Stupid is, as stupid does…and he’s sure to get suspended this time.
Steve Fishman shares some emails between Randy Levine and Alex Rodriguez. It’s must read material. How about this one:
July 30, 2012
Rodriguez is out with an injury, having fractured his hand five days earlier when hit by a pitch. Levine makes a reference to performance-enhancing drugs that he later refers to as a “bad joke.”
Levine: How r u feeing since u left Robby [Cano] under 200, he needs some steroids fast!
If MLB has any cojones, at the least, they will fine Levine for making such a statement…even as a private joke.
Via the Daily News –
A-Rod has given new meaning to the term stalling.
Disgraced New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was busted in the ladies room at the Delano Hotel in Miami with a mystery brunette who most certainly was not his blond girlfriend Torrie Wilson, sources exclusively tell Confidenti@l.
A-Rod had been dining at the UMI Sushi & Sake Bar at the trendy South Beach hotel on Saturday night with an entourage. A hotel guest tells us the Yankee, who is facing suspension over his performance-enhancing drug scandal, was first spotted getting hot and heavy with the unidentified woman near the elevators in the hotel lobby early Sunday morning.
The duo soon disappeared into the women’s bathroom, where we hear they spent nearly 20 steamy minutes. A-Rod and the mystery lady allegedly became flustered and decided to end their toilet tryst when they were interrupted by another hotel guest.
I sincerely wish that Aaron Boone never played basketball.
Via the Post -
Just call him a-john. An upcoming book reports that not only did Alex Rodriguez enjoy the services of prostitutes — he frequently turned the double play by hiring them in pairs.
The tattered reputation of the Yankee slugger will get shredded some more in “House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, The World’s Most Powerful Address,” a book by “740 Park” author Michael Gross due in time for spring training.
A-Rod rented a $30,000-a-month apartment in the pricey limestone tower in 2010, becoming neighbors with Sting, Denzel Washington and Bob Costas, plus Wall Street titans Lloyd Blankfein, Sandy Weill and Daniel Loeb.
A building worker told Gross, “He got hookers all the time. Usually two at a time, two times a week. One time he had two go up, they came down and left, and 10 minutes later, Cameron Diaz walks in.”
“Fifteen [Central Park West] became A-Rod’s home plate,” Gross writes, where the $275 million man scored with Madonna and Kate Hudson, as well as Diaz. “But apparently they weren’t enough for A-Rod.”
Though a broker called Rodriguez “the best tenant” in the book, the 15CPW staff didn’t agree. “He was a douche, an unfriendly narcissist,” another building worker said. “I hate the guy. He thought he was God.”
A-Rod’s spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, says, “This is a further effort to fabricate scandal around Alex. The allegations concerning prostitutes are categorically false.”
“House” will be published March 11, 2014, by Atria/Simon & Schuster.
Well, now we know that A-Rod is twice the man that Brian Cashman is…
In the 11 games he has played for the Yankees since 9/11/13, here is Alex Rodriguez BA/OBA/SLG line: .108/.250/.270 (in 44 PA).
Yes, these were all “must win” games for New York. And, yes, A-Rod has gone MIA during this time at the plate. (Shocking, right?)
At this point, shouldn’t the Yankees just bench him and make him watch the last 6 games of the year? I mean, anyone else on the team could bat a buck oh’ eight, right?
This includes today’s loss.
In fact, the Yankees have not won back-to-back games since the All-Star break.
Why would anyone want to watch this team, any more, they way they are playing?
At the rate they are going, how long until they are in last place?
Via Jon Heyman -
Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal his 214-game drug suspension related to the Biogenesis case and play Monday night for the Yankees against the White Sox, according to people involved the case. But he may be the only one of 13 or so players to appeal.
While a couple of Biogenesis-linked players suggested behind closed doors they were seriously considering appeal, with a few hours to go before the announcement there was no confirmation anyone was joining A-Rod in appealing his suspension.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has told people he will not appeal after some earlier reports suggested he might. He is said to have received encouragement to possibly appeal from some teammates who are concerned about their pennant push, but he must understand it would be difficult to fight this case.
Rodriguez will be announced as suspended through the 2014 season for what is described as “massive violations” of the baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. The other players are all in line to receive 50-game bans, which will contain their penalty within the 2013 season.
Rodriguez has told people he doesn’t believe he deserves a ban for more than the 50 games the others are receiving since he has never previously been suspended, and further suggested he deserves “less than [Ryan] Braun,” referring to the Brewers star who agreed to a 65-game ban in the case.
The evidence is said to suggest Rodriguez is said to have bought or used steroids in 2010, 2011 and 2012. However, all of it will be heard at a hearing within 20 days. Baseball’s arbitrator, Fredric Horowitz will then have 25 days to render a verdict.
MLB plans to make the announcement this afternoon, at which time they could lay out a bit of their case against Rodriguez. Word is that there’s corroborating evidence, including texts, well beyond the testimony of former Biogenesis proprietor Tony Bosch.
Nine of the other players to be suspended are known: Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, plus minor leaguers Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino de los Santos and Cesar Puello.
