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|It seems unlikely that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will ever regain his MVP form.|
Rodriguez? He's been demoted in the lineup, pinch-hit for, and benched for a clinching division series game. How's that for a Triple Crown?
Projected after his age 24 season, his final one in Seattle, ZiPS projected A-Rod to have a .779 OPS in 2012, given knowledge of the Yankee Stadium factors and the level of offense in 2012, compared with his actual OPS of .783. After his last year in Texas, ZiPS projects a 2012 OPS of .766. ZiPS projected an .824 OPS for A-Rod coming into this season, but that was a function of actual league offense and Yankee Stadium park factors being lower than expected, the reconfigured A-Rod projected 2012 OPS being only .799.