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  1. Winners and losers of the Alex Rodriguez arbitration decision

    Jan 11, 2014, 1:47 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    This wasn’t just about A-Rod and Bud Selig going to head to head. There are a lot of winners and losers here. Some are people. Some are documents. Some are ideas and ideals. Let’s look at the immediate fallout: Winner: Major League Baseball: The league wanted A-Rod gone through 2014 and, in all likelihood, believe…

  2. MLBPA disagrees with A-Rod decision, but won’t stand behind him in legal fight

    Jan 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EST

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    Now that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has banned Alex Rodriguez for 162 games (and the 2014 postseason) for his ties to Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs, the Major League Baseball Players Association has issued the following statement: “The MLBPA strongly disagrees with the award issued today in the grievance of Alex Rodriguez, even despite the arbitration panel’s…

  3. A-Rod will try to appeal to federal court, but he’s not likely to have success

    Jan 11, 2014, 12:26 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    In the wake of Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension being reduced to 162 games, he said that he plans to appeal the decision to federal court. This is not unexpected, but I also believe that it will be a waste of his time and his money. Arbitration is chosen by parties for the express purpose of…

  4. Alex Rodriguez receives 162-game suspension

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:47 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been hit with a 162-game suspension from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, effectively ruling him out for the entire 2014 season. The suspension also covers the postseason. Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension from MLB in August due to his alleged ties to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida which…

  5. Report: Alex Rodriguez decision “imminent,” ruling appears “favorable” for MLB

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:40 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Horowitz is expected to rule on Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension today. Stay tuned. 11:35 a.m. ET: When yesterday passed without a ruling on Alex Rodriguez‘s 211-game suspension, the assumption was that we likely wouldn’t hear anything from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz until Monday at the earliest. As Ronald Blum…

  6. Report: Alex Rodriguez has discussed accepting a reduced suspension

    Jan 9, 2014, 6:20 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    The Baseball Hall of Fame vote is over and done with, but at least we still have the continuing saga of Alex Rodriguez to talk about. With arbitrator Fredric Horowitz expected to making a ruling on Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension any day now — in fact, a decision could come down as soon as tomorrow…

  7. The massive Hall of Fame post

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    The Hall of Fame ... has never really married its two founding visions.  Some people still view it as Alexander Cleland’s place for parents and children to enjoy the history of baseball and maybe go to the field for a catch. Some view it the way Ford Frick did, as baseball’s “Hall of Great Americans,” to honor players who represent the fundamental principles that make up the spirit of the American people.

    Part I: A short history First, just a little bit of history. The Baseball Hall of Fame, more or less, was the brainchild of two people. The first knew nothing whatsoever about baseball. The second romanticized the game beyond all reason. You can think about whose spirit still lingers over Cooperstown, N.Y. The first was…

  8. Just A-Rod, Manny Machado and Yonder Alonso hangin’ at the Jay-Z show

    Jan 3, 2014, 2:56 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Manny Machado

    I’m sure the Orioles are thrilled to see the company the future of the franchise is keeping: Great time at the Jay Z show last night with @YonderalonsoU and Manny Machado! pic.twitter.com/OvOaDYdBhj — Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) January 3, 2014   Or, perhaps, A-Rod is not quite the pariah around baseball that a lot of writers…

  9. The A-Rod-Randy Levine emails are . . . weird

    Dec 30, 2013, 3:03 PM EST

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    Steve Fishman of New York Magazine wrote an epic detailing of the Alex Rodriguez-MLB battle back on December 1. Now, as a spillover from that article, come a series of emails between A-Rod and Yankees president Randy Levine sent from 2011 through the depths of the Biogenesis scandal in August of this year. And they’re,…

  10. Neither Random House nor HarperCollins have heard of the alleged A-Rod tell-all

    Dec 20, 2013, 7:08 AM EST

    New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez reacts as he sits courtside with supermodel Cindy Crawford and retired wrestler Torrie Wilson during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

    The other day the New York Post reported that Random House and HarperCollins were in a bidding war for an Alex Rodriguez tell-all book. Only problem with that is that no one has told Random House and HarperCollins about it: “It’s totally fake,” said one publishing insider. The insider also said no house would be foolish enough…

  11. Court rules that MLB can depose Yuri Sucart in its pointless lawsuit

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    Major League Baseball sought to depose Alex Rodriguez‘s cousin Yuri Sucart in the lawsuit it filed against Biogenesis and lots of other folks. That is, the lawsuit which gave Major League Baseball the handle with which to turn Anthony Bosch and others as it pursued Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other ballplayers. Over the summer Sucart filed a writ…

