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Bill Madden is still talking about Alex Rodriguez for some reason

Sep 27, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

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It’s almost admirable to see a guy who has been as wrong on an issue as Bill Madden of the Daily News has been on A-Rod keep plugging away at it anyway.

Over the summer Madden reported that A-Rod was looking for a way to retire. He did not retire. He reported that A-Rod was physically disabled and would likely take a disablement retirement. He came back anyway. Madden said he was done as a baseball player and would be a distraction. A-Rod played pretty well there for a while and basically disappeared from the headlines as the Yankees played their best baseball of the season. I mean, he’s the equivalent of, like, 0-for-130 when it comes to handicapping Alex Rodriguez‘s situation.

Yet he carries on nonetheless! Yesterday he wrote that A-Rod is freaked out about his upcoming hearing, that the hearing is the reason he’s finishing poorly and, well, just look:

…According to one source in the know, despite his blowhard lawyer Joe Tacopina’s bravado that Rodriguez doesn’t deserve even one day of suspension, A-Rod “is terrified” about the hearing on his 211-game drug suspension that begins Monday in New York. According to the source, that might partly explain the recent 3-for-17 (.081) slump in which he’s looked so helpless … He needs to get a grip on reality — which is that he’s finished as a player and guilty as charged as a serial steroids cheat. His best option now is to try and make a deal with MLB, so at least all the lurid details of just how guilty he is and how much he betrayed Don Hooton’s kids may never come out.

That comes after paragraphs in which Madden gives uncritical and unchallenged voice to “baseball people” hating on A-Rod for being unselfish and not just taking his ridiculous 211-game suspension without question. I mean he could have, I dunno, speculated what might have happened if A-Rod was given a more proportional suspension rather than been forced into an appeal by MLB, but that would totally kill his A-Rod is the Antichrist schtick.

Oh, and as for that “A-Rod should make a deal” stuff? That kinda flies in the face of Madden’s “MLB will not make a deal with A-Rod” stuff from a month or two ago.

But keep on fighting the good fight, Bill. As anyone in a serious slump will tell you, you just gotta play through it.

  1. kruegere - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    3 for 17 slump…Thats 4 games man. You can’t call it a slump yet.

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    3-for-17 is .176. Where the hell does .081 come from?

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Shh… don’t let some silly math get in the way of a good A-Rod bashing.

    • phantomspaceman - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Without even doing any “math” 3/30 is 10% or .100 in baseball terms so where the hell .081 came from is beyond me.

    • Jeremy T - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      3-for-37 is approximately .081. Maybe Madden’s just assuming Alex is so distraught that he’ll go another 0-for-20 to end the season? Or maybe his finger slipped on his calculator, and editing is for chumps.

    • Jeremy T - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Alright, I checked A-Rod’s game logs. It turns out A-Rod actually is 3 for his last 37. Actually, he’s 3 for his last 39, but I guess Madden decided to leave out the September 12 game for some reason.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=rodrial01&t=b&year=2013&share=3.76#2557-2568-sum:batting_gamelogs
      (scroll to the bottom)

      • cohnjusack - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Actually, he’s 3 for his last 40. He made an out in his last at bat on September 11th (he homered the at bat before).

  3. El Bravo - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Just like the Republicans and Obamacare, amirite???? HEYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • happytwinsfan - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      gotta love friday afternoons

  4. Jeremy T - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I assume this Madden guy has to be good at something, right? Like, Murray Chass was good at writing about owner-player relations, so Madden has to have some specialty or something that got him his job in the first place. I really don’t want to believe somebody can be this bad at their supposed area of expertise.

  5. oztotten008 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Can we discuss this purported 3-17 slump ARod has found himself in?

    This article was published on September 26. So the slump, presumably, would cover the last 17 at bats, starting with the game on the night of the 25th. Let’s take a look at his past 8 games, and see if these numbers hold true.

    Sept 25 – 0-for-3
    Sept 24 – 0-for-3 (0-for-6 total)
    Sept 22 – 1-for-4 (1-for-10 total)
    Sept 21 – 0-for-4 (1-for-14 total)
    Sept 20 – 1-for-4 (2-for-18 total)……….
    Sept 19 – 0-for-3 (2-for-21 total)
    Sept 18 – 0-for-4 (2-for-25 total)
    Sept 17 – 0-for-4 (2-for-29 total)

    So, we’re a bit off.

    1. 3/17 does not come to .081. 3/17 comes to .176. Almost double what he claims.

    2. As you can see, ARod did not bank 3 hits in the previous 8 games. He only has 2. Let’s run the numbers again. 2/17 = .117. Hmmm, still higher than .081.

    3. Nowhere in that stretch can you add up the games to equal 17 at-bats. Try it. There’s no consecutive streak of five games that give you 17 at-bats. Or four games. Or six games. They’re just not there.

    So, aside from spreading pretty hilarious lies about the guy, he’s just making up his stats at-will.

    • oztotten008 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Through 3/37 does come out to .081. And it looks like ARod has gone 3/37 in his last 13 games. So….disregard, because it’s prolly just a typo on Madden’s end.

      Productive Friday.

