Heyman: MLB unlikely to suspend A-Rod

Granderson getting it done without the homer, too
CC Sabathia: Packing on the pounds (again)

Via Jon Heyman, MLB is unlikely to suspend Alex Rodriguez for all this gambling nonsense, which should surprise no one. Keith Law did a good job of tearing this whole thing to shreds in his chat today, so allow me to copy and paste: “Absolute waste of everyone’s time. Shame on MLB for pandering to the lowest common denominator in both the media (a large segment of which has long had it in for A-Rod) and the fans. They have NO cause to suspend him, and if they try, they will lose the subsequent grievance in embarrassing fashion. And as you pointed out, the inherent message that MLB cares more about whether and with whom you play ‘illegal’ poker than it does about whether you drive drunk and endanger your life and the lives of others is even MORE embarrassing.”

Aside: I present to you this article. Feel free to ridicule, point and laugh, etc.

Granderson getting it done without the homer, too
CC Sabathia: Packing on the pounds (again)
  • Crime Dog

    That article is just… oh my… No words

  • Jaremy

    KLaw smackdown.

  • John

    Probably one of the best things to ever come out of Keith Law’s mouth.

    • Sarah

      He did the same rant on the Baseball Today podcast. It was truly amazing and refreshing.

      God bless people of intelligence.

  • Tom Bombadil

    Just as I suspected, it was a hit job. ESPN brought it up right before the big series this weekend so they can drone on and on about it on Sunday Night Baseball. It will just add to their narrative of the gritty underdog Sox defying all odds against the evil Yankees.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      solution = mute button.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        Or channel button

    • John Hancock

      Absolutely right. When does it end? A-Rod’s been a known gambler since before he was traded to The Yankees. There have been several stories about him at various poker games with big shots. Of course, these stories appeared mostly in Page Six and did not come out of a court case, so that may be why this is actionable.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Yo, fuck tha police.


  • jay h

    wow. is that an actual writer or some random fan who booed santa claus

  • Kevin M.

    I also hear A-Rod had some work done on his house and it’s not up to code. MLB might wanna look into that next.

    • Yank The Frank

      There has always been a presistant rumor throughout A-Rods career that he tears the labels off of mattresses. Supposedly there is video.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      but it was done in a house he had in Seattle that he sold with proper disclosures in 1999. But the charges still stand.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I heard he got a variance that allowed him to install a 12 ft fence instead of an 8 ft fence as long as he installed a more rigid water purification system AND HE NEVER DID IT!

        • Kevin M.

          It’s true….and Tom Verducci says MLB has no choice but to act on this info. What a nightmare….why does Alex always do this to himself?

    • MannyGeee

      This just in, A Rod still sending out mail and postcards with 41 cent stamps. Zelig to investigate…

      Seriously, haters gonna hate….

  • David, Jr.

    What a moron. “Forced to retire over the public shame”? What planet does this guy live on?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      “Even though A-Rod won a World Series in 2009, it was due to the fact that everyone around him delivered and the Phillies choked.”

      That was my favorite part.

      • Kiersten

        “in 2009 arod had an OPS of .973 against the phillies in the world series, what game where watching?”

        Thank you commenter “Small Sample Size.”

      • http://myspace.com/bksmalls Smallz

        Hahaha oh yea. Me too.

  • Jake H

    That article is so bad.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    this is such a joke and those reporting ought to be fired.

  • ansky

    His email address is at the bottom. Just sayin

  • jon
    • jay h

      lol, so A-rod and petitte are evil for taking steroids years beforehand and admitting it but their closer is fine because he didn’t admit it. How does that work?

    • Dale Mohorcic

      I have a real problem with that article: pavano was the wad case and sheffield was the prima donna. Get your facts right man!

    • Dale Mohorcic

      I have a real problem with that article: pavano was the head case and sheffield was the prima donna. Get your facts right man!

    • OldYanksFan

      “This title means nothing to Yankees fans. A 27th title? To quote the late Chris Farley as motivational speaker Matt Foley: “Well Lah-De-Freakin’ Dah!!” This meant EVERYTHING to Philly, and very,very little to New York. But Major League Baseball is happy that “their” Yankees won, so everything is copacetic according to their baseball universe.”

      We won the WS in 2009?
      How boring.

      • Mykey

        Oh yeah, we did win that year, didn’t we? I almost forgot.

        It’s not like I’ll always look back at some of those moments for the rest of my life, like the Damon double steal, Matsui’s monster performance, or believe it or not AJ Burnett settling things down in game two. It’s not like I grew up a huge Yankee fan, and watched that series surrounded by Phillies fans at my first semester of college. Nope, baseball will never mean as much to me as it does to “small market teams” like Philadelphia. Pathetic.

    • Yanks27rings

      Lolwow, this loser is so uneducated. First of all, learn to use spaces between words. Secondly,

      “Personally, I rue the day when their entire empire crumbles.”

      “Rue” means “regret.” So he’ll regret the day the Yankee empire crumbles? Good luck with that, dickwad.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I stopped reading that article after I saw the headline.

