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Rodriguez heading to Chicago

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Alex Rodriguez

It’s been odd being out on the West Coast while so much attention has been focused on Trenton and the Alex Rodriguez situation. Here’s the AP’s report on his comments last night, vowing to be in Chicago tonight with plans to be in the lineup tomorrow. Of course, all of this comes as the league is expected to suspend Rodriguez in roughly 24 hours.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez brushed aside any worries about a pending suspension, saying he’s headed to Chicago and plans to play for the New York Yankees on Monday night.

“I’m excited to play Monday,” the star third baseman said after drawing four straight walks with Double-A Trenton on Saturday night. “I can’t wait to see my teammates. I feel like I can help them win.”

Rodriguez said he would work out Sunday — no one disclosed the site — and then travel to Chicago, where the Yankees will open a three-game series with the White Sox on Monday.

No matter what else happens?

“I’m flying to Chicago,” he said.

Alex RodriguezMajor League Baseball and the Yankees turned down requests Saturday to meet with Rodriguez’s camp and the union about the embattled star’s expected drug penalty, two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.

The overtures were made two days before MLB was poised to hand Rodriguez a lengthy suspension for his part in the Biogenesis case. The two people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.

“I’ve been on the field the last 5½ hours. I haven’t seen or heard anything,” Rodriguez said. “My focus has been on baseball. As far as any of that stuff, I’ll let those guys take care of what they need to take care of.”

Before Rodriguez took the field, his side reached out to the Yankees and union head Michael Weiner contacted MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred. The Yankees and MLB said they had no interest in such talks.

There was always the chance, however, that further negotiations could take place at the last minute.

“I’ll have an opportunity, when the time is right, to tell my full story,” Rodriguez said.

The New York Post, Daily News and New York Times reported the discussions earlier Saturday.

There hasn’t been any definite word on the severity of Rodriguez’s looming penalty, with speculation ranging from a lifetime ban to a suspension through the 2014 season.

Also possible, according to those familiar with the talks, was a suspension lasting until Aug. 31, 2014, the day before all teams are permitted to expand their rosters from 25 players to 40.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez hasn’t played in the majors this season. The three-time American League MVP is recovering from hip surgery and a strained quadriceps.

A day after Rodriguez homered for Trenton, Thunder manager Tony Franklin hedged on whether A-Rod was ready to rejoin the majors.

“That’s not for me to say,” Franklin said. “His swing is getting better. He’s running better. He’s doing the baseball things OK right now. But that’s a different game up there.”

“I think he can handle it because he’s been there for a number of years,” he said. “I don’t think he’ll be surprised by anything on the baseball field despite what’s going on now. He’s been one of the best baseball players I have ever seen. Once they decide he’s ready to go back, I don’t think he’ll have any trouble adapting at all.”

Alex RodriguezRodriguez certainly had no trouble tracking balls, drawing three of his four walks on full-count pitches against Reading. He swung through a 91 mph fastball on a 3-0 pitch his third time up in the fifth and flipped his bat.

A high-and-tight fastball backed him off the plate in the seventh, and he turned and smiled, thankful the pitch didn’t hit him.

Rodriguez ran the bases, then left the game after the seventh. He gave his batting gloves and a bat to fans in the sellout crowd of 8,113 before heading into the dugout.

“I feel great,” Rodriguez said. “It was great to see a lot of pitches.”

A few minutes before the national anthem, he chatted up fans near the dugout, fist-pumped a kid and walked off to have a catch.

Rodriguez caught a knuckling line drive by the game’s first batter and later fielded a grounder and began an inning-ending double play.

Batting second, Rodriguez walked to the plate to Jay-Z’s “On To The Next One” and received a mixture of cheers and boos in the first. He fouled off a 2-2 pitch before eventually drawing a walk.

Rodriguez slowly went first to third on a double off the right-field wall and was stranded. He also walked in the third while his girlfriend, former pro wrestler Torrie Wilson, held up her cell phone to video the action from a second-row seat behind the plate.

In the top of the second, Rodriguez ranged to his right to field a grounder and threw high and wide to second. It was ruled an infield hit, though he probably would’ve made the play a few years ago.

The next inning, Rodriguez fielded a slow bouncer down the line and made a strong throw to first to get the out. He heard loud cheers as he jogged slowly to the dugout, looking around and seemingly taking in the crowd’s appreciation.

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254 Responses to “Rodriguez heading to Chicago”

  1. Madrugador August 4th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Austinmac-
    an injection would likely refer to a steroid injection into an affected joint-elbow? shoulder? It is the ultimate anti-inflammatory and the next step after Ibuprofen and ice have failed to resolve the inflammation.

  2. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    This could be awkward

  3. andrew33 August 4th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Whatever happens to bizzarod, he did this to himself

  4. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Ok LoHudders – Alex in the lineup tomorrow yes or no?

  5. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    If Alex is activated tomorrow – will Cashman tell Girardi to keep him on the bench?

  6. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    MTU August 4th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    YT-

    He is not going to be allowed to play.

    That’s my bet.

    Powers that be do not want him to take the field.

    ===========

    So Mr. Rod is defiant about heading to Chicago, is he going to check in to the team hotel later today prior to the team arriving ? Show up at the ballpark tomorrow ?

    What a circus this will be.

  7. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Good morning Chad. You are up early.

    “Also possible, according to those familiar with the talks, was a suspension lasting until Aug. 31, 2014, the day before all teams are permitted to expand their rosters from 25 players to 40.”

    If it lasts thru the 31st, he wouldn’t be permitted to participate in any playoffs, if the Yankees got in. Is this correct?

  8. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Selena Roberts on ESPN talking about all of the opportunists in Arod’s life…

    The irony is incredible.

  9. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    “Ok LoHudders – Alex in the lineup tomorrow yes or no?”

    I doubt it.

    “If Alex is activated tomorrow – will Cashman tell Girardi to keep him on the bench?”

    Not if he wants to win.

  10. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I’m watching ESPN too and listening to Kurkjian and Roberts making excuses – that $252 million was too much for him to live up to and that’s why he started using.

    Poor guy….:-/

  11. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    oh, and yes I’m being sarcastic.

  12. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Chip says:
    August 4, 2013 at 9:07 am
    Ok LoHudders – Alex in the lineup tomorrow yes or no?

    I’ll say no

  13. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Team management has to play out the string with the party line with rehab, games, activation etc. until the Selig hammer drops.

    These are the steps they need to take to avoid the ‘conspiracy theory’ of the NYY not wanting him to return to the field.

    Egg on their faces if they stray off course before the Selig hammer falls.

  14. Against All Odds August 4th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:07 am
    Ok LoHudders – Alex in the lineup tomorrow yes or no?

    —————————–

    I say no.

  15. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Arod deserves to be kicked out right now. The enablers that think he should get a “fair hearing” deserve to be deported out of this country lol.

  16. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Thanks Shame. I just tuned in .

  17. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Alex’s “full story” will make many lemmings cry silver tears, but for those of us that don’t buy into his foolishness, we will vote for Anthony Weiner.

  18. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Listening to Alex’s comments he sounds defiant and has no remorse….hes clearly chosen to fight this thing in the mud if MLB pushes it there .

    Appears his defense is gonna be more about deflection and trying to prove he’s no worse than everyone else than trying to prove innocence…… He’s yet to deny Anthing

  19. comnsnse August 4th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Recent scientific studies have concluded that “feeling left” out can lead to risky financial decisions.

    Pay attention Afraud!

  20. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    How about an Arod bailout by Obama? We need to do what’s “fair”!!!!!!

  21. yankee21 August 4th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’ll say no.

    I will say this also if Bud Selig has the audacity to not allow Arod to play while appealing a suspension citing “the best interests of the game” he better be prepared for a full out war from the A-rod camp. Arod will not go quietly and he shouldn’t without due process.

    The problem I have with all of this is selective enforcement, selective targeting by hypocrite Bud
    and MLB. If Arod is guilty he should pay and so should every other PED user not just A-rod.

