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

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 19, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    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…

  5. The A-Rod hearing resumes today

    Nov 18, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 15, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    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,…

  10. 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 EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

    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…

  12. MLB to question Alex Rodriguez tomorrow

    Nov 14, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    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…

  13. Yankees and Cardinals discussing David Freese trade

    Nov 13, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    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…

  14. The Yankees are interested in Eric Chavez

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Must-click link: All of the sordid details in the Alex Rodriguez case

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Every week we get a story here or there in which Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyer or someone from Major League Baseball fires a missile at the other side. Or some odd fact falls out that puts one side or the other in a bad light. I obsess about A-Rod and PED cases more than most people,…

  17. Rob Manfred calls Alex Rodriguez’s career “sad” and “tarnished”

    Oct 31, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    The World Series is over, but the games continue between Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez. After Bud Selig said during the World Series that he was “very comfortable” with how MLB handled their investigation, Rodriguez fired back today by directly criticizing the commissioner. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York has the statement in full:…

  18. Are the Yankees preparing for a shopping spree?

    Oct 18, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Sources close to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand tell him that the Yankees are preparing for a shopping spree that could total as much as $300 million. Marchand recalls that the last time the Yankees unloaded that much money in a single off-season came after the 2008 season, when the Yankees committed a total of $423 million…

  19. Mike Lupica continues to show his legal expertise

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT


    Today Mike Lupica writes about the A-Rod appeal. As my post from this morning suggests, I’m actually with him regarding how much of a clown show the protests outside of the arbitration have become. But of course Lupica can’t make one decent point and get off it. He has to use it as a new…

  20. Oh, now New York politicians are getting in on the A-Rod protests

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Much more of this insane stuff and I’m gonna hop off of the Team A-Rod bandwagon: At a news conference held outside MLB’s Park Avenue offices, where Rodriguez’s appeal completed its seventh day Thursday, New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa and Hispanics Across America president Fernando Mateo went…

  21. Help A-Rod via an online petition, read a book about him allegedly hiring prostitutes

    Oct 17, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Meanwhile, in A-Rod land: There’s a book coming out about A-Rod that threatens to totally change the way we think about rich, narcissistic athletes who have trouble relating to normal human beings. And by “change the way we think about” I mean “totally, undeniably confirm the way we think about rich, narcissistic athletes.” Also: there…

  22. Report: A-Rod and Bosch’s lawyers almost came to blows

    Oct 15, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

    Joe Tacopina

    Now, keep in mind this is from the Daily News so there is probably a decent intensity markup in the reporting compared to what happened in reality, but given that it’s Joe Tacopina, there’s a chance this is actually underplayed: Alex Rodriguez decided last summer that he needed a street fighter in his corner to…

  23. Shane Victorino ties post-season record with ninth HBP

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino moved into a tie with Alex Rodriguez for the most post-season HBP’s in the bottom of the first inning of NLCS Game 2. Tigers starter Max Scherzer drilled Victorino in the left shoulder with a 91 MPH fastball, his ninth career in the post-season. The errant pitch put a runner…

  24. Report: Alex Rodriguez is also at odds with the players union

    Oct 5, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    We learned yesterday that Alex Rodriguez filed separate lawsuits against Major League Baseball and a Yankees team doctor, but there’s still plenty of drama where that came from. According to Serge F. Kovaleski and Steve Eder of the New York Times, Rodriguez grew so frustrated with what he perceived to be lack of support from…

  25. Report: Alex Rodriguez files second suit, this for malpractice

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Rodriguez speaks with reporters following his rehab assignment for Tampa Yankees in a minor league baseball game against Bradenton Marauders in Tampa

    Because he’s already on the hook for the lawyers anyway, Alex Rodriguez reportedly filed his second suit of the day this afternoon, alleging medical malpractice from the Yankees team doctor and New York Presbyterian Hospital. The news comes down from’s Andrew Marchard, who also had the scoop in August that Rodriguez was preparing such…

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