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60 Minutes: A-Rod’s associates leaked other Biogenesis names

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Well, the New York media botched a three-run lead in the final inning and lost today at Fenway. Not our finest showing. I went 1-for-2 with a walk, a single, a stolen base and two runs, but I also struck out — looking! — to strand runners at second and third. Horrible. Thought it was outside, but too close to take. Partially made up for it by throwing out a runner at plate from center field. Tyler Kepner started for us and pitched very well. Bryan Hoch was probably our MVP. Had a big game at the plate.

Of course, the New York-Boston Media Game was hardly the story of the morning. Here’s the latest on the never-ending Alex Rodriguez saga…

Alex RodriguezNEW YORK (AP) — Members of Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle obtained and leaked documents that implicated Ryan Braun and other players in using performance-enhancing drugs, “60 Minutes” reported Friday.

Citing unidentified sources, the CBS news show said the leak occurred in February, days after the Miami New Times published documents implicating the Yankees star in the Biogenesis investigation.

In the Miami New Times documents, the names of Braun and one of Rodriguez’s teammates, catcher Francisco Cervelli, are redacted. “60 Minutes” reports that members of Rodriguez’s camp obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports.

Rodriguez’s lawyer, David Cornwell, denied the allegations to”60 Minutes.”

“The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex — this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game,” he said in a statement to the show. “While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.”

Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games through the 2014 season. He is allowed to play until a decision is issued by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, which is not expected until at least November. Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers slugger, accepted a 65-game suspension last month.

All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Aug. 5 when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players, including Cervelli, for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez admitted four years ago that he used PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has repeatedly denied using them since. His penalty was more than double the previous high for a PED suspension.

A-Rod’s drug penalty was for “his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years,” MLB said.

His punishment under the labor contract was for “attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner’s investigation.”

Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday he thought the punishment was “eminently fair.”

“I have a job to do, and that’s protecting the integrity of the game and enforcing it, and that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.

MLB’s investigation began last year after San Francisco outfielder and All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera tested positive for elevated testosterone, as did Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon and San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal. The inquiry escalated in January when the Miami New Times published documents obtained from former Biogenesis associate Porter Fisher that linked several players to the clinic.

In June, baseball struck a deal for Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch to cooperate. After holding investigatory interviews with the players, MLB presented evidence to the players’ union along with its intended penalties, starting the final round of negotiations.

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166 Responses to “60 Minutes: A-Rod’s associates leaked other Biogenesis names”

  1. J. Alfred Prufrock August 16th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I almost. me in here last
    Night to say I bet something “leaks” right before this series starts but got hung up with Stuff

    Well well well

  2. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    A-Rod’s associates are not him.

    They may have done what they did without his knowledge.

    Or he may have known every single move.

    I’m waiting to see what the Arbitrator decides.

    I’m not accepting any press pre-trials.

    If you want to that’s your business.

    ;)

  3. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    That was quick..

    Riffing on G. Love’s post from the last thread.. there were quite a few posters questioning why they didn’t trade for Soriano earlier in the season. He had to be available.. maybe they were trying to get more for him at the time?

  4. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    JAP-

    All this should do is increase the size of the chip on A-rod’s shoulder.

    Thus leading to more hits. (I hope).

    I’d love to see him, Soriano, and Reynolds punching holes in the Green Monster.

    :)

  5. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    The Yankees MUST take a minimum of 2 of 3 from Boston.

    That is the bottom line.

  6. Warning Track Power August 16th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    “I have a job to do, and that’s protecting the integrity of the game and enforcing it, and that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.
    ————————————————————
    Bud Selig is a joke. He has done more harm than good.
    Here he is saying he has to protect the game, but I guess he wants nobody to recall the times when he chose to look the other way. JERK!!!

  7. G. Love August 16th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Shame,

    Considering Cashman thought Soriano was a bad move and we couldn’t give up Corey “Rivera” Black for him, I think it’s obvious that the person running the ship into the iceberg doesn’t know what’s good for this team.

  8. Warning Track Power August 16th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I think Lackey has a problem with ARod and this weekend Lackey might throw a pitch
    at ARod a time or two:

    “I’ve got a problem with it. You bet I do,” Lackey told the Boston Globe on Thursday. “How is he still playing? He obviously did something and he’s playing. I’m not sure that’s right. … It’s pretty evident he’s been doing stuff for a lot of years I’ve been facing him.”

  9. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    “im sure guys like ichiro, vernon wells and andy pettitte are all in arod’s camp, all fired up to stick it to hal.”

    ichiru and wells know they are lucky to have jobs . they don’t care about anything but that. same with stewart and guys like him.

    the fact is the strs like alex, jeter, yogi,mantle, munson, etc aren’t deferential to owners.

    you can’t explain why alex coming back has revitalized the yankees and it’s driving you crazy. trisha too.
    you both don’t realize that fans like you who support owners like hal are the enemy. it’s why we’ve never got along and never will. you two are both kiss asses to ownership and authority.

    hal will do damage control. he is the owner after all, but as i said before all star players on the yankees are now empowered because no one in ownership can afford for them to go off on them. that would be rivera, cano, jeter, sabathia, or pettitte.

    all these guys can really make things difficult for hal right now. everyone on the team knows this. a change of power has already happened. hal can not walk into his own clubhouse now with any real power.

    girardi must be feeling this too. he’s good with the players . hal is the one who’s not. advantage girardi. you see right down the line, alex doing what he did changed the dynamic. and that’s why the yankees have been a different team. your and trisha’s boring one is gone.

  10. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    G. Love August 16th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Shame,

    Considering Cashman thought Soriano was a bad move and we couldn’t give up Corey “Rivera” Black for him, I think it’s obvious that the person running the ship into the iceberg doesn’t know what’s good for this team.

    —————

    Oh yeah, Cash is another factor in the whole thing.. it’s just strange. Lots of people thought Soriano would be a better move than Wells long before we actually acquired Wells.

    And now that I think about it.. Cash took full credit for Wells claiming (I believe) that they had been eying him prior to when they made the deal. I wonder if byproducts of Wells swinging the bat so well…

  11. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’d love to see Lackey try it.

    He’ll wind up in the ugly hospital where he belongs.

    Maybe he should have a chat with Big sloppy ?

    ;)

  12. blake August 16th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    “Considering Cashman thought Soriano was a bad move and we couldn’t give up Corey “Rivera” Black for him, I think it’s obvious that the person running the ship into the iceberg doesn’t know what’s good for this team.”

    My guess is that statement was more about Cash thinking they should sell rather than Soriano not being worth Corey Black though…..that’s kinda how I felt…..it’s fine if they were good enough….otherwise it’s pointless.