    I hope Arod fights. He brought alot of this on himself but Selig is trying to justify his complicity in allowing steroids to begin with by going after Arod like he is some kind of rapist/abuser.

  22. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Arod? A narcissist?? Tell us more we’re unaware of Selena!!!

    ESPN, you’re number one news source!

  23. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I wonder if Tex is scared?

  24. 86w183 August 4th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Good morning all and Happy Sunday !

    I’d have to see the evidence against Alex before passing judgment on an acceptable punishment. Right now all we know if that his name allegedly appears multiple times in bio-genesis paperwork.

    That’s not enough for me.

    Nova was just great again. Right now he’s the Yanks second-best starter ahead of Pettitte and behind Kuroda. We can argue which order Hughes & CC belong in right now.

    Can anyone get Soriano to use a smaller bat? Easiest way to increase bat speed that’s ever been invented. He looks like he’s swinging a telephone pole up there.

  25. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    The interesting thing here is it sounds like there will be one arbitration hearing for whether or not he can play while he’s appealing if the Commissioner’s Office won’t allow it.

    This thing will not die by the end of the year.

  26. comnsnse August 4th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Generalissimo Franco, please chastise Melky for daring to introduce a political element to our sacred blog! ;)

  27. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    “Right now all we know if that his name allegedly appears multiple times in bio-genesis paperwork.”

    Just coincidence??? lmao

  28. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    your*…. f*ck.

  29. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I still worry that when Alex says he’s going to tell his “full story” he’s threatening to write a book in which he will hint (or flat out accuse) other high profile players – iconic players – of steroid use – whether they did it or not.

  30. 86w183 August 4th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Appears his defense is gonna be more about deflection and trying to prove he’s no worse than everyone else than trying to prove innocence…… He’s yet to deny Anthing

    *************************************************************************

    He’s also yet to admit anything and yet to be accused of anything.

    The entire story has been a conga line of rumors an innuendo.

    I would like to see some actual evidence documenting what he did that was against MLB rules.

  31. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    How awkward will that be if he shows up at the ballpark tomorrow ?

    Will they bar him from entering the locker room ?

  32. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    86 =

    With CC’s season being what it is I’m starting to think that it’s almost more important for the Yankees to retain Kuroda than Cano at this point.

  33. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Oh and Chip I’ll go with no.

  34. yankee21 August 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    86,

    Nova looked confidant and continued to look good. I hope he can sustain this run. If he does at least something positive will come out of this lost season for the Yankees.

    The Yankees need to find a way to extend Kuroda for another year. To me that is job 1 with the SP. If CC can somehow rebound into being a decent pitcher again, then you have CC as a #2 followed by Nova. At this point I predict Andy will retire and Hughes will not return as a FA. So that would leave (2) slots up for grabs.

  35. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I still worry that when Alex says he’s going to tell his “full story” he’s threatening to write a book in which he will hint (or flat out accuse) other high profile players – iconic players – of steroid use – whether they did it or not.

    —————-

    If Alex is smart he won’t do that.. he’ll go for FO members, managers and GMs.

  36. 86w183 August 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    melky —-

    You’d be a great juror.

    Chip —

    Why would you worry about A-Rod writing a book? You think you’ll be named?

  37. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Anyone who doesn’t think AROD and every other person in the US doesn’t deserve due process please feel free to leave and go to those countries who agree. Start with North Korea and go from there. Idiots.

  38. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I’m curious if Bud will schedule a press conference to announce the suspensions tonight or if they’ll just be listed in a press release.

  39. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    86

    Good morning. I believe Soriano swings the heaviest” telephone pole” in the majors.

    I believe MLB has much more than just a connection to Biogenesis, or there wouldn’t be talk of a lengthy banishment from baseball. Maybe we will know more once those facts come out.

  40. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    –Who believe they don’t deserve due process–People, without that, we are a totalitarian country rather than one of laws.

  41. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Yankee21,

    I said last off season signing Kuroda was job one. I agree it is again. I hope they “have the money” and he has the interest.

  42. yankee21 August 4th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I think Bud Selig will personally announce the remaining suspensions rather than MLB just issuing some press release.

    It is a landmark event and Bud will want his legacy to be associated with it.

  43. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    86w183 August 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Chip —

    Why would you worry about A-Rod writing a book? You think you’ll be named?
    ———————————-

    I’m concerned that there could be a line in his book akin to:

    “Yes, I did steroids, I felt pressure to live up to my contract and so I looked for every edge. But I wasn’t the only one. While MLB turned on me they let poster boys like Ken Griffey Junior, Randy Johnson, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, guys who my cousin Yuri and I personally got steroids for, skate. Everyone knew….”

    Considering the firestorm that came from Jose Canseco’s book – could you imagine the ramifications to baseball if Alex named those players – whether it was true or not?

  44. comnsnse August 4th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Is Arod a confessed user, yes.

    Does this cast doubt about anything he says with respect to this issue, yes.

    Does his continued denial in the face of numerous other players involved with biogenesis create an unhealthy atmosphere for other clean players and the game itself,yes.

    Why is he waiting to see what his penalties are before “telling his story”?

    Unless it is simply another negotiating tool advised by his attorneys?

    The selective hypnosis affecting some posters and instant gratification devotee’s will not prevail.

    This talented but lying ,cheating obstructionist fraud has been the instrument of his own demise!

    Justice delayed is justice denied!

    The game has no place for any of the cheaters or their records!

  45. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    We know that the feds are going after Bosch for distributing to high school kids…. and we know that MLB will fund his defense.

    Look, to some people getting Alex is worth it. Me personally? I’m not so sure.

  46. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    “If Alex is smart he won’t do that.. he’ll go for FO members, managers and GMs.”

    True….I don’t think Alex is very smart though.

    It would be wise of both side to get together and strike a deal to make this go away today IMO…..Sherman reported that Alex has hired a team of private investigators to dig up dirt on MLB and the yanks…..there are probably skeletons in both sides closets they they’d prefer stay there.

    MLB should offer him 125 games with no appeal and an admission of guilt…..they offer that and he takes it then the story goes away fairly quickly

  47. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Goodbye Arod (sung to the tune of Goodbye Norma Jeane)

    He played like a crazy loon
    He hit hrs, doubles even triples too

    He was too good to be true

    Then he took PEDs and became an MVP
    The NYY fans were so happy they couldn’t see
    The fraud in front of thee.

    The end of the scam is coming soon
    Bud will kick this cheater to the moon
    and baseball will be clean once again.

  48. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    AROD’s statement of telling his whole story could be a threat or it could just be something to say. He very likely would have some ugly facts about baseball’s knowledge and likely implicit encouragement of PEDs. We all know there was a time that was happening. Gosh Sosa and McGuire have gotten big working out. Bud, was so happy for the re-found popularity after the strike.

  49. comnsnse August 4th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Chip, your response to the apologists and conspiracy theorists is a simple one.

    Prove it with facts not innuendo!

  50. Hassey August 4th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I know this is a late, late observation but did anyone on TV or on this blog discuss a really thin David Wells sitting in the first row behind home plate last night? (Don’t know about Friday)

  51. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Yankees still need some offense. They struck out 11 times last night, 3 of which were by Nova.
    5 hits,,1 for 6 with RISP.

    Jeter might be back on the DL. They are 3 1/2 games behind the Indians for the final play off spot.

  52. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    As I think Passan writer yesterday…..the only way Wx comes out of this as the victim is if bud oversteps and doesn’t allow him due process.

    Which is why I think they’ll be talking again before tomorrow….MLB doesn’t want Arod playing tomorrow night and they risk backlash if they don’t allow him an appeal.

    Only way around those things is to strike a deal

  53. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    True….I don’t think Alex is very smart though.

    ——————–

    Neither is Canseco. They don’t need to be smart… I really don’t see him going after other players. I think that Alex knows he has very few supporters as it is and it would seem like a low move. If he went after the big bads that pressured him to become what he was so they could win and make money, and then turned their backs on him…. that’s a more interesting story.

  54. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I have been saying and still think a deal will be reached in the eleventh hour. Doing otherwise, could get ugly for everyone. Ultimately, I don’t think a long fight would do anything but to further alienate AROD from the game he loves.

