• Ringolsby: A-Rod Poster Boy For Erosion Of Respect In The Game

    Posted by on April 29th, 2010 · Comments (27)

    Tracy Ringolsby rips into A-Rod. Here are some of the highlights of what he had to say:

    Maybe it was an inadvertent misstep that led President Obama to fail to mention Alex Rodriguez’s name during the Yankees visit to the White House on Monday — or maybe the teleprompter just skipped a page — but if Rodriguez wants to be respected, the best advice he can be given is to learn to respect others.

    This is the guy, remember, who had it leak out in the midst of the 2007 World Series that he was going to exercise the option to void what remained of his contract with the Yankees (which led to his new deal).

    Not that it would matter to Rodriguez. He lives in his own little world, and he is oblivious to anyone else. After Rodriguez’s recent misadventure of running over the pitcher’s mound in Oakland on his way back to first base from third base on a foul ball — which Rodriguez claimed he didn’t realize was a misstep — maybe it would be wise to give him a refresher course on some baseball no-nos.

    Rodriguez’s act of arrogance in Oakland wasn’t his first ( and most likely won’t be his last) inability to show respect to the game and its participants.

    Among other things, there was that May 30, 2007 game in Toronto when Rodriguez, on second with two outs, is alleged to have yelled “Mine,” prompting Toronto third baseman Howie Clark to step back from underneath the ball, allowing it to drop and permitting a run to score.

    And there was that moment in the 2004 ALCS against Boston when Rodriguez slapped at Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo’s glove as he ran to first base, knocking the ball free. Rodriguez advanced to second — while the Red Sox protested — only to eventually be called out.

    “I thought it was a brilliant play and we almost got away with it,” Rodriguez said.

    Ouch.

    For those not aware, Ringolsby has written extensively for 30 years about baseball and was elected the 2005 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    Comments on Ringolsby: A-Rod Poster Boy For Erosion Of Respect In The Game

    1. April 29th, 2010 | 5:27 pm

      That article was utter garbage. I cant believe he is a HOF writer, why do the players and writers have to live upto different standards to be enshrined.

      I have read Tracy’s blog before, it was Meh, I almost wanted to think like 10 years gets you a BBWA vote, 25 gets you in the HOF.

      His utter disregard for facts and his lame attempts to rehash the details were putrid.

      FWIW, I am with ARod on the slap-play, I donno why its any different than the takeout play at the Homeplate.

    2. April 29th, 2010 | 5:28 pm

      @ STEVE

      I have been away for a few months am back, was on the job hunt and landed in Oklahoma … :-)

    3. Corey Italiano
      April 29th, 2010 | 5:33 pm

      @ srivinodh:
      hope it worked out!

      ——————–

      Will all of this silly anti-Alex stuff that keeps coming out non-stop, I find myself rooting for him even more, just to silence the critics…it’s as if I’m becoming even more of a fan of his.

      Anyone else feel this way?

    4. April 29th, 2010 | 5:37 pm

      @ Corey Italiano:

      Thanks.. So far yeah…

      Regarding Alex, only a bit. I felt so happy for him when he hit those Monster HRs in ALDS and ALCS. But he lost me as a fan when he did the opt out craziness, I will root for the logo and cheer Alex on, not as much as I did in 06 or 07. And this has nothing to do with PEDs, everyone did it so cant blame him alone.

    5. April 29th, 2010 | 6:01 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      Will all of this silly anti-Alex stuff that keeps coming out non-stop, I find myself rooting for him even more, just to silence the critics…it’s as if I’m becoming even more of a fan of his.
      Anyone else feel this way?

      My newly-bought A-Rod World Series home jersey can be the answer to that question.

      Also…

      “There are now almost nightly highlights that show a player charging the mound after being hit by a pitch.”

      Really? What world is he living on?

    6. April 29th, 2010 | 6:46 pm

      Oh boy. Good thing we had a Hall of Fame writer to tell us about the Ha play, and the slap play. Gee, I would never have known about it otherwise. And I don’t really care how many years that writer has in baseball. His facts are way off base. Like this:

      “And that wasn’t the first time A-Rod put his own needs ahead of an organization. Tom Hicks, the man who is attempting to sell the Texas Rangers, was able to cover the Rangers’ share of Rodriguez’s 10-year, $242 million deal signed before the 2001 season, despite Hicks’ bankruptcy problems.

      It’s the working stiffs with the Rangers, the ones who had their future caught up in a Hicks-created retirement plan, who are left with nothing to show for their efforts.”