    I’m glad they have him now though…..glad they have him next year

  13. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Lackey and Papi can go to his favorite Milkshake bar to discuss things.

  14. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    The Yankees have more relievers than dogs have fleas.

    Black was completely fungible. There’s 5 more just like him.

    No reason whatsoever not to trade him for something else you need.

    Trying to keep all these duplicates is what is foolish.

  15. Ys Guy August 16th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    “UnKnown August 16th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Ys Guy – Yeah I mean we can respect each other’s opinion I think that is cool. But I guess the nuts and bolts of it is this. He isn’t released he is on the team.

    4 – 2 Yankees behind top 9th, Alex hits a 3 run homer. What do you do? Are you bummed? Are you happy? Are you going to at the end of the year dock one win from the Yankees season your mind? ”
    ==========================================

    the ‘what happens after’ alex wins a game is easy. im happy the yankees won but sorry that arod did it.

    as for when alex comes to bat with 2 on down by 2, that’s also pretty easy for me. a walk, hbp, infield error, dropped third strike whatever hands the game to the next batter without putting the yankees in a worse situation is what im rooting for.

  16. Doreen August 16th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Randy -

    Empowered to do what?

    To play better? If they needed ARod to do that, shame on them.

    They can’t force Hal to sell. They can’t force him to deep-six the 189 plan.

    I want to know exactly what the players are now empowered to do, besides give ownership the middle finger, which is very self-satisfying, I am sure, but what does it accomplish?

    Except for players whose contracts are up, who may decide to leave (for less money), what power do players have because ARod is sticking it to ownership?

    I think a lot of things came together to “inspire” the team to play better – Granderson getting hot, Soriano getting hot, resulting in Cano getting hot, and yes, ARod returning to provide a much better option at third base.

    Because, as I said, if the players needed ARod to come back fighting for his baseball life (or the money remaining on his contract), then shame on them, and shame on us for rooting for them this far into the season, thinking they were already giving their best.

    As for rooting for Alex to play well, yep, I’m doing that, because him playing well furthers the cause of the team winning.

    As for the suspension, I think the entire situation is reprehensible, all around, among all parties. The leaking of information, the reaching for an unprecedented penalty with a “trust me, we have the evidence,” attitude, I don’t like it at all.

    But not for one moment do I let myself forget that Alex brought this on himself. At the very least he was indiscreet and dumb.

  17. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I think Cashman probably recommended to ownership that they sell and they woukdnt let him…..so although Soriano for Black is easily a worthwhile deal in a vacuum…..Cash have thought it was pointless for this season.

    That said…..I’m happy they have a 30 homer bat for peanuts for 2014 more than I am that they have him the rest of this season really

  18. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    “There’s something happening here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear
    There’s a [Owner] with an [agenda] over there
    Telling [players you] got to beware
    I think it’s time we stop, [people], what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    There’s battle lines being drawn
    Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
    [Players] speaking their minds
    Getting so much resistance from [the Brass]
    I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down”

    A variation of the great Buffalo Springfield from the 60′s.

    Took a little poetic license.

    :)

  19. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I think the Yanks have been on a good streak here mostly because the Angels are terrible and because Kuroda and Nova have pitched great way more than because of Arod…..

    The Yanks need to win 2 of 3 and really ideally need to sweep this weekend……this is the season right here….. If they go up there and get swept its over…..of they win then they have a chance

  20. UnKnown August 16th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Ehhhh….

    Still a little wishy washy for me Y’s, but this has absolutely been beyond the point of beating to death. Thanks for answering though.

    I’m looking forward to this series and the rest of the season. I will let people a lot smarter than me figure out who is a great human being and who isn’t. Nobody is perfect I know that, even the people trashing Alex. Surprisingly enough I don’t think those people would be all for someone looking to closely into their past.

    Go Yanks – Have to have 2, really need all 3. Pruf – I agree with you about the “timing” of this story. Pretty coincidental. :wink:

  21. Hassey August 16th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    is this old news?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....g-her.html

    And would Phil Rizzuto’s son have done the same?

  22. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Blake-

    I think Cashman has morphed into an extreme prospect hugger.

    And I think he overvalues his prospects nowadays.

    The self-scouting on the Yankees seems dysfunctional to me.

    Not a good thing.

    Just as bad to want to hold onto too many guys as it is too be ready to trade anyone.

    That is a poor use of your assets IMO.

  23. Tar August 16th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Even if these current allegations were true and Alex handed the documents to Yahoo personally ( No way), it really means nothing.

    MLB had these names anyway. It wasn’t like he gave up names that MLB didn’t have. At absolute worst it means Braun and Cervelli’s names got released a week early, BFD.

    This is nothing but another smear campaign, orchestrated by the slime at the top, Bud.

  24. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Unknown

    Arod’s behavior in all of this is indefensible pointing fingers at others doesn’t make any of it less true.

  25. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    MTU,

    I think there is a disconnect between what the Yankees are and what they think they are and want to be…..and it’s influencing decisions.

    I get annoyed by Cash’s little outbursts but I think the meaning behind them is this……they want him to lower payroll and be more efficient but they keep sticking their noses in and making that more difficult for him and I think that annoys him…..

  26. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    The Yankees need to “stack rank” their prospects at all levels and be ready to move anyone who is not in the top 1 or 2 at each level, or fills a glaring need.

    The Farm is only going to produce so much.

    The rest will come from trading away expendable assets and from strategic FA acquisitions.

    That formula is proven and has worked in the past and will work again the future.

    Assuming we get some smart baseball people running the operation.

  27. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve been saying for a while I still can’t figure out if Cash is operating like a guy with all the job security in the world or none at all. It’s gotta be one or the other at this point, though…

  28. Ys Guy August 16th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    “you can’t explain why alex coming back has revitalized the yankees and it’s driving you crazy.”
    ========================================

    im seeing nunez, granderson and soriano hitting the hell out of the ball.

    that about explains it for me.

    who’s being driven crazy, me or the guy who’s imagining some kind of ‘insurrection’

    do you have any quote or tweet or anything from anybody around the team that indicates some kind of insurrection going on?

    …anything to back up this constant conjuring you’ve been pushing?

  29. Chip August 16th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    So the same lawyer who used the “everyone’s out to get me” defense for Braun is now using that for Alex.

  30. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Blake-

    I know it’s not likely to happen but IMO Newman should be fired immediately.

    Cashman moved into a position that more closely suits his skills and new GM from outside the organization should be brought in.

    Levine completely walled off from any baseball personnel decisions or canned.

    And the Yankees should hire baseball people who are good at judging talent so their self-scouting functions as it should.

    Additional resources should be directed to improving the number and quality of instructors at the MiLB level.

  31. Warning Track Power August 16th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    I think the Yanks have been on a good streak here mostly because the Angels are terrible and because Kuroda and Nova have pitched great way more than because of Arod…..

