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Rodriguez on his health, his position and his spot in the order

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 25, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

During this afternoon’s press conference, Alex Rodriguez mentioned three different NBA players by name. He also brought up his high school football career, said he worked out at a German soccer field, and compared his thumb injury to one suffered by a skier.

At some point, he also talked about baseball.

On staying in the cleanup spot in the lineup
“It’s very important for me to be very productive in the middle of the order, but let’s make one thing clear: Winning trumps everything. Whatever the manager wants to do is exactly what I’ll do. With that said, I take enormous pride in hitting fourth. I think the combination of hitting lefty-righty-lefty always works in the middle. It brings huge dilemmas for the opposition. With my track record, I haven’t been very good at hitting eighth, so I’ll try to stay away from that. I’m going to make it as difficult as possible for Joe to take me out of that position.”

On the need to DH more days this season
“First of all, let me just say this. I don’t train and prepare to be a DH. I’m definitely not a DH. I think one of the things that I actually did that was above average last year was play very good defense. It’s also very important for the dynamic of our team to have a guy that plays not only solid defense but hits in the middle of the order. Is that going to say that you’re going to play 145 games down at third base? I’ll obviously defer to Joe, and I’ll do exactly what he wants me to do, but it’s definitely important for me to throw a very big number out there of playing third base. I came up watching, loving and admiring Cal Ripkin, and I saw him play third base well into when he was 40, 41. I don’t see any slowing down defensively. I think it’s important for our team to collect more wins and be more productive and have a longer lineup by me playing third base.”

On the importance of staying healthy
“I’m at a point in my career where I know exactly what I need to do. I’m at a point in my career where less is more. Range of motion, flexibility, stability is most important. I feel similar to last year, but I think in those variables I feel a lot better… I’d like to go out and play north of 145, 150 games and let the chips fall where they may, but at this point in my career, it’s go out and avoid the injury bug, stay focused, and stay healthy. The most important stat to me is the win column. The stats that don’t go on the back of your baseball card. But to answer your question, anything’s possible. You can throw up big numbers year-in and year-out with the games played. To me, wins and games played are the most important statistics.”

On accepting a less-is-more philosophy
“I’ve always felt that more is better. It’s just the way I’ve always done it. It’s the way I saw my Mom work when I grew up. I just felt that I needed to get up early and do the work, and stay up late and do the work. It’s been a hard lesson to learn, but over the past two or three years I understand that doing my corrective exercises, focusing a lot more on recovery (is best). When you’re in your 20s, you think about training and (then) you think about recovery, and at this point in your career it’s actually the exact opposite. To your point, yeah, I think I learned that lesson… The one thing Philippon told me many years ago when he did (the hip surgery) is that less is more, but I didn’t listen to him then. I went back to see him this winter and he’s very happy with the range of motion and how it looks. He reiterated the importance of less is more. I’m on board now.”

On the importance of corrective exercises to improve stability, flexibility, range of motion…
“I keep going back to corrective exercise, because I think that’s going to make a big difference in my career. One guy that you guys should probably talk to is Grant Hill. Grant Hill adopted the corrective exercises about four years ago. He had a lot of injuries – a big ankle problem – and I think he’s missed one game in four years. He gives 100 percent of that credit to corrective exercises, so we’ll see what happens and give it a shot.”

On whether he’s thought about retirement
“I came up loving guys like Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken; guys that played into their 40s. I feel really good right now, so I think avoiding the injury bug, I can play at a really high level for a long time. I’ve never felt, while I’ve been on the field, overwhelmed by anything or my performance declining in any way, as long as I stay healthy.”

On the Pineda trade
“I was very excited. I texted or called about half our roster. That’s the one great thing about playing for the New York Yankees: Every year you have an opportunity to not only make great moves, but an opportunity to win a championship. For us, going to the World Series is not enough – it’s obviously winning it. Pineda is very exciting. We faced him once or twice in the summer and he had unbelievable stuff. We’re definitely looking forward to having him on our pitching staff.”

On the Ryan Braun decision
“I don’t know any of the details or the facts so I’d rather not comment on that. I learned several years ago to stay in my very small circle of competence, which is very small. I’ll let the experts like you guys weigh in on that.”

On Jeremy Lin
“Linsanity, wow, what a run. You look at the Giants, you look at Linsanity, there’s been so many great things happening in New York, we kind of feel like we want to jump in the party. The great thing about Linsanity is it kind of reminds you how fun the game should be. For some of us that have been playing for a long time, if just for one second you’ve taken the game for granted, it makes you realize how much fun the game is. If he’s still looking for a place to crash, maybe he can crash at my apartment. Imagine the tabloids then.”

