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Column roundup: Reactions to Rodriguez

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In this market, there is no shortage of columnists and national baseball writers, which means voices and opinions in the wake of something like the latest Alex Rodriguez scandal. Here are a few worth reading.

Ken Davidoff: “If you buy into the idea of our sports being ‘pure,’ if you believe the notion of statistical integrity, then that’s on you. You’re not getting it.”

Tyler Kepner: “Rodriguez said yes, and together they have had some fun. But a marriage that starts with a lie is bound to fall apart, and that is what has happened.”

Bob Klapisch: “A-Rod has been linked (again) to performance-enhancing drugs, as recently as last season, putting the finishing touches on his now-utterly trashed legacy — baseball’s all-time fraud.”

Bill Madden: “After all the revelations coming out of Miami about his association with shady anti-aging clinic proprietor Anthony Bosch, to whom he is now alleged to have paid for HGH and banned testosterone creams, A-Rod has to understand that the Yankees and Major League Baseball want no part of him.”

Ian O’Connor: “If Alex Rodriguez’s primary goal in life is to be remembered forever, well, congratulations are in order. ‘His contract will go down as the worst in sports history,’ one baseball official said Tuesday.”

Joel Sherman: “And since his acquisition in 2004, Rodriguez’s reckless bent has not only damaged him, but the Yankees as well in terms of reputation, clubhouse tension and a general halo of negativity. Until now, that is.”

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41 Responses to “Column roundup: Reactions to Rodriguez”

  1. Tar January 30th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    “And since his acquisition in 2004, Rodriguez’s reckless bent has not only damaged him, but the Yankees as well in terms of reputation, clubhouse tension and a general halo of negativity. Until now, that is.”

    Whatever Joel. Bunch of sharks in a feeding frenzy. Sanctimonious lot if I ever did see one.

    Now I know why I have been avoiding the internet.

  2. Benny Blanco January 30th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Arod’s reputation is toast!!!

  3. blake January 30th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Davidoff is like the only one who doesn’t get up on a soapbox and act like Alex committed treason or something…..

  4. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    To borrow Kepner’s analogy, if you married A-Rod the ballplayer at 32, thinking that somehow he was really 25, you either have bad eyes or were kind of drunk with $ signs.

    To the “writer,” it’s all on A-Rod (which is fine to a degree, he seems to have no compass), but these people put none of the blame on the Yankees for their poor business decision.

    It’s so predictable.

  5. blake January 30th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    So giving a 32 year old 275 million dollars plus HR bonuses isn’t a good idea?

  6. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I wonder if MLB does bailouts. The Yankees are too big to fail.

  7. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax January 30th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I wonder if MLB does bailouts.

    *****

    They do – it’s called the Texas Rangers and New York Mets – - – -

  8. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    What are the chances Ray Lewis kills someone else in the next 24 hours? I’d be willing to sacrifice myself to make this story go away. I don’t think my heart can handle this being the biggest story in baseball for another 2 weeks.

  9. blake January 30th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    “What are the chances Ray Lewis kills someone else in the next 24 hours? I’d be willing to sacrifice myself to make this story go away. I don’t think my heart can handle this being the biggest story in baseball for another 2 weeks.”

    Don’t waste your life….cause Ray Lewis would still play Sunday and Arod would still be worse

  10. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    blake January 30th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    “What are the chances Ray Lewis kills someone else in the next 24 hours? I’d be willing to sacrifice myself to make this story go away. I don’t think my heart can handle this being the biggest story in baseball for another 2 weeks.”

    Don’t waste your life….cause Ray Lewis would still play Sunday and Arod would still be worse

    ———————–

    *Sigh* True story.

  11. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    “They do – it’s called the Texas Rangers and New York Mets – – – -”

    Then they need to expand their mandate to include stupidity as well as cash flow.

  12. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    The Rangers thing still makes me mad.

    The Dodgers thing has distracted me, but I still have room to be mad about the Rangers.

  13. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Some of us can multitask..

  14. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    They did do the Mets a favor by forcing Alderson on them. He’s made some really good trades for young players.

  15. Nilsson January 30th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Then you ought to root for the Mets. Do all of us a favor.

  16. blake January 30th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm
    They did do the Mets a favor by forcing Alderson on them. He’s made some really good trades for young players.

    Sandy is good

  17. blake January 30th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    The mets screwed up the Reyes situation ( my guess is ownership wouldn’t let Sandy trade him) but other than that they are doing a good job of digging out of the mt Everest size hole they were in

  18. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Granderson for Sandy!!

  19. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    @Buster_ESPN

    Chase Headley has reached an agreement with the Padres for $8.575 million, a raise of $5.1 million over last year.

  20. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    “Then you ought to root for the Mets. Do all of us a favor.”

    You’re a sycophantic fool.