    The Yanks need to win 2 of 3 and really ideally need to sweep this weekend……this is the season right here….. If they go up there and get swept its over…..of they win then they have a chance
    —————————————————————————————————
    Getting a sweep this weekend is a very, very tall order. Maybe someone here can look up how many times the Sox have been swept at home so far this season.

  32. MG August 16th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t buy into the ‘Arod has energized the team’ storyline at all no matter how many times it is repeated.

    My reasons for them playing better are pretty basic-Arod is an upgrade at 3rd base, Granderson and Soriano are hitting, Cano has stopped trying to hit every pitch out of the park because he has the 3 of them in the lineup, and Kuroda and Nova are pitching great.

    Hopefully Reynolds can give them some extra pop against lefties (either at 1st or in a pinch hitting role) and they kick the crap out of the Sox this weekend.

    The only certainty, in my mind, is that they are done if they don’t take at least 2 games this weekend.

  33. Ys Guy August 16th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    jeter, cc, mo, drob, ichiro, wells, granderson, gardner, tex?

    im trying to figure out who exactly is involved in this insurrection?

    or is it like nix and overbay?

    cano’s getting ready to spend his winter trying to get hal to cut him the biggest contract possible and be in his employ for the next 8-10 years.

    its all in your head randy.

  34. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    And everybody responsible for producing a quality Yankee team should be required to read
    Deming’s book on “quality”.

    How to foster it, produce it, and maintain it.

    It pertains equally well to the auto industry as it does to a baseball team.

    The principles are the same.

    It teaches you how to be the best and stay the best.

  35. MG August 16th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    MTU,

    I think there is a disconnect between what the Yankees are and what they think they are and want to be…..and it’s influencing decisions.

    I get annoyed by Cash’s little outbursts but I think the meaning behind them is this……they want him to lower payroll and be more efficient but they keep sticking their noses in and making that more difficult for him and I think that annoys him…..
    ———————–
    blake, there is a very simple solution for Cashman, it’s one I’ve used more than once in my career when I couldn’t buy into the plan of those above me in management (usually a CEO or Owner)-I quit.

    Cashman should really consider that instead of throwing out all these veiled criticisms of his ownership, it is far more professional.

  36. UnKnown August 16th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    RIB – Well whether it is defensible or not is yet to be determined. So far Arod is winning as he is still playing. So right now, to say it’s “indefensible” is up for question.

    Also, I sense you just want to be the one pointing fingers, but don’t want anyone to point a finger back at you for something wrong you might have done in your life. What is the word for that again? I will let you figure it out…

  37. Ys Guy August 16th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    i see alex getting all psyched that he’s getting the boys behind him.

    ‘hafner’s got my back’, and that tall guy i was talking to the other day, i wonder why he’s not here today’

    ‘and robbie didnt roll his eyes at me after the last time i talked to him’

    ‘they’re all behind me, i can FEEL it!

  38. MG August 16th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I’m amazed that the story at the top of this thread hasn’t had more comments.

    If Arod (or his people) pulled that stunt they have made him into a ‘rat’ in the eyes of his fellow players.

    I have the feeling that ‘rats’ in professional sports wind up being treated like ‘rats’ in the mob, they just get to live longer…

  39. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I think Cash wants to rebuild and ownership keeps yelling at him about money ….but yet keeps spending I on Sorianos

  40. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Unknown

    If that’s the best you have is insinuating that fellow posters on this site that actually you don’t have a clue about have less moral fiber than Arod you really don’t have much.

  41. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    You know what.

    All this A-Rod talk is secondary.

    What I want to see is the Yankees rolling over the top of the Sux like a Monster truck at a car show.

    If that happens I don’t care who leads the charge. I’ll be happy.

    If it doesn’t it what A-Rod may or may not have done isn’t going to matter anymore.

    Because our season is likely over.

  42. UnKnown August 16th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    MG – It’s all talked out already, plus this thing is just getting started. The people who want him crucified still do and the people who are fine with Alex still are. Story changed nothing. Just sports talk radio fodder.

  43. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Unknown and I’m not a sock puppet for someone else.

    Or maybe the two of you just ride together.

    So blatantly obvious.

  44. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Blake-

    I think you might be giving Cashman too much credit.

    He hasn’t shown any particular brilliance when it comes to trading MiLB ballplayers.

    Now if he was Dombrowski you might have something there.

    ;)

  45. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    And, if you think this is the last untimely little sugar plum that is going to fall out of nowhere about Arod come again.

    This guy is the scumbag that just keeps giving, having him on this team is like making a deal with the devil.

    This saga is going to continue leak in drips.

  46. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    MG,
    I agree with you re Cash….he should deal or zip it ….but I think that’s the meaning behind his comments

  47. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    “im seeing nunez, granderson and soriano hitting the hell out of the ball.

    that about explains it for me.”

    ys guy-

    funny how that happened after alex publicly humiliated the yankee brass.

    you’ll never be able to change the fact that alex publicly opposing ownership and living to tell about it has inspired the yankees.

    they are not the same team. i’m hoping alex leads the yankees to another world championship .
    you’re hoping he fails.
    trisha too.

    you two are very strange yankee fans. you both say you root for the laundry… except when you don’t.

    this is really simple. the yankees are a team ultimately controlled by the stars not the owners. the stars have the power. george knew how far he could go and no farther. hal is learning. of course part of the reason he may want an austerity program is that there are no stars to tell him where to go.

    the problem for him is there are some still there.
    hal is walking on egg shells right now.

  48. UnKnown August 16th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    OK RIB you win. You get Lohud’s Humanitarian award. :roll:

    Now I think you should boycott the rest of the Yankee season as well. Take a real stand. Posting you two-bit potshots at Alex I would think has to be beneath someone of your outstanding character.

  49. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Mother Love’s traveling freak show goes to Boston.

  50. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    MTU,
    He’s never really had a chance to rebuild so we don’t know if he could or not.

    My point was that ownership has asked him to lower payroll and become more efficient but then they keep forcing him to make moves contrary to that goal…..

  51. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Newman is responsible for overseeing the development of the entire MILB system

    How has he done ?

    If my track record when I was working was like his I would have sh*t-canned in a heartbeat.

    He should have been replaced eons ago.

    But there he sits. Still giving interviews despite having produced little.

    And you can’t say he hasn’t been given lot’s of talent over recent years because he definitely has.

    He is public enemy # 2 right behind Levine.

    ;)

  52. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I would rather have the Yankees finish last than see Arod in Pinstripes.

    But that’s just me, I have standards I live by.

  53. UnKnown August 16th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    What in the Hell are you talking about. Are you saying you are a sock puppet. And DUH no this won’t be the last thing that comes from this Arod saga. I just told MG that. Go take a walk. Help some old lady across the street or something.

