• Plea Bargain Or Lifetime Ban For A-Rod?

    Posted by on July 28th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Via the Daily News

    Armed with voluminous evidence they believe would warrant lifetime banishment, Major League Baseball officials hope to know by Monday if Alex Rodriguez will agree to a deal that would effectively end the Yankee third baseman’s career but possibly preserve a big portion of the remaining $100 million on his contract.

    If Rodriguez and his representatives reject a deal, the embattled superstar’s suspension could be announced as early as late Monday or Tuesday. A source close to Rodriguez says the player is sticking to his story that he has done nothing wrong and is unwilling to cut a deal.

    “If there is a suspension,” the source said, “he will fight it.”

    According to a source familiar with the discussions between MLB officials and A-Rod’s representatives, if Rodriguez accepted a settlement that would call for him to be suspended for the rest of this year and the entire 2014 season without pay, he would still have a chance to collect the $60 million the Yankees would owe him from 2015 to 2017.

    The deal would allow MLB to impose the suspension immediately and avoid arbitration. If Rodriguez declines the deal, commissioner Bud Selig is expected to pursue what would be an historic suspension that would ban the 38-year-old Rodriguez from ever returning to the field.

    The Daily News reported earlier this month that A-Rod and his representatives have had internal discussions about cutting a deal with MLB. Rodriguez’s representatives have also talked to the Players Association about cutting a deal with MLB.

    According to sources, however, brokering a deal is complicated by an internal battle among A-Rod’s own legal team, which has been led by attorney David Cornwell, who the sources say has distanced himself from last week’s PR fiasco, first reported on SNY’s Daily News Live and then detailed by The News.

    If Rodriguez ultimately approves a deal for a suspension for the rest of this season and all of next, he would likely be forced to retire and would then be placed on baseball’s permanently unable to play list, at which point there would be negotiations among A-Rod, the Yankees and both sides’ insurance companies over a settlement that would pay him the balance of his contract.

    Is there any way this ends where A-Rod is not forced out of the game?

    Classy Dude, As Always

    Posted by on July 28th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Bobble Godzilla

    Topps To Include WAR On Cards

    Posted by on July 28th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Interesting news.

    I guess WAR is not going the way of Win Shares…

    A-Rod Out Until 2015?

    Posted by on July 28th, 2013 · Comments (10)

    Via the fella at the Post

    The strong indications are Major League Baseball will announce all the suspensions in the Biogenesis case this week, including one that could cover the rest of this year and all of next season for Alex Rodriguez, The Post has learned.

    It always has been MLB’s plan to announce the suspensions at one time for the 15-plus players believed to be facing sanctions in the performance-enhancing drug case. MLB went early with Ryan Braun’s suspension because of his willingness to accept the penalty without appeal.

    It is expected other players will do the same this week. To that end, Rodriguez’s representatives met with MLB officials in the past few days, The Post has learned. It is believed A-Rod’s camp was trying to gain a better understanding of potential penalties. However, a member of Rodriguez’s team told The Post yesterday it is “unequivocally untrue” that Rodriguez is seeking a settlement.

    It is believed MLB wants to make the suspensions formal this week before teams reach the point at which they have fewer than 50 games to play. The penalty for first-time offenders who fail a PED test is 50 games.

    MLB apparently is willing to give the same sanction to first-time offenders in this case, in which the evidence does not come from a failed urine or blood exam, but rather from an investigation. The thinking is MLB wants to provide the first-time offenders this carrot: Don’t appeal and you can serve the entire suspension this year and start with a clean slate for next season.

    Rodriguez does not fit into this category. It has become evident MLB is going to demand Rodriguez’s punishment far exceed Braun’s. That is because MLB believes the combination of being a user and obstructing the case demands a much stiffer penalty — especially because Rodriguez has admitted to previous drug use from 2001-03 and because MLB believes Rodriguez subsequently lied to its investigators in previous interviews about his usage.

    Bud Selig was at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown this week and was said still to be mulling what punishment to deliver Rodriguez. It is conceivable he could ask for permanent banishment, akin to Pete Rose. But the belief is no matter the level of evidence — and it has been portrayed that MLB has substantially more evidence on Rodriguez than it does on Braun — it would be hard to convince an arbitrator, if Rodriguez appeals, that Rodriguez’s first suspension should be for life.