Three other players’ name are expected to be on the suspeneded list. Those players have yet to be definitely identified in media reports. But it won’t be Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera or Yasmani Grandal, who are linked to Biogenesis but considered to have served their time with their past suspensions.
Rodriguez will be eligible to play while on appeal, which could take up to three weeks according to the drug agreement. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters Sunday that A-Rod was being penciled into the lineup Monday night.
“It’s going to be a circus,” one Yankees person predicted.
At this point, I am sick and tired of this whole situation. And, for what it’s worth, that expression – “sick and tired” – is one that people throw around pretty loosely at times. But, I am truly and sincerely, sick and tired, of this whole A-Rod mess.
On one hand, I can’t believe that this self-serving pathological and narcissistic ass-hat is going to get to play in a major league game tonight. (Although, I totally understand “why” – it’s the way that the system works, coupled with MLB’s fear to do anything that might be seen as going outside the system.) Yet, on the other hand, I know that the Yankees created this mess when they extended A-Rod after 2007. (And, don’t let the Yankees fool you here – they were more than happy with the juiced up A-Rod when he was hitting 50 homeruns a season and when he was an inhuman wrecking ball in the 2009 post-season.) So, I sorta/kinda want to say they’re getting what they deserve.
At this point, I don’t even want to read, hear, or see any of this any more. And, the only “blessing” here is that the Yankees season is already down the crapper and this sideshow isn’t going to mess with a post-season run or something like that.
Just tell me when it’s all over.
That’s not exactly getting the job done, is it?
In fact, if not for that 6-1 run against the then totally sucky Toronto Blue Jays during the period from April 19th through April 28th, this Yankees season would be even worse. Further, the Yankees Pythagorean W-L record right now is: 53-55.
Are the next two months going to be any better? Is 2014 going to be any better? How?
Via the Daily News -
As much as the Yankees need Alex Rodriguez’s bat back in the lineup, it seems the players in the Bombers’ clubhouse may have finally reached a boiling point when it comes to their controversial teammate.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one Yankee said the nonstop A-Rod drama — which on Wednesday took a bizarre turn, as it was revealed that the third baseman got a second opinion on his injured left quad without the team’s knowledge — is becoming a distraction to a ballclub that already has enough to worry about.
“Guys are just tired of it,” the player said. “The media circus that’s revolving around Alex is insane — and we haven’t even seen him. It just keeps going. It’s like a carousel that just keeps going around and around and around. At some point, it has to stop.
“I would like his bat in the lineup. We could obviously use it because the potential for some home runs would help us a lot. But with the circus that’s surrounding him right now, I don’t think anybody wants that.”
Publicly, A-Rod’s teammates have said the right things when asked about him, whether commenting on the quad injury that kept him from returning this week or his looming performance-enhancing drug suspension.
But privately, many Yankees players believe Rodriguez should suffer the consequences if he is found guilty of using PEDs and of lying about it.
“When it’s all said and done, you’ll hear more than enough comments from the guys in here,” the player said. “You’ll be able to write it for weeks.”
Is there any way that A-Rod ever plays for the Yankees again?
Via the Post –
A-Rod went AWOL — creating yet another tension point in the already-stressed relationship between the one-time star and the Yankees.
Following Alex Rodriguez’s meeting in Tampa on Friday with Major League Baseball officials investigating his ties to performance-enhancing drugs and Biogenesis, A-Rod was scheduled to play for the Single-A Tampa Yankees.
However, sources told The Post Rodriguez never showed up for what was going to be his seventh rehab game, and organization officials were scrambling to find him. Eventually, sources said, Rodriguez informed the Yankees he was not going to play Friday, which infuriated team officials.
As it turned out, the game was postponed by rain.
But sources say Rodriguez had enough time to get from the nearby location where he was interrogated to the park before any official word had come down about whether the game would be played or not. He was not excused by organization officials from attending the game and, in fact, the Yankees had been told by MLB the interview would be done in a time frame to allow Rodriguez to continue his rehab games. The meeting ended about two hours before the scheduled first pitch.
Reached by phone, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman refused to comment on whether Rodriguez was absent without permission. An A-Rod spokesperson did not directly address his absence.
“Alex is back in the lineup tonight and laments the [Friday] game was rained out, he will not comment on any other topics,” the spokesperson said.
Multiple sources have told The Post Rodriguez never made it to George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Yankees also hold major league spring training. A published report, nevertheless, stated he did. The report claimed Rodriguez arrived at the team facility hours after his sit-down with MLB investigators, and that he was greeted by some soft applause by an estimated 50 people.
Later, the game was postponed.
Can’t you just feel the love?
Via the boys at the Daily News -
Felix Lopez is up to his old tricks again.
Lopez, the Yankees’ executive vice president and chief international officer, took part in a press conference in the Dominican Republic on Monday to help make an announcement about a new privately funded $50 million baseball stadium outside of La Romana.
There was only one problem: the Yankees didn’t know anything about the project.