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55 Responses to “Rodriguez on his health, his position and his spot in the order”

  1. Nick in SF February 25th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Not even the obligatory “You feel bad that Montero has to leave, but…” clause, Arod???

    :cry:

  2. RadioKev February 25th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    On the Ryan Braun decision
    “I don’t know any of the details or the facts so I’d rather not comment on that. I learned several years ago to stay in my very small circle of competence, which is very small. I’ll let the experts like you guys weigh in on that.”

    There’s a winner

  3. The Left or West Coast February 25th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Plan for ARod:

    1. Behave yourself and stay out of the spot light / headlines
    2. Take care of yourself and stay healthy
    3. No DL this year
    4. Earn your money (healthy and productive)

    Result: All will be well and LoHudders here will stay off of your butt.

  4. Bret The Hitman February 25th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    On the Pineda trade

    “I texted or called about half our roster…”

    **********

    Mostly to say things like “Fire Cashman!” and “OMG Pineda is a relief pitcher” and “Stupid stupid stupid. Montero will outhit Pujols in 2012″ Not to mention, “2 pitch pitcher! He should start the year in AAA”

  5. Giuseppe Franco February 25th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Say what you want about A-Rod but the guy takes his conditioning very seriously and works his ass off.

  6. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    QFT, GF. He always has.

  7. Yanks78 February 25th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    The next thing Cash needs to do is trade Gardner high at the deadline for a young bat.

    That way, LF is open next year for Melky or Josh Hamilton, Ethier, or Victorino.

  8. Giuseppe Franco February 25th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    YF,

    I’d love to actually attempt what he does in his typical “boot camps” but I doubt I’d survive the first 10 minutes.

  9. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    GF, I would to but probably wouldn’t survive five minutes of it. I hope Alex is doing enough isometric exercises.

  10. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    *too

  11. The Left or West Coast February 25th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    ‘That way, LF is open next year for Melky or Josh Hamilton, Ethier, or Victorino.

    —————–

    I guess dreaming is good

  12. jacksquat February 25th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Maybe we’ll see some “Pinsanity” this year…

  13. Triple Short of a Cycle February 25th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    ‘That way, LF is open next year for Melky or Josh Hamilton, Ethier, or Victorino.

    ————————————————————–

    Thats exactly what we need, more injury prone guys

  14. Giuseppe Franco February 25th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    YF,

    One thing I’ve learned in my own experience the last couple of years is that you’d be amazed what your body can do if you continue to keep pushing yourself to your limits.

    The human body is just an amazing piece of machinery that can adapt to just about anything.

  15. The Left or West Coast February 25th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Thats exactly what we need, more injury prone guys

    ———-

    You got that right. Especially Hamilton.

  16. CompassRosy February 25th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    “Rosy, thanks for the updates on The Jesus. How’s Taijuan, et al looking?”

    ~

    Sorry for the tardy reply, YF.

    So far, so good with Tijuan….

    http://tinyurl.com/6wemd92

    “The strides he’s made with his delivery, it just speaks to how athletic we knew he was,” Willis said earlier this week. “Right now at 19-years-old throwing batting practice against a Carlos Guillen, an Ichiro and to hear their comments about the explosiveness of his stuff and how he gets it so easy? It is impressive.”

    Impressive? I will go ahead and call it crazy. This is a kid who played shortstop primarily until his senior year. Still, the Mariners (Tom McNamara to be specific) were so impressed with his athleticism that they drafted him with the 43th pick in the 2010 draft.

    “What you can’t see is in the training room,” Jack Zduriencik shared with me this morning. “He is doing things in there, jumping, (agility) drills, things that others can’t. He is that type of athlete.”

    And he’s making up ground fast according to Willis.

    “There are little nuances of the game that he had to learn, but the physical tools and the athleticism, he really has the chance to be special and we really want to make sure that we take care of him to make sure he has the best chance to make that happen.”

    From other reports, wouldn’t be shocked if one of Paxton or Hultzen breaks with the team. Most assuredly though, we will see one or both by the break.

    When’s MP’s first outing? Intrasquad game coming up?

  17. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks for the update, Rosy. Good to hear about Tijuan. Will you get to milb games to see him pitch? I figured that one of your kids might break camp. There is unfortunately no info yet on when Pineda will pitch. Yanks are keeping things close to the vest.

