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Breaking: A-Rod not retiring, Brian Cashman pleased with this

Jan 31, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

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That shouldn’t be news, but after two days worth of Yankees reporters channeling all of the front office’s fantasies about A-Rod quitting baseball and sparing them the expense of the contract they willingly gave him, here is some actual information about all of that from Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: he’s not retiring and the person who matters most in the Yankees front office is fine with that:

Alex has no plans at all to retire,” one source with close personal ties to the embattled third baseman told on Thursday. Another source, authorized by Rodriguez to speak on his behalf, passed this along: “Alex says he’s working diligently on his rehabilitation and is looking forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible.”

And Brian Cashman?

When informed of Rodriguez’ comments, Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who has avoided commenting publicly on Rodriguez’s latest incident, responded with one word: “Good.”

In two quotes both the insurance fraud scheme and the Yankees plan to negotiate A-Rod down to $200 and a few gift cards out of shame or whatever is out the window.  Pity.

As for the earlier reports from the Daily News and others saying this was the end of A-Rod: I’m sure someone in the Yankees front office told you that. How you hear it, however, and don’t immediately challenge your source as to the ridiculous of it or, at the very least, note your dubiousness of their claims in your article, is beyond me.

  1. crispybasil - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Waiting for the stories on the audacity of A-Rod to rehab and work hard to get back on the field to try and help the Yankees make the playoffs.

    • hojo20 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Predction: He’ll be in “the best shape of his life” by Spring Training 2014

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      “Selfish ARod just wants rings: Jeter is better because he only wants championships”

    • ctony1216 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      What do you mean? A-Rod is never playing baseball again. I read it in The Daily News, so it has to be true.

  2. bowens3181 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    “In two quotes both the insurance fraud scheme and the Yankees plan to negotiate A-Rod down to $200 and a few gift cards out of shame or whatever is out the window. Pity.”

    In no way do I really think there is any fire at all to all this insurance fraud smoke, however thinking that these quotes close the door on the possibility of it somehow happening are logically flawed. In fact if they did want to convince an insurance company that A-Rod was unable to continue playing, the only way to so is to maintain the image that A-Rod is trying his hardest to get back into playing shape and that the Yankees wanted him back. If A-Rod was instead quoted saying that he wanted to retire and that he wasn’t even going try and rehab, or if Cashman was quoted saying that he didn’t want Rodriguez back, then the insurance company would have something to point to and say “Look, he never intended on playing anyway”. If anything, now both the Yankees and A-Rod can point to these two quotes and at least argue that both sides were intent on him coming back and that it just didn’t work out.

    Again, not saying this will happen. Just saying that the argument you make in you closing line makes no real sense.

    • bowens3181 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      By the way I wrote my comment before the article was edited and the final little paragraph was added, so the lines I am addressing are now the second to last mini-paragraph in the article.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Did anyone check to make sure that Cashman wasn’t speaking to the secretary under his desk?

    • lazlosother - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      I am offended sir, and as soon as I can find my pajamas I’m out of here.


    • badintent - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      You mean he’s not in his tent in Times Square ??

  4. edelmanfanclub - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    2 1/2 hours since the last Rodriguez story. I mean it’s not great, but it’s a start. Let’s try not talking about him for a while, I mean he’ll be irrelevant on the field when the season starts.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      because he’ll be on the DL?

      • edelmanfanclub - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:11 PM


    • djpostl - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:06 PM


      There, that should throw them off the scent for a while.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Tebow should get about as much on-field time with the Yankees as he got with the Jets

  5. pisano - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    If Cashman’s in his right mind, he’ll pray to God Arod retires, I know I am.

    • badintent - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      I second the mention , the motion is Passed.
      New business, send a check to PETA, no deer were killed for deer antler extract for any Yankee players, except ARodless

    • jwbiii - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Of course Rodriguez will retire. With all the warmth and compassion that New Yorkers have shown him during his time there, I can’t imagine that he would do anything to upset them them and disturb that special bond they share.

    • bolweevils2 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Can;t blame you for having that hope. That doesn’t mean it’s a hope that is likely to occur, but then again we all have lots of hopes that aren’t at all likely to occur. Involving everything from supermodels to your kid taking out the garbage for once.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    “Brian cashman pleased with this” he said “good”. THAT IS PLEASED???? He can be ok with it or fine with it but your really reading into a one word phrase. and your a sportswriter? YOUR BEING PAID FOR THIS? I’m in the wrong buisness, Jesus.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Gonna go out on a limb with this, but I’m guessing one of the big differences in Craig having his job and you not is the difference between “your” and “you’re.”

      • Tim OShenko - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        Well, in that case, yankeepunk could still apply over at PBT. They don’t mind spelling or grammar errors over there.

    • lordd99 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Having heard Cashman interviewed a number of times, I can see his emotionless face and hear his deadpan, one-word response when asked this question.

