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Dropping weight to gain power

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Could a lighter Alex Rodriguez mean a more powerful Alex Rodriguez?

“Kevin Long described it as, he likes to have power, but with the freedom of a swing,” Rodriguez said this afternoon. “I think over the last several years — you’ll have to talk to K-Long a little bit more about it — but he felt there were some restrictions in my swing and some limitations. I think it affected my power.”

Rodriguez said he didn’t necessarily set a weight goal this offseason, but going through his normal offseason training dropped him back down to his normal weight. It’s not a drastic change — Rodriguez said he was up to 230, now he’s down to 222 or 223 — but it’s enough to make him feel a difference. The last time he played at this weight was 2007 and earlier in Texas. Today Rodriguez feels “quicker on (his) feet,” and he’s added flexibility.

“Kevin Long believes that in order for the power swing to be perfectly right, he really wants you to stroke the ball to left-center,” Rodriguez said. “We always hear right-center, and he has his reasoning behind it, and a lot of it has to do with flexibility, which I think I’ve gotten back.”

Ideally, Rodriguez will stay around this weight throughout spring training, maybe gain a pound or two.

“It’s probably going to be from 222 to 226, and that’ll be where I range,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a weight that I feel really good (about) right now. Probably 224, 225 Opening Day start, that would be perfect.”

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114 Responses to “Dropping weight to gain power”

  1. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Garbo Speaks:

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    Hank also too an opportunity to blast revenue sharing. Called it “socialism” and questioned logic of supporting teams in ailing markets #nyy

  2. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    RayVT February 21st, 2011 at 2:25 pm
    Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    As Mickey Mantle once said about Casey Stengel, “I agree with what Joe said!” LOL!

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Ray, have you ever read the transscripts from those Senate hearings in 1958? The only one that could have understood Casey was Yogi Berra. Reading it is certainly an education.

    1958 Senate Hearings on baseball.

    Enjoy it and don’t blame me if your head explodes

    http://www.baseball-almanac.co…..mony.shtml

  3. tampayank February 21st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    “# GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Garbo Speaks:

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    Hank also too an opportunity to blast revenue sharing. Called it “socialism” and questioned logic of supporting teams in ailing markets #nyy

    might not be popular to state here but I’m in favor of some type of soft salary cap and floor, would probably lead to some contraction but it would be for the best

  4. pat February 21st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Hank airing dirty laundry calling out Jeter. Not good.

    WCYF

    Fox execs said Alex wasn’t upset and never complained but you can believe a gossip reporter from Chicago if you choose to.

  5. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    People/things Hank seemed to put on blast today without naming names: Oakland A’s, Tampa Bay Rays, Derek Jeter and Karl Marx. #nyy

  6. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Ledger_Yankees People/things Hank seemed to put on blast today without naming names: Oakland A’s, Tampa Bay Rays, Derek Jeter and Karl Marx. #nyy

    :lol:

  7. Carl February 21st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I love Hank

  8. G. Love February 21st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    NotHankStein “Really hoping Arod takes more of a leadership role this year. I’m also hoping he finally agrees to take me ice dancing in Central Park.”

  9. pat February 21st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    eboland11 A-Rod: “We expect to do a lot of good things and 4 us to do that I know that I have to play at an elite level…i’m ready 4 that challenge”

  10. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Looks like Hank blew his invitation to Jeter’s housewarming party.

    At least it gives the beat guys something to write about besides Popcorn-Gate and Weight-Gate.

  11. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    It’s not the fault of smaller market teams that the population won’t support the revenue streams/televisiosn deals that larger markets will. I’m sure suggestions are welcome.

  12. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Yup, people who don’t understand hitting sometimes mistakenly believe that more bulk necessarily means more power. It’s not true.

  13. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Seems like Alex is in a good place and ready for the season. I expect him to have a great year.

  14. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I’m sure that Hank Steinbrenner’s “socialism” remarks had a lot to do with both St. Louis and Boston when making remarks to the media about their own players and teams made more than a few references to the perceived yankee payroll.

