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MLB Suspends Rodriguez, Cervelli for Biogenesis link

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended by MLB for the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014.

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended by MLB for the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014.

Well, the moment that we all were waiting for since early last week has finally arrived: Major League Baseball has suspended Alex Rodriguez for the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014. However there is a catch: Rodriguez has appealed the suspension and can play until otherwise.

MLB suspended 13 players today just after noon but the announcement wasn’t made official until 3 p.m. Here is the press release, clarifying Rodriguez’s charges:

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.

Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years.

Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.

Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez’s suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline.

However, Rodriguez wasn’t the only New York Yankee that was suspended this afternoon. Catcher Francisco Cervelli was suspended for 50-games due to his link of the Biogenesis clinic. Unlike Rodriguez, Cervelli has accepted the suspension and will not play for the rest of the 2013 season.

With Rodriguez’s suspension taking effect until Thursday, he’s able to play the Chicago series from Monday through Wednesday at Cellular Field against the White Sox. Joe GIrardi made a note that he had ‘penciled in’ Rodriguez for the lineup yesterday before a 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Well, it looks as if it’s a brand new season of “As The World Turns On A-Rod.” So grab your popcorn, sit in front of the T.V. tonight…and let the A-Rod circus continue. Oh joy.

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MLB, Yankees no longer negotiating deal with A-Rod after comments

250px-Alex_Rodriguez_2008-04-19It looks as if this time, Alex Rodriguez‘s mouth has gotten him into some serious trouble with the people that he’s supposed to negotiate a deal with: Major League Baseball.

After Alex Rodriguez’s comments following last night’s Trenton Thunder game, Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees are no longer willing to negotiate a deal with him regarding his suspension. Now it looks as if A-Rod could be facing either a 214 game ban (which is the rest of this year and next year) or a lifetime ban should MLB choose that route.

Let’s backtrack a moment into the latest chapter of the Alex Rodriguez saga. Following last night’s game, Rodriguez met with reporters and media members, and a couple of his comments had people wondering whether he was crazy, or if he was pretending to care about the other players involved by using himself as an example.

“I think it is pretty self-explanatory. I think that is the pink elephant in the room,” he said. “I think we all want to get rid of PEDs. That’s a must. All the players, we feel that way. But when all this stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like that, I think that is concerning to me. It’s concerning to present players and I think it should be concerning to future players, as well.”

Look at that. A-Rod really does care about the other players. There’s just one thing–there are no other players in Major League Baseball that have to worry about their contracts getting ripped to shreds. It seems that Rodriguez thinks that there is a conspiracy theory at works, and his comments made rounds to manager Joe Girardi following last night’s 7-2 loss to the Padres in San Diego.

When asked about Rodriguez’s comments, here is what Girardi had to say:

“I was not there, and if I had a chance to sit down and talk with him, I might talk about that, but I’m not there.”

Following Rodriguez’s comments, Major League Baseball made it public that they are no longer negotiating with Rodriguez on his suspension and it looks as if this case could ultimately make it to the Federal Courts, should A-Rod and his camp decide to. The New York Yankees also aren’t talking negotiations with Rodriguez because they have no part in the negotiation or suspension process. If/When Rodriguez is suspended, he also can’t go to Japan to play baseball since Japan honors Major League Baseball’s suspensions. So it looks like another ugly season of “As The World Turns on A-Rod” is awaiting us. Well…it’s better than what’s on cable now.

Alex Rodriguez Rehab Update

Alex Rodriguez went five innings with a home run in his rehab start in Trenton on Friday night

Alex Rodriguez went five innings with a home run in his rehab start in Trenton on Friday night

With the Biogenesis Report suspensions looming, you would think Alex Rodriguez would be worried. Well if he was, it didn’t show. A-Rod played a rehab game today in Trenton earlier this evening with his future still uncertain on where he’ll be on Monday: with the Yankees or at home due to a suspension?

Back to the rehab game, Alex Rodriguez looked like a player that wasn’t bothered by his recent injuries, going 1-for-2 with a 2-run home run that left Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton. Alex Rodriguez also fielded two baseballs during the evening.

The first ball hit to him ricocheted off his glove, but he was able to recover it and throw to first for the out. The second ball hit to him was a ball in the hot corner that Rodriguez snagged and threw to first, looking as if the hip or his calf weren’t nagging him.

Rodriguez walked in the first inning on five pitches, he homered in the third on a fastball that was down the middle of the plate and struck out in the fifth inning on a 2-2 change-up. After A-Rod’s final AB, he went to the sidelines (while the game was still in the fifth inning) and started signing autographs, taking pictures and he even gave his bat to a fan. A-Rod made his way to the clubhouse which officially ended his night.