  54. bruceb August 16th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Did anyone see this list posted on Yahoo earlier today?

    23 ways to build a baseball roster. By Brian Cashman.

    Selected Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Giants. (Claimed by Blue Jays a month later)
    Signed Kevin Youkilis as a free agent.
    Signed Matt Diaz as a free agent. (Released in spring training)
    Selected Russ Canzler off waivers from the Indians. (Claimed by Orioles a month later)
    Signed Thomas Neal as a free agent. (Claimed by Cubs in August)
    Signed Dan Johnson as a free agent.
    Signed Travis Hafner.
    Signed Juan Rivera as a free agent. (Released at end of spring training)
    Signed Ben Francisco as a free agent. (Released in June)
    Signed Brennan Boesch as a free agent. (Released in July)
    Traded for Vernon Wells.
    Signed Lyle Overbay as a free agent.
    Traded for Chris Nelson. (Claimed by Angels a month later)
    Traded for Alberto Gonzalez.
    Purchased Reid Brignac from the Rockies. (Released in June)
    Traded for Fernando Martinez. (Suspended in Biogenesis scandal)
    Traded for Brent Lillibridge.
    Signed Corey Patterson as a free agent.
    Signed Luis Cruz as a free agent.
    Selected Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Orioles. (Released a week later)
    Traded for Alfonso Soriano.
    Signed Brendan Harris as a free agent.
    Signed Mark Reynolds as a free agent.

    Quite a list, isn’t it!

  55. JobaTipsHisCap August 16th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    How reliable are those unidentified sources? Why should CBS trust them?
    By leaking it, what benefits can arod get in return?

    MLB looks like a joke now. I hope more major names will be exposed.

    This is going to be fun.

  56. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Unknown

    If you think that you’re fooling anyone you’re a bigger fool then I gave you credit for.

  57. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    “its all in your head randy.”

    ys guy-

    we’ll see :)

    enjoy rooting against alex tonight.

    i’ll be rooting for a couple of homers and a big win.

  58. UnKnown August 16th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Rhoda is that you?

  59. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue says:
    August 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    I would rather have the Yankees finish last than see Arod in Pinstripes.

    But that’s just me, I have standards I live by.

    I get your point but if you probably just shouldn’t watch sports at all if you’re looking to only cheer for perfect people.

    Would you need for Miguel Cabrera if he were a Yankee? With a history of drunk driving and domestic abuse? I don’t particulary like Alex but the lack of perspective with regards to how “bad a guy” he is is interesting to me sometimes…..

  60. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Who is asking Virginia?

  61. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    “I would rather have the Yankees finish last than see Arod in Pinstripes.

    But that’s just me, I have standards I live by.”

    “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

  62. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Blake-

    He has a huge responsibility along with Newman to produce quality ballplayers for MLB club.

    He has not been very good at that IMO.

    He gets credit for emphasizing the need to rebuild but not for excellent implementation of how.

    It’s not about rebuilding. It’s about nurturing and producing quality MiLB ballplayers who make a real impact at the ML level and fill important needs.

    In that regard, with as much time as he and Newman have had, he has failed miserably in my opinion.

    And don’t tell me they haven’t had the raw materials to work with because I definitely think they have.

    I think Cashman is poor at evaluating talent at the MiLB level.

    The Yankees need someone who is excellent at it.

  63. Hassey August 16th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    watching this year’s team is like marvelling at your neighbor’s Christmas lights, and then realizing it’s the end of January

  64. MG August 16th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Newman is responsible for overseeing the development of the entire MILB system
    ————————————–
    MTU, if you showed up at Yankees headquarters and Newman walked out to meet you, would your first words be, ‘Hello, NEWMAN’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98dai6CC5BA

    :)

  65. Chip August 16th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I think Cash wants to rebuild and ownership keeps yelling at him about money ….but yet keeps spending I on Sorianos
    ——————-

    I think you’re probably right on some level.

    Cash would like to rebuild. Ownership doesn’t want to spend money on good players in their prime but also don’t want to be seen as rebuilding by playing young players.

  66. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    MG-

    Not exactly.

    :)

  67. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Blake

    As far as scoundrels go in MLB Arod is unrivaled.

    I want him off the team. I want him for once in his life to accept responsibility for his own behavior and do the right thing.

    This is nothing more than justice delayed

  68. mnmboys August 16th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t feel the desire to have the Yankees lose as long as ARod is playing. People are blind if they do not realize that PEDs is widespread throughout baseball. Why should the Red Sox win and have PED users on the team? I guarantee every single team in baseball has a player that is using or has used PEDs. This ARod thing just doesn’t bother me. If he is on the team I hope he does well enough to help the team win. When baseball decides to release the names of all the other 100+ players then maybe I will change my opinion. Just singling out Arod and the Yankees doesn’t do it for me.

  69. MG August 16th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    MG-

    Not exactly.
    ————-
    watch the video at the link, you will be laughing after that 1 minute 38 seconds…

  70. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    “As far as scoundrels go in MLB Arod is unrivaled.”

    really? so PED use is worse than Domestic violence etc? Worse than drinking and driving?

  71. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    There’s a cable TV show on cars that I like.

    It’s called “Overhaulin’ “.

    Basically they create a dream car out of a junker to make a special person’s dream’s come true.

    I’d like to see them do that with the Yankees.

    Build us a dream Car of a Team.

    :)

  72. Wave Your Hat August 16th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Suppose the Yankees had a good pitcher – a very good pitcher – who knew how to scuff a ball to get an out when he really needed one and was so good at it the umpires only rarely caught him.

    Now let’s also say it was an open secret that he did this. Would the anti-cheater faction feel morally compromised rooting for the Yanks?

  73. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I think Cashman values his reputation and doesn’t want folks to think he’s behind some of these moves……to some degree if he’s not then I don’t have a problem with him saying he’s not. I think he could be more tactful though…..

  74. bruceb August 16th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Releasing A-Rod’s name and not the names of the other 103 players that tested positive in 2003 is unfair.

    But would it be any fairer to release the names of all 104 players and ignore the many others who have used but either weren’t tested or didn’t test positive in 2003?

  75. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    MG-

    Gotcha. I watched it.

    :)

    Thing is I think Newman is the pustule.

    ;)

  76. blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    “Now let’s also say it was an open secret that he did this. Would the anti-cheater faction feel morally compromised rooting for the Yanks?”

    that kind of cheating is ok as it’s “part of the game”

    I think people are fooling themselves if they don’t think Mickey Mantle would have taken steroids……he put any and everything in his body and was always trying to play through some injury……you don’t think if some pill or injection could have helped him he wouldn’t have done it?

