All posts tagged a-rod

→ Clemson Tigers still fighting for national respect

Excellent piece by Andrea Adelson about how Clemson’s success in recent years has not been enough to overcome its reputation:

Look at the actual results: Clemson’s only losses in 2014 were to teams that finished in the final top 10 of the AP and coaches polls (Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech). Go back the past three seasons, and Clemson’s only losses were to teams that finished in the final top 10 (Florida State and South Carolina in 2012 and 2013). It just so happens Clemson, Florida State and South Carolina have all been really good all at once. Failing to beat both consistently seems to be a harsh way of judging a team.

Let’s hope a full year of (heathy) Deshaun Watson can do some more to change that.

→ A-Rod’s cousin reportedly shook him down for nearly $1 million

It’s so good to have A-Rod back in our lives…

→ Famous barber says that Alex Rodriguez shaves his arms and legs

Of course, A-Rod shaves his legs. Of course, he does.

→ Buck Showalter thinks A-Rod’s ban will help the Yankees too much

Interesting point from Buck:

Getting Rodriguez’s $25 million salary off their 2014 books would effectively reset a Yankees payroll projected to exceed a $189 million luxury tax threshold the club hoped to slip under. And if they’re freed from the $86 million owed Rodriguez from 2014 to ’17? Showalter fears Commissioner Bud Selig’s zeal to ban Rodriguez might turn the Yankees into free agent predators again.

I would hope it does not work that way.

→ Most Players involved in Biogenesis scandal ready to accept suspensions, but A-Rod fights on

This should be really interesting, especially with the rumors that A-Rod will get a lifetime ban if he does not settle with MLB and that Selig is ready to ban A-Rod from playing, even during his appeals process. It looks like a good chunk of A-Rod’s money is going to be headed to lawyers really soon.

→ Report: A-Rod trying to make a deal

Of course he is.

→ Alex Rodriguez: Hitless in two at-bats in rehab debut

So great.

→ Disney parks’ profit soars 73% in latest quarter

Woah. That is a pretty impressive first quarter.

→ Yankees Explore Voiding A-Rod’s Contract

Schadenfreude. Delicious schadenfreude.

→ Jayson Stark Calls for Longer PED Suspensions

So in the wake of all this, you would think that players would be asking themselves, finally: Is it worth it? Are the rewards for cheating really worth the gamble that some day, they could wake up and find out they’d just become Manny or A-Rod, a walking PED punch line whose entire career had been instantly discredited?

Well, sadly, here’s the truth: None of this will do it. None of this will stop some of these dopes from trying to cheat. Not in baseball or any other sport.

So somewhere along the line, the price these men must pay for this crime has to grow large enough to force them to feel the pain. Two-month suspensions alone aren’t enough. In-season blood tests aren’t enough. Even public humiliation isn’t enough.

And it won’t be enough until the suspensions grow longer and the penalties grow stiffer — because, clearly, the thought of losing 50 games worth of pay isn’t scaring the people who need scaring.

Mr. Stark will not be the last one to make such a plea.

→ New report links A-Rod with performance-enhancing drugs

Well, at least we know why he did so well in the 2009 playoffs.

→ A-Rod Flirts with Female Fans During ALCS Game 1

Such a classy guy.