Defense is the New Moneyball?

An interesting article for your mental digestion, Yankee fans, by the great Peter Gammons on “Falling back in love with defense” showing that baseball people and fans alike are slowly coming back to the point where defense is now being valued nearly as much as offense.

One GM even goes so far as to say,...

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Dissecting the ARod transcript, pt III

PETER GAMMONS: How do you go about making people believe you?

ALEX RODRIGUEZ: Well, I think coming into the league at 20 years, coming second to Juan Gonzalez as MVP is one good indication. And then, 14 years later in 2007, having the greatest year of my career is another. The other thing is, I’m going to have a sample of 14 years past this Texas era where I get to show and prove to the world who I am as a player. Hopefully I’m part of a championship team or two.

And I also, more importantly, have a chance to, you know, tell the story to kids so they can learn from my mistake. Because there’s a story to be said here. I’m looking forward to that challenge.

But to me, ’09, now I’m getting excited going to spring training. When you take this gorilla and this monkey off your back, you realize that honesty is the only way. I’m finally beginning to grow up.…

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Who else is on the list?

Alex Rodriguez has been outed, now, what other names do you think may be featured in the 2003 results (there are 104 in total)? I don’t consider this to be inappropriate speculation, instead, I think it’s only fair for us to wonder about who the other names are since they have yet to be released...

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Dissecting the ARod transcript, pt II

The “without trying to overinvestigate” comment is again so profoundly absurd, it’s amazing that he kept going back to this. Gammons, who knows ARod as well as anyone, should have hammered on this. I’m disappointed he let it slide the way he did. Sure he asked ARod a few times but never said “C’mon Alex. Do you mean to tell me that you injected or ingested whatever someone gave you without asking what it was, what it did, what the effects were?

PETER GAMMONS: To go back, you were 21 years old. You’re saying at that point in your career, high school, No. 1 pick in the country, you’re hitting .358 at the age of 21, you were completely clean?

ALEX RODRIGUEZ: 100 percent. 100 percent. Even before that I had never even seen or even heard of the idea of taking any substance. I’ve been very fortunate to come up. I was up at 18 years old. I remember meeting you when I was a few months removed away from high school.

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Jorge feeling good

Jorge Posada played catch yesterday, throwing 140 times at varying distances. According to Jorge, he’s feeling pretty good and is progressing nicely. Also, speaking of Jorge, he offered a “that’s pretty accurate” of his own, yesterday, when asked if he was one of the 104 players on the now infamous 2003 survey list.

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Dissecting the ARod transcript, pt I

Click here for the transcript on ESPN.

Here are my thoughts following each Q&A:

PETER GAMMONS: Alex, this weekend Sports Illustrated reported that in 2003 you tested positive for testosterone, an anabolic steroid known as Primobolan. What is the truth?

ALEX RODRIGUEZ: When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me, and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day.

Back then, it was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive. And I wanted to prove to everyone that, you know, I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time. And I did take a banned substance. You know, for that I’m very sorry and deeply regretful.

… The culture back then, and Major League Baseball overall, was very — I just feel
that, you know, I’m just sorry.…

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