    I saw where Montero might bat 6th with Gutierrez protecting him. :(

  18. CompassRosy February 25th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    YF ~

    I usually get to a handful of Tacoma Rainiers games (the M’s triple A affiliate who play only about 25 miles south of where I live) so, who ever lands there I will definitely see. I hope to finally get to a couple of Everett Aqua Sox games this year as well ( real baby M’s – single A short season team) who are only about 50 miles north.

    My prediction for Michael’s first ST outing…

    1 IP – 12 pitches – 3 K’s
    (one on a change up, just to please Randy ;-) )

  19. CompassRosy February 25th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    oh, and re: Jesus’s place in the lineup…

    I’m guessing 5th between Smoak and Carp.

    As for Guti ~from all reports, he could be a dark horse to have a terrific season – now that he’s finally been diagnosed and is managing his condition and gained about 15lbs. I absolutely LOVE watching him in CF (one thing the M’s have always been stellar at, is picking CF’ers) and it would be great to see his bat come ’round – back to his 2009 breakout levels.

  20. Duh Innings February 26th, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Yanks78 February 25th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    The next thing Cash needs to do is trade Gardner high at the deadline for a young bat.

    That way, LF is open next year for Melky or Josh Hamilton, Ethier, or Victorino.

    ———————————————————-

    They could keep Gardner for LF or move him to CF if Granderson signs elsewhere and re-sign Melky for RF.

    Josh Hamilton is an alcoholic and drug addict and may sadly be one the rest of his life thus is no one who should be playing in New York, land of parties and people who could easily suck him into the abyss.

    Ethier will cost too much money and Victorino is a nice player but not worth the money he will want.

    Gardner LF/Granderson CF/Melky RF is the ideal 2013 Yankees outfield, and I have no problem whatsoever with Swisher being brought back as the DH/Backup 1B-RF for 2013-14 if he has a good enough 2012.

  21. Duh Innings February 26th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    If A-Rod has a subpar 2012, he needs to go after it.

    Untradeable? BS. Seattle would take him.

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    Reality TV can make it seem very difficult by over-dramatizing the time and energy needed to make a saving for you and your family, i always use websites like “Get Official Samples” to find free products and coupons

  23. NYYanksFan February 26th, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Bobby Valentine has banned alcohol in the Red Sox clubhouse and on the last flight of road trips.

  24. Bret The Hitman February 26th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I have no problem whatsoever with Swisher being brought back as the DH/Backup 1B-RF for 2013-14 if he has a good enough 2012.

    ***********

    He has better career numbers than Tori Hunter. Swish is going to get paid. Granted he’s no GG and he can’t play CF but he can hit and he’ll be looking for at least 15 million per year.

  25. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Something for Erin to drool over.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....um=twitter

  26. Jerkface February 26th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    http://steroids-and-baseball.com/

  27. Jerkface February 26th, 2012 at 1:17 am

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  28. Jerkface February 26th, 2012 at 1:37 am

    @JimBowdenESPNxm

    Ryan Zimmerman and Washington Nationals are expected to have a press conference PRIOR to Sunday’s workout to announce his contract extension

  29. djsunyc February 26th, 2012 at 2:20 am

    ok…time for pineda nicknames…

    pinasty?

    pin-K-da?

  30. Jerkface February 26th, 2012 at 3:11 am

    franKenstein

  31. jacksquat February 26th, 2012 at 4:22 am

    If that pinhead calls him Pinny I’m gonna flip.

  32. Yankee Trader February 26th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Good morning. Attaching a story about an interview with Manny Banuelos.

    2. Who in here has taught you a lot? Who do you listen to?
    Mariano (Rivera), of course. Always baseball. He taught me about pitching, how I can learn the hitters’ swings with my pitches, especially with my fastball. Just looking at hitters and how they’re swinging at my pitches. And after that, what can I throw. Just watching their reaction.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._pitc.html

    If Rivera does retire, if he was willing to do so,it would certainly help if he was brought back as a coach

  33. Crawdaddy February 26th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Until Rivera’s kids grow up, I doubt you’ll see him as a coach, unless it’s for a couple of weeks in spring training. The reason why he’s thinking of retiring is he hates being away from his family.