    Keep in mind, though, that Selig could ask for life knowing the arbitrator could lower the punishment to a shorter duration — or even find that Rodriguez should not be punished at all.

    But as a way to levy a sanction that will not be reduced, there was growing belief around baseball that Selig would request the rest of this season and all of next year.

    That could be viewed as just about the death penalty for Rodriguez, at least for his playing career. He turned 38 yesterday. He has yet to play this year. The idea that he would not play this season or next season and come back able to play in 2015 after two hip surgeries seems farfetched.

    A-Rod’s pretty stupid not to try and reach a settlement.

    2013 Yanks Secret Weapon: Swapping Wet Newspapers For Bats

    Posted by on July 27th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Via Lohud

    This Yankees team has been shutout nine times, three more than all of last year and tied for their most in a season since 1992. This was their fourth two-hit game of the year. They haven’t homered in nine games, their longest such drought since 1984, and if they don’t hit a home run tomorrow, they’ll match their longest homerless streak since 1976.

    But, of course, none of this is anyone’s fault!

    Yanks Brass Losing Faith In Cashman?

    Posted by on July 27th, 2013 · Comments (64)

    Via Joel Sherman

    Alfonso became the second straight Soriano that Brian Cashman advised Yankees ownership not to acquire — and was overruled on nevertheless.

    Just as with the signing of free agent Rafael Soriano, the general manager believed Yankees assets could be spent better than on Alfonso Soriano, two executives not affiliated with the Yankees told The Post.

    Cashman would not directly confirm what he advised Hal Steinbrenner, but told The Post: “I would say we are in a desperate time. Ownership wants to go for it. I didn’t want to give up a young arm [Corey Black]. But I understand the desperate need we have for offense. And Soriano will help us. The bottom line is this guy makes us better. Did ownership want him? Absolutely, yes. Does he make us better? Absolutely, yes. This is what Hal wants, and this is why we are doing it.”

    In a press briefing yesterday to announce Soriano’s acquisition, Cashman never directly spoke of his vote against the trade. But when it came to future possible deals to help this year’s club, he said a few times he does not like to give up prospects and he “might need ownership’s help” to convince him to finalize such a trade.

    Cashman became GM in 1998, but took on greater authority in 2005 when an ailing George Steinbrenner agreed to draw a more structured flow chart of how baseball decisions would be made. Still, since then, there have been times when Cashman has been overruled.

    If Cashman had a spine and any belief that he could GM another club without the benefit of the Steinbrenner Family Checkbook, wouldn’t he quit at this point?

    Did Cashman Just Call A-Rod A Low Character Who Doesn’t Get Along With Teammates?

    Posted by on July 27th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    You tell me. Via SI today –

    Brian Cashman’s expression said it all.

    Every time Alex Rodriguez’s name was mentioned Friday, the New York Yankees general manager appeared as if he might get sick.

    The subject was the third baseman’s claim that his left quadriceps really isn’t injured, but it could have been any one several topics: Rodriguez’s alleged performance-enhancing drug use, his pesky Twitter and radio appearances or his knack for creating tabloid headlines.

    Cashman challenged A-Rod to have his leg examined by an outside doctor, defending the team’s medical and training staff and saying he wouldn’t comment on “extra noise.”

    The third baseman detailed his frustration during a radio interview Thursday, just hours after team management said he wouldn’t be ready to resume minor league rehab games until Aug. 1. Rodriguez wouldn’t answer when asked whether he trusted the Yankees.

    “The MRI is the MRI. It’s fact. You can’t change the results on an MRI,” Cashman said before Friday’s homestand opener against Tampa Bay. “So, we’re very comfortable with it, and if anybody wants to utilize the process in place with the union, go right ahead. It’s not something we’re afraid of.”

    Cashman’s careful answers sounded more like those of a White House press secretary rather than responses of a big league GM.

    “I’m not going to comment really on the Alex stuff. Feel free to just reach out to Alex and ask him, because that’s something that’s hard to keep up with,” Cashman said. “I just provide you the facts, and that’s what I’ll continue to do. We’re running a baseball team, and I will provide you with the most accurate information that I can provide on a daily basis about anybody and everybody who’s either healthy on that field or hurt and what the current state of their medical condition is and their rehab.”

