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  1. 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’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…

  2. Team A-Rod is portraying Tony Bosch as a cocaine user

    Nov 27, 2013, 1:21 PM EST

    AP Anthony Bosch

    New York Magazine reports that Team A-Rod has gone after Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch as a habitual cocaine user. And they have a photo that appears to be Bosch with two small bags of cocaine. The basis for the claim is a friend of Bosch’s — who himself has a spotty past — who says…

  3. A-Rod amends his lawsuit, assails Bud Selig’s “cowardly stance”

    Nov 26, 2013, 5:14 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Today Alex Rodriguez‘s legal team amended the lawsuit A-Rod filed last month. No legal changes. The biggest factual changes are the inclusion of allegations surrounding Bud Selig’s failure to testify at the arbitration. From the Daily News: They claim the baseball commissioner’s “cowardly stance” is consistent with his highly inappropriate past conduct – and as…

  4. Let’s not overstate the impact Yankee Stadium will have on Brian McCann

    Nov 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

    Brian McCann AP

    As soon as the Yankees’ signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract was announced, the projections started rolling in. “McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark,” tweeted David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others were less bold, suggesting 35 as a ceiling for the former…

  5. A-Rod’s lawyers delay the release of all the dirt they say they have on Major League Baseball

    Nov 22, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Yesterday A-Rod’s lawyers said they were going to release all the dirt they have on Major League Baseball to the media some time today.  Those plans have changed: As Alex Rodriguez awaits arbitration decision, his lawyers are pushing back plans to publicly release evidence until next week. @nytsports — Steve Eder (@SteveEder) November 22, 2013…

  6. A-Rod’s arbitration case against MLB has concluded

    Nov 21, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Alex Rodriguez made headlines yesterday when he stormed out of his arbitration hearing and vented with Mike Francesa on WFAN Radio, but his case against MLB ended with little fanfare this afternoon. Rodriguez stayed true to his word and was not in attendance at MLB headquarters today, but his lawyers were still present. While there…

  7. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  8. A “body language expert” says that A-Rod was lying yesterday

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    It takes a pretty naive and/or trusting person to listen to everything A-Rod has to say about Biogenesis, PEDs and all of that and conclude that he doesn’t lie and mislead about those things sometimes. Or often, actually. I mean, even defenders of the guy like me wouldn’t bet breakfast on A-Rod being truthful about…

  9. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EST

    Prince Fielder

    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  10. What in the heck is A-Rod doing?

    Nov 20, 2013, 5:13 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Watching another afternoon train wreck involving Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball, I feel like it’s worth remembering two things: 1. Alex Rodriguez could have used PEDs like crazy, but still not have deserved a 211-game suspension; and 2. Bud Selig can have it in for A-Rod — could wish to see him burn at…

  11. A-Rod walks out on his own arbitration, calls it a “farce”

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:21 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    As the old saying goes: when the facts are on your side argue the facts. When the law is on your side argue the law. When neither are on your side pound your fist on the table and scream. Or, in the case of Alex Rodriguez, just walk out. Which is what he did today…

  12. Joe Tacopina’s cross-examination of Randy Levine sounded less-than-effective

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    Joe Tacopina

    It’s not a transcript, but Christian Red and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News have a summary of the cross-examination of Yankees President Randy Levine by Alex Rodriguez‘s attorneys at the arbitration yesterday.  It sounds less than devastating. Basically, Levine answers “no” to every possible question that looks calculated to elicit something negative.…

  13. In which a reporter cites herself as evidence that A-Rod is awful

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Back in 2007 Selena Roberts, then of the New York Times, wrote a story portraying Alex Rodriguez as a slum lord. I criticized that pretty thoroughly, not so much for the facts reported, but for what was clearly agenda-driven reporting and overheated rhetoric that was obviously designed to put Rodriguez in the worst possible light…

  14. Florida police re-open investigation into the stolen Biogenesis documents

    Nov 19, 2013, 9:52 AM EST

    Clinic at Center of MLB Doping Scandal

    A former Biogenesis employee — the disgruntled Porter Fischer — took documents from the clinic and then they were stolen from his car. Then Major League Baseball wound up with them. Not at all sketchy. Nope. Whatever happened to them before and after Fischer had them may not have any bearing on Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension…