  34. Yankee Trader February 26th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Crawdaddy-

    Nice picture of the Rivera family. Hopefully one of the kids will pitch someday for the Yankees. :)

    http://www.zimbio.com/pictures.....iel+Rivera

  35. Deal With It February 26th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    ‘I have no problem whatsoever with Swisher being brought back as the DH/Backup 1B-RF for 2013-14 if he has a good enough 2012.’

    ================

    I would be virtually certain the Yankees would have a problem with it. Swisher is probably going to be looking for more money over and above his $ 10.25 this year, $ 13 million plus ? after this being his walk year. That kind of money for a DH / Backup ? Not a chance, especially with ARod and Jeter getting more and more DH AB’s as they get older.

  36. pat February 26th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Joel Zumaya has to feel somewhat snakebit. He walked off the mound with elbow pain on Saturday and is shutdown pending the results an MRI.

  37. Deal With It February 26th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Zumaya needs to find a new profession. His arm can’t handle the violent stress of throwing upwards of 100 mph plus. Multiple arm injuries and probably another one now.

  38. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    “One thing I’ve learned in my own experience the last couple of years is that you’d be amazed what your body can do if you continue to keep pushing yourself to your limits” -Giuseppe Franco

    good comment form last night to start off sunday morning.

    my favorite time on he blog used to be sunday mornings with murphydog and doreen holding court.
    nothing was finnier than murphydog going off on lupica.

    part of the reason for this is that the blog has always had it’s craziness and low level content and sunday mornings were pretty much the time you could count on blog sanity.

    also it’s been a tradition of mine to read the sunday papers for all the baseball news i could get. actually it used to be a tradition. from buying a new york times, a boston globe, a new york post, and a daily news i now buy nada.

    my favorite sunday article was perter gammons by far, he really was the first one to have the giant sunday column that went behind the scenes with many teams and not just his home town favorite.
    gammons was ahead of his time. now people take what he did for granted. in his day he was the best.

    now there is so much information on line it’s a different world. newspapers themselves are going by the wayside.pure print writers are scuffling for jobs and when they find them a decent salary. a fan is not stuck to just the info and media that used to be mostly local.

    just this morning i read compass rosy’s link to the new 19year old pitching sensation in seattle. interesting story. why did i even look? the answer is simple. i have become a fan of montero and with the new technology available i can continue to follow him as a ballplayer.

    back in peter gammon’s heyday in the 80′s and, when a jay buhner was traded he was gone. there was no way to follow except in box scores. now any yankee fan who wants can continue being a fan of a player traded.

    i have mlb.com that i watch on tv, computer, iphone , and ipad. many yankee fan has similar set ups. so what’s the point?

    simple. just like newspapers dying with the new technology that changes fans sunday morning activities, the new technology changes the players i follow. when a team trades away a player now, they may be trading away part of their fans attention that goes with that player.

    no big deal on any one player just like it was no big deal when i cut back around 2003 on buying one newspaper because of the web. but then i cut back on another and another . i bought the whole boston globe to read gammons. threw the rest away.

    any baseball team would be smart to know that it’s a new world for them like everyne else and to be careful trading away a fan’s interest in them. there has always been a debate about rooting for players or rooting for the laundry. personally , i followed mantle more than i followed the yankees though it was hard to separate the two.

    the yankees have created an interest in seattle in me that wasn’t there before because i am going to watch montero. i doubt i am unique in this phenomenon. baseball doesn’t lose my interest and viewing time, but the yankees do. multiply this by thousands of people doing the same thing and it adds up.

    it’s not peter gammons world anymore. teams need to grow local interest in ways they never had to before. trading away a future all star and potential hall of famer who they built up in fans eyes for five years is the opposite of building local interest.

    i don’t know where the balance lies, but baseball teams have to create fan loyalty differently than they used to simply because fans take in how they watch teams differently.

  39. Yankee Trader February 26th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Randy-

    Good morning. Speaking about Lupica, this appears in todays NY Daily News.

    Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun’s story flunks test, too

    Hard to believe sample collector is to blame for MVP’s failed drug screening

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    Sunday, February 26, 2012, 12:38 AM

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z1nUheX6Se

  40. MTU February 26th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Damn Randy.

    You writin’ a book ?

    :)

  41. Deal With It February 26th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Join Rosy’s blog ?

  42. MaineYankee February 26th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I thought Lupica had invaded the blog.

    To think if I didn’t live way up here in Maine I might have access to some of that information.

  43. Villa Nova-Ya February 26th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Randy l -

    It’s not just the trades, I think. It’s free agency, as well.

