DotF: An A-Bomb from A-Rod

A-Rod goes deep in latest minor league rehab game
2013 Midseason Review: Grade B's

With Mike covering the All Star Game and related festivities for CBS this week, I’ll be your host for Down on the Farm tonight. We start off with video of A-Rod‘s A-Bomb, courtesy of Josh Norris. Larry Granillo of the Tater Trot Tracker timed A-Rod’s first trip around the bases since last September at 26 seconds so clearly Al is taking it a bit slow. He also had a single. Come back soon, right-handed power hitter.

The rest of these will be a bit abbreviated. Feel free to highlight any performances I may have missed in the comments.

Triple A Scranton is off until Thursday for the AAA All Star Game. Thomas Neal and Chris Bootcheck both made the team, and Dave Miley will be managing the squad.

Double A Trenton (6-5 win over Reading)

Class A Tampa is in the 14th inning of a 2-2 game. The Yanks have 14 hits but just two with runners in scoring position. Mason Williams is 2-5; Peter O’Brien is 3-6; Rob Refsnyder is 2-6; Saxon Butler is 3-6. Dietrich Enns struck out five in six innings and allowed just an unearned run. Honestly, I won’t update this post when the game ends, but you can check out the boxscore.

Class A Charleston (8-5 loss to Augusta)

  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 2B, BB, K – All the way up to .226/.314/.362 with his recent hot streak. At least he’s shown some patience.
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-3, HR, BB – 7th home run of the season. He’s back above the Mendoza Line, for now.
  • Jake Cave went 1 for 3, and the pitching was, to a man, not impressive tonight.

Short Season A Staten Island: (7-4 win over Auburn)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 2-5, 2B
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 2-4, K, HBP – .350/.447/.475 through his first ten games with SI.
  • DH Kale Sumner: 2-3, 2-run HR, 2 BB – 32nd Rounder off to a nice start.
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 3-5, 2B, 3-run HR
  • SP Rookie Davis: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K – He was last year’s bonus baby.

GCL Yankees 1 and 2 (Yankees 1 beat Yankees 2 3-2 in Game 1; Yankees 2 beat Yankees 1 6-4 in Game 2)

Game 1

  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-1, 1 BB, 1 Sac Fly, 2 SB
  • LF Ronnie Musterlier: 0-3 – Continuing a pretty miserable rehab showing.
  • SP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 5 K, a whole lotta zeroes – Nice rehab outing.
  • No one else had a notable performance in this game or game 2.
A-Rod goes deep in latest minor league rehab game
2013 Midseason Review: Grade B's
  • http://deleted Richard Leo

    come back mike!

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Harsh audience tonight. Ouch.

      • Nate

        Mike set a high standard.

      • http://deleted Richard Leo

        you should metion my Abiatal Avelino

      • vicki

        that’s just how some people flirt.

  • Bob Buttons

    Rookie wins Rookie of the Year
    Rookie calls it quits after a long and illustrious career
    Rookie’s veteran presents
    Rookie gains 10 and 5 rights

    • NeilT

      Yanks have best Rookie in all of baseball.*

      * Needs fact-checking, but I have high confidence in this one.

  • Kabak

    come back mike or I’ll sue you

  • Danny

    Ben keeping it short tonite so he has time to continue research on the best way to cook and consume a hat.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    We want Joe! We want Joe!

    • forensic

      Could you imagine if all three of them posted on the same night? That probably hasn’t happened in years (unless I’m just forgetting a random here or there).

  • b-rar

    I used to be on the A-Rod hate train but the MLB front office witchhunt, Cashman chewing him out in public, and the current godawful state of our offense have combined to turn him into something of a sympathetic figure.

    Hurry back Alex.

    • TJF

      People calling him out and bashing him for irresponsible and reckless behavior is what put you on his side?? Surely he should be congratulated for using multiple banned substances and for all the negative attention he draws. Poor guy only gets paid $25 million a year, what do you want a monk?