According to a source, nobody at the Yankees — including managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, Lopez’s brother-in-law — had been given any heads-up about Lopez’s trip or his announcement.
“This project would be a major boost to president Danilo Medina’s efforts to promote tourism and will have a major global impact,” Lopez said, according to a report on the Dominican Today website. “The goal is to try to have a stadium with the qualities the majors demand, with certain rules that were going to meet, where the stadium will be a jewel in the Americas.”
Also in attendance, according to the report, were Joel Lithgow, the director of the Yankees’ Latin Baseball Academy, and Robert Weil, the founder and president of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.
This isn’t the first time this year Lopez has drawn attention to himself for a Dominican-related event. Following the Dominican Republic’s victory at the World Baseball Classic in March, Lopez called a group of reporters together to boast of his involvement, which consisted of recruiting the squad to hold workouts at Steinbrenner Field.
“It’s a very good thing for us to have been a participant in the winning that they did,” Lopez said at the time. “Having them win this confirms our belief that the Dominican Republic is a good bed for young players.”
Joe Malloy and Steve Swindal could not be reached for comment.
Via Andrew Marchand –
Livid over Alex Rodriguez’s decision to tweet an update on his rehab process, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman.
“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday that he has been cleared to play in rehab games. Rodriguez’s comments seemed to contradict what Cashman told ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews on Monday.
“Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!” Rodriguez tweeted.
On Monday, Cashman shot down a report that Rodriguez had been given the go-ahead to play in games.
“He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet,” he said. “He’s getting closer. There’s no doubt about it. But we don’t have a date for him to start playing games yet. It could be July 1. It could also be July 5 or maybe June 25.”
Cashman explained that Dr. Kelly had no jurisdiction over Rodriguez’s rehab once the third baseman left New York to go to Tampa. Dr. Kelly had been approved by the team to perform the surgery and oversee Rodriguez’s recovery in New York. It was now sole in the team’s hands.
“There is always a chain of command with injuries,” Yankees manager Joe Giardi said after the Yankees’ 5-3 win on Tuesday. “And there has to be. That is the process. It goes through our training staff, our doctors, our GM and then it probably gets to me.”
Girardi said he always understood that Yankees’ team doctors needed to clear Rodriguez before he could play in a rehab game.
Cashman ended up emailing Rodriguez and did not get an immediate response.
I think it’s time for A-Rod to ask Mary Bresnan out for a date. Then, this whole thing could really get interesting.
Cash goes Long. Via CBS –
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman insists he’s not angry with hitting coach Kevin Long. But Cashman didn’t too happy with him either when discussing Mark Teixeira’s wrist woes with reporters on Monday.
Long said Saturday night that he wasn’t sure if Teixeira’s right wrist “has been right” since coming off the disabled list on May 31.
“It’s alarming in the fact that K-Long would say that to the group of the reporters, but he never said that prior to that,” Cashman said. “This is a lot of times how things work out when things go bad, things get said. If K-Long felt that way he should have been saying that from Day 1, but we never heard that from K-Long.”
Long said Teixeira was having more trouble swinging from the left side of the plate. He never reported the issue to team officials or the Yankees medical staff, Cashman said.
“Am I mad at Kevin Long because of that? No,” said Cashman. “But do I think that commentary jibes with Kevin Long’s comments internally in that clubhouse regarding this player prior to him going down? Absolutely not. … If K-Long said that, he’s a monk because he kept his mouth shut the whole time.”
“Some people are better with the microphone than others,” he added. “Let’s put it that way.”
Oh, and, by the way, Kevin Long’s contract is up at the end of the year.
Here are the numbers on the Yankees offense, so far, in this 2013 season:
|as PH for DH||7||7||3||0||2||3||0||2||0||.400||.571||1.600||426|
|at Def. Pos.||56||904||104||33||27||89||19||71||176||.253||.317||.411||106|
|at Off. Pos.||56||902||90||35||26||85||7||49||162||.246||.293||.388||80|
Basically, the Yankees line-up has three sticks: Second base, Center Field, and Designated Hitter.
The corner outfielder positions are a joke. (On Left Field, you can say that the Granderson injury hurt. But, for Right Field, clearly Brian Cashman deserves some blame for going with aging Ichiro as his corner OF there in 2013.)
First Base will get better with Teixeira’s return. And, Third Base, while below league average, is not as bad as he holes the Yankees have at Catcher and Shortstop. And, when will those get fixed? You think Cervelli is the answer at backstop? He’s injury-prone and unproven. And, who knows when Jeter comes back at short – or how effective he will be?
Catcher, short, left and right. That’s half the line-up. And, until they start to hit, the Yankees are going to continue to have a bad offensive team.
Via CBS -
There’s yet another headache surrounding Yankees star Alex Rodriguez — and this one has nothing do to with allegations of doping.
Rodriguez and rapper Jay-Z raised $403,862 in a 2006 celebrity poker tournament to benefit the A-Rod Family Foundation and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund, but only $5,090 made its way to various charities, according to the Boston Globe.
