On Hot Stove Rumoring For The Sake Of Rumoring, Or “Hey, Did You Hear About The Yankees And Max Scherzer?”

Scherzer vs TOR

BREAKING: Still not a Yankee. Not even close

Has everybody had a chance to check around the Yankosphere and baseball blog circuit yet today?  If you have, you were no doubt bombared with stories about the Yankees and Max Scherzer kinda, sorta, maybe, possibly being linked.  Via Jon Heyman:

“So far this offseason, there hasn’t been much that’s new and interesting tied to the Yankees– baseball’s most storied franchise and usually among its most active winter players.

And there has been very little, if anything, that’s been linked to right-hander Max Scherzer — baseball’s top free-agent pitcher.

So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there’s a chance that the Yankees and Scherzer may start becoming tied together, at least in terms of talk. It’s a match that might make sense.”

At face value, no.  That wouldn’t be a surprise.  Big money players are always linked to the Yankees during hot stove season, and they have a very apparent and widely-known need for starting pitching.  …

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Hey Look! An A-Rod Story That Actually Matters!

Feinsand keeps playing chess while everybody else is playing “I hate A-Rod” checkers.  He filed a report late last night that was chock full of useful, timely, relevant information on Alex Rodriguez.  Stuff like updates on what he’s been doing lately to prepare for next season:

“A source close to Rodriguez told The News Wednesday that the former AL MVP has been working out ‘like a fiend,’ hitting several days a week at the University of Miami among other places.”

What he’s been doing for months to stay in shape and get ready for his return:

“Rodriguez has been hitting, taking grounders and going through an all-around conditioning program for months, the source said, doing everything within his power to be ready for spring training.”

And a direct quote from one of his teammates on how he feels about A-Rod rejoining the team and the locker room next year:

“Guys in the clubhouse, we’re there for one reason; we’re trying to play baseball and trying to do the best we can as a team, make it into October and win a World Series,” Gardner said.

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Choo-Choo!! Time To Fire Up The A-Rod Hate Train Again

Alex Rodriguez Arriving at  MLB Offices  in NYC

Courtesy of Splash News

Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension has been lifted, he’s back on the 40-man roster, and he’s working out in preparation for his return to the field in 2015.  You know what that means, right?  Time for the New York media to get their collective A-Rod smear games back in action!  Yeah!!  Because a guy who’s already been outed as a steroid user for the better part of the last 15 years, targeted and treated by MLB and the media as the biggest PED offender in the history of organized sports, and had his reputation and credibility completely destroyed in the process obviously needs to be the focus of more steroid-related stories, right?

For instance, did you guys know that A-Rod paid off his cousin who was his drug handler back in the day to keep him from going to media and telling his story of Alex’s PED use?

“In court documents filed last week in Miami, federal prosecutors say Rodriguez paid $900,000 last year to settle a threatened lawsuit by Yuri Sucart, who had worked as Rodriguez’s personal assistant.

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Go where, exactly?

ARodFail

I’ll have more to say on the latest episode of As A-Rod Turns tomorrow, and I don’t really intend to waste time sifting through all of the nonsense every columnist with a publisher puts out there, but this article from CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel is just too much to let go. Obviously there’s the head-desk worthy premise of “everyone should ignore this topic I’m about to write a whole column about, ya’ll,” but the media in general lacking in self-awareness is hardly a new thing. That said, I did find this to be a particularly amusing entry into the genre:

And [A-Rod’s] not worth the attention we keep giving him. The New York tabloids have sent reporters to his minor-league games. Here I am somewhere above Albuquerque, and ESPN is probably about to talk about him some more. And look at me, writing about Agate-Rod from my seat in row 29.

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If only we could start A-Rod’s five-year clock right now.

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A-Rod’s “plea bargain” makes no sense from either side

Alex Rodriguez

Yesterday, Bill Madden and Teri Thompson the Daily News published a report that Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball were considering a plea bargain of sorts that would see A-Rod accept a 150 game suspension over his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, in exchange for which MLB would not pursue a lifetime ban of the Yankees’ fragile third baseman. That’s quite the bombshell the be dropping on a Saturday night. Still, though the story is supposedly based on an account of information Anthony Bosch himself gave to MLB investigators, (A-Rod’s camp naturally denied it) there are more holes in this account than in the Yankees’ current lineup. In no particular order.

1. First and foremost, there is no such thing as a 150 game suspension under the Joint Drug Agreement. Punishment simply goes from a 100 game suspension for a second offense to a liftetime ban on your third strike. Though it might be theoretically possible for a new punishment to be carved out if the offending player agrees to it, you can bet the union is likely to fight that, given the long term consequences it could have for players who get caught up in the drug testing protocols.…

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And so it begins…

Last night, comments made by Hal Steinbrenner about Alex Rodriguez were leaked via Twitter by some of the Yankee beat writers.

They came about because Brian Cashman was interviewed and appeared on ESPN before Sunday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Cashman said the following about Alex’s contract, “It’s something I think even Alex would tell you, he couldn’t live up to that (contract),” Cashman said. “It’s an enormous contract and I think that, I would say probably, he couldn’t live up to it. But he’s doing everything he can to try to do so.”

Yesterday, the main theme of what was relayed was Steinbrenner’s disappointment in A-Rod’s tenure as a Yankee. And true to form, some of those writers left the positive comments Mr. Steinbrenner made about Alex out of their tweets and let fans believe that Steinbrenner solely trashed him which isn’t the case at all.

And even this morning, the headlines say, “HAL STEINBRENNER HAS BEEN DISAPPOINTED IN A-ROD” or some other the variation of the Hal being disappointed in Alex theme.…

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Can Everybody Just Get Off A-Rod’s Nuts??

Really??? Courtesy of the AP

(The following was originally posted yesterday afternoon at An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Seriously. It’s getting out of control. It doesn’t surprise me that it’s A-Rod attracting all this negative attention and drama, because that’s what’s always...

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How can Joel Sherman stay on the Yankee beat after last night?

Yankee fans were stewing after last night’s game-ending blown call at first base by Jerry Meals, and apparently the Yankee manager shared that sentiment. In case you missed it, you can watch video of the Yankee post game interview with the manager here, and get the reports of what transpired afterward in the manager’s...

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