  77. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Blake-

    Cashman’s reputation is not exactly gold plated.

    I’m not sure there is all that much to worry about.

    ;)

  78. Ys Guy August 16th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    sooo…..nothing? you have nothing to back up this theory that there’s an insurrection? nothing?

    granderson, nunez and soriano hitting has as much to do with arod’s statement in trenton as it does with the meteor shower.

    hey, they started hitting the weekend of the meteor shower, that PROVES that the meteor shower is inspiring the rally!

  79. blake August 16th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    MTU,

    16 playoff births in 17 years and 5 WS rings is a pretty good track record I’d say……..we can argue about how much of that was him and how much of it wasn’t but the results go on the scoreboard just the same……

  80. Wave Your Hat August 16th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    “that kind of cheating is ok as it’s “part of the game”

    Are you being serious or sarcastic?

    Suppose a team fueled its pennant drive by putting someone with binoculars in the scoreboard to steal opposing signs?

  81. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    blake

    Never mind the years of cheating and deceit.

    Arod Introduced three young players to Bosch that he should have been a positive a mentor to.

    In the case of Cervelli there is a good chance that his career at least in NY is in jeopardy.

    I’ve followed the game for awhile and have witnessed a lot of individual tragedies down through the years, this guy takes the prize for Yankees in my book.

    And the story is still evolving not for the best.

  82. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    There’s a cable TV show on cars that I like.

    It’s called “Overhaulin’ “.

    ——————

    I like this show called Cupcake Wars. I’d like to see the Yankees produce some awesome cupcakes.

  83. MG August 16th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Wave Your Hat August 16th, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    “that kind of cheating is ok as it’s “part of the game”

    Are you being serious or sarcastic?

    Suppose a team fueled its pennant drive by putting someone with binoculars in the scoreboard to steal opposing signs?
    ————-
    like the Giants in ’51?

  84. mnmboys August 16th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Wave – all throughout baseball history pitchers have tried to doctor balls to gain an edge. Spitballs, nail files, Vaseline, etc. I think it is tougher to doctor balls today because the umps throw out every ball that touches the dirt. I don’t think your comparison to PEDs is quite the same. There are pitchers in the Hall of Fame who doctored baseballs. What about stealing signs, a batter looking back to try to see what pitch was coming, a baserunner relaying a sign to a batter, etc Many things get done throughout the course of a game to try to gain an edge.

  85. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    blake-

    Lot’s and lot’s of money, and help from many others.

    His sole credit IMO is re-emphasizing the Farm, and being good at dumpster diving.

    His MILB talent evaluation skill suck.

  86. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I think Cashman values his reputation and doesn’t want folks to think he’s behind some of these moves……to some degree if he’s not then I don’t have a problem with him saying he’s not. I think he could be more tactful though…..

    —————–

    Do you think Cash was serious when he said he had been eying Wells for a while before making that move? We were discussing Soriano long before that deal was done. It just makes you wonder… if Sori was crushing the ball before the trade like Wells had been, does Cash keep his mouth shut?

    He’s just appeared very small lately.

  87. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    How was Hughes yesterday by the way…? I didn’t get to watch and wanted to get some feedback on his performance outside of the line he delivered.

  88. Wave Your Hat August 16th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    ” I don’t think your comparison to PEDs is quite the same. There are pitchers in the Hall of Fame who doctored baseballs. What about stealing signs, a batter looking back to try to see what pitch was coming, a baserunner relaying a sign to a batter, etc Many things get done throughout the course of a game to try to gain an edge.”

    A runner stealing signs is not cheating, but a team employee stealing signs is.

    Scuffballs and spitballs were outlawed because they are dangerous and give an unfair advantage, similar to PEDs and not at all like a batter peaking back at the catcher.

  89. G. Love August 16th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Unknown,

    Elementary, my dear Watson.

    You get the Sherlock Holmes award of the week.

  90. pat August 16th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t know about an insurrection but………….. I do think players feel more comfortable and press less when Alex is in the line-up. No one is paying attention to their foibles when he’s around to absorb the boos. During the postseason last year, once he was benched. players were complaining about getting booed, started to press and everyone forgot how to hit.
    Both Teixeira and CC also mentioned when they signed not having to be singled out for their salary with Alex around.
    He gives teammates cover which lets them just play more relaxed, imo.

  91. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Trisha?

    Too funny. What a compliment.

    Not even on my very best days.

  92. Wave Your Hat August 16th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Anyone who thinks trisha posts under any other name but trisha is nuts.

  93. blake August 16th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    “Are you being serious or sarcastic?”

    sacrastic…sorry if that wasn’t clear.

  94. G. Love August 16th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I hope the Red Sox throw at Arod and start a brawl. Waking our guys up will be the dumbest thing they could do. There’s still a lot of pride in our locker room.

  95. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I believe in being respectful even to multiple handle posters.

    :)

  96. blake August 16th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    “He’s just appeared very small lately.”

    As I’ve said before I think before it’s over we will see Cash dragging a WS trophy behind his car in the parking lot

  97. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I want to win this series so badly…. 5 more hours until game time. Eff.

  98. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    G. Love-

    Lackey might just be dumb enough to do that.

    Just take one look.

    You see a lot of intelligence there ?

    :)

  99. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    blake August 16th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    “He’s just appeared very small lately.”

    As I’ve said before I think before it’s over we will see Cash dragging a WS trophy behind his car in the parking lot

    ——————-

    Cash is a polarizing guy.. but boy would it be fun if he wrote a book after he moved on. That’d be one interesting read.

  100. Ys Guy August 16th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    as i said earlier, in the end ‘the story’ isnt going to be whether arat got 211 days or 162 or 100 games.

    he got caught, suspended, got to play 2 months while he appealed, then it was over.

    maybe there’s a little ‘curtain call’ after the suspension.

    in the long run as far as arod is concerned, people will remember that arod did ped’s his whole career and then got caught and pretty much thrown out of baseball at the end of his career.

    the coming together of the union, mlb and the players against ped’s, the tougher testing and longer mandatory suspensions they will agree to will be the real legacy of biogenesis.

  101. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    MTU

    To prove a point.

    I read last week you spent time in NC for Siemens correct?

    I worked in RTP for awhile I’ve been in Telecommunications for over 30 years.

    Trisha is an Attorney, I’m an engineer.

  102. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Shame-

    Hughes had probably the best FB I’ve seen from him all season.

    He gave up a homer to Nelson.

    I thought it was due to poor pitch selection and location.

    His secondary stuff wasn’t bad either.

    He was able to put away more guys than usual because of the extra zip.

    He is still just one good 2ndary pitch away from being a very good pitcher IMO.

    I don’t know if he’ll find it with the Yankees.

