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A-Rod: “No reason why I can’t play at a very high level”

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

Alex Rodriguez just spoke for the first time since his offseason hip surgery and the latest accusations of performance enhancing drugs. As expected, he would not address the Biogenesis connection except to say that he has already met with members of the players association.

On whether he’ll be introduced during pregame ceremonies
“I haven’t checked, but I don’t need to be introduced to feel like I’m a part of this team. When I get introduced I want to be on the field and not look back.”

On when he expects to be back
“We’re going to leave that up to the doctor. We’re at the very beginning of stage one in this recovery. Recovery is going very well. I’m devoting 100 percent of my time and focus into getting back and playing and helping this team win a title.”

On his level of play when he does return
“I think it can be very high. When I found out, after the season was over about the big tear in my left hip, it was a bit of a relief to realize and understand how you ended last year. I was able to go in and fix it, rehab and I think once I’m mended and I’m back to being 100 percent, there’s no reason why I can’t play at a very high level.”

On whether he should have had the hip checked sooner
“Hindsight is always 20-20. If I would have, we never would have had that very tough ending, that’s for sure. Live and learn.”

On whether he’s worried about a possible suspension
“No. I’m not. But I’m not going to further discuss this. At some point, I feel that everything will be good.”

 
 

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59 Responses to “A-Rod: “No reason why I can’t play at a very high level””

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:12 pm

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  2. RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Actually, Andrus and Nunez have very similar OPS+ numbers. Nunez has a much sample size, so we’ll have to see. Nunez could slug a little more this season. I could see him playing better at short too.

    Andrus is better, but I’m not green with envy, was my point.

  3. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    It’s a good deal IF he develops into an above average hitter…..I think he will only be like 31 at the end of the deal….. If his bat doesn’t progress but he stays an elite defender then it’s an over pay but still not terrible at 15 million per…

    Disagree Blake. Andrus has an above average on base, some speed, and of course plays insane D. The AAV is only 15 mil. He didn’t get Jeter money. He got what a guy with his defensive reputation and above average offense at a position which is butts deserves. I think its a great deal.

  4. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Actually, Andrus and Nunez have very similar OPS+ numbers. Nunez has a much sample size, so we’ll have to see. Nunez could slug a little more this season. I could see him playing better at short too.

    Andrus is better, but I’m not green with envy, was my point.

    The difference between them is that Nunez has barely a full seasons worth of PA in the majors, where as Andrus has put up a .340 OBP over 1200 PA. Not to mention Andrus is one of the top probably 3 defenders at the position and Nunez is a laughingstock.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Love what Girardi said about his message to the players – be who you are. Don’t try to do more because you’re in pinstripes. How many of us have said that there is an automatic additional pressure these players feel BECAUSE they are in pinstripes!

  6. RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    The difference between them is that Nunez has barely a full seasons worth of PA in the majors, where as Andrus has put up a .340 OBP over 1200 PA. Not to mention Andrus is one of the top probably 3 defenders at the position and Nunez is a laughingstock.
    ———–

    That is the difference.

  7. Mike in Harrisburg April 1st, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    FWIW I had them at 86 games this year.

  8. Cujo April 1st, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Hopefully we are done with him for a few months now ……..Ugh !

  9. joecembrale April 1st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    Actually, Andrus and Nunez have very similar OPS+ numbers. Nunez has a much sample size, so we’ll have to see. Nunez could slug a little more this season. I could see him playing better at short too.

    Andrus is better, but I’m not green with envy, was my point.

    Agree 100%. Nunez can and will get better at short. You can’t micromanage these young guys from play to play, young players need time to develop when they show the upside of talent Nunez does.

  10. RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Andy Pettitte’s last 204.1 IP: 3.13 ERA

  11. Josh Lueke fan April 1st, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    What team’s garbage is Brian Trashman going to scavenge next?

  12. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I don’t even think Nunez could reach the current version of Andrus as his ceiling. The comparison is a total reach and not really fair to Nunez.