  12. Juan Gonzalez is selling his 1996 MVP trophy, other stuff

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:10 AM EST

    Juan Gonzalez

    Juan Gonzalez made something like $90 million in salary alone during his baseball career, so maybe he’s doing this to simply clear out the clutter. But whatever the motivation, you can now get your hands on some hot, hot Juan Gonzalez memorabilia. Up for auction? His 1996 MVP award. His 1996 and 2001 Silver Slugger…

  13. Yankees Hot Tub Time Machine

    Dec 18, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    hot tub time machine

    It just gets better and better with the New York Yankees. They just signed Brian Roberts. I wrote before (in my Ichiro Suzuki essay for the 100 greatest players) that this Yankees team would look awfully good … in 2006. But by essentially replacing Robinson Cano with Brian Roberts, they have — in a weird…

  14. Yankees looking at Mark Reynolds, Michael Young

    Dec 16, 2013, 7:55 PM EST

    Michael Young Getty

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Yankees are contemplating Mark Reynolds, Michael Young and Brian Roberts as they seek to add to their infield.  Reynolds would be a re-signing after finishing last season with the Bombers. He hit .236/.300/.455 with six homers in 36 games with the Yankees and .220/.306/.393 with 21 homers in…

  15. His baseball career may be close to over, but A-Rod’s real estate flipping legend grows

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:42 AM EST

    a-rod reuters yankees

    Alex Rodriguez netted $15 million on the sale of his Miami Beach home earlier this year. Now he’s looking to make a cool million for carrying and then flipping a condo for only six months. From Realtor.com: Rodriguez is asking $3.2 million for a unit in Mei Condominiums, an Asian-inspired luxury high-rise on the outskirts…

  16. Alex Rodriguez “optimistic” about case against MLB

    Dec 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez made an appearance yesterday at a charity event hosted by Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. His contentious arbitration hearing against MLB came to a close last month, so he’s currently waiting on independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to decide whether his 211-game suspension will be upheld. With…

  17. An arrest is made in the impossibly unseemly theft of the Biogenesis documents

    Dec 13, 2013, 9:01 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Boca Raton, Florida police announced the arrest of  a tanning salon worker for the theft of the Biogenesis documents Major League Baseball is now using to go after Alex Rodriguez. His name is Reginald St. Fleur. He’s a known associate of Porter Fischer, the former Biogenesis employee who initially obtained the documents and who, at one time…

  18. MLB still trying to get evidence that A-Rod obstructed the Biogenesis investigation

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:51 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Alex Rodriguez‘s P.R. guy, Michael Sitrick, was allegedly served with a subpoena by Major League Baseball. They wanted him to testify in the arbitration as to whether he or his underlings leaked Biogenesis documents implicating Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli to the press. MLB believes that he did, and by doing so A-Rod — through his…

  19. Yankees reportedly in on everyone now that Robinson Cano is off the board

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Earlier today, second baseman Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners on a ten-year, $240 million contract, leaving the Yankees out in the cold with an infield that includes the embattled Alex Rodriguez, the hobbled Derek Jeter, the recovering Mark Teixeira, and the recently-signed Kelly Johnson. Now that they don’t have to set aside space for…

  20. UPDATE: Mariners planning to offer nine years, $225 million to Robinson Cano

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The Mariners may not have offered $200 million to Robinson Cano yet, but it sounds like it’s going to happen before long. David Waldstein of the New York Times and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Mariners plan to offer nine years and $225 million to Cano. This is a slightly…

  21. When will the Yankees regret the Jacoby Ellsbury contract?

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

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    These huge, later-career deals never turn out great. The best you can hope for when you sign a 30-something baseball player to a hugely expensive long-term deal is that he will have a couple of good years on the front end to boost up his value, have a nice rebound year somewhere in the middle,…

  22. Yankees close to signing Kelly Johnson to one-year deal

    Dec 4, 2013, 7:35 AM EST

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    After reportedly agreeing to terms on a seven-year, $153 million contract with Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees are close to securing some Robinson Cano insurance. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are on the verge of signing Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract worth between $2.75-$3 million. Of course, the Yankees…

  23. Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury signing to pay big dividends… for now

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:24 PM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Yankees are betting big that Jacoby Ellsbury will age well in his thirties. They’re betting big that he’s not injury-prone and that his two season-ruining injuries were flukes. They’re betting big that his power will come back with Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right serving as such a tempting target. They’re betting big that…

  24. A-Rod on why we should believe him now when he’s lied before: “I’m not sure”

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    That’s just a tease from a big, big, huge, giant article in New York Magazine about Alex Rodriguez and his battle with Major League Baseball. Nowhere in there does it ever get to why we should believe him, but along the way there are all kinds of those interesting A-Rod details that, for some reason,…

  25. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

    Ryan Howard

    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

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