Postseason stats (seven games): .120/.185/.120 with 0 HR and 0 RBI.
Alex Rodriguez's career and personal life are eroding after a nightmarish showing in the 2012 postseason.
Drama began to build against the Baltimore Orioles.
The sport's highest-paid player was replaced for a pinch-hitter, an embarrassment that he had not previously experienced as a professional. The benching occurred at a pivotal moment, in a situation where A-Rod typically chokes. Instead, substitute Raul Ibanez heroically led the New York Yankees to victory.
Heads began to spin when Joe Girardi removed his slumping slugger from the lineup (via The Star-Ledger). He then did it again (via the New York Daily News). And a third time (via ESPN.com).
Overall, A-Rod was hitless against right-handed pitching.
MLB Trade Rumors is exploding with speculation that he'll be traded this winter. One thing's for sure—the Yankees would need to sell low to find a taker for their fallen hero.