    MLB saying they are done negotiating is, in my view, a form of negotiation.

  55. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Arod should be barred from entering the stadium, or at the very least not put in the lineup. Binder Joe will take his orders from above.

  56. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Is Mr. Rod defiant because he thinks he is being singled out for a longer suspension ?

    Why is that so hard for him to understand ?

    ** He has used multiple times apparently

    ** Cheated more than once

    ** Lied more than once

    ** Taken the extra steps to find hokey doctors and clinics to fuel his use

    Thumbs his nose with his defiant attitude and mouth towards management, MLB etc.

    I believe the majority of folks (MLB, management, players, fans etc.) are sick of his program and agenda.

    He is going to get what he deserves

    Can you imagine the appeals process and all the dirty laundry that will be aired as opposed to him accepting his suspension and moving down the road (like Braun)

  57. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Only way around those things is to strike a deal

    ———

    I kinda thought those reports from last night that Alex’s camp came back to MLB to negotiate sounded a little iffy…. I still think both sides are playing a game of chicken.

  58. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    “Neither is Canseco. They don’t need to be smart… I really don’t see him going after other players”

    Canseco did…..

  59. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Howard Bryant with a great point on Sports Reporters: It’s going to be fascinating to see what level of support Alex gets from the MLBPA. There are player reps who, following the Braun announcement, have advocated for contracts to be voided and users to be suspended for life…will those voices compel Weiner to remain on the sidelines if the League does use “Best Interests” clause.

  60. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I kinda thought those reports from last night that Alex’s camp came back to MLB to negotiate sounded a little iffy…. I still think both sides are playing a game of chicken.”

    Me too…. It’s best for both sides to cut a deal

  61. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Baby Ruth…one huge amen to your post. This clown, drug engorged fool has wrecked the integrity of baseball, his career, lost his chance of being elected to the HOF, has revealed his true low life character (yes I know character doesn’t matter to the squishy libs on here), and deserves to be banned for life.

  62. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    ** He has used multiple times apparently

    ** Cheated more than once

    ** Lied more than once

    ** Taken the extra steps to find hokey doctors and clinics to fuel his use

    Thumbs his nose with his defiant attitude and mouth towards management, MLB etc.

    I believe the majority of folks (MLB, management, players, fans etc.) are sick of his program and agenda.

    He is going to get what he deserves.”

    —-

    You just described Braun, and 65 games.

  63. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am
    Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I still worry that when Alex says he’s going to tell his “full story” he’s threatening to write a book in which he will hint (or flat out accuse) other high profile players – iconic players – of steroid use – whether they did it or not.

    —————-

    If Alex is smart he won’t do that.. he’ll go for FO members, managers and GMs.
    ———————–

    He could go after all of the above….”Torre and Cashman knew what I was doing. They turned a blind eye when I was delivering vials to Mo and Jeter….”

  64. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Yea based on what information is out there now Alex has done really no worse than Braun….they need to tell te public what he did

  65. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Unless this goes to a public hearing we may never know what the extent of the evidence that MLB has on Alex. Part of the JDA is to keep that stuff confidential.

  66. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am
    Yea based on what information is out there now Alex has done really no worse than Braun….they need to tell te public what he did
    —————–

    TJ Quinn reported that Alex tried to obstruct MLB’s investigation by tampering with witnesses and evidence and that he actively recruited players to Bosch and that his relationship with Bosch goes back before BioGenesis – we didn’t hear any of that about Braun.

  67. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Aroid is going to a scorched earth policy. Just more evidence of what a amoeba he truly is.

  68. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Total joke to suggest that Braun is equivalent to Arod in terms of breaking the rules. Also, Arod is the equivalent of Elvis Presley, and and Braun is like Vanilla Ice.

  69. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I have been saying and still think a deal will be reached in the eleventh hour. Doing otherwise, could get ugly for everyone. Ultimately, I don’t think a long fight would do anything but to further alienate AROD from the game he loves.
    ———-

    Austinmac-

    Good morning. Usually I agree with you on many issues but on this one, “If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.” :)

    It’s already ugly, and if MLB truly has a case to warrant a lengthy suspension, then I think the only recourse for Alex will be to go thru arbitration.

  70. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I wouldn’t blame Alex for going scorched earth or threatening to go scorched earth in an effort to get a better deal. If MLB is really using their biggest threat against him (ban for life) then it makes sense that Alex would respond in kind.

    That’s why I think a settlement works out best for everyone. I just don’t know if we’re too far down the road for cooler heads to prevail at this point.

  71. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: From last night: Attention, Bud. Attention, A-Rod. Stop baseball’s “War of the Roses.” Column. http://t.co/hDK7UWELX9

  72. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    “Neither is Canseco. They don’t need to be smart… I really don’t see him going after other players”

    Canseco did…..

    —————–

    I know he did but there’s no way Alex goes after the guys Chip is mentioning.. I just don’t see it. He has more incentive to go after the entity that is MLB rather than other players in his position.

  73. Frankg August 4th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Alex would have been so much better off associating with Derek Jeter and his clean living buddies, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. When Woods got caught in his escapades, Jeter said we all make mistakes.

  74. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Again, the story here really should be: MLB’s drug testing program does not work.

    I wonder when journalists will start to actually investigate that small caveat.

  75. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    As I said the other day – the other angle in all of this that I’ll find fascinating is how the Yankees deal with other players involved in this.

    They have Romine, Stewart and a viable catcher in JR Murphy – so in theory they could part ways with Cervelli and not miss a beat.

    But wouldn’t Jhonny Peralta be a natural fit for them at 3b next year? Wouldn’t Nelson Cruz fill a screaming need for a right handed power bat? Will the Yankees go after both of these guys as free agents?

  76. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    YT,

    Come on, join me. It won’t be the first time we were both wrong. :)

    It just makes so much sense for all three parties, the player, team and baseball to reach an agreement. What I sure don’t want is this dragging out in court and the Yankees not spending because they don’t know if they will have to pay him next year.

  77. 86w183 August 4th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    IF Alex were to out some “users” in a book he’d make certain to have truth on his side.

    Everyone thought/wrote that Canseco would be sued and lose everything…. never happened. Truth is a great defense against libel and slander.

    TJ Quinn actually “reported” that he’s been told these things. He has acknowledged not knowing the exact details of MLB’s evidence against Alex.

    There’s a HUGE difference.

  78. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Melkman

    :)

  79. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:49 am
    blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    “Neither is Canseco. They don’t need to be smart… I really don’t see him going after other players”

    Canseco did…..

    —————–

    I know he did but there’s no way Alex goes after the guys Chip is mentioning.. I just don’t see it. He has more incentive to go after the entity that is MLB rather than other players in his position.
    —————————–

    If you want to hurt baseball – targeting four first ballot, top level, hall of famers like Junior, Johnson, Jeter and Rivera is a good way of doing it.

  80. Triple Short of a Cycle August 4th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    The drug testing program clearly doesn’t work yet it is preposterous to suggest Chris Davis is on something

  81. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Shame,

    Good point. Most of these guys tested clean. Will things really change?

  82. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    “TJ Quinn reported that Alex tried to obstruct MLB’s investigation by tampering with witnesses and evidence and that he actively recruited players to Bosch and that his relationship with Bosch goes back before BioGenesis – we didn’t hear any of that about Braun.”

    If true then yea that’s different but we need to see evidence

  83. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Shame,

    Good point. Most of these guys tested clean. Will things really change?

    —————

    NO!!!

    IF players are as serious about ‘getting this stuff out of the game’ as has been continually reported then the union will agree to blood testing without limitation. In other words, just like with Lance Armstrong, if they come up with better tests ten years down the road and guys that played a while back come up positive, they’re hit with this same sh*t storm.

  84. RhapsodyInBlue August 4th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I hope he bought a 2 way ticket.

  85. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I know he did but there’s no way Alex goes after the guys Chip is mentioning.. I just don’t see it. He has more incentive to go after the entity that is MLB rather than other players in his position.”