      Never mind that Hicks was about eight years from bankruptcy before signing Rodriguez. And that it was for $252 million, not $242 million. And that nobody, not even Scott Boras, put a gun to his head to make Hicks come up with the deal. And that the Yankees took over most of the contract six years ago.

      The most egregious error Ringolsby makes is that A-Rod opting out VOIDED the amount of money the Rangers owed on the deal. In fact, the people most happy at the time about Rodriguez opting out were the Rangers! So, despite the writer’s hooey blaming A-Rod for the working stiffs’ plights, Hicks’ financial problems have nothing to do with Rodriguez.

      Oh, and Ringolsby admiringly insinuates that the proper punishment for Rodriguez walking across the mound is to get hit in the neck with a fastball, a la Bob Gibson. Charming.

    7. April 29th, 2010 | 6:52 pm

      Two other points:

      “There are now almost nightly highlights that show a player charging the mound after being hit by a pitch.”

      Where, exactly, is this happening? This happens maybe two or three times a year, max, not once a night. And whoever does it usually gets suspended for five games. It’s not exactly an epidemic.

      But what else would I expect from a writer who’s shocked senseless that opposing players chat each other up during batting practice? Is this guy the new Rip Van Winkle or something? Next thing you know, he’ll be surprised that these kids today all have at-bat theme songs or something.

    8. YankCrank
      April 29th, 2010 | 7:00 pm

      Articles like these are a dime a dozen. One comes out for A-Rod this week, one for Manny next week, then the cycle starts again.

      They can hate Alex all they want, won’t change the fact he makes $30 million a year and is a baseball God.

      Let’s move on.

    9. Evan3457
      April 29th, 2010 | 10:08 pm

      A-Rod sucks…there’s something you never see in a newspaper.

      ZZZZZZZZzzzzzz…..{snore}

    10. MJ Recanati
      April 29th, 2010 | 11:30 pm

      @ lisaswan:
      I love how this guy is trying to claim A-Rod bankrupted Tom Hicks. In point of fact, it’s Tom Hicks’s exposure to bad investments in the dot-com and telecommunications sectors (specifically in Latin America) that caused his famous private equity fund to go belly-up.

      Why would anyone think that employees’ pension funds would have exposure to the Texas Rangers? Is this guy a fucking simpleton?

    11. MJ Recanati
      April 29th, 2010 | 11:31 pm

      Oh, and thanks to Steve for posting yet another hack job on A-Rod. Part of being a good editor is being able to sift through rubbish and know what makes the cut and what doesn’t.

    12. April 30th, 2010 | 7:34 am

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Somebody needs to do a story about how the media’s standards get worse and worse. Ringolsby completely made up that stuff on A-Rod destroying Tom Hicks and the Rangers retirement plan, and gets away with it. There is no truth behind what he wrote. None. But because it’s an A-Rod smear, it gets past the editors. Unbelievable.

    13. clintfsu813
      April 30th, 2010 | 7:59 am

      Big.Bag.OfDouche.

    14. April 30th, 2010 | 8:14 am

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    15. MJ Recanati
      April 30th, 2010 | 9:20 am

      @ lisaswan:
      I couldn’t agree more. Just the logic behind that claim is ludicrous. Why would an investment manager buy a limited partnership share in a baseball team? First of all, limited partership shares very rarey give off returns unless you sell and are subject to capital calls all the time. Second, there’s very little growth or revenue in the ownership of a team itself. Rather, the money is made in controlling the rights around that team (media, stadium, vending, parking, merchande). What investment manager or retirement plan administrator would tell a pension fund large enough that his big idea is to buy a stake in the Rangers? It’s not like they’re bought and sold on the open market.

      Ringolsby doesn’t know this? I find that hard to believe, considering he probably works at a place that has a retirement account set up for him. Ugh.

    16. MJ Recanati
      April 30th, 2010 | 9:20 am

      *merchande = merchandise

    17. April 30th, 2010 | 9:25 am

      MJ, I was curious about this, so I did a search to find out what the story is. Lone Star Ball, one of the top Texas Rangers blogs, wondered about the allegation as well. Here’s his comment on it:

      http://www.lonestarball.com/2010/4/29/1451400/tracy-ringolsby-levels-more

      But the allegation that Ringolsby makes — that Rangers’ employees have “nothing” in their retirement plans because of something Hicks did — is news to me. Ringolsby throws it out almost as an aside, as if it is something that is common knowledge…but I’ve been following the Hicks/Rangers saga very closely, and I’ve never heard anything about Rangers employees being left with nothing in their retirement plans because of “Hicks’ bankruptcy problems.”

