Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Reggie Jackson and ARod in the clutch 

Alex Rodriguez has been criticized in New York for allegedly failing too often in big situations, and Reggie Jackson piles on today, talking at length about the existence of clutch players and that statistics can't measure heart.

However, the New York Daily News takes a surprisingly sober view of the situation. Darren Everson points out that ARod's career average with runners in scoring position differs from his career average by one point. Everson further observes that, although Gary Sheffield is the player who has developed the "clutch" reputation this season for the Yankees, ARod has hit 17 homers to either tie the game or put the Yankees ahead -- one more than Sheffield has.

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