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As A-Rod’s world turns…

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

My mother used to watch some soap opera called As The World Turns. I have no idea what it was about, no clue whether it’s still on television and absolutely no interest in finding out. I only know that, with any soap opera type drama, it’s the first name that always pops into my head.

With that in mind, here’s what’s going on with Alex Rodriguez…

A source has told ESPN that Anthony Bosch used to personally inject Rodriguez with HGH. That said, ESPN also notes that the source made reference to Bosch once having trouble finding a vein for the injection, despite the fact an HGH injection would not require a vein. Fishy? Sure. There’s absolutely nothing proven here, but it’s yet another source — and ESPN says there are “several sources” who have said Bosch used to talk about his relationship with Rodriguez – who claims to have knowledge of Rodriguez’s connection to the now infamous Miami clinic.

Rodriguez’s people, of course, say the claims are totally false.

People close to Rodiguez have also told Yahoo! Sports, and a few others, that Rodriguez has no plans of retiring or backing out of his contract with the Yankees. “Alex is working diligently on his rehabilitation and looks forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible,” one source told Tim Brown.

Obviously nothing is proven at this point, it’s just another ugly chapter that’s ongoing. And probably will be ongoing for a long, long time.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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26 Responses to “As A-Rod’s world turns…”

  1. kd February 1st, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    it’s always ugliest before the truth comes out

    spring training in two weeks, it’s going to be interesting to see what alex has to say

    that said, this might be a blessing in disguise

  2. Benny Blanco February 1st, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Feb is arods month. Lol

  3. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    If the Yankees can void A-Rod’s contract, it would be great; I don’t see it happening. Anything short of that probably hurts the team on the field.

    This team has had a lot of off the field embarrassment over the last year or so. It would be great if everyone who works for the team, on the field and off, had Jeter’s character.

  4. Bronx Jeers February 1st, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I won’t pretend to know how much evidence the commissioners office needs to suspend him but I’m going to guess that they’re going to find enough witnesses to get it done.

    I guess it’s a good thing that Arod needed the surgery because it allowed the Yanks to plan for his absence.

  5. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    The MLB suspension process is reviewable as we saw with Braun.

  6. Jerkface February 1st, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I won’t pretend to know how much evidence the commissioners office needs to suspend him but I’m going to guess that they’re going to find enough witnesses to get it done.

    How? This latest ‘source’ info implies the only one who actually can prove A-rod was injected is Bosch himself

  7. Nick in SF February 1st, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    “Should be not try to defend himself? He didn’t start this.”

    He’s not responsible for the article in the Miami paper, but IF he committed the acts described therein, then he kind of did start this.

  8. Jerkface February 1st, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This is key:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......ted-a-rod/

    “Also of note, no one down in Miami can confirm that the DEA has opened an investigation at all and there is no evidence of an ongoing investigation. It’s possible that the DEA is just playing it cool and operating with unusual stealthiness. It’s also possible that, while this is a big story for baseball, the DEA in Miami (or all places) has bigger fish to fry than a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

    That part is of some significance. For only the government has subpoena power here. Bud Selig does not. And if the government is not involved in this, or is not moving particularly quickly, Major League Baseball is unlikely to have more at its disposal than (a) a newspaper report; (b) copies of uncorroborated medical records; and (c) the denials of all the players involved.”

  9. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    “He’s not responsible for the article in the Miami paper, but IF he committed the acts described therein, then he kind of did start this.”

    My comment only related to the first clause of your post.

    As for your second, does it matter, beyond some morality play? My only interest is for the Yankees to put the best team on the field over the next few years. Short of the voiding of his contract, I don’t see how any of this furthers that goal.

  10. Bronx Jeers February 1st, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    How do these sources know what happened? I guess that Bosch told them. Is that good enough for MLB? I don’t know.