  103. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    And Blake Cary (NC) actually is an abbreviation for “containment area for relocated Yankees”.

    I know I spent a good deal of time down there.

  104. bruceb August 16th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    There’s only one Trisha. Trust me on that. :)

  105. Giuseppe Franco August 16th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I think people are fooling themselves if they don’t think Mickey Mantle would have taken steroids……he put any and everything in his body and was always trying to play through some injury……you don’t think if some pill or injection could have helped him he wouldn’t have done it?

    ——

    I have no doubt that is true.

    Case in point….his ’61 regular season ended because he went to a quack doctor who gave him an injection, which got infected, and the wound grew to the size of a softball.

    Some people would simply keep their head in the sand rather than admit that there are plenty of Hall of Famers who “bent the rules” a bit to get an edge.

  106. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Rhapsody-

    I did spend some time in Cary for Siemens. Familiar with RTP.

    I don’t doubt you’re who you say you are. I believe you.

    In any case, I think what matters most is the content of your posts.

    That can come from 1 handle or 20.

    Good stuff is good stuff.

    :)

  107. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    MTU – Thanks for the summation. I really was hoping to get that final win. Like G. Love said a few days ago, winning series isn’t enough at this stage in the game.

  108. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Shame-

    You are welcome.

  109. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 16th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    blake August 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I think people are fooling themselves if they don’t think Mickey Mantle would have taken steroids……he put any and everything in his body and was always trying to play through some injury……you don’t think if some pill or injection could have helped him he wouldn’t have done it?

    ——

    I have no doubt that is true.

    Case in point….his ’61 regular season ended because he went to a quack doctor who gave him an injection, which got infected, and the wound grew to the size of a softball.

    Some people would simply keep their head in the sand rather than admit that there are plenty of Hall of Famers who “bent the rules” a bit to get an edge.

    ——————

    Yeah there were some crazy stories about that… how he even played as well as he did that year is nothing short of incredible.

  110. MG August 16th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    Shame-

    Hughes had probably the best FB I’ve seen from him all season.

    He gave up a homer to Nelson.

    I thought it was due to poor pitch selection and location.

    His secondary stuff wasn’t bad either.

    He is still just one good 2ndary pitch away from being a very good pitcher IMO.

    I don’t know if he’ll find it with the Yankees.
    ————-
    MTU, if Hughes hasn’t thrown the split for the Yankees it’s either because (1) he’s tried it in the spring or in bullpens and it doesn’t work for him or (2) see #1.

    The Yankees see the same stuff we do from him, it’s even more frustrating for both them and Hughes to always get to 2 strikes and then not put hitters away.

    I didn’t think his secondary stuff was very good yesterday-maybe compared to what it’s been for the past month but his slider was much better last year and that loopy curveball isn’t fooling anyone…

  111. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Maybe I should change my handle to “UTM”.

    It would be very appropriate since that’s the acronym for a way of expressing GPS co-ordinates.

    :)

  112. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    MTU I worked for Nortel for close to 20 years, 17 on the road installing phone systems in every little cow town in the USA.

    And an avid flyfisherman, I enjoy your pictures, I spend a lot of time in the mountains myself.

    I have spent some time in Idaho but mostly fishing the Snake down around Yellowstone.

    I wonder if unknown would an education on Mayflies?

  113. UpState August 16th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    MTU August 16th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    The Yankees need to “stack rank” their prospects at all levels and be ready to move anyone who is not in the top 1 or 2 at each level, or fills a glaring need.

    The Farm is only going to produce so much.

    The rest will come from trading away expendable assets and from strategic FA acquisitions.

    That formula is proven and has worked in the past and will work again the future.

    Assuming we get some smart baseball people running the operation.

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

    Prospect Huggers will hate you for the above – but having “expendable assets” are a primary function of all farm systems….gotta use your prospects – even if it’s to simply swap an excess of yours for someone else’s excess that you may be ‘needing’ to bolster your weaker areas…

  114. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    MG-

    Almost anyone can learn a sinking FB.

    It mostly grip with a little arm angle thrown in.

    That would also help Hughes immensely.

    Cannot understand how he has not picked that up as well.

  115. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    “sooo…..nothing? you have nothing to back up this theory that there’s an insurrection? nothing?”

    so you have nothing backing up your theory there isn’t and insurrection ? nothing? :)

    but the fact remains. i’m happy . you’re not.

    hal gives finger to hal .yankees win. offense come alive.

    hal’s way didn’t work.
    or yours.

    life is good :)

  116. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Rhapsody-

    You and I have a lot in common then.

    I have almost always been a “field” guy.

    I got to travel to some pretty fascinating places too.

    I always wanted to learn to fly fish. No real good reason I didn’t learn.

    Being out in nature is a great way to get paid.

    The travel got to me at times.

    Glad you enjoy the photos.

    Hiking and Photography go together like a hand in a glove.

    :)

  117. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Upstate-

    I believe in a balanced approach to things.

    Doubt anyone is gonna hate me for that.

    ;)

  118. Ys Guy August 16th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    life is good! im off in a couple of hours to naraganset bay for a weekend with the family.

    then a few days in the poconos.

    then im working a week in the hamptons.

    life is good!

  119. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Y’s-

    Have a good time with your Family.

    :)

  120. comnsnse August 16th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Gershwin, excellent sentiments, but it appears the blog children are able to suborn their ethics because they find Arod and his antics “interesting”! lol

    Why one poster even compared spousal abuse and drunk driving to PEDS use.

    Of course while both those issues are reprehensible and have civilian legal consequences they are not germane to his cheating on the job are they?

    There should be a cap and trade on certain bloggers remarks, the trade destination being their local newspaper where their unethical “applause” might be noted by friends and family!

    Maybe a membrane sewn over their mouths at birth might work!

  121. MG August 16th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    MG-

    Almost anyone can learn a sinking FB.

    It mostly grip with a little arm angle thrown in.

    That would also help Hughes immensely.

    Cannot understand how he has not picked that up as well.
    ——————————————-
    It’s a two seamer instead of a 4 seamer to get the ball to sink, that’s pretty straightforward.

    The issue is making pitches at a big league level to the right location with enough velocity to get hitters out.

    I don’t know why he doesn’t throw a 2 seamer but you have to know he’s worked on it away from game conditions.

    If the catcher calls it and he won’t throw it, that’s on him.

    If it isn’t called then I have to assume it isn’t good enough to use in a game or they would be trying it.

    Right now he’s got a 4 seam fastball that, on his good days can get guys out most of the time except when he keeps throwing it to the same location, like he did to Nelson yesterday.

    He seems really reluctant to throw inside, everything tries to be away, and when he misses away it usually winds up as a meatball middle-in and all too often leaving the park.

