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A-Rod vs Pujols

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 vs Pujols.pngA-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:

A-Rod vs Pujols Stats.pngThe 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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Who will end up with the better career?(polls)

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The Buzz: 1/4/10

Here are some of the latest news stories from various sources:

  • ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals are getting closer to a deal with Matt Holliday. The deal could be a seven-year deal.
  • Wang’s agent told 1050 ESPN
    that he has heard from 15 teams who are interested in Wang. The Yankees
    were one of them, while the Mets were not. No other teams were
    mentioned.
  • The Red Sox have made an offer for third baseman, Adrian Beltre, according to ESPN.com. Other teams are also interest including the Angels, Athletics and Orioles.
  • Buster Olney tweets that the Athletics have pulled their offer off the table for Adrian Beltre.
  • According to SNY, Jason Bay has passed his physical and is officially a New York Met, to be announced tomorrow.
  • An AP source tells NBCSports.com that Bay’s deal with the Mets will have a $17M option for 2014.
  • Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues says that the Yankees should go after the A’s, Travis Buck, to play the outfield.
  • The NY Post reports that David Cone will not be returning to the YES Network. Tino Martinez is a possible replacement.
  • 7:40 p.m. SI.com has learned that the Red Sox are now close to a deal with Adrian Beltre. The deal is believed to be at least two-years with an opt-out option after this season.
  • 9:19 p.m. Peter Gammons says via Twitter that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9M, with a player option for $5M. 9:31 p.m. FOXSports.com confirms.
  • 9:25 p.m. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets about a possible trade that would send Luis Castillo to the Red Sox, and Mike Lowell to the Mets. The deal would work out for the Red Sox with Beltre coming, and with Castillo gone, the Mets could go after Orlando Hudson.
  • 9:29 p.m. Chad Jennings of The Journal News reports that the Indians have signed Shelly Duncan.

The Buzz: Damon first priority

Damon 11:22.pngKen Davidoff of Newsday is reporting that the Yankees main concern at this point is to come to terms with Damon, not Matsui. He also added that a deal with Pettitte should come.

Damon’s agent, Scott Boras, is seeking a four year deal, while the Yankees are seeking, at most, a two year deal. Damon would love to come out of it with at least an option for a third year.

The Giants and Cardinals could also give some attention to Damon. But it is unlikely that any team will commit to two years with the 36 year old Damon, who’s stolen bases were way down this season from last season.

Damon is the clear better choice than Matsui. With the numbers Damon put up last year, he showed us that there is no sign that he is slowing down, and if there is a sign at all, it’s that he is getting even better. He gives the Yankees the option of playing the field, which Matsui does not. He could also slip into the DH spot if need be. Bottom line, Johnny Damon is a Yankee, and he should go nowhere.

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Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees go after Damon or Matsui?(polls)

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Chat or Chuck: Matt Holliday

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.

Player Profile:

Matt Holliday.gif Matt Holliday
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

Why Chat?:

  • 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.

Why Chuck?:

  • 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.

Predictions:
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.

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Poll of the Day:
What should the Yankees do about Holliday?(surveys)

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Jeter, Pujols collect ’09 Aaron award

Both players nab their second career Hank Aaron Award.


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Prior to game four of the World Series between the Yankees and the Phillies, MLB announced the 2009 winners of the Hank Aaron award. The Hank Aaron award recognizes the best overall hitter in each league.
This year, it was Derek Jeter for the American League and Pujols for the National League. This was the second Aaron award for each player; Jeter won it in ’06 and Pujols in ’03.
“I just want to say, first of all, thank you for everyone who voted,” Jeter said. “This is an outstanding award. Any award that’s named after Hank Aaron to me is very special. I have the utmost respect for him because of what he represented, not only in his playing days, but how he has handled himself off the field to this day. This is an award that means a lot to me.”
Pujols was not able to attend the conference because of his recovering from surgery. 
Pujols lead the Majors with 47 home runs this season. He also led in OBP, SLG and OPS. Jeter hit .334, his fourth best season of his career.
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ALDS: A Look at The Playoffs


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The Rangers lost yesterday and the Red Sox clinched the American League Wild Card which means that the only possible teams that can play the Yankees in the first round are the Tigers or the Twins. It looks as though the Yankees will be playing the Tigers in the first round. With a Tigers win last night, in a great game by the way, the standings are as follows.

Detroit Tigers –
Minnesota Twins 2.0

The Twins have two remaining games in this series, and that will be it for the year against the Tigers. Either way, I don’t think that the Twins can overcome the Tigers. But, what we can 
realistically hope for, is a race until the end. If the Twins continue to stay on the Tigers tails, Verlander will be forced to pitch on the final day of the season and most likely won’t be able to pitch the first game of the playoffs. That would be a huge lift for the Yankees and would exponentially increase their chances of winning the first game, which also exponentially increases their chances to win the series. If he makes the start on the last day of the season,  and the Tigers still decide to pitch him in the first game of the ALDS, Verlander would be going on 2 or 3 games rest, which he has never done in his career before. 
Also, if Verlander makes that start on the last day of the season, it would also affect the Yankees decision for which format they would want. If they picked the format with the 2 off days, the playoffs would start one day earlier, and the Verlander would be starting on just 2 days rest as opposed to three. That adds an advantage to that format. So here are the updated advantages to each format.
3 Days Rest Format:
1. You only need two starters and can skip Joba Chamberlain.
2. The bullpen will be well rested for each game
3. A-Rod can get the extra rest that his hip needs
2 Days Rest Format:
1. You don’t have to (potentially) face Verlander and Jackson twice
2. You expose their weak fourth starter
3. If Verlander pitches the final day of the season, he would only be able to start the first game on 2 days rest and would likely start the second game.
They both have their perks, but I would still pick the first format. 
Heres a look at all of the series:
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Rockies Logo.gif Braves Logo.gif vsCardinals Logo.gif
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Who should start game 2 for the Yankees?(polls)

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