Well, this was bound to happen. The A-Rod/steroid rumbling is picking up steam even if it has no basis in any sort of reality. Take a look.
Over at the blog Steroid Nation, Gary Gaffney, an M.D. at the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine, writes about Scott Boras’ clients’ ties to steroids. Gaffney points to this article in Sunday’s Daily News about the relationship and dynamic between the Yanks and the A-Rod/Boras camp that is sure to unfold over the next few weeks.
Interestingly, the article gets into the Boras-Steroid tie in relation to Rick Ankiel and Scott Schoenweis. Boras, who likes to say he is very involved in the lives of his clients, represents these two players who were outed in the press for receiving steroid shipments. It’s a classic issue here of “What did Boras know and when”?
The Daily News article also touches on some of the Jose Canseco steroid claims, and Gaffney uses that mention to discuss a previous post of his about Jose Canseco. Earlier this year, Jose Canseco – who was never a teammate of A-Rod’s – claimed that he had “other stuff on Alex Rodriguez.”
Immediately, everyone assumed that Canseco was going to point a finger at Alex Rodriguez, the performance-enhancing drug user. But that brief mention in July was all we ever heard about it. No one followed up on it, and we refused to write about it.
But I think it’s worth a mention now because this is just totally absurd. Gaffney highlights a passage in the Daily News that features an anonymous baseball official expressing skepticism toward Boras’ clients. To me, this seems like just another way to smear Boras’ name. Are Arn Tellem’s clients any better off? I don’t think so.
Now, I have no overwhelming love for Scott Boras. I think he puts his monetary interests in front of what some of his clients would rather do. This will be especially true if A-Rod opts out and leaves New York. But to start dragging his clients into this steroid mess because some anonymous officials want to cast some doubts on Boras’ integrity over the PED issue is absurd.
Until we know who did what when, writers shouldn’t be idly fingering people on the steroid issue. It transcends irresponsible rumormongering and is bad for baseball.
Ken Davidoff yesterday penned a piece about the Rocket’s desire to pitch in 2008. Luckily for Yankee fans, the Rocket probably won’t be back in the Bronx. But Davidoff also notes that Andy Pettitte “almost certainly will” exercise his 2008 option. A rotation of Joba, Hughes, Pettitte, Wang and Kennedy has me eagerly anticipating next season.
Hat tip to YanksBlog.com on this one. · (13) ·
AzFL is off on Sundays.
HWB Honolulu (5-2 win over Waikiki)
Ajax: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – on base 19 times in his last 8 games
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – hey look, he’s got a 2-game hit streak!
Venezuela Winter League
Marcos Vechionacci: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – one of those hits came off a guy who spent a good part of the year in the bigs
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Gerardo Casadiego: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Justin Pope: 1 IP, zeroes
Juan Francia: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
The New York Post reports that Hal and Hank Steinbrenner are now in charge of baseball operations for the New York Yankees.
“There’s always been a succession – and that’s myself and my brother,” Hank told The Post in an exclusive interview.
He said he and Hal will have final say on baseball decisions as well as the running of the YES Network and the construction of the new Yankee Stadium.
“I’ll pay more attention to the baseball part. The stadium, that’s more Hal. But basically everything will be decided jointly.”
This move was foreshadowed late last week when Hank announced that Joba will start in 2008. The NY Post article quotes Hank as saying “That’s something I’ll insist on,” when referring to Joba and Phil starting 2008 in the rotation. I’m beginning to grow fond of Hank Steinbrenner.
“I tend to be more volatile than my brother,” Hank said. “Hal is calmer – and that will probably be a good influence.”
Behind the scenes, the boys have impressed.
“Both Hank and Hal are extraordinarily smart, extraordinarily articulate and, like their father, very genuine people,” said Levine. “And they like each other a lot. I think the Yankees are in very good hands.”
This is starting to sound good. True, this article is probably a PR pitch. But it’s nice to know that 1) we’ll have a fiery guy at the helm in Hank, and 2) he’ll have a counterbalance in Hal. I really do think that the brothers will work well with our front office tandem of Brian Cashman and Damon Oppenheimer.
