A-Rod takes home September’s AL Player of the Month award

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Coming into September, Alex Rodriguez was having a disappointing season, and he was serving time on the disabled list. He returned to the lineup on September 5th and had a month to remember. After .309/.385/.667 with 9 home runs and an AL-leading 26 RBIs, A-Rod earned himself the AL Player of the Month award. A-Rod’s hot September allowed him to reach 30 home runs for the 13th time of the year, and when he returned from the DL, that mark seemed unlikely. Hopefully, he’ll carry the hot hitting into the ALDS and beyond.

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  • Guest

    To quote TSJC, “Best worst contract ever”

  • RalphieD

    Its too much to expect a 2009 arodian post-season this year…but i sure hope he comes close

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Yup. I mean it’s ridiculous at all the clutch hits he got. 2 run homer of Nathan in the ninth, homer off Fuentes in the ALCS, double to score Damon against Lidge and etc.

    • Esteban

      Frankie Piliere didn’t seem to think he could repeat last year, because he changed his swing after getting hurt this year. I think he’ll do a poor man’s impersonation of last year (which would still be pretty good). maybe he shud jus inject jeter with steroids lol whatevs

      • Total Dominication

        Now that’s authentic right there.

      • RalphieD

        well if september was any indication…he definitly COULD do it again…

      • pete

        ::golf clap::

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  • NYg

    When I think A-rod in the post season, I think of Twin killings, not the double plays, but the winning bombs. Arod has to be excited to return for more…

  • larryf

    And without ARod in September, the 6-17 Yanks would have been 2-21?

    Not exact but you know what I mean….

    I went to the Sept 4th Saturday victory over the Jays-the last game of the Nunez/Pena period of our season. ARod returned and was great but we weren’t.

    • http://nyystadiuminsider.com nick

      What’s your point?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        The curse of AR??

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        His point is:

        A-rod tiene conjones muy grandes y es muy bueno en beisbol.

    • Esteban

      It’s almost like Alex played very well but the rest of the team didn’t. I thought I heard something about baseball being a team sport…

    • pete

      A-Rod was really good in September but the rotation sukked lol whatevs

  • It’sATrap

    Grandy got robbed! lol jk

  • http://twitter.com/simmonsclass Sam

    Glad to see him get the recognition he deserved. The fact that he’s been able to scramble for 30 homers at the end of these last two years despite the injuries is near miraculous too.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      He’s still averaging around 40 home runs per 162 games, but he hasn’t been able to approach 162 since 2007. The power’s still there. Maybe he can stay healthy next year.

  • dkidd in sunny los angeles

    he finished strong last year and look what happened

    it’s crazy how much i want him up when it matters

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    Will the Rod ever hit 50 home runs again?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Doubt it unless he gets a new hip or something.

    • Total Dominication

      IF he can remain healthy next year, that would be his best shot.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Take a look at the list of all players to hit 45 or more at age 35 or older. Except for some guy named Babe Ruth and maybe Andres Galarraga and Hank Aaron, they all seem to have one thing in common. No one his age has ever legitimately hit 50 although Ruth would have in a 162-game season.

      • aRX

        I was 5 seconds from hitting reply, wondering what Ruth had in common with the others…

        That 3 minute edit feature is going to lead to a lot of posts that seem to make no sense (more than usual, anyway) :-)

        Anyway, 50? Probably not. But I think if he stays healthy next year, he has a legit shot at 42-45.

        • Carlosologist

          I agree. I think we won’t see the power drought we saw early this season because I’m pretty sure Alex and K-Long fixed the mechanical issue that was preventing him from hitting for power. Since K-Long fixed A-Rod, he hit .256/.325/.523.

          • pete

            Since K-Long fixed A-Rod, he hit 256 325 523 lol whatevs

      • Total Dominication

        I think 50 is unlikely, but wouldn’t you agree that A-rod is in Ruth/Aaron territory in terms of offensive might.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Andres Galarraga also played in Coors Field pre-humidor.

        In 1996 he hit 35 of his HRs at Coors to the tune of a 1.157 OPS (.738 SLG).

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          as a corollary to that, he had an sOPS+ of 97 on the road.

  • Accent Shallow

    In Rod we trust!

  • Andy

    Is it weird that I get way more excited when Alex comes through in the clutch than anyone else on the team?

    Is it also weird that I worry about his psyche when he doesn’t?

  • Jerome S.

    The MSM’s head just exploded.

  • AndrewYF

    Guys, it doesn’t mean anything, since September stats are meaningless. A-Rod is still a cancer, and will always hurt the Yankees more than he helps them. I can’t legitimately get excited for the Yankees as long as he’s on the team.