Why Does the Media’s Steroid Reluctance Extend to A-Rod? Through 43 games, Alex Rodriguez’ 2009 season has been underwhelming. He’s hitting .223 and slugging .466, far lower than his career .304 and .576 numbers respectively. He has hit 10 home runs in 148 AB, though eight (in 73 AB) have come in the homer haven that is New Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez is clearly not the same player, and the media has exhausted its’ collective mental capacity to figure out why.