Nova vs. Markakis GIF

Ivan Nova shut out Nick Markakis and the Orioles a little over a week ago, and the right-hander will again face the Orioles tonight. In the spirit of Nova-day, enjoy this GIF of Markakis’ at bat in the fifth inning. There’s a sinker, four-seam, and curveball in there, see if you can spot the difference.

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Go where, exactly?

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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

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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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Beat writing at its best

The relationship between the blogosphere and members of the traditional sports media has historically been a strained one.  Among many old-school journalists, contempt existed toward bloggers who hadn’t paid their dues by going to journalism school, often wrote in a more informal (and sometimes profane) fashion, and made no attempts to feign objectivity toward the...

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The agony and the ecstasy: A day in the life of Eric Chavez

I’m running a little short on deep analytical inspiration this Friday afternoon, so instead I will point you to this excellent piece by the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Barbarisi on the daily routine that allows Eric Chavez, who suffers from chronic back problems, to play.   Chavez has been an easy...

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Boston Globe Goes On Record to Defend Use of Anonymous Sources, Tarnishes Gammons

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Clouds of dissension have been gathering over Red Sox Nation since the team’s collapse last September. Not even the joyous occasion of Fenway Park’s 100th birthday has been able to clear the air. In fact, the return of...

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