Marchand: A-Rod has started process of filing medical grievance

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Via Andrew Marchand: Alex Rodriguez started the process of filing a medical grievance against the Yankees within the last two weeks. This comes the day after A-Rod’s lawyer accused the team of essentially hiding MRI results and playing an injured player as a way of embarrassing him. Unsurprisingly, Brian Cashman stood behind the team’s medical staff while talking with reporters this afternoon.

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  • Steve D Fl

    This whole saga is just ridiculous.

  • Rod

    ARod is starting to look like the victim here, to me. Many estimate that 50% or more of MLB players have used PEDs. I am sure that 99% of MLB players have lied about something.

    But the press, many fans, MLB and even the Yankees have unreasonably singled him out for abuse.

    (I could care less about his ego and lack of social skills. That is none of my business).

    • Texas Yankee

      If the Yankees were 15 games out this would be different. Both sides need to table this for the best interest of the 2013 Yankees. This is so damn stupid.

    • TomH

      I’m with you.

    • BeanTooth

      He’s only starting to look like the victim to certain commenters on Yankee blogs. To the rest of the baseball world, he still looks guilty as sin.

  • dkidd

    i really really really really really really really hope this isn’t true

  • Charles

    This is just getting stupid, its literally everyday that we’re getting some new leak/story that compounds the problem, enough is enough…

  • RetroRob

    I’m not sure any of this is worth commenting on. Lawyers playing games in the media. This will continue until the hearing, so another three months more of these leaks and claims from both sides. Lovely.

    • OldYanksFan

      Except this stuff has nothing to do with his PED suspension. I’m not sure how throwing dirt on the Yankees helps him, except maybe he figures his career will be over, and he’s looking for some buyout $$ from the Yanks?

      I don’t know, but I find it entertaining.

      And anything that smears Levine is OK with me.

  • Steve (different one)

    It’s not that I couldn’t believe the Yanks would do something like this, but I don’t really get the motivation. That they wanted to embarrass him into retiring? Seems remote.

    This just seems to me like ARod’s legal strategy is complete scorched earth. It’s not necessarily a bad strategy, but I don’t see what he stands to gain by filing this grievance. I got it when he thought they weren’t going to play him, but that time is gone.

    • sangreal

      Motivation seems pretty simple to me. Most fans want him on the field because he makes the team better. Yankees don’t want him on the field because he isn’t worth what they’re paying him, every milestone embarasses them, and he brings a circus with him. Not to mention 189. Turning the fans against him removes any pressure on the Yankees to keep him on the field. I think the Yankees are very concerned about the reputation they’re developing for caring more about money than wins

      • Rod

        Refreshingly well done analysis.

        • OldYanksFan

          No… I disagree. They are paying him NOW and fans want him on the field NOW. But fans are happy that a 2014 suspension puts $27.5m in the Yanks pockets, and comes off the Tax cap.

          And all this shit isn’t helping the Yankees or MLB’s reputation. Is it possible that some us this is true, and ARod has actually been wronged? Or the Yanks hoped he would do more damage to his hip if he played on it?

          I don’t know. It may just all be ARod being vindictive, and throwing shit against the wall.

      • Steve (different one)

        Yes, I get this *now*, but this was last fall. Before all of the biogenesis stuff.

        So what was the motivation in playing an injured player and tanking their playoff chances in the process? The timing doesn’t really line up to me.

        • RetroRob

          There is none.

          Yes, the Yankees would like to be free of A-Rod’s contract, probably as much to be free of all the headaches A-Rod brings.

          Yet he also helps increase revenue though increased attendance at home and on the road, increased ratings, and he makes the team better.

          We also saw the Yankees sit A-Rod down during the postseason and pinch hit for him when he was struggling.

          So, yeah, there is no truth to this story. I’m still not sure there is truth to many of the things MLB has been leaking, too.

