Yanks to rename new stadium A-Rod ParkBy
Just kidding. It’s going to be A-Rod Field.
In all seriousness, the Yanks are prepared to bend some of their internal contract rules for A-Rod. According to Tyler Kepner, the Yanks and A-Rod are working out some incentives that would kick in if and when the slugger passes the all-time home run mark. Kepner reports:
The sides are discussing a marketing plan in which Rodriguez, 32, would benefit financially as he passes hallowed home run benchmarks in the coming seasons. The Yankees typically do not offer bonuses to players who make the All-Star team or win postseason awards. But Rodriguez’s pursuit of the career home run record would bring increased revenue to the Yankees, and the team is willing to share some of it with Rodriguez who has 518 home runs and is already 17th on the career list.
Considering that baseball is very much a business, this is fair practice on behalf of the Yankees and a move of which Scott Boras probably approves.
When all is said and done, if A-Rod actually does return to the Yanks and signs a ten-year deal, they won’t name the new stadium after him. But it will be known, for better or worse, as the House That A-Rod Built.