  15. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Hank also called the AL East maybe the best division of all American pro sports. Then he said nice things about Ivan Nova. #nyy

    Hank’s in a chatty mood today. ;)

  16. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Hank, what a buffoon……….

  17. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Please, they celebrated too much? If he’s saying they weren’t hungry last year, that’s a pretty damning comment. How I despise this man.

  18. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    Looks like Hank blew his invitation to Jeter’s housewarming party.

    At least it gives the beat guys something to write about besides Popcorn-Gate and Weight-Gate.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Do you think we’ll see a repeat of the Jeter/Steinbrenner Visa Card commercial…this time with Jeter/Hank doing a Century 21 commercial?

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I read it in a Bill Zwecker column at the Chicago Sun-Times.

  20. pat February 21st, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    “Looks like Hank blew his invitation to Jeter?s housewarming party.”

    Handing out the “there are no sacred cows” memo in house is different putting it on blast.

  21. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    GB,

    We think alike. I was just going to post that maybe Hank was looking to follow in his father’s footsteps and was hoping to get a commercial with Derek.

  22. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Do you think we?ll see a repeat of the Jeter/Steinbrenner Visa Card commercial?this time with Jeter/Hank doing a Century 21 commercial?

    ******************************

    :lol:

    That would be awesome.

  23. blake February 21st, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Alex may have a monster season.

  24. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    GB,

    We think alike. I was just going to post that maybe Hank was looking to follow in his father’s footsteps and was hoping to get a commercial with Derek.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Fran, if you start thinking like me, you’d better be very afraid.

  25. m February 21st, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    So that mansions comment wasn’t directed at anyone in particular? Yeah, sure.

    I don’t see how he connected those two dots.

  26. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Hank is very much his father’s son. This is especially true of George in the 70s and 80s. Mostly harmless stuff and at times, humorous. Today for example.

  27. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Hank may be his father’s son in some ways, but he is nowhere near as smart as his father was.

  28. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    The story about Alex being upset with FOX is false.

    He wasn’t upset and neither he, nor anybody representing him, spoke to FOX about anything.

  29. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Maybe Hank’s upset that the family turned down his request to enlarge the stables for the ponies.

  30. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    What an absolute moron Hank Steinbrenner is, not to mention a hypocrite.

    I wonder if he thought it was “socialism” when the Yankees asked New York City for an additional $259 million in tax-exempt government-backed bonds for his new stadium — on top of the $940 million in previously approved bonds and $450 million in direct government spending on the project.

  31. pat February 21st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Asked what advice he wuld give C.C. about his opt out. A-Rod replied “I’m the last guy who should give advice on contracts.” We Lol!

  32. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I don’t think this was funny at all………..he damned the team with these stupid accusations. It’s also none of his business what Jeter or any of his players does in their off-season; I doubt Hank is living in a shack.

  33. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Nobody thought George was overly smart in his first few years of ownership, either.

  34. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    It’s not important SJ44. A-Rod says one thing someone else says something else. It was about popcorn so what. It did seem believable to me as to the kind of thing celebrities get upset about. I personally thought it was a nice moment he looks happy.

  35. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Anyone who bothered to read that George went to Williams College would have known that he was smart.

  36. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Hank is tame compared to dad.

    They both like to talk.

    However, if what Hank said today is “rough”, it wouldn’t make the top 10,000 of the “rough” things George said in his heyday.

  37. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    “I wonder if he thought it was “socialism” when the Yankees asked New York City for an additional $259 million in tax-exempt government-backed bonds for his new stadium — on top of the $940 million in previously approved bonds and $450 million in direct government spending on the project.”

    That’s not socialism, that’s an inducement for keeping a cash cow in NYC.

  38. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Just because he’s not a patch on his dad doesn’t make Hank harmless; ugh, I really can’t stand him. Taking shots at his own team…….moron.

