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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Yanks Go Yard 1st Half Roundtable Show

Last night, I had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable show in which a few of my fellow Yankee bloggers discussed the 2013 Yankees’ first half.

Topics ranged from biggest surprises of the 1st half to how the AL East looks. We also discussed possible trade deadline moves, spoke about which players to watch in 2nd half, and, of course, we all chimed in on the Robinson Cano debate – to sign or not to sign.

Ricky Keeler of Yanks Go Yard hosts the show and my fellow guests were Andrew Mearns of SB Nation’s Pinstriped Bible, Matthew Bove of Yankees Fans Unite and William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog.

You can listen to podcast here here.


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Reassessing The Yankee Rotation At The Break


(Photo courtesy of the AP)

The All Star break has officially begun for the Yankees after the conclusion of yesterday afternoon’s disaster show.  Rather than sit here and harp on how pathetic that game was, let’s just focus on something positive and pick up where we left off last week with the bullpen.  After 95 games, the Yankee rotation is having another solid season.  A group that entered the season pretty much set in stone has collectively lived up to expectations, even if some of the individual performances getting there have been uneven and underwhelming.

At the break, the Yankee rotation sits top 15 in MLB in ERA (3.96), FIP (3.90), and K rates and 4th in fWAR (9.1).  That high WAR value can be attributed to this group’s ability to pitch deep into games and limit walks.  They rank 7th in both BB/9 (2.35) and total IP (579.1).  Not surprising for a bunch of veterans who know how to pitch in YS3.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/14/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 7-1:
Brett Marshall made the start and gave up a run in the first and second innings, giving Buffalo a quick lead. He kept them scoreless over the next two innings, but it fell apart in the fifth. Mike Nickeas was hit by a pitch and Mike McCoy drew a walk. A one-out single loaded the bases and an error at first by Dan Johnson allowed three runs to score. A sac fly by Andy LaRoche brought another run in for the Bisons, giving them a 6-0 lead. Sean Ochinko homered in the sixth to round out Buffalo’s offense for the day, while Scranton finally got on the board in the top of the seventh. David Adams drew a walk and scored on a two-out double by JR Murphy. A fly ball by Melky Mesa ended the RailRiders’ threat as they went on to lose 7-1.

Murphy went 2-3 with a double and a RBI. Mesa and Walter Ibarra both went 1-3, while the rest of the lineup came up empty.…

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Game Thread: Sunday, July 14th, Twins vs Yankees

Yesterday’s loss to the Twins was frustrating. Phil Hughes had a solid game going until he gave up the two run homer in the eighth. His pitch count was approaching 110 at that point, raising questions as to why he was in the game at all. That said, the Yankees should have scored more than a single run. They’ll have a better chance to do that in today’s game. The Twins will send Kyle Gibson to the mound. In three games this season Gibson has pitched to a 7.27 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He’s the kind of punching bag the depressed Yankee offense desperately needs. CC Sabathia will hold down the fort for the Yankees. Sabathia hasn’t been his usual self this year, but he should provide more than enough to keep the Twins at bay. Use this as your Game Thread. Enjoy!

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