    Cashman praised outfielder Alfonso Soriano, acquired Friday from the Chicago Cubs from a minor leaguer. His accolades for Soriano’s attributes could be interpreted by some as criticism of what Rodriguez is not.

    “Over the years, we used to be attracted to all types of players and all types of personalities. If they could play, that’s all the mattered,” Cashman said. “I do think with the evolution social media and the explosion of the Internet and ESPN, everything, that having high-character guys that work hard and get along with everybody and obviously you have talent to boot, clearly is important.”

    What, A-Rod is self-absorbed and stand-off-ish? That’s news?

    At the least, it’s nice to see the Yankees come out and admit what some of us have been seeing, and commenting on, for years.

    Not So Tweet Yankees Stats

    Posted by on July 27th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    It can’t all be the injuries, right?

    2013 Yankees Glass Question

    Posted by on July 26th, 2013 · Comments (10)

    Is the glass half full, or, half empty?

    Seriously, you could say that the Yankees are still, all things considered, one of the 15th best teams in baseball this year.

    However, you could also say the Yankees are one of the 15th worst teams in baseball this year.

    Then again, maybe the glass is full because it has air and water…and the Yankees are both good and bad this year?

    In any event, after 103 games, the 2013 Yankees aren’t as bad as the 1990 Yankees were at the same point in the season. But, it’s very close to 1979. In fact, this team looks and feels a lot like the 1979 Yankees – who won 89 games…but were never close to being a contender. (New York won it’s last 8 games of that 1979 season, when the season was already toast, and those garbage wins inflated their total to 89 wins.)

    The True Yankees Race In 2013

    Posted by on July 26th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    At this point, as Yankees fans, the goal should just be to hold off Toronto and not finish in last place.

    Is This A Pick-Off Move Under My Hat?

    Posted by on July 26th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    The A-Rod Circus Continues On The Air With Mike Francesa

    Posted by on July 25th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Remember the good ol’ days, when Michael Kay was A-Rod’s media mouthpiece?

    Via Bob’s Blitz

    Immediately after Meredith Marakovits reported today that Brian Cashman had said on a conference call earlier that Dr. Dan Murphy confirmed Alex Rodriguez’ quad is improving and that A-Rod “was in agreement” moving forward with an August 1 goal for a simulated game…Arod confirmed Michael Kay’s suspicions of blind support and opinion buying as he appeared tonight, again, with his good buddy Mike Francesa.

    Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    Asked if he trusted the Yankees and their process, Rodriguez said: “Um…..I’d rather not get into that. I’m just frustrated that I’m not on the field tomorrow. I’ll leave it at that. He added, “My frustration is obvious, but I’m going to put my head down here and get back to New York as soon as I can.”

    Asked why his lawyer was with him, Arod answered, “I just wanted to make sure that everything was documented properly.”

    Doesn’t sound like it.

    “I told Cashman and Randy (Levine) that I’m ready to play, that I want to play tomorrow,” A-Rod said. “I made it very clear … Obviously I’m very, very disappointed because I thought tomorrow night would be the perfect night to come back and get in the lineup.”

    The Yankees front office these days tends to hold a grudge. At what point to they go after Francesa for continuing to give A-Rod a platform for this stuff?

    A-Rod Issues A Statement, Still Wants To Play Tomorrow

    Posted by on July 25th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Via Jesse Spector

    Because sending a doctor on a media tour to convince the world of his health on Wednesday did not do the trick, Alex Rodriguez spoke for himself on Thursday, issuing a statement that he is just fine, thank you, and ready to play baseball, which would be a novelty for him in a season filled with bad health news, worse speculation about his future in the game and constant sniping between the three-time MVP and the team he plays for, the New York Yankees.

    “I think the Yankees and I crossed signals,” Rodriguez said in his statement. “I don’t want any more mixups. I’m excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship. I feel great and I’m ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors, let’s play.”

    Oh, this is getting better and better…

    Meanwhile:

    Update:

    Alex Rodriguez’s wish will not be granted. He will not play for the Yankees on Friday night, after undergoing a re-evaluation of his strained left quadriceps by team doctor Dan Murphy on Thursday in Tampa, Fla.

