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Pregame notes: A-Rod reportedly facing lifetime ban

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alfonso Soriano

You might have noticed no Alfonso Soriano in the Yankees lineup tonight.

There were early reports that the Yankees and Cubs were close to a Soriano trade this morning, but things have been fairly quite since then. A source told me this afternoon that the Yankees were not close to a deal. A few hours ago, MLB Trade Rumors linked to a radio interview of Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer who said the same thing.

“That’s very premature,” Hoyer said. “We’ve had some discussions with different teams about Sori. There’s nothing close at all. That’s one of those rumors you wake up to and you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s interesting. I didn’t know we had done that.’ That’s not nearly as advanced as those reports make it seem.”

The Yankees reason for interest in Soriano is pretty easy to understand. The team needs a right-handed hitter in the worst way, and Soriano would seem to be readily available. He might not be what he once was, but he’s shown he can still be a dangerous hitter.

“I don’t see any reason why (he can’t be a productive hitter),” Derek Jeter said. “I also don’t watch the Cubs games. I’ve barely watched our games, so I haven’t watched the Cubs. Everybody knows how I feel about Sori. I’ve said it when we traded for Al, he’s someone that you develop a relationship with guys and you miss them when they leave. We had a great relationship. … I enjoyed playing with Sori, but I don’t know what our team is doing or not doing.”

Alex Rodriguez• Jim Axelrod of the CBS Evening News is reporting that Alex Rodriguez could be facing a lifetime ban from baseball. If that’s the case, have to believe Rodriguez would either take a plea deal for something smaller — but still significant — or fight this thing with everything he’s got.

• Michael Pineda was pulled after just 39 pitches in Triple-A tonight. He’d pitched three scoreless innings. Brian Cashman said it’s not an injury, just “innings management.”

• David Phelps is pitching for Double-A Trenton tonight, and Josh Norris reports that he’s scheduled for four innings. “We’ll have to see how far he goes tonight, then I’ll probably have a better idea where we think he’s at,” Girardi said.

• Derek Jeter took batting practice on the field with his teammates today. He also took ground balls and was expecting to run for the first time since straining his quadriceps.

• Travis Hafner’s struggling and out of the lineup tonight. Girardi said he wanted to put Melky Mesa in the outfield with a fly ball pitcher on the mound, and he’s liked Vernon Wells’ at-bats lately. But clearly Hafner isn’t doing nearly what the Yankees need him to do. “I don’t really see a lot that’s different in his setup or his swing,” Girardi said. “I don’t really see a lot (different from April), but he’s not being productive is what I see.”

• Luis Cruz landed hard trying to make a play last night, and Girardi said he’s not sure Cruz would be available today. “He’s sore today,” Girardi said. “We’ll continue to evaluate him day-by-day and see what we think, but he’s a little sore today.”

• Obviously Austin Romine’s neck issue is better. Girardi has paired Romine and Hughes together quite a bit lately. “I always felt that it was easier for me if I (caught) the same guy a lot of times because you have a pretty good understanding of what he likes to do in certain situations,” Girardi said. “That’s why I choose to do that.”

• Random observation from the visiting clubhouse here in Arlington. The place is full of paintings of various baseball players, and yesterday there was one of Justin Verlander and Ryan Braun to celebrate their MVP awards in 2011. I doubt it’s a coincidence that the painting was gone today.

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65 Responses to “Pregame notes: A-Rod reportedly facing lifetime ban”

  1. blake July 23rd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Only way I see them being able to suspend him for life and it stick would be if there is a lot more to the story than we know …..like if he was running a Lance Armstrong operation or something ….otherwise I just don’t see it

  2. RayVT July 23rd, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    It isn’t good for Baseball to have anyone banned or found guilty. Thus for many years that is the way it played out. Congress stepped in after BALCO & the 3 stooges (Mark, Sammy & Barry)& the Mitchell Report was done to make sure there wasn’t a big time PEDs thing in Baseball.

    MLB wanted it to end there. Then Clemens got outted. Others were too. It isn’t like this helps MLB so why would they want it.

    Who knows how many test were truly failed test & the results were ignored or lost.

    But once they were outted by the media like ARod & Braun then MLB has to appear to be angry & I am sure they are. Afterall, MLB owners are a group of grumpy old men & they move pieces to make money & enjoy their assets.

  3. igotid88 July 23rd, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I want A-Rod to get his 3000 hits

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Halting Pineda at 39 pitches and calling it “innings management” does not inspire confidence, when he’s been around 75-80 in his starts.

