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In Retirement, A-Rod Still Helping Yankees Win

John Salvatore

A-Rod hasn’t played for two years, but the 14-time All Star is still helping the Yankees win games.

Anyone who has watched baseball playoffs on Fox can get a sense of how high A-Rod’s baseball IQ is. Here’s Rodriguez insightful explanation of how Carlos Correa is able to hit baseballs on the outside corner with power.

 

If anyone knows a thing or two about leaving the yard, it’s Rodriguez. The slugger finished his career with 696 round trippers, including three seasons with over 50 home runs and five seasons with over 40 home runs.

A-Rod Return Paying Off

The Yankees brought Rodriguez back as an advisor after seeing positive returns last year. In an interview with USA Today last August, Gary Sanchez spoke about how Rodriguez helped him to emerge from a slump.

A-Rod and his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez took Sanchez to dinner and offered Sanchez some valuable insights. “Everything that comes from him, it’s positive. We talked a little bit about defense, creating a routine, following your routine, preparing for games,” Sanchez told USA Today.

The advice worked, as Sanchez erupted over the next five games, going 8 for 17 with 3 home runs. Rodriguez and Sanchez have since remained in contact with occasional phone calls.

Struggles Can Become Wisdom

It’s no secret that Rodriguez was a polarizing figure during his 22-year major league career. The third baseman was suspended twice in his career after testing positive for steroids. After his second suspension, Rodriguez received mixed reviews at home and fans booed in most games on the road.

However, Rodriguez was humble in his 2015 return from his second suspension. It seemed as though the 211 game suspension helped Rodriguez to recover from the hip surgery he underwent in 2013. The 39-year old ignored the criticism on his way to a solid 33 home run, 86 RBI campaign. Also, Rodriguez joined Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players to have 600 home runs and 3000 hits.

2016 was a different story, and as Rodriguez continued to struggle, the Yankees decided to release him.

Despite essentially getting “fired” mid-season, Rodriguez maintained his eagerness to have a position within the Yankees organization. The young Yankees players will surely be able to learn from the positive mindset that Rodriguez maintains.

After all, “Baseball is 90 per cent mental. The other half is physical.”

photo credit: Steve Nesius Reuters

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