NY Post Links A-Rod's On-the-Field Success to Off-the-Field Relationships

The New York Post is asking Alex Rodriguez to dump Cameron Diaz. No, it's not because a breakup between the actress and Yankees third basemen will make for great tabloid fodder – note: it would – but according to an investigative report today, the paper wants A-Rod to dump Diaz because it will help his production at the plate. ↵

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↵James Fanelli and Justin Stile of The Post looked at A-Rod's production with the Yankees and found that, since joining the team in 2004, A-Rod was at his best when canoodling with mistress Joslyn Morse: ↵

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↵⇥The slugger had an explosive swing while hanging with Morse, swatting a home run every 11.7 plate appearances and smacking an average of .880 RBIs per game. The Post revealed their late-night meet-ups on May 30, 2007, but the get-togethers dated to at least the start of season -- a 50-game span. ↵⇥

↵⇥During that time, A-Rod batted .293 and scored an average of .860 runs per game. Projected over a full season, A-Rod would have clobbered 62 home runs, driven in 143 RBIs and scored 139 runs. ↵⇥

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↵The story indicates that A-Rod had the second-most production during his time with his estranged wife, Cynthia Rodriguez (pictured with the slugger), which has any reasonable statistician screaming "small sample size" with regard to any other woman in his life. C-Rod was a part of her husband's romantic life – presumably – from November, 2002 through April 20, 2008. His tryst with Morse clearly overlaps that timeframe, which totally skews his production numbers while associated with either woman. What we do know, however, is that A-Rod had his most productive time as a Yankee when he was with both woman…at least per the stats collected by the Post. ↵

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↵Oh, they even made a graphic out of it…talk about a Murderers' Row for the Bronx Bombers, it's like the paper found mug shots for some of A-Rod's flings. Yikes. ↵

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↵In 2008, A-Rod had comparable numbers to the years prior – we'll call those the marriage years – so clearly going from going from a relatively anonymous (and clandestine) social life to a relationship with Madonna that generated international headlines didn't hurt his production at the dish. While Rodriguez posted pedestrian numbers, for him, during the 2009 season, he did win a World Series, which I suppose means that Kate Hudson can forever be considered at True Yankee. ↵

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↵So, clearly A-Rod needs to dump Diaz if he wants to help the Yankees back to the World Series. He's currently batting .291 with just six home runs in 43 games (The Post notes he has a home run per 31.2 plate appearances, by far the lowest of his career). Yet despite LEADING THE YANKEES IN RBIs – and tied for eighth in the American League – he is slugging just .485 with an OPS of .860, both nearly 100 points below his career averages. ↵

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↵It's time to hit the road, Cameron. It's the only way to save A-Rod's season. Or perhaps his production numbers could have nothing to do with what woman he's romantically linked at different times in his career. Then again, Rodriguez has been a notoriously fast starter, posting some of his best career numbers in March, April and May. Of course, traditionally his best month has been August, so Yankee fans should hope for reconciliation with his wife around the middle of the summer. Failing that, if the Yankees get back to the playoffs, the Steinbrenners better have Hudson's number on speed dial. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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