      No worries, we won’t see him this year, and maybe never again. If we do see him it will be because he contests his suspension. Talk of a 150 game compromise to me means that much more information about him is forthcoming and MLB has a lot of info on him. I would not expect to see him anytime soon and so enjoy that homer.

      • vicki

        quod erat demonstrandum.

      • Jankees

        Don’t believe everything you read buddy. Especially such material from the NYPost. Not smart.

      • b-rar

        I know, pretty reckless to tell twitter a doctor gave him a clean bill of health. Cash was totally justified in publicly shaming him for that, rather than handling it privately like an adult.

        Also I don’t know whose hackles you think you’re raising by referring to this Biogenesis nonsense, but try again. Even if I weren’t personally in favor of safe and regulated use of performance enhancing drugs by professional athletes who choose to do so, I’d still see this fiasco for what it is: Selig guiltily covering his ass for looking the other way during the steroid era by netting some high-profile scalps on his way out in order to shore up his legacy. The Yankees front office will play along as long as they see a sliver of a chance of getting out from under a terrible contract for which they have only themselves to blame.

        Now that he’s more or less outlived his usefulness, A-Rod is fair game for his bosses to nail for behavior they tacitly approved years earlier. And you buy into it because his salary is common knowledge but no one is interested in the figure on the Steinbrenners’ paychecks, even though they’re the ones raising ticket and concession prices every year.

        • emac2

          So arod can take it to twitter instead of keeping it in house but cash has to be the bigger man and keep his response in house?


          Arods primadonna act gets old. when you go to the press with your news in an effort to put pressure on the front office you should expect you might piss someone off.

          Personally, I would have said something about the drugs and the fact that his repeated drug use complicates the whole issue. That I am unwilling to compromise the team by rushing back a player who is about to be suspended.

          Cash blew it and it wasn’t an excusable response but you get sick of kids who play these games and eventually people blow up when they have to clean up someones mess on a regular basis. I think the honest answer would have been better though.

          • Jjsabe

            Yes arod can take air it to twitter for the same reason every other player can.

            • emac2

              No he can’t. He’s an employee and subject to rules.

              But, My point was actually that you can’t blame Cash and hold Arod harmless. He wasn’t a victim and in fact it was cash who was blindsided because Arod was playing a media/leverage game.

              Arod was devious and Cash was irresponsible but Arod plays these games and then innocently wonders why no one likes him.

              • jjsabo16

                Tweeting isn’t against said rules. Cash was blind sided by what exactly? Arod only tweeting for about a month at the time, and it’s not like the yankees doctors seemed to disagree with Arod’s. There was absolutely nothing devious about the tweet.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    stick to hat-eating, kabak

  • Joe

    What happened to the young third baseman the yanks pushed to the GCL last year?

    Oh and DSL yanks scored 20 runs today

  • Jim’s Abbott


  • NeilT

    Nice to hear that the Reading fans are just as appreciative of A-Rod’s efforts as their major league counterparts.

  • Curtis

    ” 1 IP, a bunch of zeroes”

    Lol Mike could learn a thing or two about Ben’s shorthand game

    • vicki

      mike uses the “zeroes” shortcut often.

      • emac2

        except that neither is shorted than a few O’s

        Less cuteness and more numbers!

  • Kabak’s Hat

    Huge game for Saxon Butler.

  • Jigga

    The Tampa game is in the 19th inning and the Tampa Yanks have had an infielder pitch the last couple innings

    • emac2

      And he pitched great, winning the game.

      Though undrafted he was considered by some teams as a pitcher.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Bud Selig is gonna fuck the Yankees over suspending Alex.

    • Fin

      LOL, yea Arod has done nothing to deserve it. Its amazing Chris Davis hasn’t got caught yet. You would think a shit player that becomes Bary Bonds over night, with the same size head, would be suspicious.

      • trr

        It’s gonna be ugly folks, gonna be ugly…

      • Jim Is Bored

        Enough with the Chris Davis nonsense.

