Tag:Alex Rodriguez
Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:24 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 10:35 pm
 

A-Rod out again

Alex Rodriguez had one at-bat as designated hitter Friday night before being pulled from the game.

The Yankees third baseman, who hadn't played since coming out of Monday's game with a calf strain, grounded out against Seattle's Felix Hernandez in the second inning, and didn't show any obvious discomfort after being thrown out. But the next time his spot came up, Austin Kearns batted.

The Yankees didn't immediately announce why Rodriguez came out, but "aggravated calf strain" is probably a solid guess.

UPDATE: Rodriguez told reporters he felt the calf tighten on his swing, and expects to miss a few more games. He's "not sure" if going on the disabled list is an option. It's too bad he had the one at-bat, or the Yankees could have put him on the DL and made it retroactive to Monday.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 4:31 pm
 

A-Rod injured by line drive during BP


According to Twitter posts from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was just hit by a line drive while fielding grounders during batting practice, and limped off with an apparent injury to his left shin.

Rodriguez was attended by Yankees head trainer Gene Monahan and two paramedics but left under his own power, limping. He was down for about five minutes.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Rodriguez has been scratched from the lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox with a "contusion on his lower left leg." Ramiro Pena took his spot at third base.

UPDATE: The Yankees announced that X-rays on Rodriguez revealed no fractures.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 6, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 11:18 am
 

Jeter: the free agent who isn't free

Derek Jeter
A first-ballot Hall of Fame shortstop will enter free agency this winter, and it's unlikely more than one team will call his agent. Nobody else will even bother.

Derek Jeter is a Yankee, and the team is about as likely to ditch the pinstripes as it is to let Jeter go this winter.

"It's hard for me to imagine him in any other uniform," an American League general manager told the New York Daily News. "You think of guys like Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, Kirby Puckett -- those guys are a dying breed, but he's one of those guys. I'd be surprised if any team even makes a run at him, and it has nothing to do with his talent."

The question is, how much will the Yankees pony up for Captain Clutch?

Jeter is inevitably compared with Alex Rodriguez. They are the Yankees' yin and yang, the squeaky-clean captain and the guy fans love to hate (the Daily News headline after A-Rod hit his 600th homer: "Congratulations on your tainted milestone"). Rodriguez is under contract for $187 million (plus massive incentives) for the next seven years.

If they really wanted to spark some intrigue, they'd pay him exactly the same as Rodriguez -- but nobody expects a 36-year-old shortstop to draw $31 million, which is A-Rod's base salary for 2011. Jeter is making $21 million this season, and even though he's unlikely to match the production of his previous contract, he's probably not going to take a pay cut. The same factors that make it unthinkable that Jeter would consider leaving make it incumbent on the Yankees to pony up.

"He's always going to be worth far more to the Yankees than he will be anywhere else," the GM said. "You can't quantify what he's worth with a normal equation. Forget what he does on the field -- and he's still an excellent player -- but the business reasons alone are so compelling, it makes too much sense on both sides."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:30 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Toronto catcher Buck hurt

The Blue Jays are waiting to hear about the severity of a hand injury to All-Star catcher John Buck.

Buck was struck by a foul tip off the bat of Alex Rodriguez (who is apparently trying to ruin everyone's day today) in the fifth inning. He grasped his right hand in obvious pain and was attended by trainers before coming out of the game and being replaced by backup Jose Molina.

Hopefully it's nothing serious for Buck, who's having a really solid season (.277/.311/.502, 14 homers, 49 RBI). The good news, if you could call it that, is that if Buck does have to miss time it will likely give Jays fans their first look at top prospect J.P. Arencibia, who is lighting up Triple-A (.303/.360/.639, 31 homers, 79 RBIs) and knocking loudly on the big-league door.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: According to MLB.com (via Twitter ), Buck suffered a laceration of the thumb, X-rays were negative and he's listed as day-to-day.

UPDATE: Buck had three stitches in the thumb and has been placed on the disabled list. The Jays did not immediately say who would replace him on the roster, but Arencibia is a good bet.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 2:16 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 2:27 pm
 

A-Rod home run ball won't make anyone rich

Alex Rodriguez
How big a villain is Alex Rodriguez? He just snatched a small fortune out of the hands of some innocent bleacher bum.

By selfishly hitting his 600th homer into the netting over Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium, the scandalous slugger made sure he, not a fan, would get the specially marked ball. He can't even make history without creating pad PR.

Seatgeek.com recently estimated after discussing the matter with an auction house that the ball would be worth between $100,000 and $150,000 at auction. So if A-Rod had hit the ball into a section of seats he might have sent someone's kids to college. What a bum.

(Note to people with no sense of humor: It's a joke.)

