Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees | Tags: Adrian Beltre, Alex Rodriguez, Coors, Crede, Eric Chavez, Garrett Atkins, Luis Castillo, Mark Ellis, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Lowell, robinson cano, Tadahito Iguchi, Troy Glaus, Wilson Betemit, Yankees
I’m going to start off right now with a little bit of honesty: I despise A-Rod. When he was on the Yankees, I had to root for
him, because it’s hard not to root for such a great player. Things were looking up, too. There was a time when I honestly thought that I was starting to like A-Rod (right). He was talking about how he was going to stay on the Yankees, and NYC was his home. He hit his 500th homer, and had such a great season, and kept on talking about how he was definitely staying. When the Yankees clinched the playoffs, he said that it felt like he had never been on any other team!
Now the truth comes out. Pay-Rod is, always was, always will be a selfish, money-grubbing player. I hope that he goes into the Hall of Fame not with a team logo on his hat, but with a dollar sign. He disrespected the game of baseball by making a selfish announcement that he was leaving the Yankees during the potential clincher of the World Series. Maybe this is my strange old-school way of thinking, but that disrespects the game.
A-Rod also disrespected the Yankees and his teammates. Robinson Cano mentioned in an interview that A-Rod didn’t even call him to let him know that he was leaving, despite all the talk about how A-Rod was trying to mentor Cano, etc, etc.
That brings me to the Yankees. How can they possibly replace the best player in baseball? Continue reading
Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees | Tags: Alex Rodriguez, red sox, Yankees
Sunday, October 28th, 2007: Alex Rodriguez, the best player in baseball history, opts out of his contract and cripples the Yankees just hours before the Red Sox won their second World Series in the past three years and Sox Nation became the most insufferable fanbase on the planet.
Any more contenders?
Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, Baseball Strategy, Joe Torre, New York Yankees | Tags: A-Rod, Brian Cashman, Chien-Ming Wang, Dave Eiland, don mattingly, Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Joe Girardi, Larry Bowa, Leo Mazzone, Mariners, Marlins, Phil Hughes, Rockies, Ron Guidry, Scott Boras, Tony Peña, Wilson Betemit, World Series, Yankees
The Yankees apparently have reached a decision on a new manager, which they are prepared to announce Sunday or Monday, and there were increasing signs Saturday night pointing to Joe Girardi.
As has been stated by Yankee ownership, GM Brian Cashman is the one who will make the recommendation to ownership based on his interviews with all three candidates – Girardi, Don Mattingly and Tony Peña – along with advice from all his baseball people.
The recommendation then would need to be given final approval by the Steinbrenner family.
While nobody in the Yankee high command was prepared to speculate on Cashman’s favorite, sources familiar with the GM’s thinking pointed out that Girardi had all the characteristics – an analytical approach, organizational skills that come from having already managed (the Florida Marlins) and a proven ability to handle a pitching staff – Cashman is thought to be looking for.
Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, MLB, New York Yankees, Sportswriting | Tags: crappy sportswriting, derek jeter, hideki matsui
Just your anti-A-Rod-statement-not-backed-up-by-a-single-fact of the day…
It also may explain why Manny remains nice and relaxed in the postseason unlike, say Alex Rodriguez, who has trouble swinging the bat while also balancing the weight of the world on his shoulders.
It’s been said time and time again, but they just don’t get it:
2007 ALDS Individual Statistics
Alex Rodriguez: 4-15 (.267 AVG), .353 OBP, 1 HR
Derek Jeter: 3-17 (.176), .176 OBP
Hideki Matsui: 2-11 (.182), though he did have a .438 OBP with 5 BB
Really, I’m just sick of the same sort of comments being said time and time again, what don’t they realize about this? I’ve often wondered how these people get these jobs, so many of these writers just write the same stupid arguments every time. They just don’t listen…
Hey, that just means we’ve got more articles to ridicule. Good for site traffic.
Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, Arizona Diamondbacks, Awards, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners | Tags: A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Bob Melvin, Coors Field, Dustin Pedroia, Eric Wedge, Jake Peavy, Jim Leyland, Josh Beckett, Matt Holliday, Mike Hargrove, Mike Sciosia, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki
That time of year has come – the playoffs, so it makes perfect sense to try to predict who wins the various awards of baseball. Keep in mind that I am not saying who I think should win, rather I am saying who I think will win. Also, keep in mind that the awards given in the offseason are voted upon before the postseason begins.
Alex Rodriguez. Come on. I don’t have to explain this one, do I?
Matt Holliday probably clinched it by getting that huge hit on the one-game playoff versus the Padres.
AL Cy Young
Josh Beckett had the most wins. Surprise?
NL Cy Young
Jake Peavy. We’re all smart people here.
AL Rookie of the Year
Dustin Pedroia may not deserve it, but he gets the Boston spotlight and the flashy numbers.
NL Rookie of the Year
Ryan Braun. Sorry, Troy. But he edged you out. To be honest, Troy wouldn’t deserve it anyways because he was only an average hitter when you factor in the Coors Effect. But the difference in defense still doesn’t quite make up for it. Smart stats aside, it’s hard for the sportswriters to ignore 30 homers.
AL Manager of the Year
Jim Leyland? Mike Hargrove? I’m kind of out of options here. There was nobody who stood out at all. I guess Eric Wedge makes the most sense, or maybe Mike Sciosia.
NL Manager of the Year
Bob Melvin virtually willed the D-Backs into the playoffs, and though I thought that Ned Yost was the frontrunner, the Brewers missing of the playoffs means that Melvin will likely take the metal home.
Yesterday: All around baseball goodness. Phillip Hughes turns in a strong start while the Yankees break out with an eight run seventh inning featuring two A-Rod homers. Result: 10-2 Yankees, as we take two out of three from the Mariners and cushion the wild card lead to three games. Intersting note: the Mariners used seven – count ’em, 7 – pitchers in that game, six of them in the seventh. Granted, Rick White was thrown out of the game, so really only 6 voluntarily, but still – one thing I’ve noticed is John McLaren (The M’s new manager, pictured) seems to have a short patience for relief pitchers. Throughout this series McLaren has substituted pitchers very frequently. Last night he used six pitchers too, and even the night before that when they held the Yanks to only one run, they still used four pitchers.
Ultimately, the downfall of the Mariners will be their lack of plate discipline, they’re last in the AL in walks. This leads to A) obviously, not getting on base often which means basically taking cheap runs away from yourself and having less chances to score, and B) streaks. The Mariners are an extremely streaky team, as Michael Kay mentioned about fifty times the last three days. Consistency is extremely important in winning lots of games. You can win a decent amount, but not as much as you could if you were more consistent. It’s good to be streaky if you’re in a bad division and can get hot in time for the playoffs. Case in point: The Cards last year. Perfect example. But St. Louis wouldn’t have been close to making the playoffs if they were contending the AL Wild Card like Seattle is. Result: missing out on the playoffs, and I’d be surprised if Seattle has enough hutzpa and plate discipline to do exactly that.
Player of the hour: Nyjer Morgan. Who? Just another light hitting speedy outfielder in the Bucco’s system. Except that he is a very good hitter, has surprisingly good plate discipline, he’s very fast (26 steals in 44 games at AAA), and he has killer, and I mean just flat out amazing Jose Cruz Jr.-esque stirrups. That alone puts him near the top of my list. Supposedly the reason he’s already 27 is because he’s been more of an after thought, being drafted in the 33rd round, and he spent some time playing hockey. Said Morgan, “It’s who I am. I always come in with a smile on my face and bring my positive energy to other people.”