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Steinbrenner admits disappointment in A-Rod

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 03, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hal Steinbrenner spoke after a press conference to announce the Big Ten’s new affiliation with the Pinstripe Bowl and he didn’t hold back on the subject of Alex Rodriguez.

Asked if he has been disappointed in A-Rod, Steinbrenner said: “There have no doubt been times when we’ve been disappointed in him and we’ve conveyed that to him and he understands that. But look everybody’s human and everybody makes mistakes. If you’ve got a guy over the course of 10 years, there’s going to be times any of us make mistakes.
“I know he’s been working hard and he’s been working hard to come back and he does work. He knows what it means to be a Yankee and he knows what we expect of him and he knows what his teammates expect of him, without a doubt. So we just hope he comes back strong. We need all the help we can get.”
On the team’s performance, Steinbrenner said: “A lot of people expected a doomsday scenario, April 1. I didn’t think anybody would think we’d be three games out of first place in the American League East. So I think the team has done well against adversity. The pitching has done great. You can’t say enough about the pitching the entire season and the guys we’ve brought in, the veterans have done a good job, and some of the young kids have done a good job. The last week has hurt. There’s no doubt about it. It’s not a fun place to be, but, again, let’s try to keep in perspective that we’re still very much in this fight and we’re right at the top.”

 

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32 Responses to “Steinbrenner admits disappointment in A-Rod”

  1. Ys Guy June 3rd, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    translation: no way we can get out of the contract even though we wanted to, so we’re stuck with this guy…

    …really stuck….

  2. Niblick June 3rd, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Tied for third in the division and out of a playoff spot. I guess that’s “right at the top” if you’re completely delusional.

  3. austinmac June 3rd, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    What else can he say? I’m no great Hal fan, but he handled that well.

    I wonder what the odds are we will ever see an above average guy from AROD again. More or less than 50%? I’d say less, but we really need him. I have no doubt he will do all he can.

  4. austinmac June 3rd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Niblick,

    Hal said the goal of the Yankees is to be competitive. He’s happy, I think.

  5. G. Love June 3rd, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Giuseppe Franco,

    I usually don’t respond to you because you make it personal with posters and feel some “gallant” need to defend millionaire athletes who know criticism comes with the territory.

    That said, where have I made it personal with Tex? All I’ve been harping on is he stinks from the left side, the Yankees are paying him to be Miguel Cabrera/Prince Fielder in the current market and he’s gotten worse the last 3 seasons.

    Is it because I say he makes excuses? Well, he does. Constantly.

    Is it because I say he tweets about products he’s pitching on Twitter when the team was playing games? Well, he did. Constantly.

    He was a different hitter in 2009 and since that season has been a shadow of that hitter. The Yankees and their fans got 1 good season out of him. Everything else has been sub par.

    If your delicate sensibilities can’t handle what I and frankly many other fans think of his current game, I apologize from the bottom of my heart.

    And your persistent argument that I wouldn’t say this stuff to Tex’s face makes me laugh. As if that has been some kind of barometer for fans upset with players they root for or against. I’m sure you’ve never gotten cross with a player in any sport and said a bad word. You save it for fans on a blog.

    I applaud you. The athletes are lucky to have you watching their back. I’m sure that means a lot to them.

    It’s just tedious constantly having to defend talking baseball on a baseball blog. All you hall monitors really crack me up sometimes.

  6. G. Love June 3rd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Oh and one more thing dear Hall Monitors – please write some strongly worded letters to Hal and Cashman who dare criticize Arod the past couple of days.

    The nerve of them.

  7. smartchoices June 3rd, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Of course Hal’s going to spin the team’s performance (or lack thereof). He has to justify his attempt at playing GM in the offseason.

    Obviously spending the most doesn’t win championships, but cost-cutting shouldn’t be the basis for every decision. Maybe Hal should keep his hands out of baseball operations and make decisions on…I don’t know…winning?

  8. Giuseppe Franco June 3rd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Niblick June 3rd, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Tied for third in the division and out of a playoff spot. I guess that’s “right at the top” if you’re completely delusional.