  15. The A-Rod hearing resumes today

    Nov 18, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    I can’t decide if the resumption of the Alex Rodriguez hearing today means that we’ll hear less silly p.r. spin from the lawyers because they’ll be busy with substantive casework again or if it means we’ll hear more because, rather than seek out the media each day, they’ll have to walk by them as they…

  16. Great Moments in the Hot Stove League: When the Yankees passed on Miguel Cabrera

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:22 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Two

    I saw this floating around Twitter over the past several days It’s loads of fun. From the New York Daily News in November 2007, talking about the Yankees and Marlins and a trade for Miguel Cabrera that never happened: Brian Cashman met with the Marlins at about 6 p.m. last night at the GM meetings.…

  17. Ruben Tejada could file a grievance against the Mets over service time

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:45 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is considering filing a grievance against the Mets over a service time issue. As Passan notes, Tejada was the team’s final call-up in September, earning the promotion on the 10th. They handed out three promotions on the 1st of the month, one on…

  18. Joe Torre thinks Derek Jeter would take a reduced role if it would help the Yankees

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:05 PM EST

    derek jeter getty

    Joe Torre managed the Yankees from 1996 to 2007, coinciding with the vast majority of shortstop Derek Jeter‘s playing career. If anyone knows the guy, it’s Torre. Jeter is coming off of an injury-plagued 2013 season, logging a meager 73 plate appearances in 17 games. Because of his age (39) and questionable ability to stay…

  19. Report: MLB impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation when it bought Biogenesis docs

    Nov 15, 2013, 12:13 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Hey, I realize that an actual arm of the Florida government tasked with protecting the health and welfare of Florida citizens has a job to do, but that crap has to go by the wayside when Major League Baseball is getting bad publicity and Bud Selig has a legacy to secure. It’s all about priorities,…

  20. A-Rod is going to try to put bud Selig and Randy Levine on the stand, but don’t count on it happening

    Nov 15, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Bud Selig

    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that, when the arbitration resumes next week, Alex Rodiguez’s lawyers are going to try to put Bud Selig and Yankees president Randy Levine on the stand. MLB would probably fight that, though: MLB would try to block most of the bold-name witnesses from having to testify, particularly…

  21. Illness will keep Alex Rodriguez from being questioned by MLB tomorrow

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:18 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    As Craig wrote earlier, Alex Rodriguez was scheduled to be questioned by MLB tomorrow before his hearing resumes, but it’s not going to happen. You see, he’s a little under the weather. Source: A-Rod has informed MLB that he will be unable to meet with its officials in NY tomorrow. He is ill. — Tim…

  22. MLB to question Alex Rodriguez tomorrow

    Nov 14, 2013, 11:39 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    It’s not under oath — the hearing doesn’t resume until next week — but per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Major League Baseball has a right to question Alex Rodriguez and they’re doing it tomorrow, reports Newsday: Rodriguez will not be required to give sworn testimony, sources said his answers could bolster MLB’s case against him…

  23. Yankees and Cardinals discussing David Freese trade

    Nov 13, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

    David Freese Getty

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News the Cardinals are talking to the Yankees about a deal for third baseman David Freese. Freese is coming off a down year, he’s about to get expensive via arbitration, and the Cardinals could replace him by shifting Matt Carpenter to third base and installing rookie…

  24. The Yankees are interested in Eric Chavez

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    As are many other teams, reports Jon Heyman. Including the Angels and the Diamondbacks, for whom he took a hometown discount last season. The Yankees interest is understandable. For one thing they probably wish they had him last year when your momma woulda been an upgrade at third base most days. Chavez, meanwhile, hit an…

  25. A-Rod’s lawyers file a complaint with the arbitrator over a leak to the New York Times

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:11 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v New York Yankees

    The New York Times story we linked this morning reported that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a stimulant in 2006. That information is not supposed to be released to anyone and, as such, A-Rod’s attorneys have filed a complaint with the arbitrator in the pending appeal of his 211-game suspension objecting to the disclosure. For…

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