May
01

A-Rod Roundup: Roberts’ book out Monday

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As the fallout from yesterday’s less-than-shocking A-Rod revelations continues to die before the end of the 24-hour cycle, Selena Roberts and her publishers are quickly jumping on the bandwagon. With A-Rod‘s rehab going better than expected, The Times reports that Roberts’ book will hit newstands on Monday, over a week before its original street date.

At this point, it’s tough to know what to make of this book. First, it was going to be printed in April around Opening Day. Then A-Rod got injured, and Roberts’ publishers announced the book would hit on May 13, two days before A-Rod was due to be activated. Now that Daily News reporters have spilled the beans — the rather unsubstantiated and hearsay-based beans — and now that A-Rod is set to start a rehab assignment soon, the publishers are again pushing the book forward to preempt A-Rod’s return from the DL and any more leaks. That sounds as sincere as A-Rod is.

Anyway, the A-Rod story never stops. After the jump, a round-up of the day’s news and notes.

One of Selena Roberts’ more out-there accusations seems to be that A-Rod had a massive growth spurt between the ages of 15 and 18 due to steroid use. While Sports Illustrated searches for someone to explain puberty to Roberts, both Doug Mientkiewicz and A-Rod’s high school coach highly doubt the accuracy of the story.

“From my perspective, it would be 99.9% impossible for us not to know,” Mientkiewicz said, who called Roberts out on her use of anonymous sources. “You’re basically accusing every kid that’s gone through puberty that they’re on steroids too, huh?”

Perhaps the more sticky issue in the Roberts book will be her discussion on tipping pitches. Roberts sat down for a Q-and-A on the topic. Her responses are a bit of a mess:

If it was a changeup, sources say, he would twist his glove hand. To indicate a slider, he would allegedly sweep the dirt in front of him, and he would bend in the direction of where the pitch was going to be, inside or outside. I don’t know that it’s easy to decode. You’re talking about people who see a player on an every-day basis, day after day, year after year. I don’t know that it would be at all obvious to people who are watching or to a television audience. These are people who would know how to detect when things don’t feel right.

I don’t really know what she’s trying to say. She goes back and forth on whether or not anyone would be able to pick up something, and considering that MLB has all of these games on video, it will be really easy to find out soon enough. David Pinto is skeptical, and A-Rod’s former teammates sound non-committal about the whole thing. Shane Spencer said he heard rumors; R.A. Dickey would be disappointed; and Doug Glanville finds it hard to believe no one would have figured out or reported on a pitch-tipping scandal at the time. Michael Young, A-Rod’s double-play partner in Texas, says the allegations are “ridiculous” and doesn’t believe them. I’ll take his word for it over some anonymous source with an obvious vendetta against A-Rod.

In the end, it all boils down to Bud Selig. Baseball’s commissioner refused to comment, but sources near Selig told The Times that Roberts’ book and A-Rod’s closed-door confession don’t jibe. Based on some tenuous statements in the book, Selig may open up an investigation into A-Rod on anything from steroid use to the pitch-tipping allegations.

In the end, though, Joe Girardi‘s words will carry the day. The book seems, he said to The Times, like “he-said, she-said kind of stuff. We’re going to move on.”

My bold prediction is that Bud Selig will look bad, try to stammer through some sort of proclamation and then drop it. The book will make waves on Monday and be forgotten by the time May is through. Now, we too, barring any concrete news developments, will move on.

Categories : STEROIDS!

123 Comments»

  1. “The book will make waves on Monday and be forgotten by the time May is through.”

    Wasn’t there some other book making waves? I can’t quite remember who wrote it. A former manager, I think. Dallas Green?

  2. zack says:

    I think we can all pretty much guarantee Selig will do exactly the wrong thing and look even worse doing it.

  3. huuz says:

    it is books like this, written by investigatory-journalists like roberts that make the evolutionary upheaval within the newspaper/media industry a well-deserved event.

    • Yankee1010 says:

      Agreed.