    ———-

    That might be a problem if it was October 3rd and not June 3nd.

    And they were “right at the top” until the last 5 games and did it with an ER full of injuries.

    On April 1st, I think most of us would have been thrilled with being 3 games out of 1st place on June 3rd given the insane amount of injuries they’ve sustained to their regulars.

  9. mick June 3rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Am I out of the loop or did something happen that I haven’t heard about that prompted Hal’s comments critical of A-Rod?
    =================
    Evidently out of the loop as Arod has been a choirboy since he got here and before.

  10. yankeefeminista June 3rd, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Brian Heyman, disappointed in Alex in what context? What was the reporter’s question?

  11. yankee21 June 3rd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    For the record, I am in 100% agreement with G. Love on his assessment of TEX, so when he gets the barbs I accept them too-gladly.

    When TEX signed his deal with NY he had a career BA over .290 with no indication at all he was slowing down or peaking. When he signed that deal he became the third highest paying player in the game. He was arguably one of the top 10 position players in the game and clearly 1 of the 3-4 best 1B in the game.

    Since signing that deal, TEX is hitting .262, and that includes 2009 in which he hit .292.
    Additionally he is on record as saying he is a HR hitter paid to drive in runs and he is not interested in adjusting his swing- he is what he is. So tough. Take it like a man if you don’t like it.

    Well no problem but his owner and the guy paying the checks has this payroll thing that presents a constraint if a guy eating nearly 1/8 of the payroll is hitting .246 since opening day 2011 is still on the payroll for another 3+ years and is unwilling to change.

    I have a problem with that as a Yankee fan.

  12. Brian June 3rd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I think another issue with TEX is when fans see Wells playing third and now Overbay playing the outfield and recall when asked if he could help out at third (where he actually started his ML career), he acted like it was the stupidest idea in the world.

    Never mind that it would only be in an emergency and may never even happen. It would help the team.

    But he completely blew off the idea.

  13. Giuseppe Franco June 3rd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    G. Love,

    Congrats on completely missing the point and putting words in my mouth.

    Never said anything about how you wouldn’t dare criticize Teixeira to his face. I said that you don’t know what’s in the guy’s head or heart but claim you do. None of us know what the guy does when the camera isn’t on him.

    I’m sure the guy has pride and probably doesn’t like struggling anymore than we do. But being unable to overcome those struggles to this point doesn’t mean he just doesn’t care anymore because he got paid.

    It’s not an easy game, sport.

    Criticizing his production is perfectly legit. But you can’t claim with a straight face that your daily rants don’t go far beyond that.

    Did Teixeira go on Twitter during a ballgame he was playing in? I’m thinking probably not. He either played in a rehab game earlier that day half way across the country or didn’t play at all.

    If he did post comments on his Twitter account during a Yankee game where he was in the lineup – then yes, I’d have a problem with that. Otherwise, who cares?

  14. UnKnown June 3rd, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Overbay is using Boonies OF glove tonight. What is Boonie doing with an OF glove? Ha. Must just use it for shagging or something.

    Man who is starving for a win, I know I am. I think when your back is against the wall it can bring the best out of you. Let’s see what happens. The pressure has been taken up a tick for sure.

  15. Giuseppe Franco June 3rd, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    mick June 3rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Am I out of the loop or did something happen that I haven’t heard about that prompted Hal’s comments critical of A-Rod?
    =================
    Evidently out of the loop as Arod has been a choirboy since he got here and before.

    ——–

    My point was that we hadn’t heard much about A-Rod for awhile so I didn’t know if something just happened which prompted the question about whether Hal was disappointed in him.

  16. Benny Blanco June 3rd, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Great posts from G.Love and Yankee 21. You both hit the nail thru the coffin.

  17. joeman June 3rd, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    83 wins this season looks like a right #…..

  18. mick June 3rd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    My point was that we hadn’t heard much about A-Rod for awhile so I didn’t know if something just happened which prompted the question about whether Hal was disappointed in him.
    =========================
    It probably has, we just don’t know about it yet ;)

  19. Shame Spencer June 3rd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    In all fairness, people on here pretend to know what’s in players’ hearts all the time.. sometimes it’s to defend them. Other times, not so much.

