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Report: the Yankees are going to discipline A-Rod over this doctor business

Jul 25, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT


If you want to suspend A-Rod for something, please, form an orderly line. We can’t all suspend him at once. You’ll all get your chance to suspend A-Rod. We merely want this to be an efficient process:


You figure it will be a suspension of some kind. Which will be immediately dwarfed by MLB Biogenesis discipline. In other news, A-Rod’s self-immolation has been something to see.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    And the hits just keep on comin’.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      oh boy, I just commented I liked the way Cash mans statement went and
      then I see this.

    • rje49 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Yeah, and you’d think a veteran his age would be a little smarter about things like this. His mouth is making rookie mistakes. Maybe his brain is like those frying eggs…

  2. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Jeter Christ of Batted Ball Yanks, enough about the Stanks already!

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM


    • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      One of the great things about digital media, as opposed to traditional media such as newspapers, is that you can literally influence what is written about. If the Yankees dominate a newspaper’s sports section, outside of there being literally thousands of letters about how readers don’t want to read about the Yankees, there’s nothing readers can do.

      Digital media allows you to influence content. If you don’t want to hear more about the Yankees, don’t click on the stories about the Yankees! Journalists, bloggers, editors, etc. monitor and analyze statistics on what stories receive the most clicks, the most comments, the most unique visitors, etc. If they notice that certain topics (ie- Yankees, A-Rod, Ryan Braun) routinely garner higher clicks and visits, they will produce more of those stories.

      Therefore, if you don’t like a certain topic, don’t read the stories! You can actually influence the topics here (and on any other website too)!

      • hittfamily - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        I don’t read the stories. But my phone dings at me with every new post on HBT. It gets really old to see the same thing over, and over, and over again. I’m not going to unfollow Craig, but it can’t really be that hard to throw in other stuff too.

  3. philsieg - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Well, I don’t know about you but I’ve had enough of this pussyfootin’ around. I say we all go down to the jail and bust this A-Rod feller out and string him up. Save us all a lot of trouble trying to figger out if he’s man, demon or what. And it’ll make for a right fine little dance party, if’n you know what I mean. So who’s with me?

  4. yankswm - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Craig, it seems you’re the only one who figures it will be a suspension. Every other reporter has said he will basically be slapped with the bill for hiring the doctor. Nobody reported a suspension, in fact that doesn’t even jibe with the CBA punishments according to ESPN.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      I am sure that a suspension over this would be fought by the union as team doctors are not infallible. On the other had, the use of this specific doctor showed poor judgement as he had been fined for inappropriately giving steroids to (non baseball) clients.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        as he had been fined for inappropriately giving steroids to (non baseball) clients.

        Is this a new allegation? Because this isn’t what was reported yesterday.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        Go to Fox Sports for a more complete story. There is a gap in my computer skills and I do not know how to post the link. The doctor was fined for allowing an employee who had medical training but did not have a medical licence provide hormones and steroids to clients.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        It’s probably worded badly, but your statement implies Dr. Gross was fined because Dr. Gross gave steroids to clients, not that someone under his practice did.

    • cshearing - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      So, he goes to a doctor on his own, without team knowledge. This is against the rules. The punishment for breaking that rule is paying for the doctor yourself? Who the hell else would pay for a doctor you went to on your own? Why is it even a rule if the punishment is nil?

      • timmylaz99 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        The problem with the whole incident is that A-Fraud never even saw the doctor in person. He sent the doc an MRI (which might or might not be his) and then called the doc and said he was feeling fine so said doctor cleared him (even though he actually never saw A-Fraud).

  5. Stiller43 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    You cant see a doctor without team permission?

    I get where he SHOULD NOT have gone public and talked about the results of the visit without team permission, but is seeing a dr really against team rules?

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Stiller. the Doc has to be approved by the team, probably so you avoid a situation such as what you now have, but remember Alex was never examined by the Doc, he only reviewed the MRI and made a decision based on what he saw and what Alex said, which is “I have no pain , I feel fine and I want to play”.

  6. aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Where’s Boss Steinbrenner when you need him?

    This makes the late ’70s Yankees look positively tame in comparison.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Not really, this only has Alex in a bad spot.
      The `70’s had wife swapping,a drunken manager who wanted to fight
      his outfielder for dogging it and another player who would sulk unless
      the guy upstairs sent down a envelope with money to bet on the horses
      and they somehow managed to win, good times, good times I tell you.

      • Glenn - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        Wife swapping? It was entire-family-right-down-to-the-dog swapping!

  7. steve7921 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    which Doctor is going to be suspended for… the guy who supposedly look at his quad mri or the steriod doctor?

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM


  8. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I can hardly wait for 13arod’s take on this. Something like: “greg ur a idiot u dont no nothin arod would bet u up jus cuz u bald”.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Don’t be stupied.

      • nbjays - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Well played, ma’am! :-)

  9. senioreditor2 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I see the Yankees loosing any appeal on this one.

  10. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    First of all, +1 gajilion for that image. Well done, well done indeed.

    Second, the entire organization is just circling wagons against this guy. They’ve essentially told ARod: “If you have a case, bring it. Otherwise, STFU until we say so. We’re tired of you and your horsesh!t.”

    • number42is1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      GDDAMIT for the less damn time it’s hore*hit

      • number42is1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM



      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM


  11. bigdogg3 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Wow now you can’t have a personal doctor? Team doctors can be shady as well. I get you’re mad he cheated to get the big contract but ny basically were bidding against themselves.

  12. jolt12 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Major props on the image. Made me laugh out loud. Wish there was a way to shorten that last sentence.

  13. bosoxfan15 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I actually want him to play this year. He is a shell of his former ‘roided self. He certainly brings a bit of well-deserved drama to the Yankees.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      yeah, because nobody ever did steroids in Boston.

  14. countduku - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    The NYY are darned determined to make sure ARod does not ever play for them again. It must be a money thing….

  15. bosoxfan15 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    @fanevilempire, none of the sox were stupid enough to continue using after getting caught the first time on the Mitchell report.

  16. stevem7 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    LOL yeah he’s going to be disciplined and he’ll appeal it and the Union will take the Yankees to task and there will be bad publicity all around. The Yankees can’t discipline him for asking a doctor’s opinion. About all they can do is deny the expense report for the Doctor Bill. What are you reporting for Craig? The 3rd Grade Reader? Cripes, don’t tell us you are really stupid enough to have drunk the Kool Aid.

  17. auggie1955 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    According to a clause in ARod’s contract (per Cot’s). there is a marketing bonus of $30M, $6M each for reaching 660 HR, 714, 755, and tying and breaking the MLB HR record. ARod currently sits at 647 HR, that’s 13 away from tying Mays at 660. I guess the Yankees feel the more ARod is suspended the less they will have to dish out in salary and bonuses.

  18. rayburns - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    According to the CBA, correct me if I’m wrong, a player can seek a second opinion from a doctor as long as that doctor is approved prior by MLB. So, basically, A-Rod may have broken team rules, but he also operated outside the CBA guidelines. I doubt the union can, or will, do anything about any discipline that might be levied against A-Rod.

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