  11. Chip February 1st, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Bronx Jeers February 1st, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    How do these sources know what happened? I guess that Bosch told them. Is that good enough for MLB? I don’t know.
    —————–

    Should be. The Mitchell Report was greatly based on the statements of Radomski and McNamee.

  12. Jerkface February 1st, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I guess that Bosch told them. Is that good enough for MLB? I don’t know.

    Good enough for mlb is different than good enough for the independent arbitrator that will decide it, and i doubt 3rd hand gossip is sufficient.

  13. Jerkface February 1st, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    The Mitchell Report was greatly based on the statements of Radomski and McNamee.

    I must have missed all the suspensions the mitchell report handed out.

  14. Chip February 1st, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I think that whatever happens through MLB – Alex is done in New York.

    I think the Yankees right now are probably having high level meetings with the topic of whether Alex’s production is worth the distraction at this point.

  15. Chip February 1st, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Jerkface February 1st, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    The Mitchell Report was greatly based on the statements of Radomski and McNamee.

    I must have missed all the suspensions the mitchell report handed out.
    ————-

    Well, as steroid and HGH use wasn’t a suspendable offense back then.

  16. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I think the Yankees are blowing $114m worth of smoke.

  17. Chip February 1st, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Jerkface February 1st, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I guess that Bosch told them. Is that good enough for MLB? I don’t know.

    Good enough for mlb is different than good enough for the independent arbitrator that will decide it, and i doubt 3rd hand gossip is sufficient.
    ———–

    The standard of proof per MLB is probable cause. If Alex’s name appears in Bosch’s records (which it does) that will be good enough.

  18. randy l. February 1st, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    rich-

    i’m withholding judgement on alex simply because i don’t care very much with him. maybe he’s telling the truth this time. i just don’t care.

    that said, any help he can give is a plus.

  19. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    “The standard of proof per MLB is probable cause. If Alex’s name appears in Bosch’s records (which it does) that will be good enough.”

    What’s MLB’s standard for the admissibility of evidence?

    (I have no idea, btw, I’m just curious.)

  20. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    If the Yankees were to release Rodriguez, if he can still play, does anybody really think there’s no team out there who would sign him for league minimum? There are probably 20 of them who would.

  21. Chip February 1st, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Let me ask you guys something. If things are going well with the team, they’re playing well, rolling along and it’s time for Alex to come back and bring the sh*tstorm with him…does that impact the Yankees’ decision?

    First of all, let me say I don’t think he’ll be physically able to play this year. But if he were, and if the scenario I described was actually taking place; if Alex did come back and the team faltered the hue and cry to release him will be even greater than it is now.

    I just can’t envision any scenario in which Alex plays for the Yankees going forward.

  22. Jerkface February 1st, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    The standard of proof per MLB is probable cause. If Alex’s name appears in Bosch’s records (which it does) that will be good enough.

    No, I don’t think that is good enough

  23. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I don’t think any one season matters in comparison to $114m.

  24. Bronx Jeers February 1st, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Calcaterra’s been doing a good job of trying to keep everybody grounded on this but what we really need to know is how much evidence allows this ” just cause” stipulation to be utilized.

    Also if people are speaking to the press they obviously want this to get out I.E. they want to see people get in trouble. MLB just needs to follow the breadcrumbs.

  25. Nick in SF February 1st, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I’m not getting into the morality of Alex’s potential usage either (or even of potentially lying to Peter Gammons’ face :cry: ), and Arod can defend himself all he wants, but just in general, if one breaks a rule/commits a crime, one can’t always control the timing of the exposure and consequences of said acts, whatever those may be.

    At the moment, I don’t know if I would be too shocked if Arod never plays a game again as a Yankee or if he’s back in the lineup in early August. Arod retiring for medical reasons and thus getting the Yankees off the hook for his contract — THAT would be the most shocking of the potential outcomes.

  26. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    “…just in general, if one breaks a rule/commits a crime, one can’t always control the timing of the exposure and consequences of said acts, whatever those may be.”

    Of course, Nick, but the operative word is if.


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