Rodriguez is supposed to play another game tomorrow night and then his fate will be in the hands of Major League Baseball on Sunday night, with MLB making the decisions on Monday morning. Will A-Rod be in Yankees pinstripes Monday or will he be suspended (or banned) from baseball?

Off Day News and Notes

Yankees are off today but there has been some interesting news today:

- Alex Rodriguez is closer to playing rehab games, but Brian Cashman refuted a NY Post report that Rodriguez would start on July 1st.

“He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet,” Cashman told Wally Matthews of  ESPNNewYork.com. “He’s getting closer, there’s no doubt about it, but we don’t have a date for him to start playing games yet,” Cashman said. “It could be July 1. It could also be July 5, or maybe June 25.”

- Rodrgiuez also got his twitter account verified today, so he is officially on Twitter. You can follow him at @AROD. Pretty interesting timing for him

- Mark Teixeira’s wrist does not appear to be getting any better, as Teixeira is still experiencing soreness. Surgery might seem like a good bet at this point.

“He’s still sore, even after the shot,” Cashman told Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger. “So our doctors are obviously working through it, trying to analyze the situation. It’s clearly not a good situation.”

- McCullough also tweeted that Cashman told him that the Yankees haven’t decided what to do with Ivan Nova yet, but said “I don’t view Nova as a threat right now to Hughes.”

Morning Bits 6/6/13

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees completed a sweep of the Indians yesterday afternoon behind a complete game by CC Sabathia and home runs by Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner.

Sabathia’s complete game was much appreciated by a Yankee bullpen that has been overworked recently.

The Yankees begin a brutal ten game West Coast road trip tonight in Seattle against the Mariners.  Four games in Seattle will be followed by three games apiece in Oakland and Anaheim.

Phil Hughes(2-4 5.37 ERA) will take on Aaron Harang (2-5 5.82 ERA) tonight. Game time is 10:10 ET and the game will be broadcast on YES.

Now on to today’s news:

David Lariviere of Forbes thinks that the Yankees should release Alex Rodriguez if he is suspended for 100 games by MLB.

Anthony Maimone of the Bleacher Report has this mock draft with picks and predictions on who the Yankees will draft with their four first-round picks.

Barry Bloom of MLB.com has this piece on Ichiro Suzuki closing in on 4,000 hits.

Have a great day everyone!

Rodriguez hits an all time low as he faces suspension

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Alex Rodriguez isn’t the most popular choice for a Yankees fan. Heck, who could blame them? A-Rod’s career isn’t as glorious as half the women that he publicly has dated over the years. When the Yankees signed A-Rod, they knew what they were bargaining for. Rodriguez publicly revealed that he used steroids during his years with the Texas Rangers, causing Yankees fans to become uncertain with their newest 3B addition. Rodriguez has done some good for the Yankees; he helped win the World Series for the Yankees in 2009 (though most of the World Series heroics came from Hideki Matsui) but some good came with a price for the Yankees. A-Rod has struggled in the postseason every year aside from 2009, he’s been riddled with injuries and his antics on the field have caused uproars (going back to last postseason when A-Rod asked for a female fans phone number on a baseball). However, what could possibly come next for A-Rod overshadows the good and the upsetting things that he’s done in the past.

In Spring Training, there were reports that Alex Rodriguez was tied to the Biogensis reports, reports that said high profile ball players received illegal substances from a Miami clinic. Other names were mentioned such as Robinson Cano (who I’ve been told is not going to be suspended since his spokeswoman was the one tied, not him), Francisco Cervelli (who is in danger of being suspended 50-games), Ryan Braun (who on a technicality had his ruling overturned after he was suspected of using steroids during the offseason), Melky Cabrera (who already faced a suspension last season), Nelson Cruz and so many others. MLB agreed to look into the reports, leaving fans to wonder what could happen to some of these players.

Yesterday, MLB announced that they were planning on suspending players such as A-Rod, Ryan Braun and about 20 other players that were tied to the Biogensis reports. Rodriguez and Braun would face 100-game suspensions since they had used illegal substances in the past. With 20+ names on the Biogensis reports, why does A-Rod’s stick out like a sore thumb? Because of his 10-year contract with the New York Yankees that makes him one of the highest paid players in baseball.

If Rodriguez is proven guilty and MLB suspends him, this would be the ultimate all-time-low for A-R0d, tainting his career to the point of no return, and making him a disgrace to baseball. It’s easy for us to automatically assume that A-Rod is guilty given his past, but A-Rod’s fate could lie in the hands of the Biogensis reports and Major League Baseball.

