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A-Rod made a half million doing nothing

Apr 15, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Rodriguez reacts to a reporter's question after arriving at the Yankees' minor league baseball complex in Tampa

Alex Rodriguez can’t play baseball, but he continues to be a pretty darn good real estate flipper. He just made half a million bucks flipping his Miami Beach condo a year after buying it. He says he’s going to get a bigger place on the beach. But maybe not as big as the $30 million house he sold on the beach last year, from which he also made bank.

Not important, I realize, but I do like to imagine that Mike Lupica, Bob Klapisch and the rest of the many thousands out there suffering from A-Rod Derangement Syndrome get all bent out of shape when they see stuff like this.

  1. braddavery - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Craig Calcatrolla.

    J/K, looove yooou (in my Peter Griffin voice). ; )

  2. dluxxx - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    From flipping bats to flipping properties. This man just has TWTW.

  3. tbird05 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Craig, I just saw something on CBS sports that is right up your alley. The Braves are getting hateful emails from a few people regarding Hank Aaron’s comments from his celebratory service last week.

    Just a quick reminder, he made some pretty classless comments about a particular political party, and now some classless people are saying hateful things. Go jump on it and tell everyone how it is a one-sided issue.

    • dluxxx - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Wait, CBS Sports had something not baseball related on their website? I though only HardballTalk had that kind of click-inducing drivel on it…

      /S (with a capital S)

      • tbird05 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        I figured this one was way too juicy to pass up. Just thought I might predict the future…

        I tried bucking the system and just griping about political garbage on sports blogs, but have since embraced the inevitable. If you can’t beat them, well, you know.

      • dluxxx - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        You’re probably right. I was just thinking about all the comments on the Doug Glanville article that were like “All other sports sites only talk about sports!!! Ermagerd you need to stop writing this stuff and post some damn box scores!!”

  4. pisano - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    I hope he makes as much money as he can, I just don’t ever want to see him in a Yankee uniform again, but that’s just wishful thinking.

  5. chiadam - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Maybe now he wil lstop refusing to pay his legal bills.

    See, I can also troll.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    He may be good at flipping real estate (and by good I mean he buys it, has somebody decorate it, sits unoccupied 3/4 of a year, then sells it when the market starts creeping up) but let’s not give the man TOO much credit in the world of real estate. After all, he is a slum lord!

  7. lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I wonder if Yankee fans (of which I am one) realize that short of a contract hit, this guy is your starting 3rd baseman next season.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      ARod>Yangervis Solarte, hot start notwithstanding.

      Contrary wise, the Yankees will not have an aging Jeter requiring DH days, and may not have Soriano either. DH should be relatively wide open. The team could do worse.

      Maybe they release him and he gets the Barry Bonds treatment from 29 other clubs, but since the money is spent either way, it is tough to argue that the Yankees are better off without ARod than with him.

      • slartibartfast4242 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        True, and baseball is a lot more interesting with him involved. There is no other villain like him. I only hope he embraces his role as the heel, and hit a few dingers while he’s at it.

      • johnchesterny - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Let me correct your math:

        ARod – PEDS < Yangervis Solarte

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        You give both PEDs and Solarte too much credit.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        I’m a little higher on Solarte than you, although I agree Arod is still better if healthy. How about Solarte at 2nd next year? At some point, this team has to start thinking about getting younger.

        I don’t have as much of a problem with Arod as others do. I’ve never felt I needed to love players personally to root for them on my team. If he comes back and contributes, fine by me.

        And like slarti said, for better or worse, life sure is more interesting with him around.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Let’s give Solarte more than 50 ABs to show what he can do. I hope he turns out to be the next Brosius, but who knows. And he is 27 already, so it is not like he propels the youth movement that far forward.

        The Yankees are going to need to pick up a few infielders next season. Sandoval, Lowrie, Hanley and a few others are currently ticketed for free agency (not to mention Stephen Drew still sitting out there). Guys like Solarte, Anna, Ryan etc might suffice for decent plan Bs, but I wouldn’t bet the season on them.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        I didn’t call him an all-star, I’m just saying your previous comments make it sound like you’re convinced he can’t play. I’ll give a little credit to a guy who walked in spring training as an after thought and actually *gasp* earned a roster spot.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        I am not saying you are wrong. I never said Solarte is bad, because we don’t know that yet. I only said that ARod should still be better.

        For the record, I hope Solarte turns out to be a solid regular,. It will solve a lot of problems. But the guy will be 28 next season, has <50 AB to his MLB career, and has been EXTREMELY LUCKY so far. I have never seen so many soft pop ups land between fielders or glance off of gloves as they have for this guy. Maybe he is good, maybe he stinks. He has been good so far, but Vernon Wells had a nice April last year also. Baseball is hard, so with most players I assume they are not very good (relatively speaking) until they prove otherwise.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      The best-case scenario has him playing 80 games at third and 20 at DH next year. Someone — Pablo Sandoval? — will be getting a lot of time at third.

    • pisano - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      @luke…sad, but true. The hit is still a possibility.

  8. dluxxx - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    On a serious note, you gotta wonder what kind of capital gains hit he’s going to take on that. Maybe the laws are different in Florida, but I thought you need to live in a property as your primary residence for 2 years to avoid that. Not that he’s worried about that….

    • ezthinking - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      As an investment property, he has time to make the 1099 exchange with the profits to avoid adverse tax consequences.

      • kevinbnyc - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Wait…smart people comment here?

      • bigharold - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Easy there EZ. Just cause it’s April 15th lets not break out the tax code.

  9. aresachaela - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM


    • 18thstreet - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      99 percent of HBT comments using ‘XD’ were written by aresachaela.

      • Reflex - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        That’s why we love her though. 😉

      • renaado - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        With or without using the net she’s been using that face ALL the time. Truly she’s extroverted to the highest level I can tell you that.

  10. icanspeel - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t he getting paid some this year while being suspended and virtually not doing anything?

    2014 38 New York Yankees $2,868,852

  11. darthicarus - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Bobby Bonilla finds this funny.

  12. nbjays - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Making money for doing nothing… if it’s good enough for Congress, it’s good enough for A-Rod.

  13. bigharold - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    “… But I do like to imagine that Mike Lupica, Bob Klapisch and the rest of the many thousands out there suffering from A-Rod Derangement Syndrome…”

    You let out Bill Madden. I’m on Long Island but I’m pretty sure I just heard his head explode.

  14. beachnbaseball - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Sorry Craig, but nobody, except you, seems to give a flying crap about A-Rod stories. It’s strange to see you troll your own columns, however.

  15. deathmonkey41 - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Nothing more easily avoidable than clicking on a link that has “Duh-Winning” in it.

  16. tominma - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    AROD is a complete fraud. He admitted to using when with the Rangers. Then he MUST have been using in Seattle too. I believe his entire career is tainted by PEDs. NONE of these tainted superstars should be elected to the HOF at least while they live. In my view, it should be NEVER!!

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Yeah, you’re right, and we’d better expunge those stinking speed-freak abusers like Aaron and Mays and their whole generation because how do we know who used and who didn’t? And prior generations did even worse things. The only safe course is to close the Hall of Fame. If you want to go to Cooperstown, go to the d@mned opera!

  17. joestemme - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Fuc@ A-Roid

  18. mmsolis1106 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Stay gone..As a lifetime Yankee fan,I don’t miss you…

  19. otismeanwhile - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Not really, Craig..we all know A-roid has to downsize in order to pay his legal bills..

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