        He hasn’t changed at all. He’s exactly the same body time. He’s a big guy. You have no god damn proof of steroid use, of PED use. His plate discipline got better. It’s pretty simple. He’s always had massive power because, again, he’s always been a big guy. He hit bombs in texas too.

        He might be using something. No one knows. Especially not some random commenter on the internet. Ass.

        • jsbrendog

          without looking at his batted ball and pitch selection and what have you it seems like he just learned to hit a breaking pitch and finally fixed what i would guess were holes in his swing.

          he also hit his prime. he is 27 yrs old. that sounds about right

      • Mac

        I have no idea whether Chris Davis is a PED user, but he absolutely mashed his way through the minors. How incredibly well he is doing is a bit of a shock, but that he’s a very good MLB hitter really is not. It did not come out of nowhere. His struggles after a solid rookie campaign were more the surprise.

      • emac2


        Just because you’ve only been watching for a couple of years doesn’t mean the rest of history didn’t happen.

        Do you think any player that doesn’t adjust to the majors the first year and then finally gets it figured out is cheating?

        Do they find a new drug at every level before they advance?

    • Bo Knows

      It’s not out of left field this guy has true light-tower power

      2006: At age 20 the year he was drafted he hit 15 homers in 69 games and that doesn’t include the additional 16 he hit at the college level.
      2007: Age 21 he hit 36 homers across two levels
      2008: Age 22 between the 80 games he played in the minors and the 80 games he played at the MLB level he he hit 40! homeruns for the year

      This is not a Jose Bautista “where’d he come from moment” People should have seen this coming miles away, that if he could fix his the holes in his swing he’d put start smacking bombs like a fat kid goes through donuts.

      • Bo Knows

        Just discovered a funny link Davis has with the Yankees, Yankees drafted him in the 50th round of the 2004 Draft.

        Now people have another thing to bitch about…..
        (obligatory Cashman Failed and the crazy freakout assumption that “TEH Yanks could have had a team staring Votto, Trout, Darvish, Puig, Chapman, Chris Davis, and Gerrit Cole!!)

  • Paco Dooley

    I have to hand it to him – Culver has looked a lot better the last couple of weeks – probably not sustainable, but his triple slash for July is .256/.347/.512 (OPS=.859). The BA is not terrific, but he is getting on base better and showing some power. He is younger than a lot of guys drafted in the 1st round this year (including the Yankees selection Aaron Judge), so it’s not like he can be a total bust just yet…

    • Coolerking101

      Total bust…no, not yet. Non-prospect….pretty damn close.

  • nycsportzfan

    That Pete O’Brien sure shoulden’t be on our top 30 list. If only he could hit?

    • Mac

      Yes, this is how it works.

  • KEN


    • TCMiller30

      That they take about 4 years of college, and another 4 years of grad school? I don’t know what advice A-Rod could give them on the matter, but if they ask him, I’ll sure he’ll respond with something.

    • Virginia Yank

      I suspect A Rod is telling kids down on the farm that PHDs are well educated.

    • nycsportzfan

      Hes probably telling em to use em and dont get caught untill you get a huge contract first.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    Just saw a tweet from the Rail Riders writer that he thought it is “incredibly possible” that last night was A-rod’s last professional homerun. This guy is usually somewhat reasonable, but how the hell does he come up with this? Do people think alex is just going to quit and give up over $100M?? Do they think he is going to get a lifetime ban? Both seem absolutely crazy. Why do people hate A-rod so much? I guarantee there are lot bigger assholes than him, even just on the yankees. Is it just because the yankees (and rangers) decided to pay him tons of cash? I don’t get it! People bitch about everything he does. Although I did find the tweet funny last night that said him hitting a hr last night in trenton while the derby was happening was just as bad as him opting out during the ’07 ws. I think that person was trying to make a joke

    • emac2

      Why do people hate Arod or why do Yankee fans hate Arod?

      The opt out is number one for me. He screwed my team for a decade for a little extra cash and I’m not sure why anyone should forgive that even if you understand and feel comfortable screwing other people to better your already good situation.