    He’s been jealous of Jeter for years… You’re probably right but desperate people do crazy things sometimes

  86. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    If you want to hurt baseball – targeting four first ballot, top level, hall of famers like Junior, Johnson, Jeter and Rivera is a good way of doing it.

    ————

    I would say there are more than one way to skin a cat.. I just don’t see him going that route when he very likely has other options that would be just as, if not more, salacious.

    Players using, no matter who they are, is sort of old hat at this point. I, personally, wouldn’t be surprised by any player coming up as a user. Even if it’s someone like Derek. I would be sad and disappointed.. but surprised?

    He should focus on the managers and the FOs and the medical teams, etc. Then you’re basically the first guy to put it out there in print that everyone is complacent.

  87. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Again, the story here really should be: MLB’s drug testing program does not work.
    ———-
    Shame

    So true! Add that to its lack of creativity for using instant replay more often, allowing the Marlins to sell off their assets after building a new stadium, adding another wildcard without expanding the trading deadline, etc.

  88. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    ‘You just described Braun, and 65 games’

    ============

    Difference being that Braun made a quiet deal and went away. No back and forth, throwing stones, defiance, popping off. He made a deal and decided to start his suspension ASAP.

    Mr. Rod …………. seems to be trying to project his innocence, like his comment ‘there is no room in Baseball for PED’s, we need to clean this up’, now he is an advocate ? Please……..

    He could have gone in fessed up and cut his own deal with MLB but he choose the “take no prisoners’ approach so far.

    He is toast and will get the hammer to his knuckles very soon.

  89. 86w183 August 4th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Alex Rodriguez has earned about $ 350 Million in his baseball career.

    There’s no way he is risking losing all/most of that in a civil judgment due to reckless, baseless and unsubstantiated accusations in a book. It’s a preposterous notion.

  90. blake August 4th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    @AndrewMarchand: Source says that A-Rod has no personal contract insurance so if he was ever unable to play because of his hips, only Yanks would benefit.

  91. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Frankg August 4th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Too late for that now ……………

  92. Redfish Lives August 4th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I predict A-Rod will approach the Yankee’s locker room in Chicago surrounded by an entourage, pushing through a crowd of hundreds. He will be met at the door by SWAT team members with snarling German shepherds and denied entry.

  93. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I wonder if Hal is going to throw a huge bash when he saves $ 35 mill not having to cut Mr.Rod an paycheck for a year and a half ?

  94. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    MLB tries to act like a prosecutor when its convenient for them. But when it comes to due process….oh no thats another story.

    “tampering with witness”… Maybe MLB’s “witness” tampered with Alex.

    And what exactly do you call what MLB did to gain the evidence that they have? I call it legal blackmail.

  95. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Redfish

    Why not just lock the door ?

  96. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    “Difference being that Braun made a quiet deal and went away.”

    No. The real difference was Braun was offered a fair deal and Alex was not.

  97. Redfish Lives August 4th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Oh please. What fun would there be in that?

  98. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I pray that Mr. Rodriguez has sold his Miami mansion and has plenty of cash for his vultures to defend him? They will strip him of his cash faster than Bud.

  99. Vineyard Yankee August 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Hey ‘Fishy’, no swinging from your tree house rope swing so early in the morning !

  100. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    “No. The real difference was Braun was offered a fair deal and Alex was not.”

    Aroid hasn’t earned a “fair” deal. What part of his cheating warrants a “fair” deal?

  101. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    If only:

    What will happen to afraud:

    “Justice. Crime can not be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society’s understanding.”

  102. yankeefeminista August 4th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Good morning….

    Exactly, Tar. And agree that there has to be due process. This could get very ugly. I almost don’t want it to go there.

    Also for those who were asking about the crowd; here is the Saturday night version as per USA Today article that was just posted:

    TRENTON, N.J. — Alex Rodriguez took to the field a little later than most of his Trenton Thunder teammates to warm up for Saturday night’s game against the Reading Fightin’ Phils, but the fans didn’t seem to mind.

    Once Rodriguez appeared, the majority of the 8,113 fans on hand cheered him, although some boos were definitely audible. Many fans held up signs showing their support and love for the embattled Yankees star, while others pointed proudly to the Alex Rodriguez jerseys they were wearing to the game.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/.....s/2615353/

    ______
    I’m excited to finally see Sanchez play in Trenton today, although still debating whether I want to trust my phone to watch the Hughes-IPK matchup. Sometimes it allows me to get the video feed, other times, no.

  103. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Mr. Rod was cheating way before Braun ever was in MLB. Since he choose to standup and fight back the details will come out about the hokey docs, tampering with the investigation, leading other players to the drug store etc. Reports say he was using from 2010 thru 2012, thought he said many time he quit ? LMAO !

    Braun ? Well he is past that now, paying the price.

    It hardly matters anymore, Mr. Rod is cooked and is going to get dipped in boiling oil very soon

  104. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 9:57 am
    If you want to hurt baseball – targeting four first ballot, top level, hall of famers like Junior, Johnson, Jeter and Rivera is a good way of doing it.

    ————

    I would say there are more than one way to skin a cat.. I just don’t see him going that route when he very likely has other options that would be just as, if not more, salacious.

    Players using, no matter who they are, is sort of old hat at this point. I, personally, wouldn’t be surprised by any player coming up as a user. Even if it’s someone like Derek. I would be sad and disappointed.. but surprised?

    He should focus on the managers and the FOs and the medical teams, etc. Then you’re basically the first guy to put it out there in print that everyone is complacent.
    ———————-

    Canseco didn’t go after Clemens and McGwire to burn Clemens and McGwire – he went after them because the way you hurt the league is by tarnishing the players.

  105. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Tar August 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am
    “Difference being that Braun made a quiet deal and went away.”

    No. The real difference was Braun was offered a fair deal and Alex was not.
    ————————

    How do you know that? How do you know that the evidence against Braun and the evidence against Alex is equivalent? How do you know what was offered to Alex?

  106. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    ‘due process’ …………………

    ========

    Except when he signs his contract he supposedly agreed to the JDA and MLB’s rules which he has thumbed his nose at many times.

    Reality is Selig can do what he wants to in order to make an example of Mr. Rod and make his life a living h*ll.

    I for one hope Mr. Rod continues to fight and all the gory details come out

  107. MG August 4th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    If you want to hurt baseball – targeting four first ballot, top level, hall of famers like Junior, Johnson, Jeter and Rivera is a good way of doing it.
    —————–
    Chip, repeating the same nonsense, with absolutely no proof, about 4 of the great players in the past 50 years, including 2 on the Yankees, is really irresponsible and accomplishes nothing except make it sound like you think they are/were using.

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    For crying out loud,
    Chip – stoP your
    Nonsense of hypothesizing Alex would implicate Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera in some nonexistent book.

    Now you’ve got
    People here mentioning the two Adjacent to PEDS use as if there’s some life to either ever
    Having used.

    Dumbest hypothetical crAp I’ve ever
    Seen in here – outside of trIsha equating Alex
    Rodriguez with a mass murderer. Please
    Stop

  109. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    MG – Indeed.

    Chip – this isn’t like you. Please stoP

  110. Blutarsky August 4th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Is WCYF in here ?

  111. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    MG and JAP –

    I’m not saying that Jeter and Mo did steroids. What I’m saying is that if Alex felt like he had nothing left to lose what downside would there be for him to use or threaten to use that as a tactic to try and cut himself a better deal?

    Again, it’s not like this wasn’t done before – players who felt wronged by baseball in the past have written scorched earth books (Canseco and Rose) so why are you so sure Alex wouldn’t go this route as well?

    I’m not saying he should do it, I’m not saying that it’s the right thing for him to do, I’m just saying that it’s a possibility that likely has MLB at least a little nervous.

  112. Redfish Lives August 4th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Such unnecessary hyperbole. This matter is black and white and as simple to understand as anything could be. ARod cheated he got caught did a phony mea culpa and continued to cheat. He got caught again only this time his arrogance and hubris resulted in scores of other violations having to do with suppressing evidence, etc. There’s no way the numerous executives at MLB would be taking this route if they didn’t have mountains of evidence against him. There are not two sides to this issue.