    If you look at the comparison to Nova, Nova has a curveball that is unhittable when it is on and a fastball that he is throwing down in the zone and getting ground balls-he got a win the other day even without his curve ball for most of the game by keeping the ball down.

    Hughes’ breaking pitches just have little or no bite this year-they were better last year-and his fastball seems to show up about every 3 starts.

    I’ve always liked watching him pitch and thought he would be better but, given his impending free agency, it will have to be somewhere else (most likely)

  122. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    MTU
    A couple of years ago I loaded all my gear into a few duffles and flew up to Alaska for 2 weeks then just rented a car and winged it.

    Spent the first week in a tent on the north slope of Denali photographing wild life, a zoo without fences.

    The second week I was down on the Kenaii Peninsula catching Salmon, 24 hours of daylight in June I died and went to heaven.

    If you want to catch trout year round the best way to do so is with flies. Like anything else you can learn to do if you put your mind to it.

  123. Ys Guy August 16th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    still nothing on jeter’s girlfriend’s ring?

    im surprised!

  124. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    “Almost anyone can learn a sinking FB.”

    mtu-

    i’ve told this one before but it’s worth retelling to you, but just you. everyone else stop reading.

    jack armstrong is throwing to me at 9 am or so in bradenton at mchecknie field. he’s in the winter before starting the national league all star game that summer. he’s throwing about 96-97 and has a really good slider.
    tony cloninger, our pitching coach comes over , and says in his carolina drawl,”son, you ever throw a splitter ?” jack says no so tony shows him how.
    jack throws one to me and right before it gets to home plate drops about a foot hits the plate and get by me and gets all wet as it rolls a long way( bullpen was on field). jackis mad because the ball gets all wet.
    tony says throw another one. jack does same thing. totally unhittable splitter that dives for the ground right before getting to the plate. same thing, wet dirt covered ball. jack was mad because they would only give me two new baseballs for him to throw because he was being done a favor by throwing with us. owners are always cheap with baseballs.go figure.

    anyway looks at tony and says” i can’t throw that pitch, it moves too much”.

  125. 86w183 August 16th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Ethics are a very personal, subjective thing. I consider virtually every elected official to be unethical, but I doubt everyone else or every one of them will agree.

    Our individuals ethics tend to lead us towards sanctimonious attitudes to those with what we perceive to be “lax” ethics.

  126. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    MG-

    Good points.

    Maybe the Yankees will buy low on Hughes ?

    Rhapsody-

    One my buddies was the manger of the BLM office in Anchorage for 20 yrs.

    Of course he is extremely knowledgeable about Alaska.

    He has told me many, many fishing stories.

    And even better I have had the joy to taste his smoked salmon after a hike.

    Delicious.

    I envy you not having been. I am sure I would want to be there for months (Summer of course).

    The nature and photography opportunities would be endless.

    Perhaps after Mrs. MTU retires ?

    :)

  127. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    “life is good! im off in a couple of hours to naraganset bay for a weekend with the family.

    then a few days in the poconos.

    then im working a week in the hamptons”

    ys guy-

    hey that’s great. getting away from hal, your hero, being humiliated and emasculated by alex will do you a world of good.

    don’t turn on the yankee game though because you might seem something offensive to you. get it O-F-F-E-N-S-I-V-E :)

  128. Doreen August 16th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    pat -

    That’s a theory I can get on board with. ARod as a deflector of attention, absorber of pressure. Lightning Rod.

    ;)

  129. comnsnse August 16th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Randy, in coherent language please advise how Hal Steinbrenner is hampering organizational success?

    The age, injuries and lack of system development plus the seeming dysfunction of the organizational gurus in NY and Tampa has only reared it’s ugly head this year.

    Do you know anyone, sportswriter, blog “expert” etc. who actually predicted the rapid descent of the team before this year?

    Why not wait to see the “plan” and exactly whom will be implementing that plan in the off season before painting with the broad brush.

    I for one do not believe the Yankee financial hierarchy are dictating to the GM on personnel decisions except as they relate to a few obvious marketing “ideas” already noted,i.e. Ichiro(who btw has been as productive as Gardner) and Soriano who is only here because of the aforementioned lack of minor league talent and injuries.

  130. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Randy-

    yeah. I remember it well.

    Also, so many of your stories about Neil teaching the sinker to CMW.

    2 great pitches.

    You listening Larry ?

    :)

  131. Hankflorida August 16th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    The Farm is only going to produce so much.

    The rest will come from trading away expendable assets and from strategic FA acquisitions.

    Upstate, does any one doubt your analysis especially after this year. The signing of Suzuki instead of Hunter as not a strategic FA acquisition,but Overbay as a good one, the injuries causing the power bats to disappear to be replaced with warning track power from the farm system showing that the farm cannot produce what is needed and the trading away of expendable assets to get Soriano..

  132. Jerkface August 16th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Ichiro(who btw has been as productive as Gardner)

    Not true.

  133. comnsnse August 16th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    86w, might you comment on THIS specific situation re: ethical behavior, because what you just posted is a rationalization of ethical misconduct while offering an individual interpretation.

    Is this how you feel about the Arod circus, it’s inferences and consequences?

  134. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    By the way Rhapsody, should you be so inclined, I would love to see your photos anytime you wish to share them.

    ;)

  135. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    MTU most of the salmon that I caught I brought into a butcher in Soldotna who cleaned smoked, packaged and shipped all my Salmon to friends and family.

    Hickory smoked. My brother told me on the next trip just catch them that he would pay for everything else.

    I’m going back at some point but not this year. :-)

  136. UpState August 16th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Hankflorida August 16th, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    The Farm is only going to produce so much.

    The rest will come from trading away expendable assets and from strategic FA acquisitions.

    Upstate, does any one doubt your analysis especially after this year. The signing of Suzuki instead of Hunter as not a strategic FA acquisition,but Overbay as a good one, the injuries causing the power bats to disappear to be replaced with warning track power from the farm system showing that the farm cannot produce what is needed and the trading away of expendable assets to get Soriano..

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

    And sometimes you ‘miss’ by not getting back better value than what farm-hand you traded….that’s why all the teams have numerous MiLB teams….

    Use your assets.

  137. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Got a feeling the Sux fans will boo A-Rod every time he comes to the plate or does something productive.

    I’d expect them to cheer when he makes out.

    I hope he’s doing well enough that they have to boo him a lot.

    ;)

  138. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Most of my Alaska shots I took with my old Nikon I have since upgraded to digital. My last few trips have been out to the Madison in Montana.

    I should put them on a site where I can share them, your photos are truly amazing shots.

  139. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Rhapsody-

    Don’t forget who your friends are.

    Ever watch the cable show “Animal Planet”.

