somewhat constant rate.
The next season, though, A-Rod spiked up, and continued to do so, while Pujols stayed at the same rate.
Since A-Rod is older, we already know what he has done. He has continued to stay at the same rate after that spike around age 28.
So, if Pujols is going to catch A-Rod, his is not only going to need to keep up his own rate, but he’s going to need to throw in either a good 70 home run season, or a couple 50 home runs seasons. For a guy that has never hit 50 home runs in his career, that’s going to be tough to do. So, to all of the people who say that Pujols will pass A-Rod, you better hope he’s got a record breaking season in him.
Here is a table comparing both players:
The choice is yours, who’s the better player? Keep in mind that Pujols is in a much weaker division than A-Rod is in, so he faces worse pitchers. But also remember that Pujols is in a much weaker line-up, so he gets pitched around more than A-Rod does. And most importantly, A-Rod has done this for seven more seasons, it’s not a sure thing that Pujols can keep this up for as long as A-Rod has.
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Best Moment: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Derek Jeter becomes “Mr. November”
Derek Jeter earned his pinstripes by walking off against the Diamondbacks in the 2001 world series with a home run over the right field wall. Still one of the most iconic scenes in Yankee history.
Honorable mention: Aaron Boone walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS vs Boston.
Worst Moment: 2004 ALCS vs Red Sox: Damon’s Grand Slam
Honorable mention: Rivera throws potential double play ball into center field in the bottom of the ninth in game 7 of the 2001 WS.
Honorable mention: 8/7/09: A-Rod walk-off home run in scoreless, 15 inning affair vs Red Sox.
Worst Game: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez blooper
A story book series and a near comeback win for the Yankees was gone with the wind after Luis Gonzalez blooped a walk off single over the drawn in infield. Had the infield played back, the Yankees would have 28 world championships.
Honorable mention: 4/25/09: Yankees blow huge lead vs Red Sox.
Biggest Bust: Carl Pavano comes to the Yankees, but doesn’t pitch
Honorable mention: Chein-Ming Wang collapses in 2009 season.
Best play: 2001 ALDS vs A’s: The Jeter “flip play”
Honorable mention: 7/1/04: Jeter dives into the stands.
Team of the decade:
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Alfonso Soriano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Bernie Williams
RF: Paul O’Neil
C: Jorge Posada
SP: Andy Pettitte
RP: Mariano Rivera
Manager: Joe Torre
Yankees leaders of the decade:
Most Games: Derek Jeter (1500)
Most Home Runs: Alex Rodriguez (238)
Most Hits: Derek Jeter (1940)
Most Walks: Jorge Posada (707)
Most Wins: Mike Mussina (123)
Most Saves: Mariano Rivera (397)
Most Strikeouts: Mike Mussina (1278)
Most Pitches: Mike Mussina (24120)
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Interesting question, Jeff. With all the free agent talks and trade talks that the Yankees are always involved in, very seldom do we get to step back and speak about the legends. Your right, Jeter is a given. But who else?
When a first saw this question, I thought about the core four. Jeter, Rivera, Posada and Pettitte. Jeter’s in. Rivera — who’s number is already retired for Jackie Robinson — is in as well. As for Posada, I don’t think he has a real Yankee legacy like Rivera and Jeter. Pettitte, though, with all of those domianant years, does deserve it. Although I doubt that will happen.
Who else? Well, you have to think about the Yankees that will be around forever, guys who the Yankees would never let go. To me, those are Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Robinson Cano. Of those, I think Cano will do it. He is an MVP type player, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will win multiple batting titles. Hughes and Chamberlain are iffy.
Then A-Rod. I say no. To me, it won’t be the controversy that will keep A-Rod’s number out, it will be the fact that his greatness had already been defined when he came to the Yankees. For that reason, the number 13 on pinstripes isn’t so iconic. Free agents that come to the Yankees don’t leave behind the legacy that the lifetimes do, like a Jeter or a Pettitte. But it’s still possible. Think of other free agents that came to the Yankees. Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth both didn’t start with the Yankees and both had their numbers retired. But, then again, A-Rods no Babe. Jeffery Lung is a writer for Red State Blue State
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A table of Yankees got together for Thanksgiving. They went around the table saying what they were thankful for. Here’s what they said:
is thankful for Kate Hudson. And Luis Castillo for dropping that pop up.
is thankful for Lou Gehrig’s career being cut short, giving him the chance to break his all time Yankee hits record.
is thankful for championship number 27. Had the Yankees not won this championship, his job would be in serious danger.
is thankful for the Yankees didn’t just send him down to the minors. His 4.75 ERA was rough to watch all the way through.
is thankful that the Yankees have a disgusting amount of money, making it remotely possible that they will offer him a contract, after having an ERA over 9.
is thankful for Xavier Nady’s injury. He’s also thankful for his wit, which has made his atrocious defense and lack of postseason production, almost tolerable.
is thankful that MLB didn’t fine him an amount that actually matters to him for his fight with Jesse Carlson of the Blue Jays.
is thankful for his record breaking RBI total in the final game of the World Series. That may be a great ending to his Yankee career.
I am thankful for…
All of my readers that make writing this blog all worth while. And, of course, #27! Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
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Hes the one we have all heard about. The most prized possession of the 2009-2010 off season. After a shaky ending in his time in St. Louis, Holliday is up in the air and ready to sign a big long term deal.
Age/Type FA: 29/A
Career (6 Seasons): .318 BA .933 OPS 152 HR 1030 H
Best Season (2007): .340 BA 216 H 137 RBI
- He led the league in hits, batting average, RBI’s, and doubles in 2007.
- He will only be 30 years old at the beginning of next season.
- He is consistent, hitting over .300 in his past five seasons.
- The Yankees need an outfielder with the absence of Damon and/or Matsui.
- He wants to play on the east coast.
- He has experience in the postseason, including the world series.
- He is a type A free agent and the Yankees will need to give up high draft picks again.
- He won’t be cheap and will demand a long term contract.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chat. This is the guy the Yankees need. This is the guy that can make the difference. Lets face it, Damon and Matsui will not be on the Yankees together next year, and the Yankees need to fill that hole. Holliday will make this team younger, and can be part of a core that will become a dynasty. The combination of Holliday, Teixeira, A-Rod, Sabathia, Chamberlain, Hughes, Cano, Burnett, and Cabrera looks nice for the next five years.
The Yankees have made it clear that there first priority is a starting pitcher. Having said that, the Yankees will go aggresivley after someone to fill that spot and will then come aggressively after Holliday later in the off season, with a big, long term deal.
For the Yankees, this one is probably the biggest question of the offseason. Do you keep the reigning World Series MVP at 37 years old, or do you let him go? It will be a tough decision, but lets weigh the options.
- Quite simply, he is the reigning World Series MVP.
- His approach is perfect for the new stadium and he is sure to hit a lot of home runs following his 28 this season, the second best total of his career.
- He can provide protection for hitters like A-Rod or Cano.
- He wants to play for the Yankees more than anyone else, so the Yankees could probably get him cheap.
- He is a great hitter.
- He is going to be 37 years old.
- His knees prevent him from playing the outfield, so he has zero versatility.
- The Yankees don’t really need him.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck. It’s time for Matsui to pack it up. Like I said, the Yankees just don’t need him. He may be a great hitter, but for anything else he is useless, and you need versatility to win games these days. The Yankees are better off going for a younger, better player in Holliday who can play the outfield. Also, the Yankees need to clear out that DH spot for some of their older players. Matsui, you were a great Yankee, but your time is up.
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