  113. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    MG August 4th, 2013 at 10:31 am
    Chip August 4th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    If you want to hurt baseball – targeting four first ballot, top level, hall of famers like Junior, Johnson, Jeter and Rivera is a good way of doing it.
    —————–
    Chip, repeating the same nonsense, with absolutely no proof, about 4 of the great players in the past 50 years, including 2 on the Yankees, is really irresponsible and accomplishes nothing except make it sound like you think they are/were using.
    —————————-

    Again, I don’t think they were using.

    But what proof did Canseco have when he wrote Juiced? None. Just his word against the word of the players he accused and look at the storm that it created.

  114. Blutarsky August 4th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Let Alex write a whole series of books, he is a liar and a cheat and most don’t believe the diarrhea that comes out of his mouth anymore anyway

  115. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Huh?? Do you not hear yourself? You’re
    Making up that Alex would MAKE
    UP stuff about those two guys
    It’s a
    Non- starter that
    Is Utterly ridiculous. We rarely agree
    But I consider you sensible. Cease and desist

  116. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Due process considers the contract. It simply requires a fair hearing with the chips falling with the evidence.

  117. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    For the record – I don’t think that anyone would believe Alex if he made the claims that I suggest. But at the same time I didn’t anticipate that anyone would take Canseco’s claims seriously either.

    The point is that you don’t know what someone will do when they don’t have anything to lose.

  118. Chip August 4th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 10:40 am
    Huh?? Do you not hear yourself? You’re
    Making up that Alex would MAKE
    UP stuff about those two guys
    It’s a
    Non- starter that
    Is Utterly ridiculous. We rarely agree
    But I consider you sensible. Cease and desist
    —————————-

    Why is it a non-starter?

    Why is it utterly ridiculous?

  119. MG August 4th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Chip, I’m telling you that repeating these veiled accusations is irresponsible.

    It’s also unnecessary.

    I’m not going to cut and paste your comments again because the more I see them in print the more irritated I get.

    I have enormous respect for Jete, Mo and Junior (friend of a close friend, we’ve played golf together), they don’t deserve to be mentioned in any way related to this whole mess because they’ve done nothing that would even be suspicious in their careers.

    It’s just enough already, if you care about having the respect of those like me who try to remain balanced and see both sides you will understand.

  120. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I don’t understand why the newspapers keep writing about how many games Arod will be suspended. Who cares? The real question is will he be allowed to play during the appeal?

    Also who cares if he writes a book. It will make him look even worse( if that is possible). Plus people believe him as much as they believe Clemens. He doesn’t realize that the more he speaks the stupider he sounds.

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I am going to see Sanchez debut in Trenton too. Can’t wAit. I need some
    Optimism.

  122. Baby Ruth August 4th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Captain

    If Selig attaches the ‘best interests’ of baseball clause to the suspension he can’t play

  123. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    It does not matter if you support A-Rod, or hate him, it’s tough to ignore the facts that the Yankees have been in bed with MLB to keep A-Rod off the field playing for the NYY.

    How can one ignore the fact if A-Rod was not back playing for the Yankees until after August 1st, the Yankees collect this years salary from the insurance company.

    Selig hates A-Rod, the Yankees FO hates A-Rod, and the Yankees will welcome not having to pay him the remainder of this season, and next.

    I do believe if Alex is guilty he should be punished, but not singled out and treated different. Braun beat MLB last year, but he only got a 62 game suspension, and given Selig’s comments, he should have gotten a minimum of 100 games.

    Legally this would be the 1st time for PED’s use by Alex, so he should not face greater than a 50 game suspension.

    I hope he appeals any suspension, and the arb. agees to reduce the suspension down to a 50 game max. If not, then Alex should go to court, and MLB may not be able to get Boesch to testify, due to his pending federal prosecution.

    Also, a federal court could throw out the MLB contract, and Selig and MLB could be screwed big time, they are taking a huge risk that may very well backfire.

    Selig hates A-Rod so much, it appears he’s willing to take that risk.

  124. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I’m not sure Chip is saying these things are true but AROD could say them. I think the better attack, if he decides to commit even further baseball suicide, is to point to baseball complicity.

  125. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    A-ROD writing at book exposing the truth. That’s like O.J. writing “If I did it” What a joke. You mine as well speculate A-ROD putting a Mafia hit on Selig. Bogus accusations against players who have never had spiked staats? I just think that’s so over the top. Maybe he’ll claim he’s an alein from a superior planet.

  126. blake August 4th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Shame,

    They are trying to prove that megalodons still exist tonight on shark week

  127. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Hi Big Al, I posted some Enrico CAruso for you while
    Back. I hope all is well in your world.

  128. Blutarsky August 4th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    ‘it’s tough to ignore the facts that the Yankees have been in bed with MLB to keep A-Rod off the field playing for the NYY’

    =========

    Fact is Alex brought up his quad injury which has delayed hie return

  129. Blutarsky August 4th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    hie …….. his (typo)

  130. Redfish Lives August 4th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Al Braun didn’t commit the ancillary offenses that ARod did. MLB is not making that up.

  131. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    JAP -

    Yes saw it, thanks.

    We’re hanging in there.

    I wish we could all be talking about positive Yankees news, rather than all the didtractions, but, news is news.

  132. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Chip -
    I think there’s plenty of real stuff to expose if he
    Wants to write a tell-all.

  133. 86w183 August 4th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    MG —-

    I agree completely. No reason to drag others into this scandal by name even if it is in a hypothetical manner.

    I still want to see some factual evidence of further PED use as well as any claimed “obstruction”.

    As far as I’m concerned MLB “tampered” with witnesses too.

    Chip —-

    You are making a fool of yourself on this. Alex has EVERYTHING to lose if he lies about others using PEDs. They could take everything he has in civil litigation. Several threatened to do so against Canseco but didn’t because he was telling the TRUTH.

  134. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Well Al,
    We do have Nova’s ascension to be very excited about. He’s back to being what
    His promise said he could be.

  135. blake August 4th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I think the penalty for Steroids should be slow stoning by Johnny Damon….it may take awhile

  136. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    If Selig attaches the ‘best interests’ of baseball clause to the suspension he can’t play
    ———–

    Right but you don’t hear anything about it in the articles. I guess the media isn’t sure what is going to happen so they aren’t reporting anything.

  137. MG August 4th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    There is always a need to maintain a sense of humor about things like this:

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/.....417081.jpg

  138. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    “Al Braun didn’t commit the ancillary offenses that ARod did. MLB is not making that up.”

    ******************************************
    The only “facts” we know are the ones reported in the press, we have not had all the facts laid out by MLB, and until that happens no one really knows the truth.

    If you are a person that believes everything he reads in the press, than nothing said would change your opinion.

    Braun was caught last season, and beat it on a technicality, yet his second offense nets him only a 50 game suspension, rather than the 100 game he deserved.

    All I ask is fair and equal treatment for all involved parties, regardless of name or position.

  139. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Soriano is like Tex, he uses the heaviest bat around at 37. His bat speed and control would inprove with a lighter bat but he flat out refuses to change.

  140. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    S/B 62 game suspension for Braun.

  141. 86w183 August 4th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    gotta run

    have a day all… try to talk some baseball if possible

    later

  142. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    The thing I’m most looking for is the MLBPA’s response. If they don’t show complete support for Alex, I’m gonna wonder what deal they have under the table with MLB.

  143. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    JAP -

    Good point, and right on.

    David Cone made a good point last week in talking about CC. He said when you lose that much weight, in such a short period of time, you tend to lose muscle as well. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but, that could explain some of CC’s troubles this season.

    One thing I can’t stand is CC not willing to play his position, and cover 1st base. Cone pointed out it’s been more than 2 years for CC getting a PO covering 1st base. I have to ask, why is he not taken to task for this?

  144. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    If MLBPA doesn’t go all out to help A-Rod, then every MLB player should be worried that they too could be thrown under the bus.

