Found July 28, 2013 on
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rodriguez is one of the most scorned athletes in the media today. There is a palpable amount of hatred towards A-Rod from the media, fans, and hell, even Yankees executives. And yet, the reasons for all of the disdain towards Rodriguez are petty at best. Yet, that doesn't stop media members from taking snipes at Rodriguez whenever his name pops up, despite the fact that he's never hurt anyone and he's never done anything to put anyone in danger, unlike so many others in the sports world today.
The media has made me do the impossible, and right now, I feel sorry for Alex Rodriguez.
The hatred towards A-Rod is nothing new. Six years ago, he shouted while an infielder was hovering under a pop-up, causing him to miss the ball. This, of course, brought up numerous discussions about the ridiculous "unwritten rules of baseball", which makes Rodriguez apparently the first player ever to violate them. The same argument came up in the 2004 ALCS when Rodriguez smacked a ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove while running down the first base line. Both of the incidents were questionable, but if Derek Jeter committed either act, he'd get lauded for his smart thinking and heads up play.
Speaking of Jeter, he gets lauded for his postseason success, while Rodriguez gets relentlessly railed against for postseason failures...despite A-Rod's career postseason OPS being just five points lower than that of Jeter's. Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Jorge Posada all have worse career playoff numbers than Rodriguez, yet they all escape the undying criticism that is thrust upon A-Rod.
Rodriguez admitted to taking steroids from 2001 to 2003, and is still beaten to death for it. Andy Pettitte also admits to taking PEDs, and you never hear any ill will towards him. David Ortiz tested positive in 2003, and gets a bye on the basis of a weak excuse. Jason Giambi was juiced to the gills leading into his massive contract with the Yankees, and not only isn't he persona non grata around baseball, he keeps getting bench jobs and is talked about as a future manager. Aren't double standards swell?
The snipes surrounding Rodriguez right now are laughable. We have Jeff Passan telling him to get a clue and Jon Heyman dragging up Jeter's name once again, all because Rodriguez has the unmitigated gall to want to play and help the Yankees. Reports about Rodriguez's condition are loaded with anonymous sources slandering him and a stunning lack of perspective. The Biogenesis scandal that has centered around Rodriguez and Ryan Braun seemingly forgets that others players, including Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, and Gio Gonzalez were also mentioned in the documents. Yet, Rodriguez is the one being vilified incessantly now that Braun has been suspended.
So here we are. One of the greatest players of the steroid era is making a sport of being dragged through the mud. The relationship that baseball writers have had with steroids over the last 15 years has enveloped the game. In 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were hitting balls were fans never ventured, we gawked. In 2001, when Barry Bonds, Sosa, and Luis Gonzalez were smashing homers at an absurd rate, it wasn't a big deal. In 2013, revisionist history is causing all of them to be wiped from the record books...except the fans are smarter than that. Once you start down the slippery slope of excluding players from the record books, the line you need to stop at becomes more and more blurry until you're left with a significant portion of baseball history missing. The overbearing attitude towards Rodriguez by the mainstream media is just one step towards traveling down that slippery slope, and if more steps are taken, things could get quite hairy in the future.
BEST OF MAXIM
Major League Baseball is waiting on Alex Rodriguez and his lawyer to know if they will accept a deal that will suspend the Yankee star player for the rest of the 2013 season, and all of 2014, according to the New York Daily News. If Rodriguez and his representatives reject a deal, A-Rods suspension could be announced as early as late Monday or Tuesday. According to a [...]
The Alex Rodriguez saga has an end in sight, and it appears the third baseman’s future will be decided by Monday.
It has been reported that A-Rod’s punishment will be more severe than Ryan Braun’s, and according to a report from the New York Daily News, that rumor is true.
Major League Baseball is seeking to strike a deal with Rodriguez that will suspend him for the rest of...
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.
Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement...
With an announcement of Alex Rodriguez’ suspension expected before the end of the week, the real question is, how will baseball’s highest-paid player decide to take his poison? Numerous reports have swirled that the length announced will be longer than Ryan Braun’s with a duration of the rest of 2013 and all of 2014 season if the Yankee slugger declares that he will not appeal...
Alex Rodriguez didn't stop to talk with reporters after his rehabilitation session at the team's minor league complex, two days before Major League Baseball is likely to suspend the New York Yankees third baseman for his connection to a clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Coming back from January hip surgery and strained quadriceps he hurt...
Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.
Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement is...
Alex Rodriguez continues to dig himself into a deeper hole every time he opens his mouth. He has wondered why his relationship with Derek Jeter isn’t as tight as he always hoped it would be. With this recent “quad injury” fiasco on top of a rumored lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, if A-Rod ever wants to play for the Yankees or perhaps the MLB ever again, he should take...
The Daily News' Bill Madden joined Boomer & Carton today to talk, wait for it, Arod. The NYDN scribe, talking about the possibility of a lifetime ban, confidently predicted: A-Rod is done.
h/t YS for the recording.
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Another day, another piece of news about the injured (or not-so-injured) New York Yankees' third baseman. This past weekend, it became clear that Alex Rodriguez did not want to make a deal with Major League Baseball. In fact, he has all but said he would appeal any suspension (through his team of lawyers and publicists, of course). Now, A-Rod's lawyer has confirmed...
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is supposed to return from injury this week, but there are a number of scenarios that could prevent that from happening. For starters, we have no idea if the team will declare him healthy enough to play after the strained quad saga that has developed over the past week [...]
As tempting as it is to contemplate a lifetime ban for Alex Rodriguez, that eventuality is not really in the best interest of the Boston Red Sox. Why? Because a lifetime ban would likely allow The Bronx Embalmers to recoup the roughly $60 million that would be left on The Fraudulent One's contract. Armed with an extra $60 million or so, the Steinbrenner Spawn could effectively...
If you've been under a rock, or don't pay attention to Major League Baseball, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has been suspended 65 games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could be next, at least that's what all the drama between the Yankees and Rodriguez seems to be leading to.The problem for baseball isn'...
Don't listen to all the politically-correct rhetoric coming from Yankee players about Alex Rodriguez. According to The New York Daily News, A-Fraud's Empire teammates are privately throwing him under the proverbial bus. Off-the-record, one of them stated, "Guys are just tired of it. The media circus that’s revolving around Alex is insane — and we haven’t even seen...
Despite a looming suspension A-Rod is putting up a strong public front.
Alex Rodriguez gave a small group of reporters a thumbs-up and a large grin as he drove past following a brief workout to rehab his strained left quadriceps muscle yesterday at Steinbrenner Field.
His current predicament however is no laughing matter.
The embattled slugger who has not played for the Yankees...
Alex Rodriguez is pushing for the Yankees to activate him off the disabled list so he can play Friday night against Tampa Bay in the first game of the series. Rodriguez hired a doctor, who yesterday disagreed with the Yankees’ diagnosis of a strained quadriceps.
“I think the Yanks and I crossed signals,” Rodriguez said via issued statement. “I don’t want any more mixups...