Sunday, February 22, 2009

Third Base

Another strong position for the three, the two best guys in the league are in the AL East. I totally forgot to do third a while back but I guess its a good thing with all the A-Rod news.

Yankees- Alex Rodriguez- We all know the story with A-Rod. He's the best player in baseball but he has a reputation as a choker and is always embroiled in a new controversy. The latest is the steroid one and its not one that's just going to go away. Every day he's going to have to deal with that. Now he's under a tremendous amount of pressure to prove he can play clean. Will that effect his game? I hope not but nobody will argue that he has handled pressure well in New York. All of a sudden, the best player in baseball has become a big question mark on the 2009 Yankees.

Red Sox- Mike Lowell- Boston may regret the big extension they gave Lowell. By now he`s an injury prone player who's in his decline. Of course, that doesn't mean he's a bad player. He`s still an above average guy. He's still probably the best defensive third baseman in the league and a solid hitter. The biggest question is his health and that's a big key to the Red Sox. He's still recovering from a hip injury and they need him to get back to his former self.

Rays- Evan Longoria- I don't know if Longoria won the Rookie of the Year last year or not but he deserved it. At the tender age of 22 he had an outstanding EQA of .302 and earned a great defensive reputation. Next year the league will probably adjust to him a bit and bring him down a knotch but as A-Rod ages and Longoria hits his prime it`ll be interesting to watch Alex come down while Longoria goes up. For now he`s "merely" one of the best young players in the game.

Conclusion- Yankees- Rays- Red Sox- Alex is still the best player in baseball despite the steroid scandal. In a few years Longoria may be breathing down his neck. However, for now A-Rod is still the king at third base. Lowell, though a good player, is essentially an afterthought in this super competitive division.