  39. Carl February 21st, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    # Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Just because he’s not a patch on his dad doesn’t make Hank harmless; ugh, I really can’t stand him. Taking shots at his own team…….moron.

    George did it all the time.

  40. blake February 21st, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    . A-Rod replied “I’m the last guy who should give advice on contracts.” We Lol!

    Considering he’s signed two 250+ million dollar ones im not so sure about that……

  41. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    George was George S. Patton and Hank is Omar Bradley in comparison.

  42. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Fran, if you start thinking like me, you’d better be very afraid.
    ***************
    GB,
    As long as I don’t type like you I think I’ll be ok ;)

  43. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    His comment though about revenue sharing is correct.

    The Marlins, Pirates, Rays and Royals all turned profits exceeding 20 million last year.

    They don’t need revenuesharing money. Yet, they still receive it.

    The Rangers not only received revenuesharing money, MLB allowed them to go over their debt threshold to acquire players while in bankruptcy.

    These aren’t “small market” teams.

    They are teams in large markets who either receive a TON of local TV money or, in the case of the Royals, own a very profitable regional sports network.

    These aren’t “hurting” franchises. Hence, they shouldn’t be receiving the money.

  44. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 3:06 pm
    Fran, if you start thinking like me, you’d better be very afraid.
    ***************
    GB,
    As long as I don’t type like you I think I’ll be ok

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    Ouch! LMAO

  45. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    “I wonder if he thought it was “socialism” when the Yankees asked New York City for an additional $259 million in tax-exempt government-backed bonds for his new stadium — on top of the $940 million in previously approved bonds and $450 million in direct government spending on the project.”

    That’s not socialism, that’s an inducement for keeping a cash cow in NYC.

    ***********

    That is public money and the Yankees had their hands out. And the Pittsburgh Pirates provide revenue to their city albeit a relatively smaller amount.

  46. pat February 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    WCYF

    Ken Davidoff agrees with SJ,

    “He denied the report that he called Fox to complain about the famous “Popcorn shot,” and I believe him. I’ve heard the same thing from two other sources now. As A-Rod told one friend, when the report emerged, “I was sitting with the President (George W. Bush). If I was worried about being on camera, I would’ve sat somewhere else.”

  47. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Carl, I didn’t like it when George did it either. Jeter did nothing wrong….and I want to see what proof Hank has the Yankees celebrated too much. Just what does that mean anyway?

  48. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    The Marlins, Pirates, Rays and Royals are small market teams. The large markets like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc., do not have these issues.

  49. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    The only thing Hank said that I wish he didn’t was the comment about building a house. It’s unwarranted. I don’t think they need to add a chip to Jeter’s shoulder, you know?

    Other than that, he is a team owner, whether people like it or not or like him or not, and as such he is entitled to speak about his team. And his father often did, so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    The best thing to do is to ignore whatever it is he says that rankles. Not everything he says is wrong. He doesn’t bother to dress up his feelings, though, does he? :)

  50. pat February 21st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Ooops Forgot the Davidoff link.

    http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/.....=1.2702413

  51. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    “That is public money and the Yankees had their hands out. And the Pittsburgh Pirates provide revenue to their city albeit a relatively smaller amount.”

    Public money doesn’t equate to socialism.

    NYC and the Yankees aren’t ostensibly competitors, like the Yankees and Pirates are.

    To the contrary, they share mutual interests that make it in NYC’s best interests to offer inducements to corporations that either want to remain or relocate in the city. They do it because it retains or creates jobs.

    I really have no idea what you are arguing because your analogy is inapt.

  52. Carl February 21st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    # Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Carl, I didn’t like it when George did it either. Jeter did nothing wrong….and I want to see what proof Hank has the Yankees celebrated too much. Just what does that mean anyway?

    No idea.

  53. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Pat OK. I believe you. It really doesn’t matter it’s popcorn and his girlfriend — and no one really knows for sure anyway. I had no reason not to believe a story in the Chicago Tribune that had a source and as I said my experience tell me it had a ring of truth as to something a celebrity would get upset about.