  13. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Andy Pettitte’s last 204.1 IP: 3.13 ERA

    ————–

    Now if we could just get 200 innings in one season from Andy… :D

  14. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Now if we could just get 200 innings in one season from Andy… :D
    ___

    I would be happy with 150-175 even, with Wang, Phelps and Pineda in the system too..

  15. yankeefeminista April 1st, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Alex should be introduced, as should any other DL’d current player who is present on OD. Absurd if Alex is not introduced.

  16. Mike Ri April 1st, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Alex should be introduced, as should any other DL?d current player who is present on OD. Absurd if Alex is not introduced.

    —–
    I agree.

  17. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Alex should be introduced, as should any other DL’d current player who is present on OD. Absurd if Alex is not introduced.
    __

    Normally I would agree but we all know he will be BOOED out of the stadium and this is not a day we want to start off that negative.

  18. RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I don’t see Nunez becoming an elite defender at all Shame, but 20+ SBs and a .700 OPS seems attainable, given enough plate appearances.

    And I get that the elite defense is the difference! I get it!

  19. 4 NYY April 1st, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I think I saw Sidd Finch warming up !

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Mike in Harrisburg – I added you in at 86 wins. I someone put in a prediction but didn’t put my name in the post, it’s possible that I missed it.

    I’ll post the final prediction list right after first pitch.

  21. pkyankfan69 April 1st, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I know it’s early but damn the stadium is empty. lol

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I feel in my bones this is going to be a great season for the Yanks – this despite my having to watch either NESN or ESPN.

  23. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I know it’s early but damn the stadium is empty. lol
    ___

    Fans have no investment in this team of people just thrown together.

    They would have more fans there if they threw the Thunder team out there.

  24. PacoDooley April 1st, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    Munson – 93
    Ghostwriter – 93
    Big Al – 93

    —————————–

    I posted some prediction during Spring Training, but I forget what it was. I am going with 87 wins – hope I am wrong. I would never have guessed 95 last year (would have been a bit lower – maybe 91) and I can see this year’s team also exceeding my expectations.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    It’ll be good to get CC his first opening day win at the Stadium and especially against the Suxers!!!!

  26. jacksquat April 1st, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    trisha

    Put me down for a wildly optimistic 96 wins.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    SO HAPPY PHELPS IS UP!

    Crying for Mo’s ovation and the respect the Suxers paid him. :(

  28. pkyankfan69 April 1st, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I’ll go with 92 wins

  29. Mike Ri April 1st, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    LETS GO YANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. UnKnown April 1st, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Always sweet to watch introductions, MO rocks it as expected.

  31. Mike in Harrisburg April 1st, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Did the crowd boo Youk as he came out? Seriously folks, he’s in pinstripes this year, deal with it.

  32. kd April 1st, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    remember when people (espn) claimed that pedroia was better than cano?

    let’s go yankees!!!

    shades of ’96 all over again, a gritty team of no names who get the job done

    (i gotta be optimistic today)

  33. PacoDooley April 1st, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    jacksquat April 1st, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    trisha

    Put me down for a wildly optimistic 96 wins.
    ———————-

    Better than their league leading 95 wins from last season is way too optimistic for me – just don’t see that even as the best case scenario – really hope you are right and I am wrong!

  34. UnKnown April 1st, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Your 2013 NYY! (For Now…)

  35. Tar April 1st, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    “The difference between them is that Nunez has barely a full seasons worth of PA in the majors, where as Andrus has put up a .340 OBP over 1200 PA. Not to mention Andrus is one of the top probably 3 defenders at the position and Nunez is a laughingstock.”

    But now the laughingstock is making 14 plus million LESS than Andrus. If Nunie has a year like he’s capable of having he will be a bargain. Not saying he’s as good or anything like that, but bringing the money difference in the equation certainly closes the gap

  36. pkyankfan69 April 1st, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Hard to say if they were booing or ‘youking’

  37. 4 NYY April 1st, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Will Girardi call Francisco ” Big Ben” or Franny ?

