Most Valuable Maybe, but A-Rod is Definitely Not the Most Valued Player

Ari WagnerContributor IMarch 12, 2009

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees underwent arthroscopic hip surgery and is likely to be out until May, according to his doctors.

A-Rod is always a top performer and he is a solid bat in the middle of any lineup, but how big of a loss is A-Rod, really? I say not that big of a deal.

Last season for the Yankees, Rodriguez batted over .300, hit 35 home runs and drove in over 100 RBIs, was a candidate for MVP, but the Yanks still failed to reach the post-season.

In the three years that Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers, he was always a top player, and won MVP honors, but they never amounted to anything as a team.

Those three years, he never hit under 47 home runs, went for 50 twice, and he never batted in less than 118 RBIs.

The numbers that Alex Rodriguez puts up are always astonishing, but when you look at his team’s performance, it’s like he is a ball-hog basketball player, but in baseball having lopsided numbers at the plate should be a good sign.

Alex Rodriguez may be the single most irrelevant superstar to any of his teams in Major League Baseball, or any major league sport in the history of sports.

He puts up huge numbers every year and has nothing to show for it, and he is always slipping up like Bonds in the playoffs.

A-Rod is a constant disappointment in the post-season, even though he will for sure be back by then this year, it should not go without noting that he struggles in big games.

With the Yankees stacked pitching staff ranging from power pitcher C.C Sabathia to pure accuracy and constancy in Chien-Ming Wang, the line up can struggle some this year and still get away with 2-0 or 2-1 wins.

Speaking of offense, the Yanks have just added Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady to the list of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Bobby Abreu and A-Rod.

With those caliber hitters and pitchers, a break from A-Rod should be no problem.

Even when Rodriguez is playing his best baseball and is driving in every run he sees on base, the steroid story is going to provide a media circus everywhere he goes, and serious fan distractions too, just short of the Barry Bonds extent, but don’t be surprised to see fans hurling syringes at him all season long.

The New York Yankees need to build chemistry with their new additions and with A-Roid out of the line up for the first month and a half, it will make life much easier for that to happen. With all the steroid talk, it seems like his team mates are not very fond of him anyways.

Maybe this will prove that he is a T.O.-type talent for the MLB.

The Yankees will need Rodriguez down the stretch, make no mistake about that, but this current injury and time off will prove to be in the team's benefit come spring and summer.