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I guess he’s hoping to use ARod as his own personal slumpbuster:
    http://slump-buster.com/images/2011%20Season%20013.jpg

  7. voidhelix - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Madden`s clearly in Cashman`s pocket, the man has no journalistic credibility whatsoever. Add to that A-Rod`s never..I repeat ..never used PED`s for improved performance, only to rehab from injury. The MLB`s rules on what are and what aren`t PED`s is the root cause for 99% of these positive tests. Simply put, they`re financially invested in specific pharmaceutical companies an because of that there will never be transparency on which rugs and WHY they`re banned. Cortizone`s a steroid that`s used league wide. That`s okay but others aren`t? It`s firewalled BS and 90% of baseball fans are too stupid to even ask questions.

    • chip56 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Where do you get that from about Alex only using PEDs to rehab injury? Because that’s not what he told ESPN:

      “When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day,” Rodriguez told ESPN’s Peter Gammons in an exclusive interview in Miami Beach, Fla.

      “Back then, [baseball] was a different culture,” Rodriguez said. “It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive. And I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.

      “I did take a banned substance. And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful.”

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3894847

    • Reflex - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Um, whats with the MLB conspiracy theory bullshit? The PEDs they ban are the same ones that virtually every regulated sport bans. Furthermore if such mythical investments in legal drugs existed what stops baseball from, I dunno, investing in companies that sell the other stuff too if that’s their game? Also, how could such an investment actually be worth something when they manage like a few thousand athletes and the drugs in question are sold in the hundreds of millions of doses per year by a handful of pharmaceutical companies. In other words, where is the profit potential here, sales to MLB players would be a drop in the bucket at best.

  8. chip56 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    The slump also corresponds with Alex having a hamstring issue that he said would probably have put him on the DL if the Yankees weren’t fighting for their playoff lives (my guess is that he shuts it down for the weekend).

    This comes on the heels of the Daily News reporting yesterday that Alex was going to skip the trip to Houston all-together so that he could huddle with his legal team – a rumor that was quashed by the Yankees and Alex.

    I’m not a huge Rodriguez fan and think that if the league can make its case then he should be suspended for as long as they can suspend him – but the Daily News is really doing itself a disservice by allowing this sort of unfounded bull poop to be put out there by its writers.

  9. klbader - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I think the headline should be rewritten as: BREAKING: Attention Whore Seeks Attention.”

    • chip56 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      I think Craig has that trademarked.

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    And what is Madden’s AVG in getting ARod predictions right? I am not so good at advanced math, and my old Texas Instruments calculator is unavailable to me, but if he has been correct exactly zero times out of (insert number) of predictions, he is currently in a .000 slump right?

    So if ARod, allegedly batting .081 (or .176 or somewhere in between) is in such a slump that he needs to “get a grip on reality — which is that he’s finished”, what does Madden’s inferior performance as a reporter indicate about his best future course of action?

  11. whatthehellisansky - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    So here we have a guy who was great at what he did for a long time, but towards the end of his career made a number of poor decisions and consequently will live on as a cautionary tale about what not to do in his particular profession.

    You may think I’m talking about A-rod – but I’m talking about Bill Madden.

    The same way arod is wrong for all this steroid B.S. – what Madden has done (an continues to do) is just as bad in my book.

    After a career of penning some darn good and accurate articles, what he has done regarding this arod situation is -dare i say it – even below mike lupica standards.

    Since this arod mess hit the fan, Madden has consistently deceived his readers with bad information. It boils down to a guy who prints a bunch of made up B.S. to belabor a topic that has already been beaten to death just to sell newspapers.

    Oh and by the way – hes a hall of famer.

    While A-Rod will likely never see the hall of fame, Bill Madden has already been made a member as the spink award winner for 2010.

    Talk about Hypocrisy.

  12. joestemme - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    F*$k A-Roid.

    • ezthinking - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Fisk-a-roid? Is that a new hemorrhoid treatment? Sounds painful.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Wow, this is a new and exciting comment from you. Not like you haven’t posted this exact stupidity in every other Arod story…

      • joestemme - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        F$#K A-Roid, like he’s shamed the Yankees and the sport.

        It cannot be said enough.

        F#$$ A-Roid.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Yeah he’s shamed the team whose owner was convicting of a federal crime, twice suspended from baseball, oversaw the Bronx Zoo years, the constant firing/rehiring of Billy Martin, had a PED user in Mantle (a drunk as well), had two players swap wives(!)…

        Yeah, this organization was definitely shamed by having a PED user on it. Give me a break.

  13. hojo20 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I listened to Madden discuss A-Rod in August, and obviously Madden has an ax to grind with A-Rod.

  14. mikefoxtrot - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Madden baffles me. i have great difficulty believing that he doesn’t spend all his waking hours on a bar stool.

  15. stevem7 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Craig, it’s not really fair to pick on Madden in such a manner as you fail to mention that Madden was handicapped by learning his trade under the Master of Misinformation and being Wrong … Mike Lupica himself. The NYDN should really get out of the business of Sports Reporting as clearly it is a subject that no writer at that outlet knows anything about.

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