      Number two is the second drug binge where he eliminated all of his value as a record setting player after telling the team he had stopped and signing his new deal based on the value of setting those records.

      I blame the front office too but the incompetence the front office showed in signing that new deal doesn’t absolve Arod of screwing over his baseball family and earning my distain.

      • Mac

        The Yankees were paying A-Rod all of $16 million per when he first got here, because the Rangers were picking up the rest.

        He has 30% more fWAR since he’s been here than any other Yankee.

        How he “screwed” “your team” is beyond me.

        I’d love to see you walk into your bosses’ office and ask for a pay cut for screwing your work family by frequenting sports blogs.

        • CS Yankee

          He “screwed” our team by being a mirage…unreal numbers due to unreal training and PEDs that led to two unreal contracts.

          Yes, the NYY should have figure out that the beauty queen had more plastic than a Kia but nevertheless he “earned” those two contracts by dedicating his body and mind to the game and PEDs played a major role in that.

          • Mac

            So did the majority of MLB players. I don’t hear the same kind of hatred for Andy Pettitte, who also “screwed” the team by your definition.

            This is a joke. I don’t see any of the wins the Yankees got over the past decade being erased by MLB at this point. Those numbers were as real as they get.

            • emac2

              Are you a troll or the dumbest pos alive?

              I didn’t say anything about using the first time.

              I complained about the second time he was busted and that this act eliminated a big percentage of the value he brouht to the club in the second contract.

              I complained about opting out and costing the team the Texas subsidy.

              What part of that is too difficult for your simple little brain to comprehend? Why make up some lame excuses and pretend I said it?

              • emac2

                I missed the post you were responding too.

                I’m not sure I take it all back because you have consistently planted bullshit quotes but in this case It’s my fail.

        • emac2

          ahh, mr new fan who can’t read.

          He opted out costing the Yankees a lot of the Texas subsidy they traded for.

          What’s his fwar since the extension?

          If you read my post again (or for the first time) you’ll obviously learn something

      • CS Yankee

        You hit the nail on the head.

        FWIW (from a Arod non-hater but certainly non-fan), a washed up medically challenged Arod with a weak personility is doing whatever he can to get back, which includes banned meds…they claimed he wasn’t “ready” for surgery, did he use to get ready?

        I would rather have a 100M$ non-performer (who is already tainted) try anything to get back than a the same guy who takes the couch potato way to not return to the show.

        He is not a role model but its highly likely he is better than the 4th or 5th dude manning the position. Plus, if he is banned, he saves my team some major coin that hopefully they invest in talent.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        no way can you blame arod for opting out. it worked and he got paid. you can only blame the yankees for that. Of course the contract is horrible, but it’s not a-rods fault. i’m sure if your employer offered you more than your were worth you would take it too.

        as far as the second drug binge, for most people he had no value as a record setter in the first place because of his admission in 2009. but as far as records go, who knows who is guilty. and maybe people who are setting records now are taking stuff that will soon be illegal. it is very tough to determine and a-rod has been, in my opinion, unjustly singled out. people never talk about ortiz, but i think he just took vitamins or something

        • emac2

          I can blame arod for that but, to your point, I shouldn’t criticize it as a bad financial move.

          I do agree it’s totally the Yankees fault for resigning him.

          I disagree with your record comment though. Those record setting games would have been big marketing opportunities and he seemed like one of the lesser offenders. Now I think the team wished he was simply gone and probably consider cutting him and eating the contract from a press perspective.

          But as far as why hate him? He’s been a terrible signing from every standpoint except for his personal stats. He took a dynasty and crushed the life out of it.

      • BFDeal

        You’ve lost touch with reality.

  • http:/ Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    I just watched the HR hit now, and Arod stares that thing down. Gotta love showboating in AA.

  • jason

    And Manny’s got 3 HRs in AAA. That means he’s, like, 4.5 times better than Arod at this point…