      It’s a shocking lack of actual facts and smacks of 6th grade level gossip-mongering. After her involvement with the Duke Lacrosse situation, it shouldn’t be that surprising.

      I guess I’m a little surprised that their motives are so transparent with the constantly shifting release dates.

  4. Marty says:

    What did Alex do to Selena Roberts? This makes “Book of Shadows” seem like a friendly book.

    It’s really a shame to see someone spend so much time trying to make money by tearing down not only an amazing baseball player, but someone who really hasn’t done anything to deserve the hatred he gets. There are players in all the leagues who are total scumbags and they don’t get nearly as much criticism as this guy.

    • Rich says:

      What did Alex do to Selena Roberts? This makes “Book of Shadows” seem like a friendly book.

      He’s good at life, unlike her. He represents the popular jock who wouldn’t give her the time of day in high school.

      Barring additional revelations that are actually well sourced, I think there is going to be a major public backlash against this book, generating support for Alex.

      • Yankee1010 says:

        It certainly seems like she has it out for the people who wouldn’t have given her the time of day in high school, i.e. A-Rod and the Duke lacrosse players.

        Hey Selena, I gained 25 pounds and grew a decent amount between my sophomore and junior years in high school too. Are you going to chalk that up to steroids, or, I don’t know, puberty?

      • J.W. says:

        While I agree that Roberts has not appeared to be 100% professional in the writing and promoting of this book, I don’t think it’s fair to blame that on her “not being good at life.” She is, after all, a professional writer who is lucky enough to get paid to do what most of us would do for free, so she’s not precisely the traditional definition of a failure. Ms. Roberts’ body of work suggests an interest in attacking those who do not feel that they need to obey the law, or obey the principals of fairness and appropriate, compassionate behavior. She seems intent on trying to bring down those who display great arrogance or great disregard for others. In this, she is laudable. In using anonymous sources and (apparently) not doing enough to corroborate allegations that appear to be thrown about rather carelessly, she is irresponsible and reprehensible. But we should all try to remember that if we found ourselves fighting to make a point and no one was listening, we might easily cut a few corners and forget a few of our morals to make our point.

        • J.W. says:

          That’s not to say her motivations are totally pure, I’m sure she also wants to make a buck and is willing to fudge some truths to do so.

    • leokitty says:

      At least Game of Shadows is a good book and excellent investigative effort. It doesn’t stoop to any of the ridiculous accusations we’ve seen coming out here in Roberts’ book. When I read it, I didn’t really feel the same kind of malice you get from Roberts when she’s talking about A-Rod.

  5. Whizzo the Wize says:

    This is why Whizzo is anti-literacy.

  6. ARX says:

    Wake me when the book is actually out (so no more excerpts, read and decide for ourselves) and it contains something a)relevant, b) previously unknown (and bitch tits doesnt count…) and c) RECENT. I don’t give a damn what he did 3-5 years ago or what he may have done in high school etc. We already know he was a ‘roid user, adulterer, insecure primadonna etc. We can live with it. If he’s on the cover of every paper in the country in a dress and high heels by July, I could live with that too.
    We have no expectations whatsoever about A-Rod the person. What the Yanks and fans are paying for, and what I’ll be tuning in for, is A-Rod the 3B, and short of telling me he’s still on the juice now, I can deal with the headlines in exchange for .280/35/120 a year ;)

  7. Yankeegirl49 says:

    I for one am REALLY glad she wrote this book, because without it, I never would have known that Arod is a phony, insecure, hypocritical primadonna. :-o

  8. steve (different one) says:

    count me in the camp that thinks this book will be a flop.

    to quote Rosenthal, this sucka ain’t got not juice.

    there is nothing here, unless another player comes out on the record and confirms the pitch tipping thing. if they do, things could get ugly, but what is being printed from the book is a joke.

    i am pretty tired of defending A-Rod, b/c the guys admitted to using steroids, but i do have to ask this: Why wasn’t Doug Mientkiewicz interviewed for the book? seems like a pretty obvious guy to talk to, no? he went to HS with Alex and he’ll go on the record.

    sometimes you don’t talk to the people that don’t support your thesis. that way, no one can accuse you of covering anything up. it’s called lousy reporting.

    it’s the same exact question as “why wasn’t Paxton Crawford interviewed for the Mitchell Report”?

    no good reason.

