Alex Rodriguez Newsbeat
Friday, August 19, 2016
When Alex Rodriguez’s publicist announced that A-Rod would not be coming back to play in 2016, the speculation already started up about 2017.
But that is probably a long shot, too.
A-Rod told some friends the weekend of his sendoff, “I’m done.” And perhaps we should take him at his word (though he hasn’t tipped his hand publicly).
Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, August 14, 2016
For once, Loopy gets it exactly right
Saturday, August 13, 2016
A lot of people who know Alex praise him. A lot of other people who know Alex criticize him. Whose right? Both. I appreciate Alex Rodriguez as a player. I enjoyed watching him play.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
Thursday, August 11, 2016
The end is difficult for many players. ARod is getting released in a couple of days. He’s not getting released because of any animus. He’s getting released because the team doesn’t believe he can play any more. He’s doesn’t deserve playing time. He’s owed a bunch of money. He’ll get the money. He’ll get one last day in Yankees Stadium. Girardi doesn’t owe him any additional playing time.
On Day 2 of the newest Yankees production, “A-Rod: You Have Got to Be Sitting Me,” Joe Girardi finally boiled this whole silly, sloppy affair down to its most basic element.
“I’m putting out what I feel is the best lineup,” Girardi began. “That’s my job. That’s in my job description.”
Standard stuff there. He has crafted the same thought a thousand different ways since Sunday, and really since it became apparent Alex Rodriguez had stopped being a part of his immediate plans. But then Girardi added this, and we got a rare chance to take a peek at a peeled-back onion:
“My job description,” Girardi said, “does not entail a farewell tour.”
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 23 comment(s)
Monday, August 08, 2016
Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner came to New York for a few-day visit to see his Yankees this week, and while in town he made sure to make it his business to do something about the Alex Rodriguez “situation.”
And, indeed, it had become a situation. Rodriguez was one of the greatest players of his time — of any time really — and he was struggling to the point where he wasn’t playing for a Yankees team in transition. Speculation of an uncomfortable release was gaining in legs in the New York press, and A-Rod himself wasn’t happy to have become an albatross on the team he loved.
So Steinbrenner took it upon himself to send A-Rod a firm message, but in a nice way. The message, in effect, was “You are done,” at least as a integral part of the Yankees’ everyday playing team. But Steinbrenner said it much more gently than that.
Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
Sunday, August 07, 2016
If the Yankees outright release him, I believe he’s still entitled to the rest of his contract. Has this been covered in the press conference?
Update: Another report says that’s he’s still getting his money.
The Yankees today announced that Alex Rodriguez will play in his final Major League game on Friday, August 12 vs. Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium. Following the game, he will be unconditionally released by the club from his player contract in order to sign a contract to serve as a special advisor and instructor with the Yankees through December 31, 2017.
“After spending several days discussing this plan with Alex, I am pleased that he will remain a part of our organization moving forward and transition into a role in which I know he can flourish,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “We have an exciting group of talented young players at every level of our system. Our job as an organization is to utilize every resource possible to allow them to reach their potential, and I expect Alex to directly contribute to their growth and success. Baseball runs through his blood. He’s a tireless worker and an astute student of the game. Alex has already proven to be a willing and effective mentor to many players who have come through our clubhouse, and I am confident that this next phase of his baseball life will bring out the best in Alex and the next generation of Yankees.”
Posted: August 07, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 155 comment(s)
The Yankees announced on Saturday night that they will hold a news conference with designated hitter Alex Rodriguez at Yankee Stadium prior to today’s 1:05 p.m. ET series finale against the Indians.
The news conference, which will begin at 11 a.m. and stream live on MLB.com, will also include general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi. The club has not confirmed whether the news conference will address Rodriguez’s role on the team for the remainder of this season.
Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 17 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
At this point, why not keep him? He doesn’t have to play every day.
Roster expansion is 28 days away. If the team can build any value by playing him, even if they only save a million or two, it’s still better than buying him out now.
All of this has raised speculation that the Yankees could release Rodriguez, who remains under contract in 2017 for another $20 million. At this point, the speculation hasn’t evolved into anything resembling a plan: In an interview with ESPN Radio on Tuesday, owner Hal Steinbrenner said, “None of that has been discussed with me.”
But with the Yankees looking toward 2017 and beyond, that could change, especially with Rodriguez occupying a precious roster spot while languishing on the bench. That leaves him to ponder the harsh reality that his tenure in New York—and his career—appear close to an unceremonious finale.
“I know that the organization has a brighter future today than it did last week, and hopefully I’m part of that equation,” Rodriguez said Tuesday. “But if I’m not, I can accept that very clearly.”
Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 35 comment(s)
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The fans are cognizant of the results: a combined 11 homers, 38 RBIs, .595 OPS and a slash line of .199/.268/.327. Rodriguez and Teixeira are walking less (8.4 percent of plate appearances compared with 13.2 last year) and whiffing more (27.8/21.3), symbolic of pitchers fearing them less and challenging them more.
This would be no easy decision. A-Rod and Teixeira helped the 2009 Yanks win a title and have had brilliant careers — albeit in Rodriguez’s case tainted by PEDs. Then there is the money. Teixeira (at $22.5 million) is in the final year of his contract. Rodriguez is being paid $20 million this year and next. From this point forward, the Yanks owe the duo approximately $45.4 million.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
for his generous support.
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