March 6, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Six years ago they were World Series headliners and at the peak of their popularity in their respective cities. Ryan Howard had just hit .333 with two home runs and eight RBIs, winning the NLCS MVP in the Phillies' five-game series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had carried his team back to a second straight World Series for the first time in franchise history. Alex Rodriguez had batted .438 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in nine playoff games to help the New York Yankees get back to the World Series for the first time since 2003.
December 22, 2013 |
CLOSER TO the end of his long career than the start, Carlos Beltran finally got to put on the uniform of his favorite childhood team. The eight-time All-Star was introduced at a Yankee Stadium news conference yesterday after signing a 3-year deal worth $45 million that was agreed to 2 weeks ago but made official on Thursday. Sporting his No. 36 jersey and joined by his two daughters and his wife, Beltran talked about how much he admired the Yankees while growing up in Puerto Rico, and how close he came to joining them in 2005.
August 7, 2013 |
Twelve of the 13 players involved in baseball's Biogenesis investigation, including Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo, accepted 50-game suspensions Monday. However, the biggest name in the sport's latest drug scandal, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, remained locked in a legal rundown with Major League Baseball. Rodriguez said he intends to appeal his suspension for the remainder of this season and all of 2014. He can continue to play until that process is complete.
August 6, 2013 |
This planned show of force by Major League Baseball is quickly devolving into farce. If Alex Rodriguez plays baseball Monday night in Chicago, within hours of being suspended for 50 or 150 or 214 games, commissioner Bud Selig's attempted display of strength will serve only to remind everyone how weak MLB has been throughout the steroid era. That is fitting, because Rodriguez apparently has been cheating in plain sight throughout his career, just...
July 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Brian Cashman's expression said it all. Every time Alex Rodriguez' name was mentioned yesterday, the New York Yankees general manager appeared as if he might get sick. The subject was the third baseman's claim that his left quadriceps really isn't injured, but it could have been any one of several topics: Rodriguez' alleged performance-enhancing drug use, his pesky Twitter and radio appearances or his knack for creating tabloid headlines. Cashman challenged A-Rod to have his leg examined by an outside doctor, defending the team's medical and training staff and saying he wouldn't comment on "extra noise.
July 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Already in trouble with Major League Baseball, Alex Rodriguez now faces a penalty from his own team. The New York Yankees intend to discipline A-Rod for seeking a second medical opinion on his injured leg without their permission, a person familiar with the team's deliberations said Thursday. The exact penalty had not been determined, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because no statements were authorized. A fine appeared to be the most likely option.
July 26, 2013 |
THE NEW YORK Yankees intend to discipline Alex Rodriguez for seeking a second medical opinion on his injured leg without their permission, a person familiar with the team's deliberations said yesterday. The exact penalty had not yet been determined, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because no statements were authorized. A fine appeared to be the most likely option. Under baseball's labor contract, a player must notify his team in writing if he intends to seek a second medical opinion.
July 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez certainly leads the Yankees in headlines this season even though he hasn't played a single major-league game. Injuries have kept him away from the team since last year's playoffs, and now he faces discipline from Major League Baseball in its drug investigation, possibly up to a lifetime ban. "The likelihood of a severe punishment for Rodriguez is very high," former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent said Wednesday. The three-time AL MVP, who turns 38 on Saturday, is among more than a dozen players MLB has targeted following allegations they were linked to Biogenesis, the Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
July 24, 2013 |
MICHAEL JORDAN thought he was fixed for life. Turns out his wife has other ideas. Jose Lambiet, of Gossip Extra, citing a source close to Jordan, reported that the former NBA star has agreed to reverse a vasectomy he allegedly got after he divorced his first wife. The 50-year-old Jordan already has three grown children, but the report said he made the decision because his new wife, 35-year-old ex-model Yvette Prieto, wants kids. And apparently, she was - you'll excuse the pun - a bit snippy about it. "That was part of the deal of them getting married," the source told Gossip Extra.
July 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK YANKEES third baseman Alex Rodriguez isn't ready to rejoin the team. The Yankees said Rodriguez has a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps muscle and won't be able to return this week in Texas, as had been planned. Instead, he will remain on the disabled list and return to Tampa, Fla., "for rest and treatment," the Yankees said in a statement issued before their game against the Red Sox last night in Boston. Rodriguez and manager Joe Girardi had said they were hoping he would return for tomorrow night's game against the Rangers.