    The team recommended Rodriguez continue rest and rehabilitation with the hope Rodriguez would play in a simulated game or a rehab game on Aug. 1. Cashman said he and team president Randy Levine broke the news to Rodriguez on a conference call at 2:30 p.m. with Rodriguez and his attorney, Jordan Siev.

    “We agreed that a protocol would be followed that is necessary when you return somebody from a quad injury,” Cashman said in a brief conference call with reporters. “That protocol will include further treatment, which he’ll continue tomorrow, with some light conditioning. And then expand to more functional work from the 27th through the 31st, with our hope, as well as Alex’s hope, without any setbacks or new complaints that would put him in a situation to have either a simulated game or a rehab game on Aug. 1.”

    Ralph Kiner

    Posted by on July 25th, 2013 · Comments (13)

    So, I have the Mets-Braves game on now (on SNY) – just killing time waiting for the YES coverage of the Yankees-Rangers game to start. (YES has the Bernie Williams Yankeeography on now.)

    And, SNY has Ralph Kiner in the booth.

    I’m sorry, and I know this is probably not PC, but, is this really necessary?

    Kiner is 90-years old and sounds like he’s 120-years old. You can barely understand what he is saying.

    Do Mets fans actually like this, when SNY has him in the booth?

    Yankees Line-Up – 7/25/13

    Posted by on July 25th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Ichiro Suzuki RF
    Brent Lillibridge 3B
    Robinson Cano DH
    Vernon Wells LF
    Eduardo Nunez SS
    David Adams 2B
    Lyle Overbay 1B
    Melky Mesa CF
    Austin Romine C

    Wow.

    What The Devil?

    Posted by on July 25th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    The new El Paso franchise joining the Triple-A Pacific Coast League next season is down to five possibilities for their new name:

    • Aardvarks
    • Buckaroos
    • Chihuahuas
    • Desert Gators
    • Sun Dogs

    I don’t get it?

    Actually, I do get it – as it’s all about branding, marketing, sales, and revenue.

    It’s just a shame that affiliated baseball allowed the Diablos name to slide to an Indy League. From 1974 to 2004, minor league baseball had some great history with that “El Paso Diablos” franchise.

    Yankees Offense May 25th Through July 24th 2013

    Posted by on July 25th, 2013 · Comments (21)

    In their last 54 games, the Yankees have a collective team BA/OBA/SLG line of .235/.300/.331 (over 1,993 PA). Over this span, they have averaged 3.5 runs per game. A Triple-A team could do better than that, right?

    Seriously, a two-thirty-five batting average? A slugging percentage of three-thirty-one?

    Teammates Don’t Want A-Rod Back

    Posted by on July 25th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    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?

    Think The Yankees Are Pissed?

    Posted by on July 24th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    From Brian Cashman’s press release today –

    I heard via a text message this afternoon from Alex Rodriguez that he had retained a doctor to review his medical situation. In media reports, we have since learned that the doctor in question has acknowledged that he did not examine Mr. Rodriguez and that he was not retained to do a comprehensive medical examination of Mr. Rodriguez. Contrary to the Basic Agreement, Mr. Rodriguez did not notify us at any time that he was seeking a second opinion from any doctor with regard to his quad strain.

    Mr. Rodriguez“?

    Contrary to the Basic Agreement, Mr. Rodriguez did not notify us at any time that he was seeking a second opinion from any doctor with regard to his quad strain.”

    That doesn’t sound warm and fuzzy, does it?

    You Can Say That Again

    Posted by on July 24th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    I’m collecting a list of outstanding baseball-related training/preparation/approach/philosophy slogans/expressions/sayings/credos. Things such as:

    • Repetition is the mother of skill.
    • Attitude is a decision.
    • You can’t practice one way and expect to do it differently in a game.
    • What happens on the field is often out of your control. But, you can always control how you react to it.

    Anyone else have some good ones to share?

    Francesa: A-Rod Has Informed Yankees He Is Ready To Play This Friday

    Posted by on July 24th, 2013 · Comments (33)

    Per WFAN, A-Rod got a second opinion on his quad injury and was told that he could play this Friday.

    It’s like that old joke: I went to a baseball season and a chess game broke out.

    Who Is The Most Disgraced Player In Yankees History?

