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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hits three home runs | yankees.com

Is Arod an MVP candidate?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 70 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 | MLB.com

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.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees takes sole possession of all-time AL RBI list

All the Yankees fans I know just can’t stop talking about A-Rod.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Marlins should explore possibility of A-Rod being their next manager

Centaurs fulfill the diversity requirements of the “Selig Rule”, right?

Eventually, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will grow tired of the Dan Jennings experiment, of having a manager who hadn’t managed before last week. Maybe that’ll happen after more losses—Miami has dropped seven of nine since the managerial change, including a tough loss Tuesday—or after more changes in the coaching staff. Maybe the Marlins will turn it around, and Loria will still switch managers. As the old saying goes, the only sure things in life are death, taxes and a new Miami manager.

The next time Loria considers a change, assuming that conversation doesn’t take place until after the 2015 season, here’s a name he ought to seriously think about: Alex Rodriguez.

Yes, of course there are a lot of reasons why you wouldn’t hire Rodriguez, but before we delve into those, think about the qualifications that Rodriguez would bring to the table for the Marlins. (And let’s be clear about this: Rodriguez would be a good fit for the Marlins and perhaps only the Marlins, and perhaps no other team.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2015 at 10:49 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, centaur managers, marlins

Friday, May 22, 2015

NYTimes Columnist: Bryce Harper coming to Yankees, A-Rod is worse than Satan.

Come for the arrogance:

When Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, he told the magazine that two of his goals in baseball were to play in Yankee Stadium and to do it in pinstripes.

When I reminded Lerner, one of the Nationals’ owners, of those comments this week, he laughed.

“Every 16-year-old kid says that,” he said.

But not every 16-year-old kid is Bryce Harper. And what Bryce Harper wants, Bryce Harper seems to get.

Stay for the random shots at A-rod, who had literally nothing to do with the topic of the article:

Today’s Yankees are aging and aching, with their biggest star, Alex Rodriguez, a serial liar pushing 40 (years, not homers). The rest? C. C. Sabathia and Carlos Beltran are on the downside of their career. Jacoby Ellsbury, the former Red Sox star, cannot seem to stay healthy and is now on the disabled list, where Mark Teixeira has also spent substantial time in recent years.

Like it or not, Rodriguez is the face of the Yankees, whether he is bashing homers and striking out in the ninth or repeating, over and over again, that “I just want to play baseball.”

If Harper does join the Yankees Mancur will no doubt suddenly find that she loathes him because of the same qualities she’s lauding him for in this article.


MLB commissioner: Yankees in the right on A-Rod’s $6M | New York Post

The teams’ man agrees with a team. STOP THE PRESSES!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, commissioner's office, yankees

Yankees will pay Alex Rodriguez’s home run bonus if .... | NJ.com

If you are going to release part of the contract, release the whole contract. I believe their claim that his homers weren’t marketable isn’t accurate. Sure, they *might* not have been able to make as much money as they potentially could have if ARod hadn’t gotten caught juicing but that’s debatable. With his start, Yankees fans surely don’t have him classified as a villian.

The team has released a portion of the contract that says it’s up to the Yankees to decide whether Rodriguez’s home run chase is commercially marketable. A-Rod’s run up to Mays, the Yankees determined, wasn’t marketable because of the stains from his PED scandal and season-long suspension in 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Keri: the History of the Eephus

That slow curve from El Duque that A-Rod launched into orbit was magnificent. But I wish I could have seen more of the true, 15-25 foot high eephus pitches.

If you ever want to watch 45 seconds of baseball magic, I direct you to this 1981 This Week in Baseball feature on Yankees relief pitcher Dave LaRoche. In the clip, LaRoche describes an at-bat against Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas: “Bob Lemon had just become the manager,” the veteran left-hander says. “He wanted to know if I wanted to put Gorman on, or what we wanted to do. And I said, ‘Well, how about if I just throw him my curveball?’”

Lemon had never seen LaRoche’s curveball in action. The skipper, and the 27,337 spectators at Yankee Stadium, was in for a treat. LaRoche’s curve was in fact a big ol’ blooper pitch. Unaccustomed to facing the pitch, Thomas swung hard, hitting a line-drive foul down the third-base line. Then came another one, this time ending with Thomas bunting the pitch foul. LaRoche tried to finish him with a fastball to the outside corner, but missed.