        • Mikhel

          Now take a look at the acquisitions and players released/not-resigned by the Yankees since the end of 2009. Most every move has been done to replace players with similars of less value (in baseball terms), older and on their way out.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole “plan 189” began after they won in 2009. To me it is pretty clear their concern was not winning, they were concerned about the money they spend, just like their father did back in the 1980s, fielding a team full of rejects, of plan-b players, replacements of replacements of replacements, old over-the-hill players.

          Heck… The Boss wanted to smudge Winfield’s career so he could get rid of him by anulling his contract.

          • Steve (different one)

            Ok, so how would this help them get out of ARod’s contract?

            That’s the piece the conspiracy theorists can’t explain.

            All ARod’s camp says the goal was to “embarrass” him. To what end? That ARod would retire? Why would he do that? Accept a trade? He’s untradable. Again, what is the mechanism that gets them out of the contract?

          • Steve (different one)

            Also, how could “plan 189” start 2 years before the $189M incentives in the new CBA were even invented??

          • OldYanksFan

            Dude…. that makes no sense.
            The Yankees money comes from fielding a winner.
            Do you think they created all those $2,000 seats because rich people want to watch a shitty team?

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I think it makes more sense that they were trying to get him to hurt his hip so badly thy he would be forced into retirement.

  • dasani

    Wonder what George would say about all of this, but actually he’d probably love it,the circus atmosphere and all. Personally, has much as I like A Rod, sometimes I wish he would just go away.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Papa Bear’s presence would have taken this to a whole new level. He would have hired two goons from behind a dock somewhere to act as nurses and ordered them to break both of Alex’s legs. Both Papa and Alex would then be banned, and the Yankees would go on to win eight straight championships. Damn.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I feel nothing but sadness here.

    • Pat D

      I feel nothing but sadness here.

  • Harris

    How is it legal for a guy who took steroids behind his teams back to file medical grievance against said team?

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      I doubt there is any rule that says he can’t just because he took steroids. Not to mention it hasn’t been proven that he did use PEDS and he hasn’t even failed a drug test.

    • Pat D

      Well the world is a twisted place.

  • Darren


  • Al

    This is nuclear war

  • Al

    I’m in a A-Rod support so that’s where I’m coming from but I think the Yankees can suspend A-Rod for detrimental to the team clause. I do remember a player might have been Milton Bradley or somebody like that that they were able to suspend for causing disturbances and Lenny Randle after he punched out his MGR it Texas Leading to his trade to the Mets

    • Mikhel

      Bradley was suspended but I think he was paid.

      Another guy who was about to get suspended for attacking somebody: Manny Ramírez when he attacked a senior citizen who worked for the Bosox, but the Sox were unable to suspend him, and instead, they fined him for about $15,000 dollars (he was later traded to The Dodgers).

    • Stratocaster

      “Lenny Randle after he punched out his MGR it Texas Leading to his trade to the Mets”

      Think Girardi would be willing to take one for the team? :)

      • Mscott

        I think, apropos of nothing, that Girardi would kick his ass…

  • Coolerking101

    This I just a BS sideshow. Arod wanted the story about him being a snitch out of the news ASAP and his team concocted this story to do just that. Why else would he raise these claims now, months and months later? Never mind that his previous statements about his injury contradict his lawyer’s claims. Makes me think the snitch story is true.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Exactly right.

      Let’s see him sue a source as reputable as 60 minutes if it isn’t true. He won’t because it’s very likely the truth.

  • David Brown

    I go back to what I said before, the Yankees should have simply released Rodriguez and paid him off (This way no one including Buck Showalter, the Lawyers, or even Rodriguez himself can say the Yankees are cheating). This guy is a cancer who makes “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds, Carl Pavano, and even Ed Whitson (until Rodriguez my most despised Yankee Player EVER)seem like Altar Boys. The Clown Act, the crying, the ratting out, the lies, the backstabbing, the cheating, the acting like he is ‘Norma Rae’ standing up for the common working man, and the rest of the BS that he brings is simply worth not having around, no matter the price. Take the hit, and get rid of him.

    • Mikhel

      You forgot Jack McDowell… though my most disliked player: Javier Vázquez.