    If the budget were not a thing and the Yankees treated all egos equally, I’d have no issue with Tex.

  20. champ809 June 3rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Tex’a BAA suffers because of the shift that teams use against him exclusively now. When he first signed with the Yanks he didn’t face the shift.

    To his credit he has still managed to hit 39/122, 33/108, 39/108 which he’s right is his job.

  21. Shame Spencer June 3rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I didn’t see any new news on Arod.

  22. tomingeorgia June 3rd, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Let me explain my position, late as usual on the blog, but I’ve watched about 60 seasons, one game at a time. A losing streak, yeah. Have they looked bad in the last few, yeah. Am I going to watch and root for them tonight? Hell, yes!

    Way back when, I was the catcher when the right fielder went down. Coach asked me if I’d play right, even though I was slower than dirt but had a decent arm. Didn’t every kid who played baseball shag flies in the outfield? Even a regular right fielder gets undressed out there every once in a while. Lyle will be OK.

  23. Shame Spencer June 3rd, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Tex is another victim of expectations to some degree.. but unlike Hughes and Gardner, he’s paid like a grade-A star.

  24. chicken_stanley June 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve been disappointed with Tex’s approach at the plate (left hand side) in almost the exact way I was disappointed with Giambi’s approach. The allure of the short porch apparently is just too great.

    That being said, I really admire his effort in other aspects of the game… he seems to give maximum effort and leaves it all on the field. A case in point was when he scored from first against the Mets a couple of years ago when Castillo dropped the popup. Probably less than 5% of players would have given themselves a chance to score

    But, my goodness, I wish he would give up the dead pull philosophy!!!

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 3rd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I thought I read that Cashman had said something the day before to ESPN and Hal was just following on that.

    I’ll see if I can track that down.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 3rd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Steinbrenner’s remarks came a day after GM Brian Cashman told ESPN he didn’t think the third baseman would be able to live up to his massive contract.

    Read more: Hal: ‘No doubt’ Yankees have been ‘disappointed’ in A-Rod http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....z2VCHgt83b

  27. Giuseppe Franco June 3rd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Question answered, Trisha.

    Thanks.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 3rd, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Any time, GF.

    :)

    And I agree with a lot of your observations, by the way.

  29. Duh Innings II June 3rd, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    The Yanks should leave A-Rod on the disabled list permanently.

    A-Rod is a moral bum for collecting money he’s not worth.

    Retire and forfeit your remaining salary, Pay-Rod. That’s right walk away from the game with dignity not hang around and be the laughingstock of MLB as well as the most hated one because you make more than most of the elite guys and aren’t even one of the top 100 players now.

    He’s only still around because he wants to collect pay and high time some player or whoever say it publicly. I would love to hear a player say A-Rod should hang it up.

  30. gallagwar June 4th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    “To his credit he has still managed to hit 39/122, 33/108, 39/108 which he’s right is his job.”

    That’s not his job. His job is to be one of the most valuable all-around players in baseball, like he was when he arrived here.

    People who think a player’s “job” is to hit HR and RBI are absolutely clueless. Their job is to be the absolute best they can be, not compile two particular statistics (especially one as team-dependent as RBI).

  31. gallagwar June 4th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    “The Yanks should leave A-Rod on the disabled list permanently.

    A-Rod is a moral bum for collecting money he’s not worth.

    Retire and forfeit your remaining salary, Pay-Rod. That’s right walk away from the game with dignity not hang around and be the laughingstock of MLB as well as the most hated one because you make more than most of the elite guys and aren’t even one of the top 100 players now.

    He’s only still around because he wants to collect pay and high time some player or whoever say it publicly. I would love to hear a player say A-Rod should hang it up.”

    Why should he give the money back? He didn’t hold a gun to anyone’s head to give him the contract. And why do you care? It’s not your money. You have no skin in the game. Would you walk away? Hell no.

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