Unconfirmed Report: Rocco Baldelli misdiagnosed


Via MLBTR, it sounds like doctors may have misdiagnosed Baldelli with a potentially fatal mitochondrial disorder. Ken Bell of ABC6 in New England says the Baldelli family told him doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have diagnosed him with channelopathy, a very treatable and non-progressive condition. I haven’t seen confirmation of this anywhere else, which leaves me skeptical, but for Rocco’s sake I hope it’s true. It would be a major dick move on Bell’s part if the report turned out to be false. It goes without saying that I hope the Yanks go after him if this is the case, but first and foremost let’s all wish Rocco the best. The guy deserves to have something go his way for once.

Update (12:30pm): Baldelli semi-confirmed this report.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. jsbrendog says:

    rocco, rocco’s modern life (rocco’s modern life) shaaaaaaa

    here’s hoping he’s healthy and can get a good paycheck from the Yankees to play CF and be an all star.

  2. TurnTwo says:

    but do we know that the diagnosis of the misdiagnosis was itself properly diagnosed?

  3. Brian R says:

    Yanks should definitely go after him if this report is true. Athletic CF who can play any OF position. He has some power. He is young, and would allow the yanks to not rush Ajax to the majors. He is AL East battle tested. Has been through a lot in his career already. I think he would be a great fit and wouldn’t require the yanks to trade any players to get a CF.

  4. Ivan says:

    Well that’s great news for Rocco.

    Hopefully the yanks look at him as an option.

  5. Joe says:

    By treatable do they mean he wont be tired anymore or that he wont be dying as fast. Need to learn more about what that all means before he can seriously become an option.

  6. DCR says:

    How conveinent for his market value.

  7. Ryan S. says:

    I personally would take a pass on him, though I wish the guy the best of luck and I’d imagine he’ll find job offers from quite a few teams. I just wouldn’t feel confident about his health until I see him in action for another year.

  8. UWS says:

    “Channelopathy” is a very general term, used to describe a whole slew of conditions, including Cystic Fibrosis, for example. Obviously I’m not saying Rocco has CF, but just saying hooray, he’s got channelopathy, everything’s hunky dory is a gross oversimplification. Some channelopathies can be just as deadly as the mitochondrial myopathy he was supposed to have.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      I’m not a doctor, but I play one in bars, but you’re right. I’ve read that it is highly treatable, if caught early. But I have no idea what “early” means in a medical timetable.
      My educated opinion leads me to believe that he is lazy, but then again, I’m not that educated.

  9. Mike Pop says:

    Depends on the $$…. How much is he worth 4, 5 million ?

  10. Reggie C. says:

    This probably means a new course of treatment is necessary. Hopefully it doesn’t hurt Baldelli on his mission of strengthening his body. That said, he’s NOT READY to assume a full-time CF job !!

    In the meanwhile, Baldelli can still swing a mean bat. He’s a good, cheap, high-reward option for DH / 4th OF. In other words, Mats would have to get traded if the Yanks signed Baldelli.

    • DCR says:

      Its too bad there is no market for Matsui. He is keeping this team from being a juggernaut. If not for his contract then the offer to Teixeira could be more lucrative and the Yankees wouldn’t have to consider Manny (not that I mind this, but I obviously would rather Tex).

      • Ryan S. says:

        There’s more to Tex than just Matsui being in the way. You’re clogging your 1B position for a long time, with guys like Posada, Jeter, A-Rod, and also prospects Juan Miranda or Jesus Montero (possibly). That’s going to be an important spot for players we’re already committed to.

        • While I disagree with that assessment, sadly it seems to be the line of thought the club is buying into.

        • Chris says:

          There’s no reason to immediately assume that either Posada or A-Rod would need to move off of their positions. There are plenty of players that stayed at 3B until the ends of their careers. There are also some (though not as many) catchers able to catch through the end of their careers – one example being Carlton Fisk who still caught regularly into his 40s.

          Jeter may need to move off short, but there is the possibility of moving him to the OF instead of 1B. Juan Miranda is a fine backup or platoon player, but that should impact signing a super-star player. And you should never let a prospect in A ball (and still playing a different position) influence your ML decisions.

          • Chris C. says:

            “There’s no reason to immediately assume that either Posada or A-Rod would need to move off of their positions.”

            Good Lord! Since AROD is here for another 9 years, I sincerely hope he won’t be moving off 3rd base anytime soon. That’s a scary thought.

          • Ryan S. says:

            I agree that none of the scenarios I’ve brought up are likely, especially for 2009 and yes, prospects should never be that big of a factor on decisions like this. However, you need to have a longer term outlook than just ’09. If Tex is stuck at first for the next 8+ years, you’re losing flexibility you might need in the future. Its a valid long-term consequence that needs to be considered.

            • If Tex is stuck at first for the next 8+ years, you’re losing flexibility you might need in the future. Its a valid long-term consequence that needs to be considered.

              You’re taking the flexibility argument too far. Yes, we’d be giving 1B to tex for 8 years, meaning that we can’t put anybody else at 1B for those 8 years. But, the goal is to not sign players to contracts where we will eventually have no room to play them anyway, so all Tex would do is prevent us from signing other players to bad, overly long/expensive contracts in the future, since we’d be losing our “move them to 1B” escape route.

