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Bantermetrics: All the A-Rod you can handle for just 599!

Posted By Diane Firstman On July 31, 2010 @ 2:57 pm In Diane Firstman | Comments Disabled

So here we are, sitting in the “waiting room” anxious to find out if Alex Rodriguez’s next homerun will be a line drive or a moon shot.  Maybe Gene Monahan will have to perform some sort of C-section on Rodriguez’s bat to get that 600th [1] to come out.   It certainly feels like Yankee fans have wanted to induce labor on A-Rod and then hold his hand as he steps to the plate  . . . “C’mon Centaur … push!  OK . . .  we can see the baseball’s head!  And now breathe . . . swing the bat . . . nice and easy . . . there you go!”

While we wait for the blessed event, let’s look at the longest homerless streaks (in games) in his career.  It took Rodriguez 33 games to hit his first career homer, back on June 12, 1995 [2].  Other than that, the longest streak without a homer has been 18 games, which has occurred twice.  The first was between August 4, 1995 and April 9, 1996. [3] The second stretch was between September 10, 1997 and April 6, 1998. [4]

Of more recent vintage, Alex had a 15-game homerless drought from April 20 to May 9 [5] of this year.  He also went 16 games between dingers from July 19 to August 7, 2009 [6] (coincidentally, both streaks came to an end against the Red Sox, whom the Bombers once again face starting this coming Friday).

For his career, A-Rod has had 68 separate streaks of at least eight games without a homer (as he is now).

So, when do YOU think he’ll get off the schneid?

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[1] 600th: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/event_hr.cgi?n1=rodrial01&t=b

[2] June 12, 1995: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SEA/SEA199506120.shtml

[3] August 4, 1995 and April 9, 1996.: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET199604090.shtml

[4] September 10, 1997 and April 6, 1998.: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SEA/SEA199804060.shtml

[5] April 20 to May 9: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS201005090.shtml

[6] July 19 to August 7, 2009: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA200908070.shtml

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