The best news of all from this is that the Yankees won’t be sold. I know it was a longshot when it was mentioned earlier in the year, but at least we’ve put it to rest.
Jon Heyman has an interesting piece up on at CNNSi.com on the fate of Joe Torre. We should know by Tuesday at the earliest if Joe is staying or going, and Heyman speculates that with Joe’s enjoying the support of both the public and current Yankee fans, the Steinbrenner sons may have a hard time summoning up the strength to fire the beloved Torre. All of this leaves me to wonder: Outside of A-Rod, is Joe Torre now the most powerful figure in New York baseball? He sure has seemed to eclipse George Steinbrenner. · (6) ·
JP’s AzFL update is here.
HWB Honolulu (10-3 win over Waikiki)
Ajax: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – multihit games (with at least 1 XBH) in 4 of his last 6 contest…yeah, the rust’s off
Venezuela Winter League - if a player doesn’t have a link to a box score, it’s the same as the guy above him
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) - hitting .333 thru 3 games
Gerardo Casadiego: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Justin Pope, Alberto Gonzalez, Edgar Soto, Edwar Gonzalez, Scott Patterson and Wilmer Pino are also playing for various teams throughout the league. Interestingly enough, Jose Tabata is on the Caribes de Oriente roster, and the six-week rehab period for his surgery is up, so he might actually play.
The VWL is a no joke league, there’s established big leaguers all over the place. Miggy Cabrera, Frankie Rodriguez, Ramon Hernandez & Kelvim Escobar are the best of the bunch. Oh, and Bobby Abreu is on the Leones del Caracas roster.
If Tim McCarver and Joe Buck love Jonathan Papelbon so much, why don’t they just marry him?
Meanwhile, considering how poorly Sabathia and Carmona have pitched the last two nights, I’m starting to get the sinking suspicion that the Yanks just flat-out sucked during the ALDS. Cleveland’s pitching isn’t really that good.
Update 1:11 a.m.: Unsurprisingly, Eric Wedge’s stupid decision to pinch run for Travis Hafner with two outs in the 9th of a tie game has come back to haunt him. Trot Nixon will now bat against a lefty with two on and one out in the 11th. Do these managers never learn? Pinch-running against Papelbon with two outs is pretty useless.
Update 1:16 a.m.: Nevermind. That worked. And I sure am glad the Yanks never made that Melky-for-Gagne trade. What idiot suggested that?
Brett Gardner: 2-5, 1 R – one of the outs was a line drive to LF. He also turned a routine grounder into a very close play at first.
Juan Miranda: 1-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R.
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER
The Javelinas batted around in the first inning by scoring 6 runs and never looked back. Brett Gardner started in LF and and it’s a good thing he did because the center fielder was taken off the field on a cart during the 6th inning after crashing hard into the center field wall. They’re calling it a concussion but it looked a lot worse. Gardner took over in CF for Schafer.
Update: Ross Ohlendorf will report to the AFL soon, as mentioned by Fred in the comments. The official report can be found here.
Besides having the coolest name in baseball, dude’s got the sickest stuff I’ve seen in a long time. He just struck out Dustin Pedroia on a 98 mph sinker that bounced a foot in front of the plate. Wowza.
Little known factoid about the guy: when the Indians signed him for $25,000 out of the Dominican, he was a 6’2″, 120 lb 16-yr old with no teeth – they’d all rotted out from eating sugar canes his whole life. Not all aces come as prepackaged hype machines, you know.
This guy’s just ridiculous, and it’s so much fun to watch. Comment on the game here if you please.
Tip o’ the hat to commenter yankz for pointing this story out. It appears that Joba Chamberlain will, in fact, be a starter in 2008:
Speaking with a reporter from The Associated Press, owner George Steinbrenner’s son, Hank, confirmed the news on Chamberlain — who allowed just one earned run during 24 innings in the regular season as a setup man for Mariano Rivera. This decision is independent of Rivera’s status as a potential free agent.That’s always good to hear. · (15) ·