Then came another lob: A sloooow, high-arcing offering that went a good 15 feet in the air. To Thomas, the pitch had to look like a 24-ounce porterhouse, fat, juicy, and ready to be devoured. But to LaRoche, the pitch was a weapon, a tantalizer that could make a batter swing from his heels and come up with nothing but air. This was no ordinary curveball. This was “LaLob.”

If I were ever granted the power to become any type of pitcher, I’d want to become the greatest junkballer to ever live.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Alex Rodriguez relates to Bryce Harper on and off the field - NY Daily News

I just hope A-Rod didn’t give him any advice on supplements Harper can take to become a record breaker.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bryce harper, nationals, yankees

Friday, May 15, 2015

CJorge Posada Sorry For A-Rod Comments « CBS New York

Cornered? Why didn’t he just say the devil made him do it?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jorge Posada says Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be in Hall of Fame

Host Mark Strassmann asked if Posada resented the players who didn’t play clean and achieved the records he didn’t.

“Yeah,” he said. “You know, the only thing that I can think is 2003. You know, I was close to the MVP. Didn’t happen. Alex [Rodriguez] won the MVP and, you know, I think second was either Carlos Delgado or David Ortiz, I don’t remember. But you know, I was almost there. You know what could’ve happened if, you know, it’s tough. It’s really tough.”

Strassmann then brought up Roger Clemens and Rodriguez, both former teammates of Posada who were known to be cheating. He asked the five-time All Star if those guys should be allowed in the Hall of Fame.

“No,” he said bluntly. “I don’t think it’s fair for the guys that have been in the Hall of Fame that played the game clean.”

He was then asked specifically about Rodriguez.

“Yeah. I don’t think it’s fair. I really don’t,” he said. “I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, hall of fame, jorge posada, peds, yankees

Yankees Insider: Drew to replace Alex Rodriguez as backup 3B - NY Daily News

They must want to keep in the lineup to better Alex’s chances of hitting his next milestone homer.

A-Rod has been nursing a sore left hamstring, sitting out Saturday’s game. He started the past two games and was in the starting lineup Tuesday, even stealing a base in the ninth inning on Monday night. He was seen grabbing at the hamstring after taking the base - which was later scored as defensive indifference - but expressed little concern after the game.

“I think it should be OK,” Rodriguez said Monday night. “My left hammy was a little tight the other day, so I have to keep an eye on that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, stephen drew, yankees

Saturday, May 09, 2015

NY Daily News: Madden: MLB denies colluding with MLBPA on illegal A-Rod bonus deal

[Yankee president Randy] Levine presented the [milestone bonus] plan to [MLB Executive Vice President of Labor Relations Dan] Halem, who represented MLB, and Michael Weiner, the late executive director of the Players Association, to hammer out the separate agreement, which included the Yankees and A-Rod sharing any profits.

According to Halem, Orza, who CNN described as having “helped craft the MLB marketing agreement,” was in fact not a part of the direct negotiations nor present at any meeting on the side agreement. He went on to say the other clubs, as well as the players, were notified by memo that the agreement was a separate marketing deal, which included a strict provision stating that the Yankees were not obligated to pay for any of the so-called milestones.

A Players Association official declined comment Saturday on Orza’s remarks, adding that the union is prepared to support Rodriguez in any action he may choose to take against the Yankees.

bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bonus, yankees

Friday, May 08, 2015

A-Rod Hits HR No. 661 to Pass Mays for 4th, Yankees Top O’s - NYTimes.com

“It’s a lot of fun to be part of,” said Brett Gardner, who pulled off Rodriguez’s helmet. “I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding everything. Still, 661 home runs is a lot.”

Mark Teixeira stayed out of the batter’s box as the cheers swelled. Rodriguez was encouraged by the Yankees to take a curtain call, and he said he looked to manager Joe Girardi for reassurance that it was OK. Then, ever so briefly, the three-time AL MVP jumped to the top step and thrust both hands above his head.

“When you’re productive you re-earn their respect and they pull for you,” Girardi said of the fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Monday, May 04, 2015

Scripts for the inevitable ‘Milestones Press Conference’ | FOX Sports

I didn’t know Ken Rosenthal was this funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, rob manfred, yankees

Alex Rodriguez won’t talk spat with Yankees over bonus money - NY Daily News

He’s a new man!

Two years ago, Rodriguez would have been more likely to publicly stand toe-to-toe with the club. He said he has a “100%” different mindset now.

“I’ve learned my lesson,” he said. “The old (A-Rod) is gone.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Madden: A-Rod ties Willie, cloud of suspicion won’t go away - NY Daily News

Madden sounds like a bitter ex-spouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

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