    Posted by on July 24th, 2013 · Comments (7)

    There’s a few names that come to mind. From the small time crooks like Ruben Rivera to the DUI killers like Jim Leyritz. And, maybe they come to mind quickly because they are more recent?

    After all, many say that Hal Chase was the most notoriously corrupt player in baseball history. And, he was a Yankees player.

    Who do you think is the most disgraced player in Yankees history?

    A-Rod, PED Enemy No. 1?

    Posted by on July 24th, 2013 · Comments (24)

    Strong words from Bill Madden today –

    Whether he realizes it or not, A-Rod is the Whitey Bulger of baseball, the most wanted criminal in the game’s history, more condemned by MLB authorities than Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Black Sox Eight in 1920, Pete Rose in 1989 or Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds in 2008.

    Why do I say this?

    Because in this, baseball’s requiem for the steroids plague that has tarnished the game’s integrity and made a mockery of the home run records, A-Rod has not only been one of the biggest cheats of all, but he is also believed to have sought to impede MLB’s investigation by helping to secure lawyers for some of the witnesses in the case.

    Among those witnesses is his infamous “Cousin Yuri” Sucart, whose name shows up on all of the same records seized from Bosch’s Biogenesis operation as Rodriguez’s does.

    That’s Cousin Yuri, as in the person A-Rod identified in 2009 as having provided him with performance-enhancing drugs when he was with the Rangers. Sources told the Daily News that it is believed Cousin Yuri introduced many of the players named in the documents to Bosch.

    If baseball indeed has hard evidence of all of this, in addition to proof A-Rod has been a serial violator of baseball’s joint drug agreement in terms of procuring and taking performance-enhancing drugs himself — all at a time when Bud Selig and the Players Association have been diligently working together to clean up the game once and for all — then you can see why he comes off as the worst kind of offender in baseball’s eyes.

    You can see why Selig wants to come down as hard he does on someone who blatantly flaunted the toughest drug testing program in professional sports; on someone who, in effect, represented baseball when he joined up with the Taylor Hooton Foundation to counsel youngsters about the evils of steroids; on someone who has lied repeatedly, both publicly and to baseball authorities, about his involvement with PEDs.

    A-Rod is said to be resting that sore quad that prevented him from joining the Yankees in Texas this week, all the while painting himself as the victim in all of this to anyone who will listen. He wants everyone to believe that it is the Yankees who are going out of their way to keep him off the field, even though he was the one who brought up the quad issue last week.

    But as the walls of baseball justice are closing in on him, he has to know there is nowhere to turn now, no one other than his lawyers and handlers to still stand by him. Among the rank-and-file major league players, other than maybe Robinson Cano, with whom he shares a mutual association with Jay-Z, he has zero supporters. For it is the players themselves who have forced this issue; told their leadership, executive director Michael Weiner and his lieutenants, they want a clean game and those who continue to try to beat the system punished and, when merited, punished severely.

    There is every indication baseball has A-Rod on multiple years of drug involvement, and that, along with his involvement with admitted human growth hormone proponent Anthony Galea, would seem to be more than enough to warrant the “strike three” lifetime suspension under the terms of the joint drug agreement.

    In any case, you can be sure Selig wants to rid baseball of him forever, just the way Kenesaw Mountain Landis ridded baseball of Shoeless Joe and the others forever, and Bart Giamatti did the same with Rose.

    I’ve been saying it for a while now, but, it really does seem like A-Rod is the next Pete Rose. Baseball doesn’t like people who think the rules apply to someone else. And, like Rose, A-Rod was warned and yet he kept doing what he wanted, rubbing it in the face of baseball behind closed doors.

    I fully expect this to go down like Rose now. Baseball will threaten with a lifetime ban. A-Rod will plea bargain. They’ll strike a deal and then either A-Rod will screw up or baseball will double-cross him and then he ends up out of the game for good and he never gets into Cooperstown.

    But, I doubt any of that matters to A-Rod now. All he wants is that $86 million he is due after this season on his Yankees contract. After all, he’s only been paid $331 million to date from his baseball playing contracts. Clearly, he wants to walk away from the game, albeit in shame, as the game’s only $400 million man.

    Four hundred million dollars.

    Yeah, A-Rod will be crying all the way to the bank after this is all said and done.

    Nathan’s Famous

    Posted by on July 24th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    The Yankees own Joe Nathan.