    • Rod

      The things you mention are products of the press and other Yankee haters. THEY are the cancer. There is no reason to follow them like sheep.

      ARod is like most people – if you hold a magnifing glass on them long enough, they start to look ugly.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Arod the victim is comical.

        MLB, Selig, the Yankees and now Dr Brian Kelly and the hospital for special surgery are all conspiring against him.

        The fact that he’s lied repeatedly, cheated, used PEDs for probably the better part of the last decade, ratted out teammates and has associated with guys like soon to be felon Boesch, and current felons Dr Anthony Galea and Victor Conte didn’t really happen.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          So he’s just as bad as Bud Selig?

          That piece of shr had no moral authority, as far as I’m concerned.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Yep. Agree 100%

  • Bubba

    The timing of this is suspect at best. All of this occurred nearly a year ago. He goes through pre-surgery rehab, surgery and rehab with nary a peep about his quality of care. He gets spanked on an epic level by MLB and now he has an issue with his care. Add in that he just hired a new attorney who scores an eleven on the Showalter douchiness scale and color me skeptical.

  • LarryM Fl

    If Arod had any concern for the guys on the team, he would have his lawyers stop all the BS until its time for the arbitration.

  • Al

    If general manager Brian Cashman feels uncomfortable talking to his third baseman Alex Rodriguez then at that point any time Brian Cashman needs to talk to Alex Rodriguez he has to be able to do so in the presence of the teams union representative or the teams Union rep And or alternate union rep.

  • White Collar Crime

    The boss did the same thing to Winfield. Doesn’t anyone remember Howard Spira? The apples don’t fall far from the tree. I believe the Yankees do want to dump arod and discredit him. On some levels it is warranted ..his antics during last years playoffs and the PEDs however, he is a hard worker and there have been athletes who have been 10 times worse than him. I don’t blame him for fighting it out and I would not be surprised if arod actually gained respect from his fellow players and fans as a result

  • Al

    I believe 1000% in my heart that the New York Yankees have hired private investigators to watch in detail every single move Alex Rodriguez has made or done in the last calendar year or last year and a half even going to the extent if possible to any type of recordings if possible The Yankees are very powerful powerful conglomerate If they had the ability to access any type of phone records they would do it Even if it meant to Follow Tori Wilson or even monitoring her phone records

  • Matt DiBari

    Are there good guys in this feud? Who exactly are we rooting for?

  • OldYanksFan

    Ummmm… is this the game thread?

  • Jay

    Much of this is speculation at this point. All I know is that after everything he has pulled, and continues to pull, I have zero faith in anything Alex or his reps say. He’s the boy who cried wolf. He has, and always will only care about himself and his money. He doesn’t give a shit about winning or helping his team at this point. I’m tired of hearing about what a great teammate he is because he doesn’t give a shit about them either. Everything he has ever said or done has been in the interest of saving his own hide and getting out with as much money as possible. I have given this guy the benefit of the doubt for too long. He’s a bad person, bottom line. If this was a movie, Alex is the bad guy, no doubt about it. I could care less that he plays for the Yankees. He’s an embarrassment and anyone who falls for his BS of trying to make himself a victim is a fool. How many chances has this guy had only to thumb his nose in the face of everybody. This guy thinks he’s bigger than the team and bigger than the game. Any shred of respect I had left for this guy is officially gone. Forget baseball, Alex Rodriguez is a despicable human being and has done everything in his power to prove it. He’s a stain on everything the Yankees have stood for and I will celebrate the day he takes off the uniform for good, because once that happens he will never be invited back to the stadium.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, he’s done almost as much to damage the Yankees’ reputation and organization as Hank and Hal Steinbrenner.

  • Mscott

    Why would the business people running the Yankees:

    1. Risk a grievance
    2. Risk a lawsuit
    3. Risk no one ever wanting to sign with them – ever
    4. Do all of this in the middle of the ALCS?

    By the way, it has been amply proven that one doesn’t have to hire a private investigator to dig up stuff to embarrass Arod. He’s quite capable of handling that all by himself.