  • StanfordBen

    “Even though A-Rod won a World Series in 2009, it was due to the fact that everyone around him delivered and the Phillies choked.”

    Ha. A-rod had OPS’s of 1.500, 1.519, and .973 in the ALDS, ALCS, and World series that year, respectively. That included the heroics against Joe Nathan and the go-ahead 2 out double in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the WS.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Don’t forget the Game Three homer off Cole Hamels. Underrated moment.

      • CS Yankee

        …but, Cole was tired and just had a kid and…

        Seriously though, that is the worse piece of trash that i’ve seen in a while (or ever).

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    This article is one of the downsides of the internet where any idiot with a keyboard can write whatever the hell they want.

    I seriously hope Arod sues these idiots for slander.

    Cashman was just on with Beningo and Roberts and he laughed the thing off as a the joke that it was.

  • 4_Everbronx

    wow….i have no words to describe that article.

  • goraffe

    I think MLB is well within its rights to take this seriously. Gambling is a slippery slope, and MLB can’t allow gambling in the game. Gambling is the only thing that gets people banned from the game. DUI’s are a pretty awful thing to do, but it is a completely different issue.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      sure, but this is riGODDAMNdiculous…

    • Kevin M.

      Ugh…..the majority of MLB players gamble, if not the vast majority. So is the problem that he was playing with Spiderman? Is that the grounds for a suspension?

      • goraffe

        It probably is ridiculous, but the appearance of consulting with gambler’s at least warrants an investigation, even if it is nothing. Gambling has almost destroyed the game at several points in its history. I say this as a big AROD fan, who feels he has not gotten the praise he richly deserves for being one of the best ever.

        • David, Jr.

          This is the only gambling rule that I can find, it being MBL Rule 21, d.:

          (d) BETTING ON BALL GAMES. Any player, umpire, or club official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform shall be declared ineligible for one year.

          Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.

          I don’t know what you are talking about. Going to Vegas and betting blackjack or poker, playing cards for money with friends, betting horseracing. Do you think that there is something wrong with players doing those? I certainly don’t.

        • Kevin M.

          No, you’re wrong. Unless there is some reason to belive A-Rod bet on baseball there are no grounds to suspend him and no reason to investigate.

          • goraffe

            Wasn’t Leo Ducrocher (spelling?) suspended for a year for associating with known gamblers. As I understand it, and I admittedly don’t follow this stuff too closely, he may have associated with illegal gambling. Organized sports fall apart pretty quickly when gambling takes too much of a hold, and I think MLB can’t be too careful. An investigation is not a suspension.

            • David, Jr.

              First, the main source for the story, a professional gambler, now says that he remembers the game very clearly, that RadarOnline or whatever scandal mag it was got it wrong, and ARod wasn’t even there. To me, that calls the whole thing into question.

              Second, as to your point, how would playing poker with famous actors constitute associating with known gamblers?

              This was nothing more than a hatchet job, and nothing is going to come of it.

              • goraffe

                After reading the article, this is kind of silly. I still believe gambling should be carefully monitored in prof sports. Going to a casino, horse racing, poker are one thing, but associating with big money, illegal gambling is another.
                It seems clear that this didn’t happen, but all of the ridiculous articles on Philly/Espn aside, MLB is well within its right to investigate these things. They probably should care more about domestic violence, DUI’s, attempted murder and all the other horrific things some players do, but that doesn’t make gambling something MLB should ignore.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Drinking while driving is a slippery slope, too. A slippery slope to dying.

      People’s lives > the game of baseball.

      • Mykey

        Haha yeah, sheesh.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I’m actually quite pissed off about this and I need to settle down a bit….

    The sole purpose of writing this was to slam Arod, the Yanks, to incite the haters and to give McCarver/Buck and Rick Sutcliffe and the ESPN wankers something to discuss Sunday night.

    • David, Jr.

      LOL – “the ESPN wankers”

    • jay h

      i forgot there was a fox game this weekend. What do we set the over/under at for buck criticizing A-Rod?

      • vin

        5 insults per half inning.

        • jay h

          then i’ll take the over

  • JobaWockeeZ

    This sounds like a dick thing to say but if that Philly writer goes jobless after this and dies in time due to being a hobo I might smirk.

  • Guest

    I think that was the single biggest hit of the series. Phil Coke was warming up in the bullpen to come in the bottom of the ninth. He…was not at his peak. Cliff Lee was starting Game 5. Pretty precarious spot for the Yanks…and then A-Rod did A-Rod things and everything changed.

    Oon the poker stuff: Law is completely right. There is a segment of the media that genuinely despises A-Rod as a human being and would be MUCH happier to see a story come across the wire that makes him look bad than a story about him helping people in need.

    Since he is a member of this group, its no surprise that Wallace Matthews’ reporting yesterday was comically bad. Comically. He cited reports from Radar and Star, got some quotes from an MLB “source” who clearly wasn’t A-Rod’s biggest fan, and reported a couple of no comments and couldn’t yet be reached. (And, BTW, Rubenstein got back to him last night. He couldn’t have waited a couple more hours to hear from Rubenstein before running the piece?)

    It seemed like no additional effort was made to independently veryify the underlying tabloid reports (if the Daily News could find the poker player who claimed to be the main source for the story, why couldn’t Wally?)

    It honestly felt like they thought it would be a slow news day in Yankee land, so why not turn back to lightning Rod to get some page views. Nevermind doing any reporting work to make sure that the story was accurate.

    • Guest

      Reply fail. Meant to reply to the comment re: A-Rod’s game 4 double.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Who needs A-Rod when we got Eric Fucking Chavez and Eduardo Fucking Nunez!!!

  • CS Yankee

    Whoa, according to the main source…this poker game was during the 2009 WS and he wasn’t even there?

    I hope he sues everyone and Wally & Ian get fired and start their new careers living under a collasped bridge.

    • CS Yankee

      per IIATMS

    • David, Jr.

      It is in the Daily News. The main source was a professional poker player. He says that they didn’t even get it right, he remembers it well, and ARod wasn’t even there.

  • Mark D.

    Did people who read this article comment on the article that was written on that website by a man whose name shall not be said? The comments are mad funny and I am glad that everyone that commented so far has defended ARod.

    The MLB would have been stupid to suspend them, and I am glad that Keith Law debted it in his chat. Just wish he can copy and paste it on the home page of ESPN.

    • David, Jr.

      The responses are great. A sample:

      U R A Loser

      This might be the worst piece of writing I’ve ever seen in my life. If you are 12 years old please accept my apologies. If not, you’re a fucking loser dude.

  • Beantown Bombers Fan

    Dan Shaughnessy bows before this article’s pompousness. I would have expected this from Boston’s finest columnist.

  • vin

    I try to look at things rationally… but there is no doubt in my mind that a disproportionate number of those in the media LOVE bashing ARod. These guys seem to jump at every single chance… whether it be taking 250 million dollars to play, wishing his team had better players, instinctively trying to knock the ball out of a pitcher’s hand, commiting the same PED acts as hundreds of other players, exhibiting “gamesmanship” in Toronto, etc. People like Heyman, Verducci, Matthews, PeteAbe (who I mistakenly gave the benefit of the doubt to many times) all seem to relish in Alex’s foibles.

    • Rainbow Connection

      Stories about A-Rod sell papers and get ratings/hits. It’s up to the consumer to make it right and stop (literally) buying into the bullshit.

  • Pat D

    I can’t wait to share that article with my dad later. Maybe it will cure him of the ailment that currently has him bedridden.

    • Phife Dawg

      Pete Abe always has had a vendetta against A-Rod since he had his old blog. He still takes shots at him at his new blog. He never fails to mention A-Rods shortcomings whenever he mentions his name.

      Wally Matthews is back on twitter. His avatar is Bartolo as the Hambulgar. Stay classy ESPNNY.

      • Phife Dawg

        Reply fail.

      • Mark

        Pete Abe thought Cody Ransom would be better at 3rd for the Yanks, the hate he had for Arod was a little scary.

  • Doug

    The comments in the article are phenomenal!

    • David, Jr.

      They are absolutely awesome.

  • 28 this year

    In other news, Researchers find that eating nothing but cheesecake makes you fat and is very bad for your body.

  • BK2ATL

    Maybe we Yankees’ fan should boycott ESPN games until they issue an on-air apology to A-Rod. I mean, last night was truly classless on their part.

    I don’t even know where to begin at how utterly gutless and classless it was to put Pedro Gomez on the field during a game to report that trash, with A-Rod not even with the ballclub.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      “Last night was truly classless on their part.”

      NESPN has no class. Go figure.

  • Dave the Ox

    Reminds me of the uproar manufactured when Jeter skipped the All-Star game. Turns out he never said it was because of mental and physical exhaustion. Someone made it up.

    Gotta wonder if Bud is pulling another George Mitchell.

  • Dave the Ox

    *not with Jeter, with Alex.

  • Calling for the curve

    I hope Masserotti on the sports hub was watching the chat cuz he was all fired up about ARod yesterday with the “poker is the gateway drug to betting on baseball” rant.

  • Kevin

    While bashing A-Rod with outright lies in the article, the writer also bashes Philly, the team he is supposed to root for.
    You don’t get to game six of a World Series by choking. Philly could have given up in game 5 but they didn’t. And in Game 6,they made Mo work for his final out.
    They were good, the Yanks were simply better.

  • wilcymoore27

    The A-Rod poker thing is a joke. All A-Rod has to do is deny. What is major league baseball gonna do … hold a trial to decide if he did or he didn’t play illegal poker? With whom? Where? For what amounts of money?

    This isn’t an on-field incident where you can go to the replay. It’s not even a police matter, where you can check the police records. Apart from the fact that this has nothing to do with baseball, or even its public image, there will probably be disagreement about the basic facts of what A-Rod did or didn’t do, whether it was illegal, etc. I can’t see how baseball could ever resolve it to the point that they could fine or suspend the player.

  • Urban

    Wally Matthews and Skip Bayless are angered at Keith Law for speaking sense.

  • Pasqua

    Comments on the article have been disabled. Looks like somebody took their ball and went home.

    Remember, kids: Never let the facts get in the way of your personal bias.

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