Citing Internal Revenue Service records, the Globe reported that Rodriguez’s foundation “gave only 1 percent of proceeds to charity during its first year of operation in 2006, then stopped submitting mandatory financial reports to the IRS and was stripped of its tax-exempt status.”
The foundation still has a website hosted on MLB.com, touting itself as “a non-profit organization dedicated to positively impacting families in distress.” The news section hasn’t been updated since Sept. 5, 2007.
A-Rod’s reportedly mismanaged and not-so-charitable charity was exposed in the Globe’s sweeping review of 50 non-profits run by professional athletes. The Globe also questioned the efficiency of foundations set up by Boston Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, Baltimore Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin, and others.
Non-profit experts say at least 65 to 75 percent of proceeds should directly benefit the organization’s stated mission, according to the Globe.
“Athletes’ charities are subject to many pitfalls because most of them are not trained in how to raise and distribute money, and it’s difficult,” Sports Philanthropy Project executive director Greg Johnson told the Globe. “A lot of them get into expensive golf tournaments and that kind of crap. They can be self-serving as hell.”
It’s all Yuri Sucart’s fault. It’s always his fault…
Via John Harper -
If anything, it showed a rather startling team-wide lack of mental toughness. You can blame some of that on the loss of Derek Jeter to a broken ankle in Game 1, but that’s no excuse for the complete lack of fight with the season on the line.
And while A-Rod blamed two weeks of postseason futility at the plate, saying it “sucked the energy out of us,” another player privately made a far more indicting observation: that the ballclub was affected by the hostility from the fans at Yankee Stadium last weekend.
“I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys,” the player said. “A lot of guys hadn’t been booed before, and they couldn’t believe how nasty it got in the stands.”
Obviously Nick Swisher admitted to being sensitive to such treatment after Game 2, but the player said Swisher was far from alone in his reaction.
“A lot of guys were talking about it in the clubhouse,” he said. “I was surprised by how much it bothered them. I really don’t think they ever recovered.”
If that’s true, well, so much for the big, bad Yankees.
And, in any case, it’s time that GM Brian Cashman considers how poorly this team has played in October, other than 2009, when he starts making decisions about next season and beyond.
Something has to explain how the Yankees seemed a half-step slower than the Tigers in everything they did on Thursday. For that matter, when Mark Teixeira was doing a Jason Giambi impression with his glove at first base, you had to think that neither their hearts nor heads were really in this game.
Afterward Rodriguez basically said not to blame him.
“You can take one guy,’’ A-Rod said, referring to himself, “and say, ‘Let’s blame him, let’s get him, put the coffin on him, knock his ass out.’ But at the end of the way I felt the wind was sucked out of us the last two weeks.”
Rodriguez is probably right about how heavily the overall offensive struggles weighed on this team. Yet there’s no avoiding the obvious here: the last few days made it look and feel as if a divorce with A-Rod should be imminent.
Booing at home the problem this post-season? Oh, Em, Gee. Grow a pair, will ya?
Blaming the fans…that is soooo weak. Ugh.
Via the Post –
Shameless Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez was playing so poorly against the Detroit Tigers Saturday night that he was yanked from the lineup — but that didn’t stop him from trying to score.
After being replaced in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, the highest-paid Yankee openly flirted with a pair of pretty women two rows behind the dugout — even sending them a ball bearing a note asking for their phone numbers, a witness told The Post.
“I watched him flirt with two admittedly very cute young women nearby,’’ the witness said.
Instead of rooting on his teammates as they struggled to stay alive during the tense game at Yankee Stadium, A-Rod, 37, had a ball boy toss the young women a baseball inscribed with a message asking for their numbers.
“Alex was holding a pen and wrote a note on a ball which was thrown at the women by a ball boy,’’ the witness explained.
“The girls, who had already caught two balls, seemed bemused at first and tried to hand the ball to another fan, but other fans noticed the note on it and yelled at them to read it.
“The note asked them to write their phone numbers on the ball and throw it back,’’ the witness said.
“One of the girls, with darker blond hair, wrote . . . on the ball and threw it back at A-Rod, who gave her a big smile.”
“They exchanged a few glances after that,’’ as A-Rod took a powder while a pinch-hitter took his place at the plate.
Raul Ibanez performed under pressure, tying the score in the bottom of the ninth.
In the 12th, team captain Derek Jeter broke his ankle — and A-Rod finally wised up, the witness said.
“The flirtation stopped once Derek Jeter got hurt,” the source said.
The Yanks wound up losing 6-4.
They also lost again to the Tigers 3-0 on Sunday.
Fans sitting behind the dugout at Saturday’s game said they were disgusted after witnessing A-Rod’s shenanigans, which were more befitting a sixth-grader than a serious ballplayer.
“I was absolutely stunned that even . . . A-Rod would not be focusing on such a critical game, supporting his teammates, and was instead more interested in adding another couple of phone numbers to what must be a very, very large collection,’’ one said.
A-Rod’s rep referred questions to a team spokesman, who didn’t get back to The Post last night.
Rodriguez is currently dating wrestler Torrie Wilson.