  145. blake August 4th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Yea I think CC needs more fat…..I’m being serious…he’s always seemed to pitch better fatter

  146. Redfish Lives August 4th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    You can say Braun beat it on a technicality but he beat it. In the real world this was his first offense. And he came out apologized and took responsibility. Hey Rod is a horse of a different color completely. And it’s not a matter of believing what the media says, the mountain of evidence information comes from MLB not the media. In the world we live in today there’s no way that those comments get made and sustained over this period of time if there wasn’t something to them.

  147. MG August 4th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    blake August 4th, 2013 at 11:11 am
    Yea I think CC needs more fat…..I’m being serious…he’s always seemed to pitch better fatter
    ——————
    I might also agree, can we send a case of Captain Crunch to the Yankees hotel in Chicago to jump start the process?

    I’m in for the first $10 of the cost…

  148. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Al – didn’t hear COne’s cOmments. Interesting. I imagine his knee also isn’t supporting him as
    Well. He may be in an adjustment period that requires to run its course for hI’m to either gain strength or figure out how
    To adapt.

  149. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    It appears the WCYF has made his return, along with his long time side-kick.

  150. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Big Al – I agree Re mlbpa and with your general sentiments here this morning.

  151. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    The extra weight CC carried was very unhealthy. He needs to learn to pitch at this weight and he will be better going forward. A 300 lbs. CC is an injury waiting to happen. How anyone would want him to play obese just cause it might help their team in the short term is beyond me. Next will someone want him to get roided up? It’s a serious health issue for him. C’mon man.

  152. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I can’t think of anything I’m less interested in than the return of whoever that person is.

  153. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Exiled -’but he may have lost the weight too quickly which stresses the organs of the body Nd actually speeds
    Up the aging process. That can’t be healthy either.
    C may have sacrificed what the Chinese call “qi” by losing too fast.

  154. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    JAP -

    Cone gave that opinion, and added he thought the elbow surgery should not be the cause.

    I would have thought the FO would have taken a good look at this, and if there were any truth to this, they could have CC on a program to add muscle, if that were indeed the cause.

    I may be way off base, but, I get the feeling the Super Stars do what they please, and are very difficult to give direction and coaching to. If this were not true, then way would CC be allowed to continue to not cover 1B, and Cano not be taken to task for not running out too many balls that could have been a double, or safe at 1B when a hit is misplayed by an IF.

    This, IMHO, is what you get with long term contracts.

  155. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:23 am
    Exiled -’but he may have lost the weight too quickly which stresses the organs of the body Nd actually speeds
    Up the aging process. That can’t be healthy either.
    C may have sacrificed what the Chinese call “qi” by losing too fast.

    Your probably right on with that. I would agree but the worse thing to do now is put it back on. He’d be itching for a heart attack. Too late to change how fast he lost it but not too late to keep it off and adjust. He should be encouraged to keep it stable. Fluxuating is a bigger killer.

  156. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Big Al – I don’t think a player can run out every ground all over
    The course of a season. My main concern about Cano is getting him re-signed and getting him some help in the lineup.

  157. campy campaneris August 4th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I think Blake’s idea is the best. A suspension of 125 games or thereabouts, with no appeal. MLB is gonna insist on this. No way they are gonna let Alex on the field; therefore, no appeal.

    There is no way that ARod plays Major League Baseball again, IMHO. It is not gonna happen, no matter what kind of legal team he has assembled. He will accept a lengthy suspension with no appeal, then in the offseason, when things have quieted somewhat, they will work out a substantial buyout of his contract. He may go to Japan or somewhere else at that point, but I can’t see any way MLB signs off on him playing again. Alex must know this, if the report about him approaching the Yankees about a buyout is true.

  158. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I don’t want Cano looking for an extra gear. He plays controled. He’s never hurt. He stays in the lineup. Ichiro should be the example. He’s never hurt. He stretches non stop.

  159. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    JAP -

    If Cano would take his direction from a player like Jeter, and be mindful of the young players looking at him as a role model to follow.

    Perhaps your correct, a player can’t bust it on every play, but, all too often he appears to be not even making a solid effort.

    I hope the Yankees re-sign Cano, but, I hope they don’t give him more than a 5 year deal. We can all see the results of long term contracts that become ugly towards the latter part, ie; Tex, A-Rod, and Jeter to an extent.

    I’d prefer they give him a higher number, for less years.

  160. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Tampa – right it is terrible strain on heart to swing back and forth. If I were C I would consult an Ayurvedic practitioner, who, I’m fairly certain would diagnose his
    Body type as “kapha” and
    Give
    Him a safe dietary and her al regimen to bring more
    Balance to his composition or what are
    Called “doshas”. The ayurvedic folks are
    On the cutting edge of this stuff and will eventually be in the mainstream, especially when it cOmes to appropriate diet for body type. It’s a shame the Yankees only avail themselves to mainstream methods: they are limiting themselves
    And
    With their resources they needn’t.

  161. blake August 4th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Alex could grow a mustache and everything….. He’d be huge in Japan

  162. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    You know more than I do but i think we agree. I just don’t care for folks wanting an obese CC cause it would help the team short term. It could seriously shorten his life.

  163. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    JAP -

    It appears to me the Yankees are more re-active than pro-active, when it comes to the health of their players.

    Yes, they will hold players back when coming off the DL, but, if they did a better job, perhaps less players would wind up on the DL to begin with.

    I really like your thoughts on this subject. :)

  164. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    blake -

    He could borrow one from Bobby V, lol.

  165. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Exiled -
    Excellently expressed on Cano. He is an elegant player of astonishing ability – doesn’t need to become Pedroia-esque as some
    Outward show. And yes his sheer durability is a
    Testament to his toughness.

    Al – I think Robi has learned a ton at jeter’s Nd yes, Alex’s knee. Exiled i think expressed it perfectly above.

  166. blake August 4th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    He’d have to learn to hit the shuto though

  167. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    blake -

    I think if MLB came to A-Rod and said in their mind, they think of him as a 2nd time offender, and told him to accept a 100 game suspension, knowing the next offense would be considered his 3rd, and a lifetime ban, he would have taken that deal, and all this BS would be over with.

  168. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Big Al – teams like NYY need to become more progressive and all that stuff excels at being proactive even preemptive.’Ichiro maybe should
    Become out fitness
    Consultant lol. He’s on the cutting edge
    Himself.

  169. BIG AL August 4th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Later folks – Y’all have a great day.

    GO YANKEES!

  170. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Alex looked good on
    Friday. Yesterday though he wasn’t really running all that well. His arm and his swing though look good. I hope he
    Gets to play baseball somewhere if that is
    His wish.

  171. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Big Al – Let good news always follow you!

  172. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    JAP- I know I said it above, But I really think Ichiro is on to something. More players would stay healthy following his routines. He would be a great conditioning coach.

  173. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Heyman is on the fan now. He said that Arod will appeal and if he is healthy he will be in the Yanks lineup tomorrow night. He said that the players association has been very helpful working with Selig and it doesn’t appear that Selig will invoke the “best interest clause” to stop him.

  174. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I see Chip is getting off casting Arod as Selena Roberts now.

    Chip quit being a drama queen. I’m trying to enjoy the show here.

    Alex is a squirmin and he has been neutered.

  175. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Exiled – TotLly agree. I’m convinced Ichiro practices some form of qigong. The Japanese call it “ki”‘but they’re the same concepts of meridians in the body being key to health. I’m sure Ichiro does
    Some form of this and being JPanese he has to eat a goodly amount of seaweed. Someone should do a story of Ichiro health regimen and workouts. I did see one about that
    World machine.

  176. JobaTipsHisCap August 4th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Lets go Arod!

  177. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I hope heyman is correct that he plays.

  178. mikekaleny August 4th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Is it possible that A-Rod took steroids while he was injured to recover quicker/better? If so, maybe that’s why he doesn’t think he’s guilty?

  179. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    MLB will set the terms of the punishment. They’re the ones with the compelling evidence on hand. If they didn’t have it they wouldn’t embarrass themselves like this when their brand has already been diluted from the steroid scandal of McGwire, Sosa and Bonds.

    THEY HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE to put away Alex. They have said so MULTIPLE TIMES. They would not set themselves up for embarrassment.