Actually, the best idea I heard for what a fan should do with the No. 600 ball came from a radio show caller: Arrange to trade the ball to A-Rod, have officials bring you down to the tunnel to meet him, and say, "Can you get me an autographed Jeter jersey?"

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Here is a photo of the actual No. 600 ball, provided by Major League Baseball's official authenticator. It looks like ... a baseball.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:39 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:13 pm
 

Pierre homers for the first time since 2008


Juan Pierre The race is now on -- who will hit a homer next, Alex Rodriguez or Juan Pierre?

In the fifth inning of the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader in Detroit, the White Sox's Juan Pierre hit his 14th career home run. It was his first in 809 at-bats.

In that time, Alex Rodriguez has hit 47 home runs, but none since hitting No. 599 on July 22. Rodriguez hit his 552nd home run the night before Pierre's last home run, a solo shot of Pittsburgh's Marino Salas.

Pierre has twice hit three homers in a season, in 2004 and 2006.

Rodriguez has now gone 43 at-bats without a homer, the longest wait between 599 and 600 of any of the six previous players to reach the mark.

Rodriguez has averaged approximately a homer for every 14.5 at-bats, while Pierre has a homer in roughly every 424 at-bats, so the safe money's on Rodriguez -- but Pierre's the one swinging the hot bat.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Rodriguez gets day off from 600 chase

Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez is getting a day off and so are we.

On his quest for his 600th home run, Yankee manager Joe Girardi is sitting his third baseman in today's game in Tampa. Ramiro Pena is starting at third base for the Yankees, batting ninth against James Shields.

Since hitting his 599th career home run on July 22, Rodriguez has gone 8 for 36 (.222) in the next nine games, with two doubles and seven RBI. Rodriguez's wait is already the longest for any of the 600 club members after hitting career homer No. 599. Willie Mays went 21 at-bats between 599 and 600.

"The way I'm swinging now, it's probably going to take a while -- everybody get comfortable," Rodriguez told reporters, including MLB.com's Spencer Fordin following Saturday's game. "I'm just glad to be out there helping the team somehow. I scored a run. People are asking me about home runs. I'm asking for a hit-by-pitch, infield hit, bunt single, error. I'll get on base anyhow. The home run will come."

For those of us watching games and getting the live cut-ins on ESPN or MLB Network, we sure hope so. Unless this is some kind of Sisyphean punishment for Rodriguez and baseball's tacit approval of the steroid era. If so, it's a pretty good joke.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:37 am
Edited on: July 31, 2010 11:54 am
 

Rodriguez on verge of No. 600, does anyone care?

Alex Rodriguez It's been 38 trips to the plate, and still no No. 600 from Alex Rodriguez.

If and when Rodriguez finally connects, the much-ballyhooed blast will place him in elite company along with Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Sammy Sosa.

And yet no one particularly minds that A-Rod is stuck at 599 home-runs.

More articles about why no one is excited for A-Rod's feat have been published than articles expressing excitement. In the baseball journalism world, writers have been actively hoping that No. 600 doesn't come on their watch so they don't have to write about it.

Simply put, no one really cares about A-Rod's advent into rarefied air, and it's perhaps the greatest indictment of the game to date.

As much as everyone wants to move on from the steroid era, its indelible fingerprints continue to be left all over the game, with A-Rod's eventual "historical" home run the latest evidence, having been swatted by an admitted steroids user.

Hank Aaron's 755 home runs are held to a far different standard because of how much more difficult it was to hit home runs in the yesteryears -- and not just because syringes weren't a staple of every locker in his day. Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe crunched some numbers that are illuminating. From 1920 to 1994, home runs were hit once every 48.5 at-bats. Change 1920 to 1970 and the number dips slightly to 43. Since 1994, the number is at a staggering 1-in-32. Yes, the advent of small ballparks (thank you, Camden Yards) and other factors played a role in home runs. But not entirely, or even the majority.

Yes, the fact A-Rod juiced is a part of why there is general apathy toward the milestone. There was much more joy and attention given to Ken Griffey Jr.'s 600th home run back in June 2008.

The simple fact here is that any steroid user cannot be compared backwards in history to other eras or players. It's the biggest black mark against historical comparisons. It was OK to get past the mound being raised, the advent of small parks, expansion... all of these things impact eras and statistics, but there were still easy points of comparison. (Bob Gibson himself couldn't replicate his 1968's 1.12 ERA today even at the top of his game.)

Not so with steroids. Players in the steroid era can only be judged within that era, much like players prior to the modern era can only be judged within that era. As time goes on, the hurt of being misled by these players will fade, and the steroid era can become as objectively judged as the pre-Babe Ruth era. But it will still require its own set of requirements, with only those without any link to steroids gaining a true place in history (Griffey).

And that's what's so sad about this No. 600 home run by A-Rod. It will never have a true place in history -- and baseball is the one sport where the past is just as important as the present.

-- Evan Brunell

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