Suspension in A-Rod’s future?

From ESPN (1050 New York): 1050 ESPN New York has learned, it is possible that Alex Rodriguez could be suspended by the Commissioner’s Office depending on what MLB investigators were to find out about A-Rod’s relationship with shady trainer Angel Presinal. The Daily News reports that Presinal has traveled with Rodriguez in recent seasons. Presinal was banned from private areas of MLB clubhouses since October, 2001. I guess if Alex had Presinal around the clubhouse in 2007 then a suspension could actually occur since he was supposedly banned. However, at the same time, A-Rod was reportedly very secretive about his Continue reading Suspension in A-Rod’s future?

CC has the flu…

From Bryan Hoch: Sabathia had been scheduled to pitch to hitters for the second time this spring at 11:55 a.m. on Field 2 of the George M. Steinbrenner Field training complex. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Sabathia wanted to throw the session but vomited and was permitted to leave camp. The “vomit” bit was probably unnecessary, but hey, thanks for the info.

Girardi getting to know Cano

According to the skipper himself, Joe Girardi, this season, has a better understanding of current second baseman, Robinson Cano. Hopefully, this understanding will allow him to manage Cano in an effective manner, as he needs all the help he can get. The same article points out that Cano has been working hard in the offseason in order to add muscle to his thin frame You know, Jeff Francoeur did the same thing (add muscle) last year. Let’s hope that Cano doesn’t turn out the way he did…

Carsten > Karstens

From the Bradenton Herald: A new uniform results in new opportunities for guys such as Karstens and Ohlendorf — unlike the pitchers’ previous employer, Pittsburgh is unlikely to throw truckloads of money to free-agent pitchers such as CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. “It’s two different organizations — one’s going in a route to buy it, one’s going in a route to develop from within,” Karstens said. “I’m happy to be here.” Karstens was a good guy to have around, but he’ll obviously have better opportunities to show what he can do (it’s not much) with the pitching starved Pirates. In Continue reading Carsten > Karstens

I'm back, baby!

Hey there, friends. I’m finally (and perhaps sadly) back from a great trip. I’ve got a bunch of pictures from Spring Training (the boring stretching and warm up parts since games haven’t yet begun). I’m almost done editing them but I will have them up here for viewing by the end of the weekend.

I can tell you first hand: PFP is as boring as you think, but watching a 6’10” Andrew Brackman try to get low for a bunted ball is almost comical. Like a stork picking up a pebble while running.

We unfortunately never got to hook up with Eric Hacker, though we yelled a bit and I think he acknowledged us with a quick wave. I can’t fault him; he’s trying to make the team not new friends in the stands. Maybe another time when we can weasel an autographed ball or two!

We did get, as you saw, a nicely autographed ball signed by Goose, which was nice.

The ballpark looked great and it was a crisp sunny day. Thankfully, we were out of there and back riding roller coasters by the time the ARod mess conference began. I am glad I was away and not dissecting his half-truths and stuff.

I’ll get to that at some point, but maybe you’re as sick of it as I am. Tell me if you want me to just “move on” and I will happily skip it. Continue reading I'm back, baby!

Damon and Nady struggling financially?

From Ken Rosenthal (FOX Sports): Johnny Damon, earning $13 million this season, cannot pay his bills. Xavier Nady, earning $6.55 million, cannot purchase an apartment in New York. The Stanford Financial Group scandal extends to Major League Baseball. The issues facing Damon and Nady — both New York Yankees outfielders and both clients of agent Scott Boras — stem from the alleged $8 billion fraud scheme involving billionaire financier Robert Allen Stanford. Damon, 35, and Nady, 30, told on Friday morning that their finances are frozen because of money they have with a Stanford company. On Monday, the Securities Continue reading Damon and Nady struggling financially?

Yankees and the World Baseball Classic

Chad Jennings checks in with the list of Yankees that are on WBC provisional rosters, as well as his thoughts on their participation/opting out. The list of players: Alfredo Aceves Melky Cabrera Robinson Cano Frank Cervelli Derek Jeter Kai Liu and Zhenwang Zhang Damaso Marte Edwar Ramirez Alex Rodriguez Jahdiel Santamaria Jorge Vazquez Jose Veras Veras, Edwar, Melky, and Aceves have already pulled out, all prudent moves considering that they will be fighting for jobs in spring training. The rest of the players are unlikely to alter their standing with the club no matter what they do this spring, and Continue reading Yankees and the World Baseball Classic

A-Rod, Ortiz & Pedro Linked To Roid Trainer

According to a story NY Daily News released today, an infamous “steroid-linked trainer” spent the entire 2007 season in close proximity to Alex Rodriguez during his MVP year. The article also links the trainer to such star players as Vladimir Guerrero, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz, who only days earlier talked tough about implementing harsher penalties for PED users. Angel Presinal, who was banned from private areas of every MLB ballpark after an October 2001 incident involving an unmarked gym bag full of steroids, has been tight with the Yankee slugger dating back to his time with the Texas Rangers, several sources said. Continue reading A-Rod, Ortiz & Pedro Linked To Roid Trainer