    Alex has NO LEVERAGE except for CRAZY conspiracy theories and pity parties in the press and in the imagination of his fans who are in denial that this guy is ILLEGITIMATE. 100% ILLEGITIMATE wannabe Derek Jeter imposter clone.

    MLB says 214 games MINIMUM. That’s what they would accept in a settlement. Otherwise they leaked they will do a lifetime ban and let Alex appeal. If Alex appeals he will be appealing a lifetime ban. In order to not risk losing everything he will have to accept 214 games.

    He is squirming here.

  180. jacksquat August 4th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    hie …….. his (typo)Blutarsky says:August 4, 2013 at 10:52 am‘it’s tough to ignore the facts that the Yankees have been in bed with MLB to keep A-Rod off the field playing for the NYY’=========Fact is Alex brought up his quad injury which has delayed hie return

    Fact is Arod said he needed a couple days and the Yankees said ok take a couple more weeks.

    Do you all think it’s a coincidence that his return date is the same as the day the suspensions will come?

  181. bruceb August 4th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    The question I have is not whether Alex plays in Chicago tomorrow night but whether he ever plays in Old Timers’ Day at the Stadium. Will his demise and disgrace be such that the Yanks never invite him back?

  182. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Heyman is probably right.

    If Alex plays during an appeal that would mean MLB has hit him with a lifetime ban.

    Alex’s option is play while appealing a lifetime ban or accept a settlement of 214 games and sit your butt down.

  183. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    We all love extremes don’t we? AROD is the ultimate extreme. Do we hear statements from Cruz’es attorney’s. Or any of the players who are actually contributing on contending teams? His penalties will be extreme in comparison too. The All AROD ESPN frenzy only mentions the other players in connection to AROD. It’s gonna get uglier than hell. Wait till he’s in the line-up and on espn all the time. I don’t want this for the Yankees. I loved AROD the first time I saw him play. But I don’t want to see this.

  184. blake August 4th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    “I think if MLB came to A-Rod and said in their mind, they think of him as a 2nd time offender, and told him to accept a 100 game suspension, knowing the next offense would be considered his 3rd, and a lifetime ban, he would have taken that deal, and all this BS would be over with.”

    Probably yea….that would be too easy though

  185. blake August 4th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    It’ll be a circus if Alex plays now….everyone knows it

  186. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    blake August 4th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Shame,

    They are trying to prove that megalodons still exist tonight on shark week

    —————

    I do not like these fictional documentaries!!!! Discovery Channel should be a cut above SyFy.

  187. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Option A

    Appeal a lifetime ban and play during your appeal. Let NYY media and fans pummel your drama queen ass.

    Option B

    Accept your punishment like a man. Take a 212 game settlement and sit your ass down.

  188. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I pray to God he chooses Option A and loses everything.

  189. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Then we lock up Choo + McCann. The year after we add Hanley Ramirez.

  190. blake August 4th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    “I do not like these fictional documentaries!!!! Discovery Channel should be a cut above SyFy.”

    Like the mermaids one? Hey I think it’s possible that a megalodon still exists somewhere in the ocean…..

  191. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Chip quit being a drama queen.
    =====================
    God knows we have enough of them here…

  192. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Option A

    Appeal a lifetime ban and play during your appeal. Let NYY media and fans pummel your drama queen ass.
    =============
    That would be the best show.
    Of course , he could come back as Superoid and lead us to the WS.
    Or not…

  193. blake August 4th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Both sides should be pushing for a settlement today…..MLB has postured and postured but they don’t want him playing tomorrow and bud knows he risks major backlash if he tries to suspend Alex will no right to appeal……Alex knows that if he fights it he could lose and lose a lot more than he’d lose if he took a deal. They should compromise on 125 Ames that woukd start immediately and be done with it

  194. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Chip has been especially annoying. It’s like every time he posts he’s dressed up like Buffalo Bill from Silence of the lambs – lipstick – pink tutu. So f’n annoying.

    How in the f’n WORLD could Arod target Mo and Jeter when Mo and Jeter NEVER CHEATED?

    There I said it Chip, I asked the question you’ve been baiting one of us to ask all morning, now we can all bring down Yankee legends so you point out how Alex is no less safe than them and you can feel smart.

    The fact is, Mo and Derek ARE safe and Alex Rodriguez is about to get his ASS handed to him.

    On every level those players are HOF and loved and upstanding reps of the game.

  195. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    blake August 4th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    “I do not like these fictional documentaries!!!! Discovery Channel should be a cut above SyFy.”

    Like the mermaids one? Hey I think it’s possible that a megalodon still exists somewhere in the ocean…..

    ————-

    I do too but I’m not sure that counts in favor of this production..

    I prefer when they film great whites being great, tbh. But I’m still stoked for shark week! (Sorry baby seals!)

  196. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Blake the right to appeal is hardly a bargaining chip for Arod.

    He has no leverage.

    If he tries to use the appeal process as leverage, he will have to appeal a lifetime ban.

    NYDN explicitly stated MLB is comfortable with their evidence.

    They are not afraid of an appeal.

  197. BD (Boston Dave) August 4th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    “blake August 4th, 2013 at 10:58 am
    I think the penalty for Steroids should be slow stoning by Johnny Damon….it may take awhile”

    ———-

    very nice blake :)

  198. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I don’t think Selig is willing to come down from “all of next year”. It would be “in the best interests of baseball” if he did. How ugly is it gonna get/

  199. BD (Boston Dave) August 4th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I hope Alex plays this season, the Yanks could use an attendance boost and a RH hitter. It’ll be a media circus but what’s new…

    then, any suspension, if Alex loses his appeal, would kick in for 2014 (hello 189), and/or beyond.

  200. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    If Arod plays tomorrow(and the rest of the season) Cashman should tell him that he isn’t allowed to talk to the media about steroids or any of this crap. If he wants to be play and be around the team there are rules that he has to follow. His circus is going to be enough of a distraction to the team but no more talking. Just play without talking or he won’t be allowed to play.

  201. Redfish Lives August 4th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    My only regret is that A-Rod won’t be banned for life. He is an absolute disgrace and is doing irreparable harm to the game. He cheated he lied and then cheated some more. Any Yankee fan that supports and defends him is just that a Yankee fan, not a baseball fan.

  202. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I hope he plays too. That would mean he appealed. That would mean he lost the game of chicken. That would mean he did not take MLB’s 214 game minimum settlement offer and instead dared them to ban him for life. Doesn’t sound like the same guy who walked out of a meeting with MLB so rattled he couldn’t put on a minor league uniform and now is flailing and hatching crazy conspiracy theories through the press, the spanish press even.

  203. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Why has Joba stopped tweeting?
    Gag order by Cashman?

  204. Ys Guy August 4th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    arod knows he won’t be playing tomorrow, but he just wants to be there for the yankees nfl fantasy draft.

  205. RhapsodyInBlue August 4th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Wait until the hipless cheat plays in the Bronx. That should be a show.

  206. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    He knows it too. The Bronx is going to be outright hostile towards him.

  207. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    A liberal arbiter could give Alex the same 50 the others got starting next year.

  208. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    The Bronx is going to be outright hostile towards him.
    ==========
    If he doesn’t hit..

  209. RhapsodyInBlue August 4th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I hope he was defiant and it is a life time ban v the 214 game gig.

    Sick of his sorry lying ass.

  210. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    ” God knows we have enough of them here.”

    Yes, but we forgive you, Mick.

  211. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    The best case senerio is a ban for life that starts now. But I don’t want to see this reversed in court because he was denied his right to appeal under the CBA. Let him have his appeal. Lord knows we could use his bat in the lineup for awhile.

  212. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    and I forgive you Mac as you have learned the error of your ways.

  213. Redfish Lives August 4th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    If A-Rod had an ounce of class in his body, he would come out and say I’m not gonna’ be a distraction and take the attention from Mariano Rivera the last couple of months of his last season. I will deal with this in the off-season. But he won’t because he is a narcissistic, egomaniacal, selfish individual and the furthest thing from a team player that sports has ever seen.