The joke is on Alex. One of the girls was Louise Meanwell.
And, yes, I am killing.
Here are the Yankees batting stats, this post-season, for the ALDS and ALCS, combined:
|1||Brett Gardner||3||Ind. Games||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|2||Eric Chavez||4||Ind. Games||11||11||0||0||0||0||6||.000||.000||.000|
|3||Robinson Cano||7||Ind. Games||33||32||2||0||4||1||4||.063||.091||.125|
|4||Alex Rodriguez||6||Ind. Games||25||23||3||0||0||2||12||.130||.200||.130|
|5||Nick Swisher||7||Ind. Games||30||26||4||0||1||3||8||.154||.233||.192|
|6||Curtis Granderson||7||Ind. Games||29||26||3||1||1||3||14||.115||.207||.231|
|7||Russell Martin||7||Ind. Games||29||26||5||1||1||3||4||.192||.276||.346|
|8||Mark Teixeira||7||Ind. Games||32||25||8||0||1||7||2||.320||.469||.360|
|9||Eduardo Nunez||3||Ind. Games||5||5||1||0||0||0||0||.200||.200||.400|
|10||Ichiro Suzuki||7||Ind. Games||35||33||9||1||5||1||3||.273||.294||.424|
|11||Jayson Nix||4||Ind. Games||7||7||2||0||0||0||1||.286||.286||.429|
|12||Derek Jeter||6||Ind. Games||30||27||9||0||2||2||10||.333||.379||.444|
|13||Raul Ibanez||6||Ind. Games||20||16||7||3||5||4||3||.438||.550||1.063|
It is truly amazing how much Cano, A-Rod, Swisher, Granderson and Martin have been terrible this post-season. And, now that Jeter is out, it only leaves Teixeira, Ichiro and Ibanez as the sole guys who have provided some support this October in the line-up.
Could you imagine what would be happening now if George Steinbrenner were still alive and in his prime? Kevin Long would have been reassigned to the instructional league during the playoffs.
I suppose that Martin is not a total shock. For most of the season, he was a joke at the plate. But, it’s almost impossible to be as bad as Cano, A-Rod, Swisher and Granderson have been this post-season. Look at their numbers. Give CC Sabathia a stick and send him to the plate and he could probably do better than the numbers those four have produced so far.
Then again, maybe we should not be shocked with the others as well?
Seriously, A-Rod’s been in a decline for a while now and it has really accelerated this year. Plus, outside of 2009 – where he had help from the Canadian Dr. Feel Good and the benefit of facing the Twins and Angels who never get him out – he’s always been a bust for the Yankees in the post-season. So, this should not be a surprise.
And, Granderson, this season, like he was doing in Detroit before he came to New York, turned into Dave Kingman at the plate. Sure, he can crush a mistake fastball. But, his swing has more holes to exploit than the Bunny Ranch and these post-season pitchers are having an orgy facing him.
Swisher? Check the career post-season stats on ‘Lish, The Red Light Clown:
|6 Yrs (11 Series)||45||177||4||7||24||44||.167||.284||.300|
Swisher just may be the worst hitter (with a minimum of 100 PA) in post-season history. Therefore, what he’s doing now is what he always does in October: Choke.
And, that leaves Cano. How a guy can hit six-fifteen in his last 9 games of the season, and then set a major league post-season record for going hitless in 26 straight at-bats, the next minute is beyond reason. Unless, of course, Cano is the new A-Rod for the Yankees. And, then, naturally, it makes sense.
For Yankees fans, the good news is that Swisher should soon be gone and Granderson will not be far behind him. And, for all we know, Cano may leave New York once he becomes a Free Agent. But, Brian Cashman is the G.M. who brought in Swisher and Granderson. So, as long as he’s still in charge, their replacements may be more of the same. And, A-Rod’s not going anywhere, most likely, because of his contract. (Unless, like he did in Texas, Rodriguez brokers his own deal out of town.)
Then again, maybe the Yankees will turn this all around this post-season and make all this lamenting seem silly? Just don’t bet the house on it. Because, if that happens, then that will be truly shocking.
In his last 118 PA, Alex Rodriguez has a BA/OBA/SLG line of .243/.314/.350 (with 31 K’s).
And, worse, overall, on the season, to date, his Slugging Percentage is .426 (in 518 PA).
The Yankees have batted him 3rd or 4th most of this season, when A-Rod was not disabled.
Can they really afford to carry his no-power bat in that spot anymore?
Via the Post -
Injured Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was busted for DUI in Tampa, Fla., on a busy road early this morning after a cop spotted his speeding, “weaving” Nissan SUV driving without its headlights on, cops said.
The burly Pineda, 23, “had a fixed gaze and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy,” a Tampa police officer wrote after pulling the 23-year-old hurler over at 2:35 a.m. on North Dale Mabry Highway.
“I could smell a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and his speech was slurred,” the cop wrote about Pineda, who was an All-Star in his rookie season last year with the Seattle Mariners.