  5. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    The DL thing has bought everyone a little more time. Especially A-Rod.

    A chance for all parties to think things thru and sort them out a little more before taking a stand one way or another.

    That’s a good thing because this could get real ugly if it’s not handled right.

  6. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    JAP-

    I hear you. I’m not buying that either.

    ;)

  7. Doreen July 23rd, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Wow. Painting gone. Guess it never happened.

  8. JobaTipsHisCap July 23rd, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    This is just disgusting. They select some players from the whole list and punish them. I mean, why not punish every one from the list?
    I might quit watching baseball and try something else, like hockey.

  9. igotid88 July 23rd, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Why are they managing Pineda’s innings? How many are they going to give him this year?

  10. joeman July 23rd, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    Halting Pineda at 39 pitches and calling it “innings management” does not inspire confidence, when he’s been around 75-80 in his starts.

    ——————————————
    same here

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    RayVT – Good post.

    They created and fed the monster for so long. I hope Alex’s people and the PA have some fight in them. If the PA wimps out, that will be very disappointing. Something very disproportionate is going on here.

  12. blake July 23rd, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock says:
    July 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    Halting Pineda at 39 pitches and calling it “innings management” does not inspire confidence, when he’s been around 75-80 in his starts.

    Maybe he got traded for alfonso

  13. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Doreen-

    During Egyptian times when a ruler had done something of great consequence in the wrong
    the next Pharoah would sometimes have all carving and writings of the offender chiseled out,
    and their images destroyed.

    Kinda like they didn’t ever exist. You can imagine how difficult that might be.

    Looks like trying to make someone disappear from the record has been around for a long time.

    ;)

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    That’s a good thing because this could get real ugly if it’s not handled right.
    ///

    MTU – It’s ugly now, IMO.

  15. Nick in SF July 23rd, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    “Only way I see them being able to suspend him for life and it stick would be if there is a lot more to the story than we know …..like if he was running a Lance Armstrong operation or something…”

    Centaur de France?

  16. mnmboys July 23rd, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Maybe Alex promoted Biogenesis. He is well liked in the clubhouse particularly with the Latin ballplayers. You wonder how a guy like Cervelli finds out about this place. Lots of Latino names on that 20 man biogenesis list from what I recall. Was Alex the one who steered them there?

  17. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    JAP-

    It can get a LOT uglier.

    ;)

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 12m

    Re: Pineda, @swalshTT is your man at PNC tonight. I am enjoying my anniversary dinner. Does not sound injury related with MP tho.
    ///

    Let’s hope not.

    blake, lol.

  19. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    By the way JAP. More sad news for us today with the pup.

    I have been fighting it off all day.

    That eye membrane ruptured and he is now almost certain to lose the eye.

    Just thought I’d let you know because you were so caring about it all.

    Sorry our prayers weren’t answered this time.

    That, and other things, have definitely been putting my Faith to the test lately.

    :(

  20. austinmac July 23rd, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Centaur de France.

    Good one Nick.

  21. Nick in SF July 23rd, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Sorry to read about your bad pup news, MTU.

  22. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks Nick.

    Hard to understand why the good Lord would want to put that sweet little angel thru any more than he’s already had to endure.

    So many prayers and so much hard work.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    MTU – Lynching Alex will be ugly, especially if this LTB thing actually happens – only the truly bloodthirsty will enjoy it.

    I’d love to hear more about the “institutional” MLB problem that is PEDs, and I hope, if Alex takes the fall, that he writes a tell-all.

    Bloody instructions…being taught, return to plague th’inventor.

    MLB, beware.

  24. Nick in SF July 23rd, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    No answer to that question in this realm, I’m afraid, but there’s no doubt that your little pup will keep returning your love and care in outsized proportions.

  25. UnKnown July 23rd, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Mark Feinsand ?@FeinsandNYDN
    ESPN has picked up the Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Sunday August 18. It will now be an 8:00 p.m. start
    ——-

    Of course

  26. champ809 July 23rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    repost-

    champ809 July 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm
    Big Al

    No player would accept a 50 game ban, without pay losing millions and have their name tarnished for life if they weren’t guilty and also knew they were most likely going to lose a challenge as well.

    These guys are guilty, got caught and will pay for it period.

    MLB is out to make ARod the poster boy because he’s a serial steriods cheat and lied to them in their faces on numerous occasions when he was caught and just simply found a new source to continue to cheat the system showing not an iota of contrition for his acts.

    He lied in his admission when he said he only used in Texas. At the time he did his press conference he was getting his stuff from Dr. Galea. When MLB confronted him on that he lied and said he had no dealings with Dr. Galea and switched his source to BioGenesis and Bosch. When he got caught he attempted to but the evidence and most likely destroy it.

    He exhibits a pattern of an almost pathological person who may actually need help.

  27. Against All Odds July 23rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Sorry to hear about everything you’re going through MTU.

    God Bless you at this time.

  28. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Nick-

    If the Lord was testing my devotion and love for my animal I hope he is satisfied.

    I gave it everything I had.

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    By the way JAP. More sad news for us today with the pup.

    I have been fighting it off all day.

    That eye membrane ruptured and he is now almost certain to lose the eye.

    Just thought I’d let you know because you were so caring about it all.

    Sorry our prayers weren’t answered this time.
    ///

    O I am so sorry, my friend. Take heart that he knows how much you love him and how hard you’ve been working to keep his sight in that eye. I’ll keep praying all the same for Lucky. He is lucky, he’s got you to love him.

  30. jmills July 23rd, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Alfred,…that was a great post! :)

  31. mnmboys July 23rd, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Pete Rose got a lifetime ban for betting on baseball and ruining the integrity of the game. If someone promoted PEDs to other players I would think that would be a much more damaging offense. That is the only way I see Arod facing a lifetime ban is if there is proof he involved other players.

  32. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    AAO-

    Thank you. It is very kind of you to say that.

    I appreciate it very much.

  33. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    JAP-

    That was never in question and will never cease no matter what happens.

  34. eb03 July 23rd, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Arod is such a good guy. I feel terrible for him on one hand, but desperately want him to be banned for good to help the Yankees, although the Steinbrothers will just pocket the savings. If we’re guaranteed that the Steinbrothers pocket the savings, then I hope ARod sucks them for every last penny of his contract.

  35. jmills July 23rd, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    MTU, worse comes to worse, that pup of yours will be ultimate with one eye.

  36. J.R. NYY July 23rd, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I highly doubt A-Rod will get the life time ban he’ll plea bargain for 150 games or something close to that. It would be great if Yankees brass could find a way to use this to get out of his contract, we don’t need the kind of drama he brings. the problem i see is it will put cash in panic mode and he will give up the farm for a third baseman. I truly hope he keeps his head, this team so clearly needs to start developing their own talent and giving them a shot in the bigs.

  37. Niblick July 23rd, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    MTU, my heart goes out to you. Let’s hope he can still have a happy life despite everything. With your love and care, he will.

  38. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    And thank you so much JAP for your interest, concern, and prayers.

    Unfortunately, not all prayers are answered in a way we can understand at the time.

  39. mnmboys July 23rd, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    EB03 – how can you say he is a good guy? He is a guy that ran around with other women on his wife, cheated the game, and has lied about it. Is that the definition of a good guy?

  40. NYY_Girl_Penny July 23rd, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Dustin Pedroia is a team player accepting $100MM over seven years
    RObinson Cano is a greedy fool gonna milk everything possible from the NYY which may land him out of the bronx.. frankly, I’d take Pedroia over Cano in a heartbeat.. again in a heartbeat ! There numbers are not all that different and Pedroia is much more clutch than Cano .. even if Cano has more power and is a better natural hitter.

  41. SoS July 23rd, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Maybe they found out that the buff girl alex was with in toronto is not only a client of bolegnese but president and hes driving the car.

  42. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks guys.

    It was an unexpected setback.

    Things just went the wrong way.

    But We’ll still get him as healthy as he can be and turn him back into the best Mop we can make him.

    Of that you can rest assured.

    Bless all of you for your kindness.

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    JAP-

    That was never in question and will never cease no matter what happens.
    ///

    That’s why he’s a pup well-named :)

  44. AndyFTM July 23rd, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Prayers for you and the pup MTU. Very sad news but im sure he is forever grateful and loving of what youve done for him.

    Rays could lead the division tonite… 18 wins from their last 20 thats unreal. And those 2 losses were against the Astros of all teams lol

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    jmills – if you mean RayVT’s, I agree! Mine I can’t take credit for, since it’s Shakespeare ;) .

    Good to see you as always. What’s growing in the yard?

  46. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    JAP-

    He gives so much more than he takes.

    Both of them do.

    They are adorable and oh so easy to Love.

    It I who am lucky.

  47. SoS July 23rd, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Mtu
    Sorry about your dog. Don’t know the exact story but this might be a perfect time to take the playbook from gb7 and treat the dog with beer and pizza. Killer loved it.

  48. mnmboys July 23rd, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    MTU – how old is the little guy? Dogs have an uncanny ability to overcome adversity. His sense of smell, hearing and the love you provide him will all help him overcome the problem with his eye. I am certain of it.

  49. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Andy.

    Prayers are always welcome.

    Much appreciated.

  50. jmills July 23rd, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Alfred, I’m off for a week, having fun driving the Prelude around :)

  51. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    mnm-

    He’s 6. Young for a Shi Tzu.

    Thanks for the positive thoughts.

  52. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks SoS.

    I’m sure GB is watching. He’d probably say that very thing.

  53. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Damn.

    Ole MTU is becoming a sad sack.

    Little black cloud following him around.

    My turn in the bucket I guess.

    enjoy the game.

  54. Lost July 23rd, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    The only chance Alex has to ever playing in MLB is to cut a deal, but everything I have seen, MLB may not want to make a deal. There is a side of this that a lot of people do not realize, the Yankees have a lot of power and pull. IF they wanted to fight for Arod, it would carry significant weight. Don’t think for a second they are not using this situation to their advantage to get out of “sports dumbest contract in history”.
    Like I said in the off season, I don’t think we will ever see Al in pinstripes or in MLB ever again. All he has right now is the desire to prove to himself that he is a great ballplayer, take away his ego the guy will crumble.
    In all honestly, the sooner the end of the Arod era is over, the better it is for the franchise and for baseball. Make no mistake, Alex Rodriguez is one of baseball’s biggest liars and cheats. It’s truly a shame, but at the end of the day, Al walks away with hundreds of millions of dollars; I think he’ll survive without another cent.

  55. Howler July 23rd, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Sorry to hear about the problems MTU…lost my girl a couple months ago because a medication reaction…she wasn’t quite 5, but dogs can do quite well with one eye. Once it’s healed probably isn’t going to set her back a bit. Hope things turn out well.

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    MTU, I hear you, man. They are like little soldiers, wanting to protect us when they are suffering. In my case, it’s always been my cats. Every single one we’ve ever had is a hero to me.

  57. jmills July 23rd, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    MTU, we can use those buckets to hold a whole bunch of money :)

    Take care out there.

  58. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks Howler.

    Sorry for your loss.

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 23rd, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    MTU – I am so sorry. My heart hurts for you and for the little one. I know he’s been through so much, and there is probably no worse pain than seeing someone you love hurt and not being able to do anything about it. Poor little doll.

    I know this isn’t going to feel like much consolation right now, but they say dogs are extremely resilient and adjust very well to changes. They supposedly acclamate rather quickly. Once you see the little one charging around, smiling and tail wagging like nothing every happened, you will finally be able to breathe again. I will pray that all of that happens quickly for all involved.

    You are wonderful parents. It’s so important that your little guy feels secure and knows he is loved and protected – and there is no question that he does.

    God bless.

    :(

  60. Lost July 23rd, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    mnmboys July 23rd, 2013 at 7:40 pm
    Pete Rose got a lifetime ban for betting on baseball and ruining the integrity of the game. If someone promoted PEDs to other players I would think that would be a much more damaging offense. That is the only way I see Arod facing a lifetime ban is if there is proof he involved other players.
    ==

    One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock July 23rd, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    jmills July 23rd, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Alfred, I’m off for a week, having fun driving the Prelude around :)
    ///

    Enjoy, mon ami, but safeguard that whacky genius poet brain, if you please.

  62. jmills July 23rd, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I agree with what Trisha just said.

  63. MTU July 23rd, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Trisha-

    Thanks. We absolutely will give him the best care we can, and we will always provide the love.

    I hope you’re right and they are as adaptable as you say.

    The good news is he is improving in many other ways.

    You are right that it is hard to sit back and feel helpless when bad things happen to those you love. Be they animal or human.

    It’s got to get better. We’ve been thru so much.

    Almost nowhere to go but up from here.

  64. cs in la July 23rd, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    So if Arod get a lifetime ban – do the Yankees pay his salary?

  65. Doreen July 23rd, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    MTU,

    So sorry to hear of this setback. Your pup is lucky to have such a loving and caring “parent.”


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