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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Raissman: Alex Rodriguez a star in Fox analyst audition - NY Daily News

Four people are at least two people too many.

The network uses three other analysts (Raul Ibanez, Pete Rose, Frank Thomas) on its pre and postgame shows but through the first two tilts only A-Rod has made half-inning appearances during the games, making it a four-mouth booth with Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, television, world series

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cassavell/Sports on Earth: Postseason MVPs

It’s more than the World Series, it’s all the games that got you there.

Chris Fluit Posted: October 24, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, david freese, david ortiz, jeter, postseason

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds Deserve their honors

The PED hysteria is a witch-hunt, and the performance of Alex Rodriguez at an advanced age and after missing more than a year, shows that PEDS did not create his amazing performances of the past, according to former MLB consultant on player evaluation, Mike Gimbel.

caiman Posted: September 24, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, barry bonds, steroids, witch-hunt

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Don’t let Bird’s bad night jump-start terrible A-Rod experiment | New York Post

ARod, team player.

“I am going to ask [Rodriguez] to take some groundballs, to see if he would be comfortable,” Girardi said before the game. “We have a lefty on Wednesday, and I am not sure what I will do.”

Both A-Rod and Brian Cashman are not sure, too. They’re not sure this is a good idea.

“Risk-reward, spring training is one thing,” said A-Rod, who went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first start since Wednesday. “Even earlier in the season, April, May you can do a trial-by-error kind of thing. It’s kind of a different story now.”

“My gut [feeling] in the end is I don’t think that’s something we’ll pursue,” Cashman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, joe girardi, yankees

Friday, August 14, 2015

Is it time for Alex Rodriguez to take a seat? - Yankees Blog - ESPN

It seems as if there will be no rest for the weary on Friday; Price, a left-hander, is starting, and Rodriguez, a right-handed batter, will be expected to face him.

“That’s just the nature of our game,” Girardi said. “I think sometimes we can overthink it. Do I think there’s some heavy legs today? Absolutely. There’s heavy legs on both sides, but they’ve got to learn to fight through that. As long as you’re playing 162 games in 180 days, it’s not going away.”

Alex Rodriguez already has played in 106 games, and tired or not, he’s going to have to find a way to play in most of the 49 that are left.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, July 30, 2015

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before becoming one of the best players in Cardinals’ history during his stint with the organization.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hits three home runs |

Is Arod an MVP candidate?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Alex Rodriguez deserves to be an All-Star, but ...

If A-Rod was at least part of the Final Vote, you could see a real horse race.

A week ago, I had a conversation with Robinson Cano about the All-Star Game. He told me that he believed A-Rod should be lauded by Major League Baseball and the crowd in Cincinnati for his career achievements — similar to Mariano Rivera in 2013 and Derek Jeter last year. That’s unrealistic, of course, because A-Rod is not beloved like Rivera and Jeter (for a variety of reasons). But A-Rod is respected by many of his peers in the major leagues, including stars like Cano; among them, the notion of a salute to A-Rod is not absurd at all.

And yet, here are two reasons I won’t express outrage at A-Rod’s exclusion from the Midsummer Classic:
1. The fans had their chance to vote him in. If they truly wanted him there, he would have finished higher than fifth among AL designated hitters — more than 7 million votes behind Cruz.
A-Rod got into a beef with A’s pitcher Dallas Braden during an April 2010 game in Oakland. Trying to go from first to third on what proved to be a foul ball, A-Rod takes a shortcut back to first — across the pitcher’s mound. “The long and short of it is it’s pretty much baseball etiquette,” Braden said. “... I was just dumbfounded that he would let that slip his mind.’’ “He just told me to get off his mound,’’ Rodriguez responded. “I was a little surprised. I’ve never quite heard that, especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career. ‘’ The next month, Braden tossed a perfect game and his grandma had a few words for A-Rod.

2. If A-Rod had been named to the All-Star team, he’d dominate much of the pregame discussion in Cincinnati. Would the debate draw greater attention to this year’s Midsummer Classic? Perhaps. But it would drain plenty of oxygen from what people who love the game should be discussing: the tremendous influx of young talent to the sport.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, all-star game, peds, yankees

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

That A-Rod Ball Was Worth Far More Than Initially Thought - Hall of Very Good

I suspect someone’s jock collection just got bigger.

“The Yankees have given me all the things they initially offered, such as meeting A-Rod, doing a press conference at Yankee Stadium, being interviewed live during the game on TV and the radio, and receiving signed memorabilia and free tickets, including tickets to this year’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in Cincinnati.” Hample told The Hall exclusively. “I will also have opportunities to write for Yankees Magazine, get a special behind-the-scenes tour to the most restricted areas of the stadium that no one in the public gets to see, get to meet the players, and more. There are certain things I’ve been asked not to talk about, so I need to respect that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 04:02 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, collectables, yankees

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees getting the baseball from his 3,000th hit after all

The Yankees, in a news release, said they will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample supports that helps underserved communities afford to play the game. Hample will also receive some memorabilia, tickets and other perks from the Yankees.
During their opening remarks, Rodriguez accepted an apology from Hample, who before recovering the 3,000th-hit ball compared Rodriguez to the devil, on Twitter.

“First of all, you are forgiven,” said Rodriguez, 39. “I have a Ph.D. in saying some dumb things over the years.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees settle dispute over bonus payment

Aren’t the Yankees and A-Rod wonderful people?

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ESPN 538: 4000 adjusted hits for Aaron

Career Hits adjusted for era, park and schedule:

Ty Cobb: 4369
Pete Rose: 4358
Hank Aaron: 4014

bbmck Posted: June 23, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, hank aaron, pete rose, statistics, ty cobb

Friday, June 19, 2015

Who’s next to 3,000 hits, Alex? A-Rod needs 1 more |

A-Rod is one hit away. Prepare your celebrations!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 05:55 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, alex rodriguez, yankees

Monday, June 15, 2015

A-Rod redirects Yankees offer to donate HR bonus money - NY Daily News

Cost of lawyers and a lot of negative publicity. What a mess.

It is believed the only reason the Yankees made any suggestion to settle with a charity donation was because of the enormous cost of litigating the case — which would entail bringing in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the testimony A-Rod gave them in the Biogenesis case, along with the many witnesses in that case.

Regardless, if it’s war he wants with them again, the Yankees are said to be confident they will win it and prepared to spend whatever it takes to make their case.

“I’m not going to get into that now. All that stuff is family business and will be handled privately,” said Rodriguez.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

ESPN/Schoenfield: Ranking the Best No. 1 Draft Picks

if there’s a lesson through all this: Don’t ever make a draft pick predicated on saving a little money.



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