Alex Rodriguez failed to hit for the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
He wasn’t alone.
None of his teammates produced at the plate, and now New York’s season is over.
“You never expect this,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a terrible way for the season to end.”
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A-Rod got all the attention, being benched three times in this postseason, but New York did not get it done up and down the lineup – former Mariners star Raul Ibañez being an exception – during a series in which it failed to lead once.
“The one thing I don’t want to focus on is Alex, in a sense, because it wasn’t just him that didn’t hit,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You know, if the other guys hit, one guy’s struggles aren’t going to show as much.”
Rodriguez batted .120 (3-for-25) with no RBI in the postseason, including 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers and 1-for-9 against the Tigers.
He has $114 million and five years remaining on his contract – a no-trade clause – and said he expects to be back with the Yankees next season.
Several of Rodriguez’s teammates were worse with a bat in their hands in the postseason.
Robinson Cano batted .075 (3-for-40) with no home runs, Curtis Granderson .100 (3-for-30) with 16 strikeouts, Nick Swisher .167 (5-for-30) with two RBI and Russell Martin .161 (5-for-31) with one RBI. Eric Chavez was 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts.
New York joined the 1984 Kansas City Royals as the only teams to play a league championship series without leading a game.
Albert Pujols had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, and the Angels first baseman should be ready for the start of spring training. … Mets pitcher and former Mariners player R.A. Dickey had abdominal surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training. … The Dodgers hired Gerry Hunsicker as senior adviser of baseball operations to help G.M. Ned Colletti and president and CEO Stan Kasten.