  54. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Perhaps 32 teams is too many.

  55. pat February 21st, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    “The only thing Hank said that I wish he didn?t was the comment about building a house.”

    Me too. I have no problem with him calling out the team but not individual members of it publicly.

  56. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I disagree, the Yankees will take money from public funds when it suits their purposes, namely to further enrich themselves.

  57. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Carl, I know – I was really just asking that rhetorically. I hate all his comments, but I would agree that the only ones that were really out of line were the mansion/Jeter comments. Again, is Hank living in a shack?

  58. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Maybe if other teams had the marketing drive that GMS had, they wouldn’t be in them team mess they’re in. Years ago, Steinbrenner offered his services to negotiate deals for baseball and was turned down flat. He went out and made his own deals, especially in TV/Radio contracts, but also in team equipment and concessions deals. He understood negotiating better than anybody in baseball.

  59. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    “I disagree, the Yankees will take money from public funds when it suits their purposes, namely to further enrich themselves.”

    You may disagree, but it’s not socialism based on any commonly accepted definition of the word.

  60. JCPD February 21st, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Amazing, so people get annoyed when people talking are either boring like Jeter or uncut like Hank. Just can’t please all the people all the time. Nothing wrong with a little color from Hank.

  61. LGY February 21st, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    What a nice guy Hank is protecting Jetes like that.

    Here I thought all along, Jeter stunk last year because of old age.

    But really it was because he was too busy building that mansion.

  62. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Rich neither are ball clubs who receive revenue sharing money socialist.

  63. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    There are many other franchises with marketing savvy and powerful, profitable regional sports networks. Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, etc. The Dodgers are great marketers as well. Through the roof attendance and merchandise sales, etc.

  64. Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    GB7 – you’re right about George knowing how to do deals. If major league baseball had listened to him, they would have been rolling in $$$. Unfotunately, too many of the individual owners appeared to be more interested in maintaing their own little fiefdoms, and didn’t see the larger picture.

    That’s one thing you have to give Bud Selig credit for – uniting the owners for their own good. The national TV deals, MLB and it’s marketing, and now the MLB Network – these all came about on his watch and have helped make baseball a 7-8 billiion dollar/year, year-round industry, instead of a collection of mom-and-pop cottage businesses.

    Well, a lot of teams are still run like mom-and-pop operations, despite the zillioins of dollars in cash flow. SJ can probably give a seminar on that.

  65. m February 21st, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    What’s the old adage? Don’t build a house bigger than your boss’s?

    Definitely a hint of petty jealousy or resentment over Jeter’s contract.

  66. Irreverent Discourse February 21st, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I for one happen to agree with Hank. Small market teams should not be propped up and supported. The league could use to lose about 4 teams off the bottom. The talent filtering out tot he rest of the league would actually allow teams to have 5 decent starters and improve the overall quality of the game.

  67. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    “Rich neither are ball clubs who receive revenue sharing money socialist.”

    The reason that the socialism analogy is not really inapt is because the line between independent competitors and a collective enterprise where the means of production are shared is often blurry, and it is often moved by so-called small market owners when it suits their interests to do so.

  68. Mell February 21st, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    The mansion crack is really bad form.

    Don’t know much about Hank. Has he worked for anything or, as has been suggested, was he born on 3rd base, but thinks he hit a triple?

  69. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    There has to be a way to attempt to level the playing field IMO, even though it will never be fully accomplished. If there is a better way what is it? There are population differences and this plays a major role in the disparity.

  70. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Maybe Hank is ticked off that several Yankees came into camp overweight?

  71. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    The Marlins and Rays are in Top 30 TV Markets. That does not make them “small markets”.

    The Royals own one of the most successful regional sports networks in the industry, with a value exceeding a billion dollars. Definitely takes them out of the “small” market equation.

    When Ron Berkle and Mario Lemieux looked to buy the Pirates, they were shocked at how profitable they were.