  214. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    When the Yanks come back from Chicago they should set up the stadium like a circus. Everyone has to wear circus hats and the vendors should walk around in clown uniforms.

  215. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Mick,

    It is good to live in an age of forgiveness, with, of course, the AROD exception. I will add Bernie Williams and Roy White to Blake’s stoning crew.

  216. JobaTipsHisCap August 4th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    people keep saying MLB has enough evidence to ban Arod for life or minimum 200+ games. if so, show public all the evidence they got. don’t just say we have, show me what you have!

  217. JobaTipsHisCap August 4th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    most so called fans in YS are pathetic, they even booed Mo, nuff said.

  218. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Yankee fans are not phonies. If they boo , players don’t take it personally besides sometimes they need a wake-up call and say they deserved it.

  219. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    The only thing pathetic and classless is imitation Jeter.

  220. blake August 4th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    “It is good to live in an age of forgiveness, with, of course, the AROD exception. I will add Bernie Williams and Roy White to Blake’s stoning crew.”

    Yea….I don’t want to do too much damage….just some minor bruising.

  221. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Jeter is entering into Mantle territory as he plays hurt.

  222. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Mantle got a Standing O for every AB in his final years…

  223. Against All Odds August 4th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Yankee fans are not phonies

    ————————-

    You’re talking about the same fan base that would boo A-rod if he popped up or struck out in the first inning but then would cheer him hours later if he got a clutch hit or HR.

  224. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Jeter and Arod. Both struggling to get on the field for the Yankees. But could it be any more differant? One is class. The other, well I don’t know how to discribe that.

  225. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Think about that.

    Today’s fan is too lazy and disenfranchised to stand till usually the last strike.

  226. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    You’re talking about the same fan base that would boo A-rod if he popped up or struck out in the first inning but then would cheer him hours later if he got a clutch hit or HR.
    =============
    Why not?

  227. RhapsodyInBlue August 4th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Be patient the case against Arod will be made.

    If he has to testify in the Govt. case against Biogenesis all his records from MLB subpoenaed.

    And he will be subject to perjury if he isn’t truthful.

    This can only get worst.

  228. mick August 4th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    You expect fans to be politically correct too?
    Don’t we have enough of that in today’s phony world…

  229. DAM23 August 4th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Against All Odds says:
    August 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    Yankee fans are not phonies

    ————————-

    You’re talking about the same fan base that would boo A-rod if he popped up or struck out in the first inning but then would cheer him hours later if he got a clutch hit or HR.

    —————

    Suspect that if A-Rod was healthy and performing this season, there would be a lot different things being said about this potential ban by Yankee fans.

    There is plenty of hypocrisy on all sides of this soap opera.

  230. RhapsodyInBlue August 4th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    The balls to drag Jeter and Mo through the mud to defend a lying cheat.

  231. mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    People today are slaves to their iphones.
    College students in the 60′s warned of the coming of the computer age and here we have it…

  232. mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    The balls to drag Jeter and Mo through the mud to defend a lying cheat.
    =====================
    what are you talking about?

  233. RhapsodyInBlue August 4th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Suspect that if A-Rod was healthy and performing this season, there would be a lot different things being said about this potential ban by Yankee fans.

    There is plenty of hypocrisy on all sides of this soap opera.
    ——————————————————————————————————–

    I suspect you’re full of baloney, this is about cheating.

  234. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    1984 should be required reading for everyone alive today.

  235. RhapsodyInBlue August 4th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    what are you talking about?

    ——————————————————————————————————-

    Comments made by chip

  236. DAM23 August 4th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue says:
    August 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    Suspect that if A-Rod was healthy and performing this season, there would be a lot different things being said about this potential ban by Yankee fans.

    There is plenty of hypocrisy on all sides of this soap opera.
    ——————————————————————————————————–

    I suspect you’re full of baloney, this is about cheating.

    ————–

    Is it? Seems to me, number one concern of Yankee fans is getting freed of bad contract.

  237. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Yeah Chip came across like a dirty SOB with those comments.

  238. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    People today are slaves to their iphones.
    College students in the 60?s warned of the coming of the computer age and here we have it…

    Ted Kaczynski doesn’t look quite so crazy now. Does he?

  239. mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Comments made by chip
    ===============
    you are saying it like arod has already done it.

  240. Triple Short of a Cycle August 4th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    People today are slaves to their iphones.
    College students in the 60?s warned of the coming of the computer age and here we have it…

    ——————————————-

    Weren’t college students of the 60′s too busy dropping acid to be concerned about computers?

  241. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I suspect before AROD heads to Chicago he will have a heart to heart with his lawyers. Assuming AROD has done all the things he has been accused of, contesting this is a mistake, IMO. No amount of mid slinging will ultimately help. An arbitrator will be deciding on the facts in this case, and side issues will not the lap in the arbitration.

    Threats, if that is what they were, are a mistake. If he files a federal lawsuit, as the attorney for the MLB, I would first set his deposition. Let’s see if we get truth or future perjury charges. A deposition would go into issues of his using from his high school days until today. Trust me, a deposition of AROD would be the worst day he has had in this mess.

  242. mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    chip was just saying what arod might do.

  243. Jesus Bustero August 4th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I definitely want to be freed of a bad contract – but are we going to sit here and fantasize about it being a good contract or that fans who want out of the bad contract recognize that this punishment is in order and whatever penalty he gets is justified?

  244. RhapsodyInBlue August 4th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Is it? Seems to me, number one concern of Yankee fans is getting freed of bad contract.
    ——————————————————————————————————

    There is some truth to that. There was no bigger fan of Arod than myself, all of us thought the homerun records would eventually belong a clean player.

    When he signed that contract this isn’t exactly what the Yankees bargained for.

    Plain and simple the guy is a fraud, of course Yankee fans would like that contract undone.

  245. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Triple,

    We had one computer for student use in my college and it filled a room. At least that is the way my 1960s impacted brain recalls it.

  246. mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Mac- We hear very little lately re: Bosch and his sleeziness.
    Wasn’t this the bugaboo going in? Does he have credibility?

  247. exiledintampa August 4th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Chip thinks Arod will write an “expose” then face off against Canseco at Wrestlemania. Or was I thinking that?

  248. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 4th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I pray Aroid doesn’t write a tell all book and say that Mo or Jete took the meds.

  249. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I will readily admit my primary focus in this is how it will affect the Yankees financially and the perhaps vain hope Hal would spend the savings. I would suggest if we expected him to come back with a 1.000+ OPS our morality would be impacted.

  250. mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Chip thinks Arod will write an “expose” then face off against Canseco at Wrestlemania. Or was I thinking that?
    ============
    He could.

  251. DAM23 August 4th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    mick says:
    August 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    Mac- We hear very little lately re: Bosch and his sleeziness.
    Wasn’t this the bugaboo going in? Does he have credibility?

    /————–

    Don’t think anyone involved in this mess has any credibility. It’s all personal agendas.

    If any of these people involved had best interests of baseball top on their lists, this would not be happening like it is.

    I’m no A-Rod defender, but MLB should be ashamed of how they’ve handled this.

  252. austinmac August 4th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Mick,

    It will all depend on the documentary evidence in my view. Bosch would be killed on cross examination otherwise. He is and looks like a sleaze ball. We really don’t know what evidence they have. If they have e-mails or the like suggesting recruiting other players, he is toast.

    The commissioner has power under the best interest clause to take action for, among other things, violations of criminal law. While taking them violates the law and may be covered by the contract penalties, it seems to me conspiring to have others commit a crime is a whole new–as my mother would say– kettle of fish.

  253. mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I’m no A-Rod defender, but MLB should be ashamed of how they’ve handled this.
    ==================
    where do you think they went wrong?

  254. mick August 4th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    it seems to me conspiring to have others commit a crime is a whole new–as my mother would say– kettle of fish.
    =================
    it’s not like arod is like this sanchez character who just got locked up.
    OJ got off.
    If arods and lawyers knows what they have, they evidently don’t feel it’s enough and that some compromise can be reached.
    why else would they appeal?

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