I took to Twitter yesterday during the Yankees game, asking fans that if A-Rod was suspended if it would be the end to his career in Yankees pinstripes. Here’s what some tweeters had to say:

170px-Alex_Rodriguez_2008-05-28A-Rod is a player that has too much baggage, but the Yankees can’t easily get rid of him if he is guilty of using illegal substances once again. As some of the tweets mentioned, A-Rod is under contract and his contract is pretty ironclad to prevent him from losing everything if he decided on cheating again. The Yankees may be stuck with A-Rod’s contract for the next four years, but Major League Baseball can decide if A-Rod’s contract should be null and void. A-Rod’s fate is no longer in the hands of the Yankees, but in the hands of Major League Baseball, meaning that his future and possibly his career is on the line.

Major League Baseball will release more information in the coming days, elaborating on which players will be suspended and which players are off the hook. Looking from the business standpoint and the fan standpoint, both teams are feeling the exact same way when they look at A-Rod; disappointment. They can only hope that A-Rod doesn’t fall into a deeper hole.

Off-Day Notes: Chamberlain, Robertson, Rodriguez, Jeter, Teixeira, Pineda, Nelson, Granderson

Beauty comes with a price, doesn’t it? On a day where it’s 73 degrees in New York City…there had to be some news about the Yankees somewhere. Let’s get to them.

Joba Chamberlain

– Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a tight oblique. He said he felt something when he was warming up to pitch on Tuesday and complained of soreness when he arrived at the stadium yesterday. Brian Cashman said that the strain is “mild” and Joba should be back to pitch in two weeks. There wasn’t a move on the roster to replace Chamberlain but Cashman did say that he had three names in mind when it came to taking that roster spot: Mark Montgomery, Preston Claiborne and Sam Demel.

David Robertson

– David Robertson spent his off-day at the doctors office after feeling discomfort near his knee/hamstring. The doctors did an MRI and the diagnosis is a “cranky hamstring”. Robertson won’t have to go on the DL; instead he is day-to-day.

Alex Rodriguez

– Alex Rodriguez posted on Facebook that he had been cleared to do baseball activities and that he will head to Tampa on Monday in order to join Curtis Granderson rehabbing their way back to the team. Rodriguez is still expected to be back after the All-Star break, along with Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter

– Derek Jeter is still in the walking boot, but he’s able to remove it to do exercises. He’s expected to be back after the All-Star Break.

Mark Teixeira

– After doing tee and toss, Teixeira will stay with the Yankees until the end of the homestand, then head off to Florida to rehab with A-Rod and Granderson. Teixeira is expected to be back in June.

Michael Pineda

– Michael Pineda is throwing to hitters down in Florida. He’s reached 93-95 MPH on his fastball.

Chris Nelson

– After being acquired by the Yankees late last night, he’s officially been put on the 25-man roster and is activated for tomorrow. Corban Joseph was optioned to Triple-AAA to complete the roster move.

Curtis Granderson

– Curtis Granderson is on the road back to the Yankees today. He took more at-bats in an extended Spring Training game. If all goes well, Granderson is slated to come back in about two weeks.

Some Notes: Robertson, Nelson, Teixeira, Granderson,

Here are some notes from today:

– David RobertsonDavid Robertson looked as if he turned on his ankle during the last pitch of his outing and immediately went to the clubhouse. According to Girardi, Robertson is fine after icing his ankle and he should be ready to go on Friday.

– Chris NelsonAfter the game, the Yankees announced that they traded either cash or a player to be named later to the Colorado Rockies for INF Chris Nelson. Nelson is batting .242 (16-for-66) with 0 HR and 4 RBI’s with his time in Colorado. The Yankees have not made a 25-man roster move but they did move Francisco Cervelli to the 60-Day-DL.

– Mark TeixeiraMark Teixeira is one step closer to returning to the Yankees lineup. Texieria hit balls off a tee and hit baseballs that were thrown by the coaches towards him. He’s not close to getting into a rehab game and he’ll continue to build strength in his wrist.

– Curtis GrandersonCurtis Granderson is the closest to returning to the Yankees lineup. Granderson had two AB in an extended Spring Training game today (there was rain in the forecast that suspended the game) and said he felt great. He feels he needs at least 50 AB before he could return to the Yankees which puts him to return in 2 weeks.

Morning Bits: Pettitte, Cano, Prospects

mug3Good Morning all.   Can the Yanks do it again tonight?   Nova is on the mound and first pitch is for 7PM.    Enjoy the game.   let’s get to the links…..