      • lordd99 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        BTW I should add I’m not knocking the headline. There was sarcastic humor in it fitting Cashman’s response.

  7. lordd99 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Yesterday I was told I must believe everything that appears in a weekly, free tabloid newspaper in Miami. Today I find out I should not believe everything I read in a daily, for-pay tabloid newspaper in New York.

    So confusing.

    • Old Gator - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      I frequently breakfast at a local Cafe Cubano – you know the kind with mamacita inin the kitchen, redolent of strong coffee and baking pasteles de guyaba y queso, the kind that’s that’s just barely big enough to turn around in as long as you keep your arms to your sides. One of its features – common to the culinary genre – is a big wire rack full of this week’s Macondo New Times, below which is a pile of last week’s Macondo New Times, below which is a pile of the week before last’s Macondo New Times, and below that is the opening of Arne Saknussemm’s secret passage to the center of the Earth. It’s a free weekly “music and arts” tabloid mainly supporting by advertising revenue from escort services and “personal” classifieds, and as a general rule you can’t give enough of them away each week to avoid sedimenting the ones from previous weeks.

      Well, this morning all the copies of this week’s issue were gone. I had to sip my cafe con leche and munch my croquetas de jamon, jamon while perousing last week’s escort service ads – still running holiday season prices.

      Or maybe it was the week before last’s issue. Ah well.

      Anyway, this scandal has been berry berry good for the local tabloid culture. And why not? Arne Saknussemm’s secret exit from the center of the Earth is hidden even more completely under the adjacent pile of unsold Macondo Feeshwrappers.

  8. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I’m typing on my god awful phone that changes words every sentence! it pissed me off and No I’m sure that’s not why he has this job. Spelling is REALLY YOUR ARGUMENT…I chose police force because I love the job but Craig has been foaming at the mouth with this save A-rod nonsense for two days now. So shut it with your damn comment philiac! Please really, go out on a limb and fall to your end.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Oh, Jesus, they give you a gun?????

      • buggieowens - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        HP…you are in the zone….thanks for laughs!

    • raysfan1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      I feel your pain about the iPhone autocorrect function screwing up what you type–happens to me all the time too.

      However, responding to a minor snark with wishing death upon the person who dared tease you is way past classless.

      Lastly, Craig has been repeatedly saying that A-Rod is not going away–that is simple truth and not in any way, shape or form defending him or justifying anything he might have done. Stop letting your emotions cloud your ability to comprehend what you read.

  9. mightymike1250 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Just to show you how old-school I am, I’m one of those pathetic individuals who believes that people should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. All we have so far are allegations. However, in our current culture allegations = fact = guilty. What a pity.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      I’m with you. I also have this crazy notion that even if a lynch mob actually hangs the guilty party, it was still a lynch mob and that automatically means an injustice occurred.

  10. hitdog042 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Lol. This article is funny. Arod is done in NY. Write it down.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Bet yer wrong.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Just can’t help yourself, can you, Pete?

  11. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    lmao oh that was good…anyways now that I’ve blown off steam I feel better. Good Jesus. love you guys

    • cur68 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      How to shut off iPhone autocorrect in 6 easy steps:

      1) Ensure that your iPhone is on the home screen. Go to settings (hint: use The settings icon on the home screen).
      2) Tap the Settings icon
      3) Look for the “General” tab within the settings pane, and tap it. This is normally found in the middle of the settings screen.
      4) Scroll to the bottom of the general settings screen. Find the word “Keyboard”, and tap this option.
      5) Find the option that says “Auto-Correction”. This setting is generally the first feature found on the Keyboard settings screen.
      6) Disable autocorrect by tapping your finger where the auto-correct feature says ON. The gray rectangle should move to the left and the word OFF should appear.

      Now please chill out.

  12. doublezero74 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Two words: scum bag

  13. American of African Descent - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    What the article doesn’t really capture is the way that Mr. Cashman said “good.” I imagine it was something like good, my boss just dropped an ass ton of work on my desk at 3:30 on a Friday.

  14. 85pmart - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    What’s with bitching about auto-correct on an iPhone? If you don’t like auto-correct, SHUT IT OFF!!.

  15. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    oh cur68…I love you man..

    • historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Hey, hey, hey! Let’s put our shirts back on gentlemen. This is a family establishment.

  16. aceinthehole12 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I remember growing up thinking A-rod was going to be one of the GOAT. Now I just can’t wait for him to leave the MLB. Crazy how much money this guy has made playing this game.

  17. thegreatstoneface - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    deep into rehab two weeks after surgery. uh huh. is there anything ped’s can’t do?

  18. scrock25 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Super super supermarket!!

  19. lucimorland - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    For $114 million, you can call me names all you want.

    I’ll sit on the end of the bench and sulk if I have to. It’s $114 million!

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