    They were more profitable than the Penguins (the team they own), and they just won the Stanley Cup.

    It’s not surprising the Nutting Family turned them down.

    All of the teams I mentioned right now are more profitable than the Dodgers, a large market team.

    The term, “small market” is a misnomer leagues shove down fans throats to justify poorly constructed revenue sharing plans.

    There is nothing wrong with revenue sharing A’s a concept.

    However, when teams out grow the need, regardless of their market size, they shouldn’t receive the money.

    Sort of like hitting the Mega Millions Jackpot yet still applying for food stamps.

  72. Irreverent Discourse February 21st, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Betsy – except not a single player has come into camp overweight?

  73. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Rich this isn’t governance we are discussing, there is no means of production owned by a central governing body. MLB is also different in that revenue is generated locally unlike the NFL.

  74. RayVT February 21st, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks GB! I read them years ago & I agree only Yogi would have a chance to understand them. Thanks for the link!

    Hope you are doing great!

  75. m February 21st, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I think Hank confused struggles, injuries, and a hot opponent in the playoffs with complacency.

  76. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I don’t concur with the definition of what defines a smaller market team, but that notwithstanding, if the system is broken then it should be fixed. You cannot blame the owners of these teams for taking advantage under the rules. No more than you can blame the Yankees for having a $215 million dollar payroll. The Yankees play by the rules.

  77. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    ID, then take that up with Cashman……..heavy/overweight, it’s all semantics

  78. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Joe, GMS was an old time hustler. He reminds me of the old timers like Sam Walton and others that started with a small store in a large city and buried the competition with hustle. He made his deals and it was just too bad if others got upset. Others yammer on about the size of the city, but, other than the Mets, no other baseball team competes with 7 other pro sports teams for entertainment dollars. Add the colleges, broadway, restaurants, pro tennis, golf, etc.

    Boston has all of New England. The Dodgers has southern California and LA is hardly a bedroom community. St. Louis has a major part of the midwest and Mississippi valley. 3 years ago, Philadelphis received money as a “small market” team. Nobody with any brains ever thought Florida could support two MLB teams especially because it’s so transient and and two minor leagues and ST. The money that’s their goes north in the summer time. It’s more about poor management/mismanagement than it is population.

  79. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    M, he’s not the swiftest boat on the ocean so I wouldn’t be surprised.

  80. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I have no issue with means testing as a concept to regulate revenue sharing and insure it’s fair.

  81. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    “Rich this isn’t governance we are discussing, there is no means of production owned by a central governing body. MLB is also different in that revenue is generated locally unlike the NFL.”

    There is revenue sharing in MLB. It’s an anti-competitive practice that is adopted by a central governing body. The only difference between MLB and the NFL is a matter of degree.

  82. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    There is no such thing as a “level playing field” in any business. The concept there has to be one in sports is folly.

    The Dodgers are now over 300 million in debt because of inept ownership.

    Ownership that Bud Selig personally signed off on, despite the widespread belief in the industry that Frank McCourt and his soon to be ex-wife didn’t have the liquidity of cash assets to own the team.

    Should the Yankees have to contribute to bailing them out, or help prop them up? Nope.

    That, and other stuff involving revenue sharing money is what Hank is ticked off about and he’s right.

    The Jeter crack? Unnecessary.

    However, if that’s the worst thing that happens to Derek this year, he’s going to have a great year.

    West Coast,

    Since I was in the suite next to Alex and the President (and posted about this when it This became a “story”) and know several of the people who were in that suite personally, there are people who do know the truth and no call was made to FOX.

  83. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    RayVT February 21st, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks GB! I read them years ago & I agree only Yogi would have a chance to understand them. Thanks for the link!

    Hope you are doing great!

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    sure thing, Ray. I read it a couple of times a year and it’s always a great laugh. Doing fine down here. Thanks for asking. Hope you border yankee Yankee fans are doing great up there.