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY writes that Old Man Andy is still rolling along.

Dan Martin of the NY Post writes that the Red Hot Robbie hit one of the Yankees five blasts.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has a nice article about how the Yankees are hoping to develop within.   He mentions Heathcott, Austin and Sanchez are players with really good potential.

Morning Bits: Cano & Hafner big day & RailRiders get first win of 2013

mug3Good morning all.   Nice win for the bombers yesterday afternoon as Cano finally woke up.   7PM start tonight as Pettitte will be on the mound.   Enjoy the day.

Erik Boland of Newsday writes the game review from Cano and Hafner’s big day.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has lots of news and notes on the Yanks.

– The Yankees AAA team The RailRiders record first victory of 2013.   Mesa had a solo homerun in the game.  Check out the recap from Andrew Kappes of Milb.com.

Morning Bits: First year Yankees not the problem, C.C. , post game notes.

mug3Good morning all.   Yankees have a 4PM starts today as they will be going against old friend Swisher and the Indians.   Let’s start the morning off with some links….

George King of the Post has the review of yesterday’s game where C.C. outlasted Verlander.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY has some post game notes.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes that first year Yankees are not the problem early on.

Morning Bits: 0 for the Season, Teixeira aims to be back May 1st, Pettitte in the cold

mug3Good morning all.   Not looking good so far as the Yankees are 0-2 and Kuroda left the game early last night.   Let’s get the morning going with some links.

Barry Bloom of Yankees.com writes that Mark Teixeira is targeting a May 1st return.   (what will the Yankees record be then?)

Scott Cacciola of The New York Times writes that Kuroda and the Yankees pride are hurting.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY looks into Pettitte pitching in the cold.

Morning Bits: Cano, C.C. , Jeter

mug3Good morning.  Game two of the season is later tonight.    Let’s start of with some links…

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports asks did hiring Yankee fan Jay-Z tell the team where Cano wants to be?

Anthony McCarron of The New York Daily news writes that the Yankees are not concerned with C.C.’s velocity as they know the fastball will return.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY writes that Jeter is a long way from coming back.

Morning Bits: C.C.’s velocity, A-Rod, & more…

mug3Well they got the first loss out of the way quickly.   Off day today.   Let’s get started with some links…

Andy McCullough of The Star Ledger wonders if the Yankees should worry about C.C.’s velocity.

Danny Knobler of CBS writes that A-Rod sees return to Yankees as “year of opportunity.”

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY writes that is an opener to forget.

Morning Bits: Opening Day, C.C., payroll

mug3Good morning all.   The season is finally here!!!!!  Let’s get it started with some morning links…..

Matt Snyder of CBS writes that the amount of money the Yankees have on the DL is more than 16 teams total payroll.

Bill Madden of The New York Daily News believes the Red Sox and Yankees will be at the bottom of the division this year.

Andy Mcullough of The Star Ledgers writes that a healthy C.C. is ready to lead the Yankees.

Some notes to end the Spring: Hafner, Eppley, Warren, Boesch, Rodriguez, Gardner

Spring Training officially came to a close today after an exciting day with the Yankees playing (and winning) against Army. Here were some final notes from the Spring Training front on who got the last three roster spots for the Yankees.

1. Brennan Boesch made the team as the player on the bench but Boesch is the only player who doesn’t really have a specific role. Girardi could DH him, start him in the outfield, pinch hit him. The possibilities for the Yankees and Boesch are endless.

2. Cody Eppley and Adam Warren both got the final two spots on the roster. The Yankees gave Eppley the benefit of the doubt after a bad Spring, but he looked sharp in his final outing, getting all four hitters he faced.

3. Travis Hafner was scratched from the lineup today due to some stiffness but it’s nothing to worry about. The Yankees simply said Hafner didn’t have enough time to loosen up. He should be fine for Monday’s opener.

4. Alex Rodriguez is expected to be with the team on Monday for the Opening Day festivities.  Yankees however aren’t sure if he’ll address the media or not.

5. An interesting fact that I got from YES today. The only player that had actually faced Army (However, not the current 2013 team) was Brett Gardner. In 2005 he was apart of the NCAA with the College of Charleston and one of their opponents was Army.

6. One final note: the Yankees start the home opener on Monday, but there are only two players that are expected to start Opening Day that played last season: Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano. So we lost 7 of the guys to either the DL or to other teams.

Enjoy your night everyone and I will see you back here Monday morning where I will be blogging (and tweeting) about the home opener with the Yankees against the Red Sox!

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