  21. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Youk for Headley!!

  22. Nilsson January 30th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I just have one question to ask you Rich:

    Would you like some cheese with your constant whine? Damn it man, lighten up sometime.

  23. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Headley had asked the #Padres for $10.3M. The club offered $7.075M. Settlement at $8.575M is slightly below midpoint of $8.69M.

  24. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    “I just have one question to ask you Rich:

    Would you like some cheese with your constant whine? Damn it man, lighten up sometime.”

    You’re the one being touchy, dude.

    I’m just stating facts.

  25. tomingeorgia January 30th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Real baseball is coming, isn’t it? I’d like to see if anybody here (on the Yankees) can play this game.

  26. blake January 30th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Headley had asked the #Padres for $10.3M. The club offered $7.075M. Settlement at $8.575M is slightly below midpoint of $8.69M.

  27. Bronx Jeers January 30th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Pitchers & catchers in 13 days and live baseball in 24 days. And you-know-who won’t be around to muddy the waters.

  28. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    “Pitchers & catchers in 13 days and live baseball in 24 days. And you-know-who won’t be around to muddy the waters.”

    Chase Headley?

  29. blake January 30th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Late to the party

  30. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Maybe if Youk doesn’t work out that well in the first half they’ll try to make a move for Headley or Olt (or Flores) (or Rendon) (or Gordon).

  31. blake January 30th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Headley will be available at the deadline most likely if they can’t sign him before then .

    I think Headley and Andrus are set to hit free agency the same offseason after 2014

  32. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I definitely think their trade chips will increase in value as the season wears on, maybe by a lot. Just keep Sanchez, and I’m hopeful that Heathcott moves quickly enough to play a role in NY at some point. Now, that would make the season fun.

  33. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    blake January 30th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Headley will be available at the deadline most likely if they can’t sign him before then .

    I think Headley and Andrus are set to hit free agency the same offseason after 2014

    ——————

    …..Forget Cano, get both!

    (Remember when doing something like that wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for the Yankees? That was awesome.)

  34. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    They’d be better with those two than Cano.

  35. Bronx Jeers January 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Chase Headley?

    ———————–

    Actually I was reaching back a little further. We can start with Vlad Guerrero.

  36. Shame Spencer January 30th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    They’d be better with those two than Cano.

    ———————-

    If you could get them both for like $12 million AAVs it’d be cheaper! But Andrus will probably cost a lot more than that.

    Sads.

  37. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    “Actually I was reaching back a little further. We can start with Vlad Guerrero.”

    Vlad was fun; he should have been a Yankee (would have been if it was up to Cashman). In his prime, he was a much, much better version of a young Soriano.

  38. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax January 30th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    “They do – it’s called the Texas Rangers and New York Mets – – – -”

    Then they need to expand their mandate to include stupidity as well as cash flow.

    *****

    Tom Hicks is the very definition of stupidity – by himself he happened to ruin a baseball, hockey, and soccer franchise – good job Tom – and the Yankees ended shoving their money via baseball to help the Rangers – while in bankruptcy proceedings – acquire talent like Justin Smoak in the draft and then get Cliff Lee

    As for the Mets – even leaving the stupidity aside of all the Madoff stuff – they love Sandy Alderson – Sandy has allowed them to implement a radical austerity plan so that they can channel their money to pay off the bonds and other debts they accumulated with their reckless investments while Syd, Jeff, and Fred played around with their real estate ventures on Madoff money – - – -

    so again, yes Virginia, there are bailouts in baseball – and it is for stupid and reckless owners like the Wilpons and Hicks – provided that Bud and his gang like you – - – -

  39. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    “Tom Hicks is the very definition of stupidity – ”

    He doesn’t have a monopoly on it. OTOH, he was a self-made billionaire, so how stupid can he be?

    “As for the Mets – even leaving the stupidity aside of all the Madoff stuff – they love Sandy Alderson – Sandy has allowed them to implement a radical austerity plan so that they can channel their money to pay off the bonds and other debts they accumulated with their reckless investments.”

    There was a commercial real estate crash, so anyone with that as their primary business is going to have cash flow problems.

    Again, Wilpon is a self-made billionaire (or close to it). How stupid can he be?

    But again, you seem to think that any instance of stupidity precludes another.

    IT DOESN’T! The A-Rod contract was a stupid move by the Yankees.

    And btw, Alderson is doing a great job, which I think you seem to agree with.

  40. Bronx Jeers January 30th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    For a guy that swung at everything Vlad didn’t really strike out that much. And he could throw a baseball a country mile.

    But Sheffield was fun to watch as well. I remember somebody asking him something about the mechanics of his swing and he was just like ” I don’t know nothing about that”

  41. blake January 30th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm
    They’d be better with those two than Cano.

    Might could sign then both for what Cano will cost

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