  38. PacoDooley April 1st, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I got distracted in the intros – I assume A-Rod was not introduced? If not, clearly a case of avoiding being booed given that others on the DL were introduced (at least I heard Teix introduced).

  39. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Did the crowd boo Youk as he came out? Seriously folks, he’s in pinstripes this year, deal with it.
    __

    That was a youuuuuuuuuukkkkk not a boo.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    You know as mawkish as it may sound, I get the same chills and the same tears in my eyes when every Opening Day lineup is announced. I just love the pinstripes and so proud and honored to be rooting for them. I thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee fan.

  41. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    tex was announced but were the others? Jeter, Granderson, Hughes?
    I dont think it was just Alex.

  42. RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    It’s not a bad signing for Texas, now they have stability as shortstop and that’s huge. But eh, if I’m going to dream, might as well dream of Tulo ;)

  43. Poetkiosk April 1st, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Trish – I am predicting 96 wins

  44. 4 NYY April 1st, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Sorrowful moment !!!

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    God bless those beautiful kids and their families.

  46. ac1 April 1st, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Constantine was a bit eager there.
    Almost started before the PA announcer finished….

  47. Bronx Jeers April 1st, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Why is Damon singing the anthem?

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 1st, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    GREAT pipes!

  49. UnKnown April 1st, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    tex was announced but were the others? Jeter, Granderson, Hughes?
    I dont think it was just Alex.

    ———

    Well I know for sure Hughes and Jeter are not even there. Not sure about Grandy.

  50. PacoDooley April 1st, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I’m a traditionalist I guess – not liking this version of the national anthem…

  51. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    But now the laughingstock is making 14 plus million LESS than Andrus. If Nunie has a year like he’s capable of having he will be a bargain. Not saying he’s as good or anything like that, but bringing the money difference in the equation certainly closes the gap

    I don’t think it closes the gap between Andrus and Nunez though! Andrus has been better offensively over a larger sample, is younger, and is elite D. I don’t think you look at Nunez’s defense and expected performance and go,”Wow with the money difference we are really coming out ahead!” because Andrus is so far above Nunez they can’t close the gap. Now if Nunez can go 600 PA with a .700 OPS and average defense he’ll be a steal for sure. Andrus will still be better and worth the money though. :) Nunez has a long way to go to get to even average defense, but I liked how he played towards the end of spring. Lets hope the adjustments continue to pay off!

  52. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I wonder what Emmy Rossum’s version of the SSB sounds like at Citi Field. That girl has some range.

    How’s the crowd today?

  53. 4 NYY April 1st, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Like the traditional version also, but that at least, was inspiring.

  54. DONNYBROOK April 1st, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    That dude just re-wrote The National Anthem. Don’t invite him back.
    Whose the MLB Genius that scheduled Opening Day for the Yanks and Mets, same day, same time???

  55. PacoDooley April 1st, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    It’s not a bad signing for Texas, now they have stability as shortstop and that’s huge. But eh, if I’m going to dream, might as well dream of Tulo
    ———————-

    The attractive thing about Andrus is really that he is amazingly young still (comparable to a lot of rookies) and has been healthy. Tulo is several years older and has missed a fair bit of time with injuries (but when he is not hurt, he is obviously a much better player than Andrus).

    Just yesterday I told my Rockies fan buddy that they need to send the NYY Tulo and CarGo and really embrace the rebuilding process.

  56. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Again, the comparisons between Nunez and Andrus are just unfair to Nunez. He’s not the type of player Andrus is and he never will be. If Nunez could match Andrus in any facet of the game, I don’t think we would have resigned Jeter.

  57. 4 NYY April 1st, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Oh that HUGE tiny word “IF” !

  58. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    How do you rewrite the National Anthem…? I HATE that I didn’t take off today, ugh!

  59. Shame Spencer April 1st, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    :arrow:


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