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Tommy Lasorda: “A-Rod ruined the game”

Jan 21, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

Baseball survived the Industrial Revolution, the Civl War, segregation, gambling and multiple world wars. It survived societal paranoia brought on by the threat of nuclear annihilation. It survived the proliferation of countless leisure alternatives including the advent of radio, cinema, television and the Internet. It survived football which, according to most, was on the verge of killing it for at least the past couple of decades. Heck, it even survived Bowie Kuhn.

Yet here’s Tommy Lasorda, telling us that it’s all over:

 

Welp, it’s been nice all. But according to Tommy Lasorda, baseball is ruined. Thanks, A-Rod.

  1. fpstratton - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Although I like Tommy, his comment makes no sense. A-Rod isn’t even a relevant player anymore. When playing, he’s one of the easiest outs in the Yankee lineup. Yeah, Rodriguez took banned substances and lied about it. So did hundreds of other players. Baseball is one of the most hypocritical organizations because it looked the other way for years when this was going on. Only when it was discovered and tried in the court of baseball public opinion did MLB put on a face of disgust and vow to “clean up” the game….after having made millions off of players who performed incredible statistical feats (including Alex in his earlier days). Baseball is a business, and the bottom line is profits. The owners got rich during the steroid era. Case closed.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Yes, except baseball is a sport/game, not a business. MLB is a business.

      • fpstratton - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Good point, but I think you know what I mean.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      When playing, he’s one of the easiest outs in the Yankee lineup.

      2013 wRC+, minimum 180 PA:

      Cano – 142
      Soriano – 130
      Arod – 113
      Gardner – 108

      No one else over 100.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=180&type=8&season=2013&month=0&season1=2013&ind=0&team=9&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=16,d

      • paperlions - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Get outta here with your facts!

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        I’m getting outta here now, I gotta shovel snow.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Get outta here with your facts!

        I have to keep posting this stuff, not because I have some OCD reason to do so, but because I’m so shocked that team actually was A, over .500, and B, almost a playoff team.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Well, one of the nine easiest outs in the lineup, anyway.

      • mpzz - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        What in the H are you blabbering about?

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      I think Tommy was drunk.
      I hope he wasn’t driving.

      • jamers74 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        I guess Tommy forgot about Bonds, Maguire, Sosa, Pizza….

    • rpb1234 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      To quote Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, “I hate Tommy Lasorda”

      • dexterismyhero - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        My name is Nugent……Ted Nugent…

    • judahbenhur - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Lasorda’s comments DO makes sense. A-Rod and his steroid friends have distorted and twisted the very records that make baseball unique to the other sports. In no other sport does the fan know who did what over the history of that league league the way we all do with baseball. Whether it was Aaron’s homerun mark, Nolan Ryan’s no-hitters and strike out records, Gherig’s consecutive game played streak, DiMaggios’s hitting streak, Rickey Henderson’s stolen base records— fans relate to the records– records that are now dotted with frauds. A-Rod helped make a joke of all that is good in baseball– a game that will be here trying to figure out how to categorize his records long after he is gone..

      • mpzz - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        You are correct, sir.

    • pjmarn6 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      What we have here is a lazy ex-lawyer who read something, he didn’t bother to check and is still sticking up for a lying POS.
      Cling Clong didn’t even attend the Lasorda meeting and didn’t hear the statements and took a statement that was completely wrong and used it to defend his buddy, Rodriguez.

      Lasorda said “A-Rod is ‘trying to ruin the game!” That is a big difference from what Cling Clong spouted off on. This lazy ex-lawyer can’t take five minutes to review Lasorda’s statements on the net and what he meant by it.

      Lasorda is echoing the statements most fans are expressing that Rodriguez cheated, lied, intentionally used steroids to inflate his statistics and illegally made millions of dollars. There is no one here that will deny Lasorda’s claims except, Cling Clong.
      NBC sports now has its version of that infamous Al (never let the truth get in the way of the facts) Sharpton.

      As Cling Clong has to be controversial, lie, cheat, and publish incorrect material, in order to get ratings, it doesn’t matter that his entire written statement, based on the nonfactual statement is rubbish.

      When I saw the lead in to the Lasorda comment, I hoped it would not have Cling Clong’s or Ding Dong’s byline. Just imagine if Ding Dong actually took the five minutes to read Lasorda’s real statements and actually made a column based upon the truth.

  2. moogro - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I was all excited to jump into a pickup baseball game at the park today, but stayed home and sulked instead when I thought about Alex Rodriguez.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      moogor, wtf is wrong with you man, does your wife keep your balls in her purse?