The Domnican Republic native’s blood-alcohol level was found to be .128 and .125 in two separate readings, according to police records. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, and released on a $500 bond from jail shortly before noon today.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman told The Post “no comment” when asked about Pineda’s arrest.
Poor Brian Cashman has such terrible luck with pitching acquisitions, doesn’t he?
Some more on the mess Brian Cashman has created, from the Post today -
Manhattan prosecutors have subpoenaed Yankee general manger Brian Cashman’s bank records—which sources say include evidence that he coughed up as much as $20,000 to accused extortionist and purported mistress Louise Meanwell as far back as April, The Post has learned.
Those alleged payments raise the question of whether Meanwell was shaking Cashman down for nearly 10 months — or whether the big bucks were legitimate gifts as part of an affair, as she claims.
Cashman made “several” cash deposits in the range of $4,000 each into the British-born woman’s bank accounts over the last 10 months, a source close to the case told The Post.
Meanwell herself claims she received between $18,000 and $20,000 in the same time frame.
The records sought include handwritten deposit slips Cashman used to personally funnel money into Meanwell’s account.
“His handwriting is on those deposit slips, so there’s no way he can claim he wasn’t giving her this money,” said the source.
Meanwell’s bank records have also been subpoenaed.
And, then there is this also from the Post on the woman Brian Cashman choose to bring into his life -
Former targets of alleged serial stalker Louise Meanwell, men who all lived in the Albany area, said she won’t move on from her obsession with Yankee general manager Brian Cashman anytime soon.
“She’s not done with Cashman. She’s never done,” Meanwell’s former live-in boyfriend, David Sano, told The Post.
“You learn that about Louise. She’s ruthless.’’
The ominous prediction came as Sano recounted a wild, two-year ride with Meanwell that began as a 2001 one-night stand and spiraled into a nightmare that included claims of a pregnancy and abortion, a leaked sex tape, shredded clothing, slashed tires — and a prison stint for Sano after he pulled a knife on her in exasperation.
“She is the most conniving person I have ever met,” Sano said.
Two others — a successful Albany businessman who says Meanwell stalked him “for months” in 1999 and Jason Walker, once an aide to former Gov. George Pataki — echoed Sano.
“She is relentless,’’ said the businessman, whose name is being withheld.
“She was really intimidating and ingrained herself into my life.”
Meanwell, he said, cozied up to his pals at an Albany country club, staked out his home, bombarded him with e-mails and filled his answering-machine tape with messages before he hired a lawyer to stop her.
He described Meanwell as “a multiple personality, where one minute she was a nice, relatively normal person who [could] turn vindictive and evil at any point in time.”
“She was very, very persistent,” said Walker, who was working for Pataki when he dated Meanwell for two months in 2002. He said he bailed out because he couldn’t deal with her constant calls and demands for attention.
How many days until Pitchers & Catchers report?
First, this via the AP -
YES Network television host Bob Lorenz has been charged with drunken driving in Connecticut where police say he was found passed out in his car in his hometown of Westport.
The 48-year-old Lorenz was arrested early Wednesday morning. Police say they found him slumped over the wheel of his car and when they woke him up he drove away slowly and nearly hit a utility pole. Officers say his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.
Lorenz hosts pregame and postgame shows for the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets. He was arraigned Wednesday at Norwalk Superior Court and his case was continued to Feb. 29.
There’s no phone listing for Lorenz and it’s not clear if he has a lawyer. A Yes Network spokesman declined to comment.
And, then there’s this from the Daily News -
The woman accused of stalking and blackmailing Yankees GM Brian Cashman has injected steroids into the sordid mix.
From Rikers Island, Louise Meanwell claimed Wednesday that Cashman told her he misled federal investigators over what the Bombers’ brass knew of steroid use by players.
Meanwell, who claims she had an affair with Cashman, told the Daily News that Cashman confided to her that he was grilled in June or July by “the feds.”
She said Cashman told her he made it seem like the Yankees had no knowledge of players’ steroid use when, in fact, they did.
Cashman’s spokesman Chris Giglio vehemently denied the accusations.
“These claims are complete and utter fiction, the latest installment of a carefully concocted campaign of harassment now spewing from a jail cell by a person who is being held on serious criminal felony charges of harassment and extortion,” Giglio said.
A friend of Meanwell’s told The News he sent an email to federal investigators advising them of her claims.
The friend said he sent the email to Ron Gardella, chief investigator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and FBI agent Brian Jacob.
The email, obtained by The News, went on to say that Meanwell had “specific details” on dates and times that Cashman was aware of steroid use by players.
Both the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office refused to confirm or deny that Meanwell had informed them of her claims.
Cashman was on prosecutors’ witness list for Roger Clemens’ trial on perjury charges last July before Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial on the first day of the proceedings in Washington. Walton has scheduled a new trial for April.
I’m sure the Mets don’t mind the Yankees making the headlines with all this “stuff” and taking the spot-light off them and all their problems…
The Yankees general manager’s relationship with the woman in these photos has been known or suspected among New York reporters for years, but has been just too darn shady, complicated, and expensive to pursue, especially at the risk of antagonizing the Yankees.
