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Monday, April 13, 2015

Barry Bonds on A-Rod: ‘I can’t wait until he hits 660’

Can the Yankees really avoid paying him by just ignoring the event?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez feels the Yankee Stadium love - Yankees Blog - ESPN

The fans love him. They really love him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Monday, April 06, 2015

Alex Rodriguez gets a ‘warm hand’ from Yankees fans in first at-bat

Given the circumstances surrounding his situation, there was considerable intrigue over how the home crowd would react to seeing the 39-year-old back in pinstripes.

After being announced in the stadium, Rodriguez received a “warm hand,” according to announcer Michael Kay. Some fans even stood up and applauded as A-Rod stepped to the plate.

It’s worth noting that Rodriguez came out to Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement.” The song begins with the line “allow me to reintroduce myself,” so it was a nice touch from Rodriguez.

If you listened closely, you could hear some fans chanting “A-Rod” during the at-bat.

During the at-bat, some fans in the outfield held up a “#Forg1v3” sign.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Who is the best player in baseball? The most overrated? We poll 117 major leaguers to find out.

These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.

Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher

You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a month. People with regular jobs get more days off than that!”—American League outfielder

Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?
“C.J. Wilson. He’s into racing cars, he travels everywhere. and he’s [married to] a supermodel.”—American League outfielder

“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.”—American League pitcher

“Didn’t Madison Bumgarner bus down his cattle for spring training? And he bought his wife a baby bull as a wedding gift. You’re telling me you wouldn’t want to watch that?”—American League pitcher

“Wade Miley. It’d be like Duck Dynasty.”—American League pitcher

 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yankees Insider: Alex Rodriguez a hit at DH for Girardi - NY Daily News

He likes him. He really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How MLB Profits from Players with Addiction

Intentional or not, MLB’s steroid policy has been a massive money-saver for owners. In the Biogenesis case alone, $31 million in salaries were saved by teams. MLB even went so far as to threaten Alex Rodriguez with a lifetime suspension from the game, which would have saved the Yankees at least another $60 million on top of the $22 million the club retained in 2014—all before potential eight-figure luxury tax savings are accounted for. While suspensions without pay are far easier to justify for performance-enhancing drugs than they are for drugs of abuse, MLB and the Yankees attempted to go above and beyond the joint drug agreement in an attempt to bilk Rodriguez out of money he’s contractually-owed.

MLB needs to fix its incentives. It shouldn’t be hard. Just look at what the rest of the major sports leagues do with their suspension and fine money. Section 6 of Article VI of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement lays out a policy in which all fines and pay lost through suspensions are channeled to charity, with one half going to charities selected by the NBA Players Association and the other half going to charities selected by the league. The NHL directs its player fines to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, with a mission to help former NHL players who have fallen into poor health or dire financial straits. Similarly, all NFL on-field fines go to the NFL Player Care Foundation.

As for how things work in baseball? After 60 days in the drug program—according to the Los Angeles Times, it’s unclear if Hamilton exhausted these 60 days during his time with the Devil Rays in the early 2000s or not—a player is no longer entitled to salary retention even if he is in treatment. As such, a year-long suspension for Hamilton would save the Angels anywhere from just under $17 million to the full $23 million if MLB determines his treatment days have already been used up.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Why A-Rod must shelve fielding hopes and ace job No. 1 | New York Post

Whatever? “Hey, A-Rod, would you mind retiring?”

“Whatever Joe wants me to do I’ll do,’’ Rodriguez told The Post before the game. “Whatever’s best for the team. I’m just happy to be playing baseball. I’m fortunate to be playing the game I love so much. I feel like a rookie again.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, March 05, 2015

‘I thought the bat looked slow’: Scouts on A-Rod | New York Post

If he’s used right, I expect Alex will have enough in the tank to be a net positive for the Yankees. Of course, while doing that, he will be the most expensive part-time player in history.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Alex Rodriguez Mocked, Ridiculed On Front Page Of New York Post (Photo) | NESN.com

That’s a harsh headline. (Click through to the article.)

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Klapisch: It’s time to give Alex Rodriguez a chance - Sports - NorthJersey.com

♬ All we are saying is…give A-Rod a chance. ♫

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Time to embrace A-Rod, just like Yankees’ spring training fans | New York Post

Huh. Maybe they will be able to market his home run milestones after all.

Think it’s a coincidence A-Rod’s Grapefruit League return comes on a home game? It’s a sound business decision for the Yankees, who surely will sell more tickets and draw more eyeballs to YES than if they fielded a lineup without their most interesting player. Or if this didn’t mark his first game back after missing all of last season due to a suspension for illegal performance-enhancing drug usage and obstruction.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yankees confident they can avoid paying A-Rod milestone bonuses - CBSSports.com

This situation can get even uglier than it is already.

Yankees people are said to be confident A-Rod wouldn’t prevail in the expected skirmish over the $30 million, not only because of their belief that his drug missteps have rendered his marketing value nil, but also because of the phrasing in the agreement that requires that the Yankees “designate” the historic home runs as milestones. Perhaps even more important, the potential to call him to the stand under oath should he challenge their decision to refuse to pay, as is his right.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Surprise! A-Rod reports to Tampa before spring training - NY Daily News

At this point, A-Rod has apologized. At this point, no matter whether the apologies are heart-felt or not, I see no point in him continuing to talk about his past.

The Yankees, who had expected him to show up on Wednesday, had no issues with A-Rod arriving on Monday, but team officials were fuming that he hadn’t alerted them to his plans.

“He’s learned nothing,” said one baseball executive. “He’s the same old guy. He just did what he wanted to do.”

The Yankees front-office is not helping itself with statements like this.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Friday, February 20, 2015

Raissman: A-Rod ‘impossible to dislike’ says Suzyn Waldman - NY Daily News

“Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.” ~ Lou Holtz

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Alex Rodriguez’s return to the New York Yankees

Here’s a lot of words about A-Rod.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez Is Not Going Away. Sorry.

We get it. Alex Rodriguez is worse than Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin combined.

Hank G. Posted: February 18, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, arod, beating a dead centaur, steroids

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A-Rod issues hand-written apology letter to fans

Alex Rodriguez released an apology letter Tuesday addressed to fans, in which he says he takes “full responsibility for the mistakes” that led to his yearlong drug ban.
The humiliated slugger goes on to say he regrets his antagonistic stance toward Major League Baseball and his Yankees bosses, though he said he would decline their invitation to use Yankee Stadium for an apology press conference.
“I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point,” he wrote. “I understand why and that’s on me.”

Straight from the horse’s mouth!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 02:51 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, apologies, peds, yankees

Monday, February 16, 2015

Yankees should get behind their biggest star | FOX Sports

There is one way for A-Rod to save face…hit. I know it’s not likely but, if he does, Yankees fans memories will be short.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Baseball Prospectus | The Lineup Card: Nine Predictions for Alex Rodriguez’ 2015 Season

A-Rod, A-Rod, A-Rod! It’s always about A-Rod!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A platoon in right field could render Alex Rodriguez unnecessary - Pinstripe Alley

Brian Cashman has had a very good off-season. He didn’t make a big splash in free agency but he’s made a lot of smart moves. Picking up Garrett Jones is one of them. He’s not a impact guy but he should be a very useful hitter in Yankee Stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, garrett jones, yankees

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Yankees reject A-Rod’s mea culpa meeting request - NY Daily News

Relations between Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees became so heated in late 2013 and early 2014 that baseball executives and team officials hired extra security for protection, going so far as to have their homes and offices swept for bugging devices and employing bodyguards to accompany them, according to sources.

“He put everyone through a lot of undue grief and unnecessary expense,” said one baseball source.
...
It is hard to imagine the frayed relations between A-Rod and the Yankees – who still owe Rodriguez $61 million through 2017 — can ever be fully mended, given the legal attacks and media assault he and his lawyers unleashed throughout the Biogenesis saga. Rodriguez’s status as a key government witness in the government’s prosecution of his cousin, Yuri Sucart, will be a painful reminder of those hard feelings. Sucart’s trial is scheduled to begin on April 6 – the same day the Yankees open at home against Toronto.

The next battle looming, according to sources, will be over the performance clauses in A-Rod’s contract, part of a separate marketing contract between the slugger and the Yankees.

Rodriguez, who has 654 career home runs, needs to hit just six more to tie Willie Mays’ 660 and receive a $6 million bonus. The deal also calls for him to receive $6 million if he ties Babe Ruth (714), another $6 million if he ties Hank Aaron (755) and yet another $6 million if surpasses Barry Bonds (762) to become baseball’s all-time home run king.

But with A-Rod’s pursuit of the records discredited by his steroid admissions the Yankees will argue that those milestones are no longer valid in terms of marketing deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Friday, January 02, 2015

MLB’s most interesting people in ‘15

Which executives, managers and players will drive the MLB narrative in the coming season? Here’s a look at the 15 most interesting people in baseball heading into 2015:

1. Rob Manfred
After an extended run as Bud Selig’s most trusted aide, Manfred takes center stage in late January as baseball’s 10th commissioner. He’ll try to maintain the momentum that has made baseball a $9 billion industry while setting an agenda on pace of play, changes in the draft and free-agent compensation system, and MLB’s efforts to reach out to a younger fan base. Manfred also needs to connect with Tony Clark and the players’ association while navigating the usual array of ownership labor hawks and doves in negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement in 2016.

2. Alex Rodriguez
Where do we start? A-Rod, who missed the entire 2014 season with a drug suspension, turns 40 in July. He’s six homers shy of tying Willie Mays’ total of 660 and collecting a $6 million bonus on top of the $61 million the Yankees already owe him. But the Yankees just signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal—yet another sign that they want Rodriguez to go away. Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter were universally revered at the end of their runs in the Bronx. The reception won’t be quite as fawning when the most polarizing figure in baseball reports to Steinbrenner Field for duty in February.

They don’t always drink beer. But when they do, its Dos Equis. Wait, is that a centaur joke?


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