WATCH: Brian Cashman removes his 2009 World Series ring in A-Rod's defense

The "count the rings" argument is an exhausted and oversimplified approach to player evaluation. Still, it's worth highlighting whenever a general manager literally drops his ring on the table in support of a player, as Yankees GM Brian Cashman did during the Alex Rodriguez press conference on Sunday.

Rodriguez and the Yankees announced that Friday will be No. 13's last game in pinstripes. And when a reporter asked about Rodriguez's Yankees legacy, Cashman responded by mentioning his 2009 World Series championship ring. Cashman then removed the ring and set it in front of him, noting that he wouldn't have it without Rodriguez's contributions. Here's evidence:

Cashman is right, of course.

Prior to 2009, Rodriguez had developed a reputation for being a poor postseason performer. Yet that October, Rodriguez had the finest tournament run of his career. He posted an OPS of at least .950 in each of the three series, including a .973 mark in the World Series itself -- during which he finished second on the club with six runs batted in.

Consider it a disappointment that the Yankees failed to reach another World Series during Rodriguez's tenure. Cashman, though, seems to value that one title plenty.

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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