    Players used to stay with the same team forever. It’s much more likely these days that a player who reaches free agency will follow the money. Look at Albert Pujols, for instance, who had a hero’s following in St. Louis and was so closely linked with the Cardinals that no one really gave it serious thought that he would leave.

    So, to your point, people in St. Louis who aren’t angry with Pujols for leaving, will continue to follow his career in LA, as you said, through the various media that exist today.

    I continued to follow Andy Pettitte when he left, and recently, Ian Kennedy and Melky Cabrera.

    But that doesn’t take away from my being a fan of the Yankees.

    Players move so often for so many reasons these days. You can kind of have the best of both worlds. Following a team, following players, and having an even bigger love for baseball in general.

    For instance, continuing to follow Ian Kennedy gave me a team to root for in the National League during the playoffs. It was not the same rooting interest as I have for the Yankees, but it made the playoffs even more entertaining for me.

    I think it is possible to have fan loyalty at the team level even while players are moved like chess pieces either by trade or by their own choice (free agency).

    I do have to agree with you that for people who have followed the progress of Montero through these five years will probably be spending a whole lot more energy looking at what he did with the Mariners (and consequently, seeing what the Mariners are doing) than could ever have been imagined.

    But I think you overestimate the number of fans who actually follow a player through their minor league career. We here are the Lohud are not the typical fan.

    My brother-in-law has been a Yankees fanatic for as long as I’ve known him and that’s about 40 years, and he was a fan before that. He follows the major league team with a huge passion. But he gets his minor league info from, of all people, me. :) And his attachment to the minor leaguers who get traded (including Montero, who he was looking forward to seeing more of based on September alone), doesn’t affect him nearly as much as it affects some of us here. He won’t be looking at the Mariners boxscores or reading about them.

    And I think, in reality, there are more fans like him than like you or even like me, who I think might be somewhere in between.

    Happy Sunday.

  44. Yankee Trader February 26th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    How are things up in Maine? Are you experiencing a warmer than average winter so far?

  45. MTU February 26th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Damn VN-

    YOU writin’ a book too !

    A collaboration with Randy ?

    :)

  46. Tar February 26th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    “Not even the obligatory “You feel bad that Montero has to leave, but…” clause, Arod???”

    Nick

    As soon as I read that paragraph, I knew it was going to be you who was going to have say something about it. And you didn’t disappoint…. Troublemaker. :D

    Randy

    Murphydog’s Loopyrants was a must read on Sunday morning. And yeah Doreen is sorely missed around here.

    Uh -oh I just mentioned Nick and Randy in the same post :shock:

  47. Villa Nova-Ya February 26th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Randy l -

    I also used to spend Sundays reading whatever papers I could get hold of to read whatever I could about my team.

    It really is so much easier to follow a link – and better for my recycling pile, too!

  48. Villa Nova-Ya February 26th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    MTU -

    Sorry. I usually try to keep things short these days…

    Yankee Trader -

    I am actually surprised that the few things I’ve read/heard are skeptical of Braun.

  49. Yankee Trader February 26th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Villa-

    Good post.I’m like your brother-in-law. I get most of my minor league updates from Yankee fans on this blog.

  50. MaineYankee February 26th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Yankee Trader February 26th, 2012 at 8:39 am
    How are things up in Maine? Are you experiencing a warmer than average winter so far?

    ————————————————

    Good morning YT.

    We have had a milder than usual winter with little snow or cold.

    We did get about 6in. of snow Fri. night and the wind started blowing pretty good last night.

    I get plenty of wind because I can see the White Mts. from my house which can be real strong at times.

    Nice in the summer but not so much in the winter.

  51. Yankee Trader February 26th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    New Post—>

  52. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    “Damn Randy.

    You writin’ a book ?”

    mtu-

    no one was up .

    i got carried away :)

  53. MTU February 26th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Randy-

    “Brevity is the soul of wit.”

    :)

  54. mick February 26th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    brevity is the soul of T-wit-ter…

  55. DNiman February 26th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    A nice question to have asked A-Rod would have been “Where the heck were you when Jorge Posada retired? I think his absence was just one more notch in his continual series of blunders when it comes to endearing himself as a Yankee.

    It seems to me that at every turn, this guy finds a way to miss opportunities to help his legacy as a Yankee. Not being at Jorge’s retirement press conference further separates him from the concept of team and the importance of protecting his legacy as a Yankee.

    Is it just me or do you agree that he always seems to blow it when it counts?

    There are guys that always do the right thing and those that either never do or have to be told.


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