But now the pictures are out. When these photos were snapped by a private investigator, the woman in them was named Kimberley Brennan, and she was married to a man named Brian Brennan, who had hired the private investigator. The couple, who lived in Westchester, have since divorced, in no small part because of the photos.
How did the story get out, then? We first caught wind of it in 2009, when we were contacted by a source who claimed that word of the Cashman affair was about to break, pending finalization of a deal for a book about famous people and the private investigators who trailed them. We spoke with the private investigator, Tony De Lorenzo, and he confirmed the story was being circulated. But the book deal fell apart, the PI clammed up, and the Cashman affair story never reached the mainstream press, though we’re told a number of reporters around the Yankees knew of it. (When we contacted De Lorenzo two days ago, he had no comment, either.) A number of Brennan’s friends had apparently taken it upon themselves to shop Brian’s story to the New York Post and at least one other New York newspaper, a source tells us. They didn’t find any takers. In August, we received the photos from a friend of Deadspin contributor Pete Nash, free of charge.
Usually, I would not pay much attention to the personal lives of front office personnel – unless they do something unlawful. And, if Cashman wants to do the tube snake boogie with some chick and totally trash his marriage and make things uncomfortable for his children, that’s a call which he has a right to make, on his own, and deal with the consequences.
But, what bothers me with this whole thing – if it’s all true – is that Cashman was messing with a married woman. By doing that, he’s not just messing with his own family, but, he’s wrecking another family in the process. That’s just not cool.
There’s enough loose trim in the world that there’s no need to tap on someone else’s squeeze. That should be a given in the man code. And, if Cashman can’t respect that, then it speaks volumes as to what kind of dude he is…shifty.
A-Rod irritated the other players because he was so high-maintenance. He required his personal assistant to position his toothbrush on a certain part of the sink, specifically the edge near the right-hand cold water tap, leaning with bristles up over the basin. The first time he ordered me to do this, I couldn’t believe my ears when he said, “And put some toothpaste on it.”
Probably the strangest thing we had to do for A-Rod was lay his clothes out on the table so he could get dressed. You had to lay out these items in a predetermined order: socks at the head of the table, followed by undershorts, undershirt, shirt, pants, and then shoes. I had to carry his clothes from his locker to the trainer’s room, where he liked to get dressed away from the prying eyes of the media.
A-Rod was different in another, childish way that made players laugh behind his back. When you watch games at home you sometimes see players come into the dugout after they hit a home run. If you’ve ever wondered what they’re saying, it’s usually things like “Way to go!” or “Good job!” Not A-Rod. After he hits a home run, he comes into the dugout and brags about it. Usually he’s speaking Spanish to one of the other Latino players, and if he hit a home run he wouldn’t shut up. “Wow, did you see I hit a home run?” he’d say. “That pitcher threw me a ball right over the plate and I smashed it over the fence. Did you ever see anything like that before?”
Even during the rockiest and most difficult years of his being manager, Joe Torre was usually focused and kept his nose to the grindstone. There was only one thing that distracted him from work, however, and it wasn’t women — it was horses.
I found out about this quirk of his during a late-season game. Torre called me over in the dugout, and from the dark look on his face I thought it was something serious. He waited until I was close and then lowered his voice. “Go down to my office,” he said. “I want you to check the score on the Off-Track Betting channel and see who won.” I was stunned. It was during a game! I had never before been asked to leave my post.
“Make sure you find out the exact track and horse,” he added.
I ran down into the clubhouse and found the attendant, Joe Lee.
“Joe, Mr. T just asked me to find out something about which horses won,” I said. “What’s he talking about?”
Lee was chewing gum and looked unimpressed about the whole thing. “Yeah,” he said. “Don’t you know why he’s got that TV in his office? It’s usually just tuned to one channel.”
“What’s that, the YES Network?”
“No, the OTB station.”
Lee led me into Torre’s office and showed me how to decipher the race results. I jogged up to the dugout and gave them to Torre, who grabbed the paper and studied it like his life depended on it. When he had discovered the information he wanted, he turned to Don Zimmer and showed it to him. The older man’s eyes lit up, and before I left they were talking excitedly not about the next batter but the OTB results!
If that’s the worst stuff in the book, it’s pretty mild. However, it will be interesting to see if Bud has any comment on the Torre part.
Via ESPN.com -
Major League Baseball is taking “very seriously” the allegations that Alex Rodriguez took part in some illegal, underground poker games, one of which reportedly turned violent, and he could face suspension if his participation in the games is confirmed.
“We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” said an MLB executive who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on condition of anonymity. “Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.”
The allegations, first published by RadarOnline.com, are that the New York Yankees third baseman played in at least two of the games, one of which took place at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive at which “cocaine was openly used and a fight nearly broke out when one of the players refused to pay after losing “more than a half-million dollars.”
According to the story, details of which were reportedly provided by another player at the games, Rodriguez “tried to distance himself from the game,” once the violence broke out.