  3. elvin2014 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Alex Rodriguez is just a VICTIM in this sad process….

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      A-Rod is getting hammered today, I wonder why.

  4. drewsylvania - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    To be fair, Lasorda has *never* made sense, and has always been dumber than a concussed quarterback-turned-broadcaster.

    • Old Gator - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      It was the the yogurt what done it to him. The yogurt. With all those germs in it.

    • stex52 - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      Yeah, “bright” was never the word that came to mind with Lasorda. Fun, exciting, a pretty good representative for baseball back in his day. But not bright.

    • pjmarn6 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      drewsylvania don’t be as lazy and ignorant as Ding Dong, read Lasorda’s real statements.

  5. glsmithassociates - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Clearly you have to keep Tommy in perspective. Tommy being Tommy !! I would believe he is trying to say A-Rod has tarnished the good of the game. Or in Tommyisem, he’s a “POS”

  6. poprox13 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Arod

    This is why we cant have nice things……..

  7. musketmaniac - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    46 posts not one mention of Bonds. Sorry Barry, your no longer the poster boy for steroids in baseball, old age and our cheating spouses.

  8. joestemme - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Tommy Lasorda to A-Roid: Fu$K You

  9. luz56 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    The art dealer killed baseball in Montreal and now Miami… HOF not letting in Pete Rose…. Melon head Bonds and his records… Take your pick….

  10. braxtonrob - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Logically, it’s not true, … and yet … once again, Tommy is NOT wrong.

    (I like your articles Craig, but) A-Rod SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    • tomtravis76 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      So, they got rid of the challenge system and all calls during any inning are now reviewable minus balls and strikes? Didn’t see that big change of what was already set to go for 2014.

  11. tomtravis76 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Baseball is ruined? I didn’t see the article about the season being cancelled or the refunding of season ticket purchases.

    You know what is destroying baseball? The fact that they won’t get with 2014 and have replay apart of the game. No challenge crap, an extra umpire who can review plays immediately and signal the correct call down to the field crew, so the tv viewers and in-stadium fans don’t have to constantly watch wrong calls being shrugged off and force fed the bang bang play ,human element load.

    What is illegal today will most likely be legal down the road in some form.

    • blivetz - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Replay was unanimously approved recently…get with the times…

    • anxovies - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Baseball thrived before and after video cameras were invented. I really don’t see the urgency for replay. It really didn’t do anything for football except four hour games, provide time for more commercials and bore the fans who attend the games while they wait for some guy in a booth to make up his mind.

      • tomtravis76 - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        It’s about getting the call correct. Having video evidence showing what call should have been is to help the game, not hurt it or show up an official. Replay is for assistance.

  12. rjmarrella - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    I still blame the DH!

  13. benrob99 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Anyone who supports A-Rod is an asinine contrariant.

    Therefore it goes without saying that Craig C. is on board.

  14. prancerbyanose - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    A-Rod ruined baseball but Mike Piazza should be in the Hall of Fame??? Right. Of course! It all makes sense in La-Lasorda Land! Think Blue, Tommy Boy!

  15. pastabelly - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Lasorda engaged in a little hyperbole and some get all bent out of shape. I think most people get that Lasorda is really only saying that Rodriguez is the poster boy for what is wrong in the game. I doubt Lasorda meant that we are not coming off a great post season playoffs which showed so much that is great about the game. It’s an easy target for Calcaterra though.

  16. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Tommy Lasorda is a cranky old coot.

  17. csilojohnson - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    baseball ruined baseball

  18. peymax1693 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I’m not sure we should listen to anything Tommy says.
    After all, he was clueless enough to be interviewed by Stuttering John twice.

  19. 1historian - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    As long as there are spring and summer days, as long as there is ice cold beer, as long as there are folding seats, as long as the local HS or college BB team plays – there will be baseball.

    Tommy – not to worry, kid – us old coots out here have got the situation under control.

    • 1historian - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      One more thing – we gotta make sure there’s enough porta-potties to go along with the cold beer.

  20. aceshigh11 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Talk about hyperbole.

    All of MLB was in on PEDs: owners, GMs, managers, players. They either actively promoted it to make the game more exciting, or sat by passively knowing it was going on.

    Either way, A-Rod is simply the highest-profile example of the culture which the game permitted. Scapegoat him if it makes you feel better, but he’s still one of the greatest players of all-time for his era, or any era, really.

  21. castaluccio - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Thus, spake the GAS BAG!

  22. musketmaniac - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    baseballs biggest problem is that too many old timers want to preseve the past. the more I hear the more I think they didn’t leave it all on field.

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