Posted August 19, 2013

Hit on purpose? More accusations? Just another Sunday for Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez got his revenge against the Red Sox by homering in the sixth inning of the Yankees' win.

Alex Rodriguez got his revenge against the Red Sox by homering in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ win. (Dominick Reuter/Reuters)

Remember on Saturday when the New York Times published an interview with Alex Rodriguez’s new lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, in which Tacopina alleged that the Yankees and Major League Baseball were conspiring to end Rodriguez’s career and that the Yankees had committed medical malpractice toward that end? That was sooo 24 hours ago.

Yankees team president Randy Levine responded to those allegations by saying that Rodriguez should “put up or shut up.” Well, we found out on Sunday, via ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand, that Rodriguez’s lawyers formally began the grievance process against the Yankees earlier this month by notifying the Players’ Association of their complaints.

We also found out on Sunday, via Outside The Lines‘ T.J. Quinn and Pedro Gomez, that Rodriguez paid $25,000 in February to put attourney Susy Ribero-Ayala on retainer to defend Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch. In April, Ribero-Ayala received a second wire-transfer of $50,000 from A-Rod Corp, Rodriguez’s corporation, but that was identified as a mistake and returned.

Meanwhile, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday night that Rodriguez turned down offers of lesser suspensions from Major League Baseball earlier this year and that a simple 50-game suspension was offered to Rodriguez in April, though MLB denies that was the case.

Finally, in the Yankees’ series finale against the Red Sox in Boston, Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster threw at Rodriguez in his first at-bat, hitting him in his second attempt. Rodriguez came around to score that inning, drove in a run on a groundout in his next at-bat, then homered to dead center off Dempster leading off the sixth. He later singled twice as the Yankees went on to win 9-6.

The money spent on Bosch’s defense smacks of extortion on Bosch’s part, and the grievance and refusal to accept a lesser suspension are consistent with Rodriguez’s public claims thus far. I’m more confident that there will be additional new revelations contradicting those interpretations in the coming days than I am in the above shedding any actual light on either the truth or Rodriguez’s version of it.

As for Dempster, it’s unclear why he thought he, rather than any of the first 24 pitchers to face Rodriguez since his return from the disabled list, should be the guy to make a statement by throwing at the third baseman, but he pulled off the impossible in doing it: he let Rodriguez take the high road. Rodriguez barely reacted to the hit-by-pitch and then let his bat do the talking with a mammoth home run off Dempster that help his team to victory.

Finally, on the day that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the press that he no longer feels comfortable speaking to Rodriguez because of the legal action Rodriguez is likely to bring against the team, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected from a game for passionately defending Rodriguez. That about sums it up.

18 comments
umsllc123
umsllc123

After all these players being suspended, MLB's proven history of ignoring these drug using players, I am researching into the possibility for a class action lawsuit to be filed against MLB.TV.


It is quite obvious that MLB.TV subscribers have been sold a "tainted product" for several years.........Time for us fans to be heard.

paintstheblack
paintstheblack

It was definitely a little curious to see Dempster go after A-Rod. No one had done it yet and I’m actually proud of him for doing so. Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian or maybe it’s because I hate A-Rod, maybe a bit of both. But it is still wrong if the MLB wants to let this go and we will see what they will do. It will be interesting to see how this develops, if the MLB does anything and if the Yankees do anything in the future going into the stretch run.

http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/this-needs-to-stop/

 

jcsmithmadc
jcsmithmadc

Every pitcher should throw at A Rod to symbolize their dislike how he has tarnished the collective image of every player. Maybe then he'll get the idea that clean players resent that he has cheated his way to the top by juicing, then lying, then snitching on others. 

Indeed, what an evil web he has sown.

WorldsBFree
WorldsBFree

I hated Arod with a passion for the last 10 years since he left Seattle. But in the last month Ive turned into an Arod fan. Why? The media/MLB and their selective criticism on who deserves punishment.

Fyreboy
Fyreboy

Aroid will not serve a single game, MLB is a complete joke.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Give the Bronx bombers a break; $225M payroll just don't buy you what it used to I guess

BenEysselinck
BenEysselinck

I've read tweets with more depth than this coverage.

beast
beast

The US is the Pill Society judging Arod for using PEDs , which has not been proven. Why not Judge your own behavior and shut your mouths! 

You're really just jealous hes making more money than you! 

You're the SHAM acting like you're someone with clean hands who has a right to Judge! 

PhineasBogg
PhineasBogg

Do pitchers really have full control of the ball?


They look like they're wildly throwing the ball which is traveling approx. 95 mph.

The Edge
The Edge

I could care less if he hits 900 homers.  He is still a sham.

slimpack
slimpack

@The Edge I could also care less about Rodriguez and the other suspended players because they are millionaires who don't need to worry about finding money to feed their families. I have to continue working until I retire.  I could use some money right now. Good and honest players are Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and catcher Ryan Hanigan. They were honored on the field for being fantastic players. http://t.co/p0AvTioNET

The Edge
The Edge

@slimpack @The Edge Amen to that.  If we "cheated" on the job, we'd get fired...not get paid millions to play a kids game.


MLB players (and most professional athletes in general) are out of touch with reality and their egos have gotten out of check.

The Edge
The Edge

@Rocketsbias @The Edge Wow, glad you've got it figured out.  All of these professional athletes (Lance, A-Rod, Braun, Bonds, McGwire, Canseco, Sosa, a large chunk of the NFL, track and field "stars", etc.) are shelling out cash for PEDs in the hopes of wasting their money, destroying their body, ruining their image and jeopardizing their career.  Yep, that's gotta be it.

KennethJohnson
KennethJohnson

@The Edge @slimpack Most people get paid for performance. Poor performance gets you canned. This is the 21st century, not the 20th. We have PED's, PES's (surgeries), computer assisted training and who knows what else. In all these situations, the person has to work hard to achieve his or her potential.. Do you remember Flo Jo Joyner, the fastest woman ever? She competed in a time when everyone used PED's and few were caught. There is no level playing field today, so let the athletes make the decision on risk, like boxers, football players,etc.on what drugs to use. Then you will have a level playing field.

The Edge
The Edge

@Armyguy1980@The Edge@RocketsbiasHere's 15 that were busted so far this year.

http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/2013-nfl-ped-suspensions-slideshow/offensive-lineman-demarcus-love-of-arkansas-at-the-nfl-scouting-combine-at-lucas-oil-stadium-photo-1375394142306.html

That's more than were busted in the Biogenesis case.

When the league's own commissioner thinks PEDs are a problem in his sport, then it's safe to say that they are a problem in his sport.

http://www.denverpost.com/hochman/ci_23808443/hochman-nfl-gets-off-easy-compared-baseball-far


Armyguy1980
Armyguy1980

@The Edge @Rocketsbias, where is your proof "large chunk of the NFL"? Dont say your eyes, in this day and age with OTC legal supplementation most of the NFL athletes are legit.