  84. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Socialism isn’t defined as a lack of competition (which has to be quantified in any event). It’s controlling the means of production and that just isn’t applicable in MLB.

  85. Irreverent Discourse February 21st, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    SJ44 – are you condaleeza rice?

  86. blake February 21st, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Alex seems so much more comfortable in his own skin than be did a couple years ago.

  87. m February 21st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I think SJ has it right. It’s just used to label teams who are perpetually bad (Pirates), perpetually cheap (Twins), or has an anemic fanbase (Rays/Marlins). It’s used to excuse the inherent shortcomings that might not be attributable to actual market size/shares/population.

  88. Irreverent Discourse February 21st, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    It is difficult to come out and say “Well, if we had better fans we could have a better team.”

  89. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    The system isn’t “broken”. That’s my point.

    It’s an 8 billion dollar industry.

    When a team that hasn’t sniffed .500 in 18 years (Pirates) is turning an over 20 million dollar profit, the system isn’t broken.

    It’s awash in profits.

    What teams do with the money is a different issue.

    However, as an industry, MLB has never been more profitable.

  90. Yanksgal07 February 21st, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    The popcorn story was a joke, If it had been any other player caught on camera with his girlfriend/wife feeding him popcorn it would have been …”awwww..how cute” and not thought about 5 minutes later. With Alex they always try to find something and the “supposed” fans are no better spreading the so called news. He gets more negative coverage for eating popcorn than players who get caught with DUI’s or players who beat their wives.. those are headlines for a day then gone. It’s the combination of Alex and being a Yankee. That’s why it’s more sports gossip than sports reporting in this age of the internet.

    Go Yankees 2011 !!

  91. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I had no idea you were there and didn’t read what you. I believe you. But there is no reason for anyone not to believe a Chicago Tribune reporter who says he had a source on what is in essence a non-story. It is entirely believable as to something a celebrity would get upset about.

  92. Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    GB – absolutely, in regards to poor management.

    Look at the Mets. They’re in the same market as the Yankees, the greatest concentration of households in the country if you look at the tri-state region, with a demographic that has many of those households with an awful lot of disposable income. The businesses that have expense accounts to buy luxury suites, TV markets, etc. Everything an owner of a pro team could want.

    The Steinbrenners and the Yankees have been very successful in that environment.

    The Wilpons and the Mets, in the same market; with a new ballpark with luxury suites; and regional TV network – have a team that’s a disaster, Madoff notwithstanding. They’re team has declining attendance two years running, they lose money, and they’re in debt up their eyeballs.

    It’s all about how well you run your business. Too many owners do a lousy job of it. Others do a great job of running their personal finances, and use the team as a source of revenue only.

  93. pat February 21st, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Sad to read Morneau still not completely at 100%

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=6144828

  94. m February 21st, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    If anyone should be embarrassed, it’s Cameron. Getting caught on camera like that. ;)

  95. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Selig and the owners caused their own problems with overexpansion. Three years after expanding by two teams, they were ready to contract by two teams. Baseball was in trouble when they allowed one owner to have parts of three teams (Henry) and another to have a piece of 2 teams (Loria).

  96. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    “There is no such thing as a “level playing field” in any business. The concept there has to be one in sports is folly.”

    The level playing field in most businesses is the operation of the market.

  97. RayVT February 21st, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    There was this guy named Ted Turner who put his money into a team called the Braves and they suddenly became a large market team. TV contract thru the Ted Turner Network & salaries escallated. He built the Braves. When he sold the team, they became a small market team or at least a middle market team.

    The former owner Pohland of the Twins until he died was a multi-billionaire but he was cheap. He played the small market card and well run team concept ad nauseaum. The fact is most owners don’t re-invest the money they make into the team. MLB doesn’t want a Donald Trump or Mark Cuban or Jerry Jones or other rich person wanting to spend to win mentality involved in MLB.

    So some teams feel like they can make $20 to $30M in profits & suck as a franchise at the expense of MLB revenue sharing.

