A-Rod one of Twins’ greatest villains

He’s finally gone.

Probably.

Decorated infielder Alex Rodriguez is set play his final game as a member of the New York Yankees on Friday before moving into his new position as a consultant and special advisor, the first leg of his de facto retirement.

But while there are sure to be tears shed in New York, there may be no greater villain in the Twins’ 55-year history than "A-Rod."

His game-tying homer off closer Joe Nathan in the 2009 ALDS secured his spot in Minnesota’s sporting rogues gallery, the crescendo of a career of dominance against the Twins in October.

Opponent G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS
vs. Min 10 41 8 16 3 0 3 10 .390 .435 .683 1.118
vs. LAA 11 36 8 11 3 0 3 6 .306 .509 .639 1.148
vs. NYY 7 23 5 9 2 0 2 5 .391 .462 .739 1.201
vs. Bos 7 31 8 8 2 0 2 5 .258 .378 .516 .895
vs. Bal 8 32 2 7 1 0 1 1 .219 .265 .344 .608
vs. Phi 6 20 5 5 3 0 1 6 .250 .423 .550 .973
vs. Tex 6 21 4 4 2 0 0 2 .190 .320 .286 .606
vs. Cle 5 16 2 4 0 0 1 1 .250 .333 .438 .771
vs. CWS 3 13 0 4 0 0 0 2 .308 .308 .308 .615
vs. Det 12 41 1 4 0 0 0 3 .098 .191 .098 .289
vs. Hou 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

Rodriguez batted a full .021 points better than his career average of .295 when facing the Twins, racking up 181 hits and 140 RBI in 160 games against Minnesota, but he truly prospered in the playoffs.

Opponent G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
Twins 150 573 116 181 22 3 51 130 .320 .390 .630 1.00

His prime coincided with the Twins’ final years at the Metrodome, where Rodriguez was particularly effective.

He hit 21 of his 696 career home runs at the Metrodome despite playing just 58 games there, good enough for sixth among ballparks he played in as a visitor, and second outside of the AL East, where he spent more than half of his career.

Ballpark Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR â–¾ RBI BA OBP SLG
Angel Stadium Angels 102 400 89 128 21 1 38 86 .320 .388 .663
Rogers Centre Blue Jays 121 470 89 125 27 0 36 99 .266 .363 .553
Camden Yards Orioles 130 505 96 140 27 0 34 109 .277 .361 .533
Tropicana Field Rays 114 433 79 112 22 2 30 73 .259 .356 .527
Fenway Park Red Sox 132 509 103 146 22 3 29 88 .287 .366 .513
Metrodome Twins 58 237 59 87 15 2 21 54 .367 .440 .713
O.co Coliseum Athletics 103 399 56 106 13 2 21 74 .266 .346 .466
Kauffman Stadium Royals 71 270 51 80 14 0 19 44 .296 .401 .559
US Cellular Field White Sox 70 270 40 76 11 1 15 46 .281 .365 .496
Jacobs Field Indians 67 266 36 76 19 0 10 40 .286 .362 .470

Even leveling the ‘Dome wasn’t enough to stop Rodriguez, who hit three home runs in an 8-5 win over the Twins at Target Field last summer, the fifth and likely final 3-homer game of his career.

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