The Aprils of A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez returns to the Yankees after being suspended by MLB for the 2014 season for his involvement with PEDs and Biogenesis. After the long layoff, and with two surgically repaired hips, how much does the 39-year-old Rodriguez have left? That's a question that can't be answered until the season starts when A-Rod faces major-league pitching in games that matter.

How will A-Rod be received by baseball fans?

That's a question many people think they already can answer. But what if Rodriguez produces early? Will he be forgiven quicker than if he struggles? A-Rod is a career .302 hitter in games played in April (and a few in March). Take a more in-depth look at the Aprils of A-Rod below.

The Aprils of A-Rod

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Career Totals

Rodriguez’s numbers in regular-season games played in March and April. (click stats for more info)

Year by Year

An expanded look at how Rodriguez has been in March and April each year of his career.

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Team Year G R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG
1996 17 12 17 9 0 3 15 0 5 9 .293 .349 .603
1997 27 22 40 10 0 4 19 4 7 15 .333 .380 .517
1998 27 23 38 8 3 9 19 5 6 23 .317 .357 .658
1999 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .143 .000
2000 23 27 28 7 0 8 26 2 24 22 .354 .500 .747
2001 25 22 29 6 0 7 21 2 18 21 .312 .426 .602
2002 25 20 30 6 1 9 28 0 13 16 .306 .397 .663
2003 27 23 38 7 0 9 23 3 12 32 .355 .444 .673
2004 23 13 23 5 0 4 7 2 10 15 .253 .333 .440
2005 24 20 31 5 0 9 27 3 7 23 .304 .349 .618
2006 23 22 23 3 0 5 16 3 17 20 .267 .390 .477
2007 23 27 33 7 0 14 34 2 9 23 .355 .415 .882
2008 24 14 26 7 0 4 11 1 6 19 .286 .343 .495
2009 Returned from offseason hip surgery on May 8
2010 22 12 21 6 2 2 14 1 11 13 .250 .337 .440
2011 20 16 20 7 0 5 18 0 14 12 .290 .407 .609
2012 22 14 20 2 0 4 11 2 12 16 .244 .354 .415
2013 Returned from offseason hip surgery on Aug. 5
2014 Suspended for entire season
Totals 354 288 417 95 6 96 289 30 172 280
Career averages 22 18 26 6 .4 6 18 2 11 18 .302 .386 .589

A-Rod started all but one of the games he’s played in March/April. On April 18, 2012, Rodriguez pinch-hit for Russell Martin to lead off the ninth inning with the Yankees trailing the Twins, 6-4. He grounded out to third base. Derek Jeter followed with a solo home run, but the Yankees lost, 6-5.

On April 26, 2005, A-Rod had five at-bats . . . and homered three times off the Angels’ Bartolo Colon.

Rodriguez scored 20 or more runs in March/April nine times in his career.

Of A-Rod’s 96 home runs in March/April, he has hit the most against the Los Angeles Angels with 13.

The 34 RBI A-Rod had in April 2007 is tied with June 2007 for his career high in a month.

Of the seven times A-Rod has hit below .300 in the opening month of the season, four have occurred since 2008.

A-Rod has reached base at least one-third of the time in March/April every season he’s played at least three games.

March/April is the second best slugging month for A-Rod in his career, trailing August’s .599.

By Mark La Monica and Anthony Carrozzo