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Yankees postgame: A-Rod the lightning rod again

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 05, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex RodriguezThe postgame talk after this 4-3 Yankees win over the Indians was about performances and performance-enhancing drugs.

The ESPN news flash had spread that MLB plans to suspend about 20 players. One of them, Alex Rodriguez, could be facing a 100-game suspension in relation to allegedly purchasing PEDs from the now-closed anti-aging clinic in south Florida. Why he would do that after having to admit previously that he had used while with the Rangers is beyond me. He has denied this latest claim.

Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli are also among those on the list.

“I always worry about my players,” Joe Girardi said. “And I worry about the game. … If you care about the game, you care about how it’s affected. I think we all hoped we kind of got through it. But obviously we’re not through it yet.”

The steroid era lives on.

Vernon Wells didn’t think this subject would be a distraction to the Yankees. He’s hoping the steroid era will die one day.

“We’ve done so much as a group to rid ourselves of conversations like this, stepping outside of our agreement and making changes in the middle of it,” Vernon Wells said. “We’ll continue to make strides to clean the game up. … I know I’ll never be a part of this conversation.”

Joba Chamberlain said: “Major League Baseball is going to do its thing and we’re going to go out and play.”

As for David Phelps’ performance, it was sure better than the last start when he got one out and was charged with five runs against the Mets.

“I’ve been chomping at the bit since the last outing,” Phelps said.

His fastball command came and went in this start. But it was there when he needed it. Phelps threw 102 pitches and allowed just one infield hit to go with four walks and seven Ks in six innings.

“He kind of ran the game,” Terry Francona said. “He mixed everything up and we didn’t have anything to show for it. We made him work. We took our walks. We couldn’t push any runs across. It’s rare that you see getting one hit and look up and see a bunch of pitches like that. He did a very good job of not giving in, mixing things up, elevating and cutting.”

Photo by The Associated Press.





42 Responses to “Yankees postgame: A-Rod the lightning rod again”

  1. Ys Guy June 5th, 2013 at 12:20 am

    puig trying to save donnie baseball’s job!

  2. jacksquat June 5th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    It would be better just from a tactical standpoint if Arod got his suspension completely over with this year while they have Youkilis (hopefully). It would be more of a problem if it runs over into the beginning of next year.

    Obviously I don’t believe that Arod can be run out of baseball or the Yankees could get out of his contract, or trade it, so they will use him next year at 3B or DH.

  3. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Now, maybe they are playing good cop-bad cop, but the only person affiliated with Yankee management who has handled this A-Rod thing well publicly is Girardi.

  4. Ys Guy June 5th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    the yankees will go past 62 games played this weekend, so if arod gets 100 game suspension, it’s not going to be out of the way before next season.

  5. jacksquat June 5th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Do postseason games count for the penalty?

  6. jacksquat June 5th, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Found the answer:

    He [Melky Cabrera] will miss the final 45 games of the regular season and serve the remainder of the suspension at the start of next season or during the postseason, depending on whether the Giants make the playoffs and how far they advance.

  7. jacksquat June 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I guess the problem is these suspensions will likely be appealed and the whole process could take a long time.

  8. fantasygame101 June 5th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    can the suspension be serve while he is on the 60 day dl?

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 5th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    jacksquat – I would hope Arod would never be able to take the field again in Yankee Stadium if it’s proven that he was juicing again.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 5th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Doesn’t anyone think that the Yankees might have written something into his contract after the last time that would give them the right to void his contract if they found he was jucing again??? I would hope they were smart enough to do that!

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 5th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    “You don’t want to see nobody getting suspended,” Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said. “But we got the rules and we got to follow.”

    Which probably means that his milkshakes continue to come from somewhere other than Bosch.

  12. fantasygame101 June 5th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I am glad that the Yankees hold on while joba allowed the first batter walk to score. He must learn to pitch to the score. Hopefully Phelps learned a lesson today, that is not to walk the first batter after the team gives you a more than 1 run lead specially a 4 run lead.

  13. bigdan22 June 5th, 2013 at 12:46 am

    This is so damn stupid. Been driving around listening to ESPN blowing its own horn with idiot guests for the last few hours. READ MY LIPS. No one is getting suspended any time soon. Period. End of story.

    Unless someone on this list of 20 has failed a drug test, these allegations are going to be the subject of months if not years of review, critique and litigation. As an attorney, if I were given a choice of which side to represent, I’d take the players side every day of the week and ten times on Sunday. This Bosch character may be the most impeachable witness in recent memory. First he’s just slimy, second he’s already changed his story at least once, and finally and most importantly, his most recent version is the result of clear financial intimidation. I’m not that familiar with the CBA’s arbitration procedure, but if this were a jury trial, there isn’t a jury on the planet that would believe this guy. And the other evidence, the records. Where have they been kept? Who’s been protecting their integrity? Defense lawyers and the player’s association will have a field day there.

    And finally Arod. While there has always been some degree of doubt as to whether he’d return to the Yanks (I think it’s highly likely he will return), this latest PED story will have zero impact on that question. Talk of the Yanks voiding his contract has and always will be gibberish. Ultimately Arod’s future with the team will come down to his ability to stay on the field and perform. That jury is still very much out.

  14. Yank 97 June 5th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    A reporter actually asked Joba for his comment on this story? LOL Why?

  15. Against All Odds June 5th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Yank 97 June 5th, 2013 at 12:49 am
    A reporter actually asked Joba for his comment on this story? LOL Why?


    One of those things they want everyone’s opinion on. This will get wall to wall coverage tomorrow. And how fitting it comes when there is no major news. The NBA finals don’t start until June 6th, there is no football news, and the NHL playoffs are already well under way.

  16. Yogi Mantle June 5th, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Agreed Big Dan.

    The Yankees were out in front of this with their comments on their “disappointment of A-Rod” in case it went to suspension, but MLB is really just putting on a show so the losers that make up the WHOLE of Congress don’t go through another dog and pony show about steroids.

    Just like the Mitchell report, this will lead no where, while allowing a lot of hot air to be moved over the airwaves.

  17. Yank 97 June 5th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Yep, Mike is going to be all over this tomorrow

  18. theREALkevin June 5th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    I don’t agree. MLB is on a rampage. There will be suspensions. I don’t know how many, or who, or how long…. but people will get suspended from this. And I don’t think we’re going to have another Shyam Das situation either.

  19. theREALkevin June 5th, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Also, the Yanks really screwed up by not getting in the mix for Puig. Guy looks like a total freak of an athlete.

  20. bigdan22 June 5th, 2013 at 1:22 am

    This is what we do know: without a positive drug test, it is very difficult to prosecute a PED case (Clemens, Bonds). Hell, it’s no slam dunk even with a positive test result (Braun). And baseball is on verge of bringing 20 more of these cases? Good luck with that. Especially with Bosch as your star witness. One winner here for sure: the attorneys.

  21. tucker June 5th, 2013 at 1:25 am

    “theREALkevin June 5th, 2013 at 1:11 am
    Also, the Yanks really screwed up by not getting in the mix for Puig. Guy looks like a total freak of an athlete.”

    Puig, Cespedes, etc., all it cost was money. Can anybody really envision Tyler Austin or Mason Williams or any of the other farmhands bringing that type of excitement? I can’t … Sure seems like a missed opportunity.

  22. charlestonchew June 5th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Anyone else have a sinking feeling that Cano could be one of the other 5? His situation is probably not fully known yet by MLB, so they’re using a codename. If he is a code name, I hope he gets dropped from that list.

    Here’s to hoping Robbie is innocent.

  23. jacksquat June 5th, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Supposedly someone from MLB already contacted the Yankees and told them Cano is not involved.

  24. BIG AL June 5th, 2013 at 2:07 am

    To all those ready to take the high road, and wish A-Rod be gone, how will you feel when Cano and Cervelli join him?

    If MLB tries to give a 100 game suspension to any player not proven guilty for a second time since the rule went into affect, the union will stop them, and there will surely be law suits.

    It sickens me MLB is leaking this info, before they have proven ANY player is guilty. Then to say some will not be suspended if they tell on others is wrong.

  25. Barry June 5th, 2013 at 3:38 am

    It is almost impossible to evaluate the situation without know the precise legal phrasing of the players MLB contracts. Bosch probably a credible witness and the result for Clemons and Bonds may not have been absolute disgrace and the end of all in baseball for them but close…as for McGwire, he clearly handled is problem with more finesse and at a different time.

  26. Joe from Long Island June 5th, 2013 at 6:27 am

    jacksquat says:
    June 5, 2013 at 1:58 am
    Supposedly someone from MLB already contacted the Yankees and told them Cano is not involved.

    That would be consistent with the difference in tone in how Hal, Cash, and the organization has commented on the two – one with “disappointment”, the other saying how they hope they can keep him on the team long term.

  27. NYYanksFan June 5th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Bosch hasn’t spoke to MLB yet so MLB might want to wait telling the Yankees who is and isn’t involved until they hear who is or isn’t involved.

  28. Joe from Long Island June 5th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    I would think MLB and Bosch have already spoken, albeit on an informal level. We’ll find out soon enough.

    I wonder if this business has been playing on Cano’s mind. He’s slumping pretty badly.

  29. Mike Ri June 5th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I hope David Ortiz is on the “suspension list”.

  30. blake June 5th, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Morning joe and everyone else.

    I’m just so tired of hearing about Arod and this mess to be honest…..good win last night ….Phelps good bounce back start and tex 2nd straight game with a homer and all everyone is talking about is Arod.

    I never was really counting on him being back this year anyway so if the MLB witch hunt gets him then oh ……Cervelli would hurt though given their catching situation.

    I actually think suspensions are coming…..MLB isn’t goin to stop….:of cours I also expect the union to pitch a fit and the mess to probably end up in court…..I’m just sick of hearing about it all

  31. saucY June 5th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    when will we start calling it “the PED era” instead of “the steroid era”?

    clearly, that is what it has become.

    I don’t see many players using actual steroids anymore.

  32. cs in la June 5th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I wonder if Ortiz is on this list…

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