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    Joe Mock Review Of Yankee Stadium

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Ouch.

    The 60-Year Old Rookie

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2013 · Comments (2)

    My hero.

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    Pedroia & Cano

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2013 · Comments (10)

    The Red Sox have reportedly signed 29-year old Dustin Pedroia to a seven-year $100 million contract extension. So, does that set the bar for 30-year old Robinson Cano?

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    1 Chase Utley 55.2 2005 2013 26-34 1125 4991 774 1245 268 37 197 697 501 743 .290 .379 .507
    2 Robinson Cano 42.4 2005 2013 22-30 1313 5538 771 1571 353 28 198 784 335 661 .308 .354 .505
    3 Dustin Pedroia 36.1 2006 2013 22-29 956 4273 618 1146 270 12 96 466 400 379 .303 .371 .457
    4 Ian Kinsler 33.0 2006 2013 24-31 1002 4502 704 1074 235 21 152 505 441 537 .273 .351 .459
    5 Mark Ellis 26.3 2005 2013 28-36 1054 4295 518 1030 196 15 88 431 320 581 .267 .330 .394
    6 Placido Polanco 26.2 2005 2013 29-37 1097 4744 596 1298 211 15 54 442 268 310 .299 .345 .391
    7 Brandon Phillips 24.6 2005 2013 24-32 1150 4939 659 1257 226 27 154 642 294 673 .278 .328 .442
    8 Aaron Hill 23.7 2005 2013 23-31 1098 4592 571 1137 254 17 128 525 315 600 .272 .327 .432
    9 Brian Roberts 22.9 2005 2013 27-35 887 3997 553 1006 253 25 74 372 416 548 .286 .360 .436
    10 Howie Kendrick 22.0 2006 2013 22-29 897 3627 436 994 211 25 69 413 160 631 .293 .331 .431
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    The A-Rod Survey

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Please consider taking the following poll:

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    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section.

    The Jason Giambi Effect

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2013 · Comments (14)

    From 1999 to 2002, Jason Giambi may have been the poster child for jacked up baseball players. In 619 games during those four years, he had a collective OPS+ of 177 (covering 2,719 PA).

    In December of 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Jason Giambi told a grand jury investigating BALCO Labs, back in December of 2003, that he used steroids and human growth hormone. Giambi then later held a news conference before the 2005 season to apologize…sorta/kinda, saying telling the media that he “can’t get into specifics.”

    Today, Giambi is a 42-year old bench player for the Cleveland Indians. This is a role that he previously held for the Colorado Rockies from 2009 to 2012.

    Further, at this stage in his career, Giambi is often saluted as a team leader, someone who respects the game, a role model on how to conduct yourself on the field, and a future managerial candidate.

    This transformation is the equivalent of one of the most powerful leaders of a free world country pulling a cigar out of the vajayjay of a rubenesque co-ed, while he is married and in office, and later becoming a beloved elder-statesmen in said country.

    Hey, it happens.

    Just something to consider as guys are getting busted in this Biogenesis PED scandal.

    The Return Of Alfonso Soriano

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2013 · Comments (32)

    Via George King

    In dire need of a bat with thump and an indication the Yankees may believe that Alex Rodriguez isn’t going to play this season, the toothless Bombers are close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs, The Post has learned.

    According to a person familiar with the talks, the Cubs will pay the bulk of what is left on Soriano’s contract. He makes $18 million this year and the same for next season.

    Like they did in the Vernon Wells deal, whatever the Yankees pay will be laid out for the little more than the $6 million remaining Soriano’s contract this season. That way the Yankees aren’t on the hook for money next year when they want to get the payroll to $189 million. Soriano has a no-trade clause, but he would not block a deal to put him back in Pinstripes.

    In return the Cubs will get a mid-level prospect.

    Asked last night about the deal, GM Brian Cashman said, “I wouldn’t comment on that.’’

    The 37-year-old Soriano’s best years — some of which were spent with the Yankees from 1999 to 2003 — are behind him. Yet have you watched the Yankees hit lately?

    Soriano is a right-handed batting Granderson. Some pop. Low on-base and strikes out too much. Oh, and, he’s old.

    Brian Cashman has a new theme song. Maybe Soriano can sample it as intro music for his ABs as a Yankee? Desperate But Not Serious…

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