    They have one series where this UK guy goes all round the World in search of different fish with serious predatory reputations.

    It’s not generally fly fishing but the guy’s skill and knowledge, as well as the stunning locations make it really worth watching.

    He’s one heck of an angler.

    :)

  140. Tar August 16th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Unknown

    Like you, I am also on polar extremes with both RIB and Trish on this issue. But no way are they the same person.

  141. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    MTU

    Yes I have, the Chernobyl fishing episode was interesting to say the least. I love to watch any of the HD outdoors on discovery or the animal planet.

  142. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Rhapsody-

    I have been to a beautiful river just outside of Missoula.

    I think it was in Hamilton.

    Absolutely just like out of a ‘River runs through it.”

    I didn’t fish but I loved just hanging there.

    The Bitterroot valley is just unbelievably gorgeous.

    As soon as Global warming has progressed enough I’d like to live there.

    :)

  143. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    tar

    And I don’t know whether Trisha can talk UNC basketball as well as I :-)

  144. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    RIB-

    Last question for today.

    Which Nikon do you have now ?

  145. Chip August 16th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Any word yet on the roster moves for Reynolds?

    I assume Pronk to the 60 (or outright DFA) and then Huff or Warren to Scranton. But would be giddy if a Joba release was in there.

  146. comnsnse August 16th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    JF, please explain the “not true”.

    Offensive numbers very close and Ichiro is the teams best base runner and defensive out fielder.

    Gardner after all these years still can not bunt and his base running skills have eroded.

    In the final analysis the Gardner’s of MLB are vast in number! ;)

  147. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    “Got a feeling the Sux fans will boo A-Rod every time he comes to the plate or does something productive.

    I’d expect them to cheer when he makes out.”

    mtu-

    yes, but also ys guy, trisha,RhapsodyInBlue, and many others will be rooting against alex too. i’ve been busting their chops for days now, and i’ll be the first to admit in an over the top way just because it was too much fun to pass up.

    but the reality is something happened when alex defied ownership and forced his way back into the lineup.

    this series in boston will be a continuation of that defiance. we’ll see if the offensive splurge continues.

    i actually expect red sox pitchers to drill alex adding to the fire even more.

    jeter will be back soon. the yankees for me are interesting for the first time all year.

    i wasn’t an alex fan before. maybe i’ll have to rethink that. we’ll see.

  148. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    3 years ago my brother and I went out to Innis in July and the locals said the snow had just left.

    We arrived just in time for the Salmon flies, they come off the water for about two weeks a big fly that the big fish rise to take and we had a great week. I won the lodge pool for the biggest fish.

    Very cold at night but the sun so intense during the day when we were in the water it burned the skin right off my ears. Cowboy hats from then on.

    I live in the NY close to Saratoga NY but I love the west and it wouldn’t take much to get me out there.

  149. randy l. August 16th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    “But no way are they the same person.”

    good point. there are no fast food places in montana.

    she’d starve to death :)

  150. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    MTU I bought a Nikon Coolpix 8700 a few years ago, I have been shopping for a new one any suggestions?

    Samsung has a few nice cameras on the market.

  151. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Randy-

    I’m sure plunking A-rod would be very popular with the Boston faithful but it would be a big mistake on a # of levels.

    So as long as they don’t injure him I’m fine with it.

    It’s analogous to kicking a Man when he’s down.

    It will only serve to fire up and galvanize the Yankees.

    Not what Boston wants.

    ;)

  152. comnsnse August 16th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    86w, personal, subjective ethics and morality offer a glimpse in to the sociopathic mind, while in a more mild form lead to exactly what you apparently claim is a literal birthright.

    Group morality is what leads to more civilized behavior and is the basis of common law!

    If that’s the point of your thinly disguised dig ,I accept being in the group!

  153. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Rhapsody-

    In the super zoom category my personal favorite is the Panasonic FZ 100.

    If you can still find an FZ 40 (I have one) the value is even greater.

    Lightweight. Leica lenses and Japanese quality.

    If you ever want to see Utah just let me know.

    I’ve lived all over the SW the last 30 yrs.

    Thanks for the compliment on the photos. I try.

    :)

  154. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    There’s a place in Saratoga that makes maple bacon cannoli.

  155. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Rhapsody-

    One last thing.

    I hear the fly fishing in Utah is excellent even though I haven’t experienced it myself.

    Along the Green, and especially up North.

    I am absolutely no fisherman but I once caught an 18 inch rainbow at one of our local reservoirs.

    Sad part was I had to throw it back as the legal limit was 20″.

    I was elated then heartbroken.

    :(

  156. RayVT August 16th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    What I have a hard time understanding is the hate for ARod playing now. ARod was injured or he would have been playing all year. The others on Bud’s List all played even though everyone knew suspensions were coming. They all had the right to appeal just like ARod & Cruz even considered it. Funny thing is Cruz can come back & play in this years playoffs. Braun who is injured can come back healthy next year.

    ARod chose this path. Cruz actually hit some HRs that actually beat the Yanks this year & Cabrera beat the Yanks sinle handedly before going on his suspension like 2 days later.

    You don’t have to like ARod or even PEDs, but the rules state he can play now maybe not later.

    It wasn’t fair that he was outed & ESPN & SI stuck it to him while ignoring special shakes! It wasn’t fair that ARod’s name was leaked in 2003 or now & probably not legal either.

    MLB still hasn’t addressed the Doctor hired by the Red Sox team in 2009 to teach the Red Sox players how to use PEDs correctly, yet they are all over ARod. MLB was all over Bonds too but Big Mac not so much.

    As long as ARod wears pinstripes while playing baseball I will root for him because I root for the Yankees (Team) and not the individual. The Team is bigger than ARod, Cashman, Little Steins, Joey G & anyone else.

  157. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Shame

    On Broadway? There are so many new places.

  158. Warning Track Power August 16th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Any word on which player is being moved to make
    room for Reynolds?
    I really hope it’s Joba. If and when Joba throws a fit in the locker room, I hope Mo
    walks towards Joba and says,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  159. MTU August 16th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Well. I apologize for all the off topic posts today. You know how I am when it comes to talking about the outdoors.

    Got to tend to the Mop.

    Catch you all a little later.

    :)

  160. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    MTU

    I’ve read good things about the Green River, I really like catching cutthroats, such a beautiful fish. I mostly catch and release to leave some for others back east we have no Cutthroats mostly Browns and Rainbows.

    And why I enjoy fishing the rivers around Yellowstone. One time in autumn during the potato harvest my brother and I drove from Last Chance, Idaho down to Swan Valley through the Grand Tetons it was autumn, all I could think of was “Of purple mountain majesties” it was just breath taking.

    We have such a beautiful country.

  161. RhapsodyInBlue August 16th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    My apologies too.

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