Alex Rodriguez has officially finished serving his 162 game suspension. The infamous third baseman is indeed coming back to the Yankees. Much to the chagrin of some fans, he has not gone away. Sorry, guys! The question is, what can we expect from ARod in 2015?
Joe Girardi addressed the issue at his press conference on Monday. "Do we expect him to be a player on our team? Absolutely. Do we expect him to play third base? Yes, but in fairness we have to see where he is at," said the Yankee skipper.
Makes sense. Look, the Yankees and ARod agreed on this contract. I'm not a fan of the long contract. It eats up too much time and money. But, both sides need to live up to their side of the bargain. ARod is expected to play. He's been working out for a while in preparation. Girardi is a smart manager. He knows that ARod, having been out all this season, may not be up to the task of being our regular third baseman. There will be days where he plays DH. But the bottom line is he WILL play. He Girardi will probably spend time during spring training watching how ARod does at third, and give the job to the best qualified player. It's not a guaranteed position for ARod. He'll have to work for it.
I know there are mixed opinions on the matter, and you are entitled to yours. But if you can produce for us, then great! Anyone that can help the team succeed, has my support. The only true expectation for ARod is to lace up his cleats, and swing his bat. Produce some runs when they are needed, and maybe even help out defensively as much as possible. I don't expect 50 hrs, 100 RBI's and a .350 batting average.
Bottom line, I root for the laundry. I want ARod to succeed, because it means the success of the team. Simple as that.
--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer
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