              Therefore, signing Tex to an 8 year deal is not bad, but signing Tex to an 8 year deal and then subsequently signing Adam Dunn to a 5 year deal would be bad… or signing Tex to an 8 year deal and then trading for Paul Konerko or David Ortiz would be bad…

              The flexibility argument is based on the 2006-2009 Yankees, who had a glut of aging, poor defenders who didn’t play any position well (Giambi, Abreu, Matsui, Damon). Most of those players are gone now. As our roster is currently constructed, here’s the players we’re worried about not being able to effectively play their position:

              1) Posada (signed through 2011)
              2) Jeter (signed through 2010, but likely to be resigned for another 4-6 years)
              3) ARod (signed through 2017)

              Now, consider this: After 2009, we have 1 DH spot and 3 OF spots that are utterly open and uncommitted for the foreseeable future. Meaning, you could easily allocate the DH spot as follows, if you so chose:

              2012-ARod (not that he’d need it)
              2013- ARod (not that he’d need it)
              2014- ARod (he turns 39 this season, maybe this is where he can’t handle 3B anymore)
              2015- ARod
              2016- ARod
              2017- ARod

              Which leaves Jeter. Between SS and one of the three OF spots, he’ll be fine for the next 8 years.

              So basically, there’s no scenario where any of our currently under contract players would NEED to move to 1B, at all. The only way Tex becomes a bad signing hampering our ability to have positions for everybody is if we add TWO first basemen in the next few years, and not just one.

              Tex by himself is fine.

          • Bruno says:

            There’s no reason to immediately assume that either Posada or A-Rod would need to move off of their positions.

            NO reason? Does Posada’s ’08 ring any bells?

        • Chris C. says:

          Yeah, and soon to become a new cloggee……MANNY RAMIREZ!

          The most clogged position on the Yankees is not 1st base………’s DH!

      • There’s a market for him… it’s just not a GOOD market. We’re not going to get anything of substantial valuefor him. But, we can give him away, if necessary.

        We shouldn’t let his short term deal preclude us from making long-term solutions for this team.

      • Reggie C. says:

        Cash could try to trade Mats to Billy Beane for a couple b prospects. The A’s could use Mats and put him in the DH slot. Mats still gets on base at a good clip, and he could hit 40 doubles at that spacious stadium. OF course, we’d have to eat significant salary.

    • Brooklyn Ed says:

      ….or just platoon him with Gardner.

  11. Ivan says:

    Just imagine an defensive outfield of Rocco and A-Jax. Talk about about covering some ground.

  12. E-ROC says:

    Why is the article in CAPS?

    Video footage of Ken Bell’s report.

  13. J.R. says:

    Baldelli said the original diagnosis of a mitochondrial disorder was “the best diagnosis at the time.” Now the thinking is that he has channelopathy, and he said he’s reacting well to changes in his medication. “Knowing this is a treatable condition, I feel this is a very positive thing for me and my baseball career,” he said. “With this less-severe diagnosis, I hope to be on the field on a much more regular basis.”

    Does this scream negotiating ploy to anyone else?

  14. ABS says:

    A well-deserved bashing of Michael Kay. I am a die-hard Yankee fan and all but this guy deserves it

  15. Ivan says:

    One more thing,

    Could somebody Tell Lombardi to stop with the dumb questions like

    Would you trade A-Rod for Longoria or would you trade A-Rod for BJ Upton.

    We get it, you don’t like A-Rod, but please stop hating on the dude.

    • UWS says:

      Yeahhh, good luck with that. When Lombardi starts hating on someone (ARod, Cashman, Phil Hughes), his obstinacy is akin to those who insist on putting Joba in the bullpen.

    • Steve S says:

      easy way is to just ignore his website. the guy has lost any credibility with his agenda against specific people.

  16. Relaunch says:

    I think we all hope that he has the treatable condition, but why should the Yanks go after him? If they do, it should only be with expectations of a player who can play 40 games. It would be foolish to think he will all of a sudden be healthy and a fulltime player again.

  17. Glen L says:

    Personally, I’d rather sign Baldelli then trade for cameron and let melky/gardner/baldelli play it out

    (this is assuming we don’t sign Tex, Manny, Dunn or any other bat)

  18. Mike says:

    I like him more than ManRam or Dunn…

    B/C of years and price and defense!

  19. Brian R says:

    And where is Dunn playing?


    • Dunn-LF
      Matsui- Benched or traded


      Nady- traded for value

      And, the same scenarios work for Manny Ramirez.

      Damon, Matsui, and Nady are all leaving this team after 2009. The “there’s no room for everybody!!!!1!!1!!11!!!” argument doesn’t hold much water. Players in the final year of their contract can either be benched or traded fairly easily.

  20. jad says:

    Baldelli is a no brainer. He would be cheap compared to any othe CF solution and when he first came up, I watched him track down fly balls in CF with Number 5 on his back and he was as graceful as Joe D. Granted he is not that player anymore but a helluva lot better option in CF for 130 games a year than what we have. By the way, he can hit and with a name like Baldelli , he belongs in the Bronx. I liked him before the Cleveleand Clinic made their diagnosis I love him today.Channelopathy is completely treatable and will not affect him at all on the field as long as his meds are regulated. Go get him CASH MAN and stop screwing around with Cameron. Worst case, between Gardner/Melky and Rocco, CF will not be an issue. Trade the warrior with dignity–he won’t stand in the way. Matsui is nothing if not a helluva man and baseball player. I hate to see him go, but he just doesn’t fit right now. Get Texiera no matter what the cost. Pull th eoffer to Pettitte thus saving both Matsui and Andy’s salaries to subsidize Tex.
    Damon LF, Jeter SS, Tex 1b, ARod 3b, Jorge C, NAdy, rf,CAno 2b, Baldelli CF and whoever you want at DH. Guaranteed series appearance with pitching defense and hitting. CC<AJJOBA>HUGHES/ACEVES

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