      Is this news to anyone else? Or is this common knowledge, and I’ve just missed it?

      My initial reaction is that this is some sort of misunderstanding…I can’t imagine that the Rangers’ financial problems have resulted in an Enron situation where employees’ 401ks are suddenly worthless. It isn’t as if employees could have been holding HSG stock in their retirement plans. As negative as my opinion of Hicks is, that seems a bit much, even to me.

      So there should either be some sort of correction forthcoming about this from Fox Sports, or there is a huge story here the D/FW media should be covering.

    18. MJ Recanati
      April 30th, 2010 | 9:31 am

      @ lisaswan:
      Very interesting.

      I don’t know what the stock ticker “HSG” stands for but it’s not Hicks’s group. Maybe it used to be. Anyhow…

      Again I have to ask why anyone would believe that Texas Rangers employees would have their retirement accounts exposed to anything remotely connected to an investment in the Rangers themselves. Assuming this IS the case — that each employee’s retirement account was allocated entirely in Rangers-oriented businesses — then it sure as shit isn’t even Tom Hicks’s fault as much as it is the plan administrator’s fault. Who allocates 100% of their money into one basket? That’s just nuts.

    19. April 30th, 2010 | 9:33 am

      @ lisaswan:
      @ MJ Recanati:
      other’s…

      because of the A-Rod deal, the Rangers were about to go bankrupt:

      http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-14/texas-rangers-said-to-face-bankruptcy-unless-sale-terms-changed.html

      And, if they went Chapter 7, and not Chapter 11, that would have terminated their employees retirement plans:

      http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fsbankruptcy.html

    20. MJ Recanati
      April 30th, 2010 | 9:41 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Which makes it A-Rod’s fault how, exactly?

    21. MJ Recanati
      April 30th, 2010 | 9:44 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      That article didn’t mention a Chapter 7 situation. It could happen but Ringolsby’s column made it seem like it had already happened. Not the same thing.

    22. April 30th, 2010 | 9:45 am

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Fault? Not sure he caused it. But, he’s part of equation that brought the situation to life.

    23. Evan3457
      April 30th, 2010 | 9:45 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ lisaswan:
      @ MJ Recanati:
      other’s…because of the A-Rod deal, the Rangers were about to go bankrupt

      That’s too damm bad. Nobody held a gun to their heads to force them to sign that contract.

    24. MJ Recanati
      April 30th, 2010 | 9:49 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      But, he’s part of equation that brought the situation to life.

      So are a whole lot of other people, including, apparently, Tom Hicks himself. Which brings us back to the fact that Ringolsby wrote something utterly ridiculous that has no legal or logical merit but, because it’s about A-Rod (and because it’s negative), it passes muster without the mind rebelling even a little bit.

      A-Rod didn’t force anyone to offer him that contract. It’s not his responsibility that the company collapsed behind him after he left, nor should it be on his conscience. A businessman seems to have run his business into the ground, that’s all that happened here.

    25. April 30th, 2010 | 11:36 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:”because of the A-Rod deal, the Rangers were about to go bankrupt:”

      I guess I missed where the article you cited explicitly cites the A-Rod deal as causing the potential bankruptcy; it only says that A-Rod deal was a bad one (no, duh!)

      If Hicks was about to go bankrupt because of the A-Rod deal, then he’s the worst businessman in the history of the world. Because of Alex opting out, the very thing Ringolsby was decrying, the Rangers actually saved $21 million in salary, and an additional $15 million in deferred compensation that they were going to owe him for 2008-10.

      Only in the bizarro, A-Rod hating world that Ringolsby lives in does $36 million ADDED back to the ledgers contribute to a possible bankruptcy three years later. But it’s the same bizarro world where A-Rod apparently held the gun to Hicks’ head to make him come up with the contract in the first place.

    26. Raf
      May 1st, 2010 | 1:35 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Why would anyone think that employees’ pension funds would have exposure to the Texas Rangers? Is this guy a fucking simpleton?

      Expect anything else from him?

    27. May 1st, 2010 | 8:21 pm

      srivinodh wrote:

      I have been away for a few months am back, was on the job hunt and landed in Oklahoma …

      Belated congrats on the new gig!

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