  98. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    “Socialism isn’t defined as a lack of competition (which has to be quantified in any event). It’s controlling the means of production and that just isn’t applicable in MLB.”

    What’s revenue sharing?

  99. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I just read Hank’s comment about Jeter. It’s asinine.

  100. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    Hank says Girardi, Mo and others on team were consulted before signing Soriano. “They all said ‘yeah, get ‘em.” #nyy

  101. Cashmoney February 21st, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    what did hank say about Jeter?

  102. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Baseball games are the product, revenue sharing is an ancillary financial mechanism. Let’s not get hung up on semantics. I don’t think it’s Socialism, you do. That’s cool.

  103. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I didn’t see the link posted, Here it is in case anyone missed it.

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news.....14923.html

  104. rb from LI February 21st, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    WCYF-

    At this point, if it’s about Alex I’m inclined not to believe until there is proof otherwise. The media is just too anxious to create a story where none exists when it concerns him.

  105. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    “At some point, if you don’t want to worry about teams in minor markets, don’t put teams in minor markets, or don’t leave teams in minor markets if they’re truly minor,” Steinbrenner said. “Socialism, communism, whatever you want to call it, is never the answer.”

    What an abject jackass. Communism?

  106. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    rb from LI February 21st, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    WCYF-At this point, if it’s about Alex I’m inclined not to believe until there is proof otherwise. The media is just too anxious to create a story where none exists when it concerns him.

    *************

    You may be right about that. My only hesitancy would be to look at the “media” as a monolithic entity.

  107. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Joe–

    Had to run out for a bit, but thank you for the info on Sanchez procedure.

  108. rb from LI February 21st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    You may be right about that. My only hesitancy would be to look at the “media” as a monolithic entity.
    ——————

    With the advent of the internet and everything that’s come along with it (blogs, twitter, 24hr news cycle) I can’t agree when it comes to gossip “news.”

  109. PittsburghYankeeFan February 21st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Enough of this “Pittsburgh is a small market” nonsense. What football team has gone to the Super Bowl 3 of the past 6 years? To the Stanley Cup finals 2 of the past 3 years?

    Small market? Please. The town is sports crazy and Fox Sports Pittsburgh makes a ton of cash. If Mario and Ron Burkle had the numbers right, I could see them buying the Pirates and making a regional network with the Pens and Pirates that would make a ton of cash.

    The problem with the team? Ownership, plain and simple. They want to use the money for other things, not baseball. It’s driving us nuts in Pittsburgh. Cuban (who is from Pittsburgh) and Burkle wanted to buy, but the Nuttings would not sell. It’s getting to the point where a “fan revolution” asking the owners to sell the team may happen sooner or later.

    We need a salary floor of somewhere in the $75 million range. Can’t afford it? Get out of baseball. McClatchey and the Nuttings have destroyed a potentially great franchise, and I wish the rest of MLB would give the Nuttings the boot.

  110. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    On that point, Steinbrenner is right.

    Who cares what the terminology is? The point is healthy teams are being asked to prop up unhealthy ones. Teams that are successful in their business models have to subsidize those that are not.

    It is not just about “market size” it is about how individual owners choose to run their organizations.

    There are owners who simply are not as engaged as others.

  111. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    It appears Hank gnawed through the muzzle Hal and Cashman strapped on him a few seasons ago.

    I like Hank a lot better when he disappears like Jimmy Hoffa.

    Almost every time he opens his mouth he says something stupid. It’s embarrassing.

    The Boss was a great business man but I never liked his rants through the media.

  112. tyanksfan36 February 21st, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    One of my students where I intern handed me this at the end of the day. Not sure if he was sincere or if he didn’t want me to forget about the lollipops I promised the class.

    http://s1039.photobucket.com/a.....S5qcGc.jpg

    Too cute

  113. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    :arrow:

  114. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 22nd, 2011 at 10:29 am

    test

    http://www.google.com/imgres?i.....29,r:0,s:0


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