  9. Hope you all forgive me for c/ping what I wrote last night, but my thoughts are exactly still the same:

    It’s not really a secret that I’m not one of A-Rod’s biggest fans, but the issue for me here isn’t so much whether A-Rod did or did not do steroids (I’m of the belief that it’s probably harder to find players who didn’t use PEDs than those who did), but the way Roberts seems to have gone around, doing her reporting.

    The caveat is, thus far, Roberts has yet to turn up anything false, but digging into someone’s background like this?

    A-Rod didn’t murder babies, here.

    I get that being a public figure means you relinquish some of your right to privacy, but seriously, unless you’ve taken a life in the past, or committed rape or genocide or some other such atrocity, what does it matter?

    Seriously.

    What does it matter what A-Rod did or didn’t do way back when?

    Look, if you caught him in the act, then yeah, make a big deal about it. What he’s done in the major leagues is certainly relevant–especially anything he may have done with the Yankees.

    Most crimes, however, have a thing called a Statute of Limitations. After a certain time frame, you can’t prosecute the crime. Believe it or not, SoL exists even for rape (though not murder).

    Shouldn’t there be a statute of limitations on steroid accusations? For real?

    • Yankee1010 says:

      Except for the Duke lacrosse players. And she hasn’t exactly admitted her mistakes or apologized about it.

    • Chris says:

      The caveat is, thus far, Roberts has yet to turn up anything false, but digging into someone’s background like this?

      How much has she actually turned up? She found out that A-Rod was on the list of players that tested positive in 2003. Beyond that, nothing that has leaked has been a factual report, just more allegations. If she had talked to someone who had actual evidence of steroid use (like his dealer or the person who injected him), then I wouldn’t doubt the claims. Instead, these allegations just sound like speculation on the part of her sources.

      Also, if you expand the question of her credibility to previous reporting, then she does have a history of reporting facts that are not completely accurate.

      • Sweet Dick Willie says:

        If she had talked to someone who had actual evidence of steroid use (like his dealer or the person who injected him), then I wouldn’t doubt the claims.

        He ADMITTED he did steroids. What other evidence do you need?

        Alex: I did steroids.
        Chris: Prove it.

        • Chris says:

          I was referring to the new allegations, not what we already knew. He admitted to more steroid use than she reported initially. The question now is whether he did steroids outside of the 2001-2003 time frame he admitted to.

  10. Rick A says:

    I just googled Selena Roberts, she is so ugly. Book invalidated.

  11. Mike Pop says:

    She has to have something to back this up, doesn’t she?

  12. Eric says:

    Selena Roberts, Do you understand that the world does not revolve around you and your do whatever it takes, ruin as many people’s lives, so long as you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied along the way, just so long so you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied and dying along the way?

  13. E-ROC says:

    Axe to grind.

  14. Mike Pop says:

    http://baseball.realgm.com/src.....ith_jeter/

    Roberts also details Rodriguez’s obsession with Derek Jeter. Players said Rodriguez would ask women, “Who’s hotter, me or Derek Jeter?

    Rodriguez’s relationship with his Yankee teammates was not helped by his apparent flirtations with their wives and girlfriends.

    “He would use these corny pickup lines on a guy’s wife,” one player told Roberts. “

    Heh.