“He just shook his head, not knowing what the hell happened,” the whistle-blower revealed. “He didn’t want to deal with it at all. He was like, ‘OK, whatever. It’s your game.’ I would estimate A-Rod lost, like, a few thousand dollars that night. After everything that happened, he paid up and left.”
In 2005, Rodriguez had been warned about gambling in underground poker clubs by the Yankees and by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, both of whom were concerned that possible involvement with gamblers who might be betting on baseball games could result in a Pete Rose-type lifetime ban from baseball.
Various reports have the games under investigation taking place as far back as 2007.
Although baseball’s investigation centers upon Rodriguez’s card-playing and he is not thought to have gambled on the outcome of any baseball games, the fact that he may have disregarded Selig’s warning is said to have angered the commissioner.
MLB is also concerned that Rodriguez’s name will resurface in the ongoing federal investigation of Dr. Anthony Galea, the Toronto physician charged with smuggling human growth hormone and other illegal substances into the United States. Galea has treated numerous professional athletes, including Rodriguez and Tiger Woods.
“It’s like there’s something new with him every day and it’s impossible to keep up with it,” a baseball insider said.
On April 23, 2004, when Jose Contreras was getting pounded by the Red Sox, on the YES coverage, Paul O’Neill said something like “You can pitch great against all the other teams, but, if you play for the Yankees, sooner or later, you’re going to have to prove you can pitch against the Boston Red Sox, or you’ll be done.”
After today’s game, you can pretty much say the same thing about the 2011 Yankees. Sooner or later, they’re going to have to prove that they can beat the Boston Red Sox – and tomorrow would be a great time to start.
Yeah, I know it’s only June. But, I’m sorry. Another sweep by Boston this season, at home in the Bronx, will just be too much to take.
Via Mark Feinsand -
Major League Baseball is once again investigating Alex Rodriguez’s relationship with the cousin he admitted two years ago was his steroid mule.
According to a team source, Rodriguez’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, is again traveling with Rodriguez on some road trips, despite being banned by the Yankees from any team-related function or facility. That edict followed A-Rod’s 2009 claim that Sucart provided and injected him with performance-enhancing drugs. Sucart, wearing a Yankee hooded sweatshirt, was spotted at the team’s St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco Tuesday night after the middle game of the Bombers’ series with Oakland. The source also said Sucart has accompanied A-Rod on road trips this year and even last season.
Sucart was spotted chauffeuring A-Rod around in spring training in ’09, prompting the Yankees to ban Sucart from team flights, buses and in restricted areas at stadiums and spring training sites.
“We have been in contact with the Yankees about this matter,” Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive VP of labor relations, told the Daily News Wednesday. “We are looking into it.”
Major League Baseball instituted its own ban of personal trainers and non-team employees before the 2003 season – in part as a security measure in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and in part because clubhouses were rife with personal trainers and hangers-on. The ban does not extend to team hotels nor does it prevent people such as Sucart from purchasing a ticket to a game and watching as a spectator.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman would not comment on the matter when reached at his Stadium office Wednesday.
A-Rod needs a “go-fer.” I get that – especially in today’s paparazzi times. Heck, this is nothing new, actually. Even Dracula needed Reinfeld.
And, A-Rod wants to help his primo by giving him a job – especially after Alex threw him under the bus with the Selena Roberts thing. I get that too.
But, dude, buy your cousin a frozen banana stand on the boardwalk so that he can pay his bills. And, hire someone else to be your butler. This move, of using Yuri Sucart, is just plain stupid.
And, it’s, once again, A-Rod thinking that he’s so big that the rules don’t apply to him – even when the rules were written for him. Gosh, I will celebrate the day this hiney-clown is no longer a member of the New York Yankees.
Via Chad Jennings –
From the bad to the bizarre, Rafael Soriano is going to see Dr. Ahmad tomorrow. His elbow felt tight again this afternoon and he had to cut his bullpen session short. Girardi seemed legitimately concerned about his setup man, who said he felt better today than last week, and who said he felt “a lot different” from his injury plagued 2008 season.
Of all the things he said, though, tonight’s Soriano interview will be remembered for three things, all of them suggesting he skipped the media training session this spring.
At one point Soriano said he had been advised to take a week or two off, but when asked who gave him the advice, he said it was team vice president Felix Lopez, who Soriano had been talking to pregame. The Yankees later clarified that Lopez had been acting as a sort of intermediary for the training staff. Maybe that’s explainable, but two other comments suggest Soriano will need to apologize more than Jorge Posada.
Asked whether it bothers him to not be able to pitch, Soriano threw his lineup under the bus: “I don’t think the bullpen be the problem right now. I think it be the hitters. That thing happens sometimes. Whatever we have to do, make a good game and see what happens. One of these days, everything be better.”
Given a second chance to answer essentially the same question, Soriano was asked how much it’s bothered him to miss games against Boston and Tampa Bay: “Not at all, to me,” he said. “Because in the situation, how the team looks be the situation when I’m supposed to be in the game, the eighth. Everybody see, (the team is) losing two, three runs. I don’t think it be that situation that I would be in the bullpen, that I would be in the game.”
Thank you Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine.