blankman wrote:I like Vlad over Beltran, but I like Alex Rodriguez over both of them.
You Yankee homer
Ok i got to ask why? Arod with his 28 sb last year still was out earned by Vlad and Beltran. I doubt anyone expects Arod to steal 28 again, which means he has to significantly raise the other 4 catergories to pass Vlad or Beltran.
I would rank Vlad the best 5 guy, but if Beltran can hit 320, he likely passes Vlad, who's not a big threat to steal 20 anymore.
I'm personally expecting a huge year from Alex. I think the Average will be back up now that he's adjusted. He's bulked up so I see his HR's increasing when combined with just hitting better overall. He also was plain awful hitting with RISP last year, which killed a lot of RBI chances. I think he takes advantage of those situations more having adjusted to the city, attention etc. Finally, in the most debatable stat, I think he continues to run this season. Torre will let him run and he still doesn't believe he has earned his pinstripes yet and the way Alex plays the game, I don't see him getting complacent and not running given the opportunity. His hustle last year was very much like Jeter; I can't say if he was the same back with Texas, but I think Alex will do everything he can to earn his pinstripes.
.305 40+ HR, 25 SB, 120 RBI at 3rd base. Granted 3B is deep now, but I still prefer to have an infielder early over an OF. Call me a homer if you want, but I just expect a return to greatness from Alex this year
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