  15. Chris says:

    I would love to read the book, but would hate to give her any money. Will wait for used copy on amazon…

    what all us Yankee fans should do…

  16. Axl says:

    Did the ex-closer in Boston like chop a guys head off with a machete or something? Urbina…

  17. Axl says:

    Does it really matter how long and exactly when Arod took steroids? He admitted to using them. I don’t understand the need to know in detail just how long or where exactly it was. He’s already known as a cheater and a terrible human being. And unfortunately the latter is probably the reason he was caught for the former. People already don’t like him because he makes a lot of money and he’s better than they are…but he’s sort of a cocky asshole on top of it…so that doesn’t add any points.
    That being said, I don’t see what an investigation is actually going to get accomplished. OK, so say you do find out through an extensive and expensive investigation that Arod took HGH on the Yankees…now what? I don’t quite understand. But Bud Selig is an idiot and feeds into the media hooplah…and thinks he has to “make a move” in order to stop it. He doesn’t. He just needs to have some common sense. “This too shall pass”.

  18. Glen L says:

    Sorry if this has been posted, mentioned, or discussed already, but everyone should read Craig’s post on this:
    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....artiality/

  19. A.D. says:

    I love how the media is making a big deal about the bench and weight in HS, when that’s really not that crazy. 310 pounds is a good amount to be able to bench, but Alex was also a top notch athlete so its certainly possible.

  20. Selena Roberts likes to troll and get down in the gutter through my hometown of Miami…SI, historically, has a really bad track record here, especially vis a vis UM Canes.

  21. you're being played says:

    Nice to see A-Rod’s PR firms finally earning their money. I’ve been impressed at how quickly the narrative turned from his steroid use to Selena Roberts and her “lack” of journalistic ethics. I want to believe the public can’t be so easily manipulated, but you can’t argue with success. Nice work, guys.

  22. leokitty says:

    But does he like puppies or not?

  23. MTM says:

    i am up to the point where i seriously don’t care if a-rod chokes a prostitute to death or steal kei igawa’s tires. this woman doesn’t have any type of evidence against a-rod this and even if she had it, why would YOu all care what a-rod was doing in Hs? and then we see ESPN, all the reporters in the world and Fat peteabe backing her up with out even knowing if what she’s alleging is True.

    • You may have killed her when you shoved all those dollar bills down her throat, you may have killed her when you hit her with the stool. I don’t know, I’m not a doctor. But I’ll tell you what didn’t kill her. Smoking!

      • Matt M. says:

        ietc.

        lets collect $$$ to put that family guy spot up as a commercial on YES. if it detracts from one of those gross anti-smoking commercials, it will be worth it

  24. Glen L says:

    PeteAbe lost a lot of credibility with me for just blindly believing Roberts because she’s been right so far on A-rod .. while completely ignoring the hack job she did to the Duke lax team .. and that all these allegations are from anon sources … and the fact that steriods basically (on some level) put the body through puberty again … which explains why teens grow DURING PUBERTY

    • Matt M. says:

      or the ‘interested reader’ fiasco

    • He’s also ignoring the fact that if A-Rod did indeed tip pitches, it takes two to tango there. Baseball better be ready for a pretty wide-ranging scandal if it goes down that path.

      • skeleton coat says:

        I’m glad all of this is happening.

        In an era where morality and personal responsibility are being fed down the toilet, it’s become necessary for the everyman to expose all the misdeeds of the guys up top.

        Basement dwellers unite!

  25. LiveFromNewYork says:

    A lot of it sounds like speculation and whispers. The high school stuff, the using as a Yankee and the pitch tipping.

    It seems like a concerted effort to bring someone down on flimsy evidence. And, to me, that is repugnant.

  26. Januz says:

    I am very interested to know where she came up with evidence he was tipping pitches to opponents? This is serious stuff, which goes to the integrity of baseball (Much more serious than steroids, sexuality, and cheating), and although I do not believe it (And I am no Rodriguez fan), it needs to be investigated, because if true, it would put him in a category far WORSE than Rose, and he could be banned from baseball for life. If it is (As I suspect), a fabrication, he should sue her for libel. This will not end soon, trust me.

  27. Hi, I'm Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius says:

    Why is my morbid curiosity driving me to want to pick up this book? Is it because I want to dislike her more than I do now?
    Please someone explain this to me.

  28. [...] as though Roberts’ sources were less than reliable. As Shysterball detailed on Friday and as I discussed then as well, more players have been coming out vehemently denying the Roberts’ [...]

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