We’re a bit Mitchell’ed out around here, but I’m breaking the steroids embargo to bring you this hot news: Roger Clemens has vehemently denied the allegations against him in the Mitchell Report.
His statement, if you please:
“I want to state clearly and without qualification: I did not take steroids, human growth hormone or any other banned substances at any time in my baseball career or, in fact, my entire life. Those substances represent a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take.
“I am disappointed that my 25 years in public life have apparently not earned me the benefit of the doubt, but I understand that Senator Mitchell’s report has raised many serious questions. I plan to publicly answer all of those questions at the appropriate time in the appropriate way. I only ask that in the meantime people not rush to judgment.”
Who knows the truth? Not I.
From Variety: (wait…Variety? What’s up with that?)
Guy Oseary, the former record company executive whose personal management stable includes Madonna, has signed his first athlete, Alex Rodriguez.
The New York Yankees third baseman, considered by many to be the game’s top player, has signed with Oseary, who personally manages Lenny Kravitz and magician David Blaine in addition to Madonna. He is also a partner in Untitled Entertainment, whose clients include Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Watts and Ashton Kutcher.
“He’s focusing on baseball and needs someone whose interests are aligned,” Oseary told Daily Variety, explaining the rare move of an athlete signing with a manager whose expertise is music and film. “This is to help him have more control of his image and brand.”
Rodriguez quickly dropped Boras and, after seeking the advice of investment guru Warren Buffett, negotiated a 10-year, $275 million deal to continue playing with the Yanks.
Too bad Oseary missed out on that fat $15M comission check from A-Rod‘s deal. What do you think, does this mean A-Rod is looking to land more TV spots and possibly, gasp, movie roles?
(hat tip to MLBTR)
Update by Ben: PeteAbe updates this story with a clarification:
There’s a story in Variety that Alex Rodriguez has dumped Scott Boras and hired a Hollywood dude as his agent. The story is not entirely true, I’ve been told. Boras remains Alex’s baseball agent. This latest move is for other ventures.
But Boras used to handle everything for Alex.
The Cold War continues.
A couple of things for you to devour on your lunch break, since nothing much is going on in Yankeeland:
- Some people aren’t too happy with current plans to replace the 22 acres of park used for New Yankee Stadium. The plan, as it stands now, is to put an artificial field atop Garage A, along with handball courts, basketball courts, a 400-meter track, and children’s play equipment. One side says that it’s not the same as an open-field park with real grass and trees. The other side says that “the rooftop park is all recreation activities, where you wouldn’t have a lot of trees anyway.” Plus, they say, a street-level park would likely be designed with artificial turf, anyway.
- Fans in Schenectady, NY, will be able to see 21 games next year on MyTV4. Is this the upstate equivalent of My9?
- If you’re going to hawk a Mickey Mantle card on eBay, make sure you can deliver the goods, lest ye end up in the slammer.
If you said, “The Yankees,” boy, are you in for a surprise.
The Yanks tonight released two pieces of information. The boring one is the tentative 2008 schedule. Yankee Stadium will play host to its last game on September 21 when the Orioles come to town, and the Yanks will close out the 2008 season in Boston for what could be a pivotal three-game series. There ain’t nuthin’ like some drama to close out the year.
But the bigger news — and the bad news — is the cost. It’s going to cost you more than ever to get in to Yankee Stadium. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.
Now, I don’t know how much it costs to sit in the lower decks. Those aren’t my ideal seats, and I never sit there. But the prices are astronomical. The Field Boxes run from $240-$325 a ticket if you buy in advance and $350-$400 for day-of-game tickets. Those are the most expensive seats in the stadium.
But forget those seats. No one can really buy single-game Field Box seats anyway. In fact, I think they’re already all sold out for the entire season. Instead, let’s jump up to the good seats in the Tier. The Tier Boxes last year cost $60 for the so-called MVP seats and, I believe, $40 for the others. In 2008, we’ll be paying $65 and $45 respectively. The Tier Reserve jumps from $18 to $22 with day-of-game tickets going from $20 to $23.
Meanwhile, bleacher seats will now cost $14.
You can bet that the new stadium will see prices even higher than this. Yankee games are fast approaching Knicks games in price, and that’s not a good thing for the average fan.
Ready for this one? The Phillies are interesting in inviting Sidney Ponson to Spring Training. While Ponson, who threw 16.1 nightmarish innings for the Yanks in 2006, certainly won’t solve the Phillies’ pitching woes, he will help them run through the buffet table a bit faster. · (5) ·
I didn’t watch A-Rod‘s 60 Minutes appearance last night. I instead subjected myself to an 18-for-52 performance by Eli Manning. Based on the news stories, it seems as though A-Rod had a few choice sound bites.
My favorite, of course, is word of the Boras-Rodriguez Cold War. A-Rod and his agent of 16 years are no longer talking, A-Rod admitted last night. The Yankees’ $275-million negotiated his own contract this time around, and that after the opt-out debacle the two are on pretty bad terms.
Interestingly, A-Rod admitted that he agreed to Boras’ plan to opt-out but thought it would be handled differently. He wasn’t too happy to see the announcement during the end of Game 4 of the World Series. “When I realized things were going haywire, at that point I said, ‘Wait a minute, I’ve got to be accountable for my own life. This is not going the way I wanted it to go,’ so I got behind the wheel,” he said.
To return to the Yanks, A-Rod had to leave Scott Boras out of the negotiations, and so he did. It’s interesting stuff from A-Rod and a clear sign that Scott Boras did indeed lose this round even if A-Rod won himself a huge contract.
Better prospects than steroids, right? Moundtalk – a site I just stumbled upon and liked what I saw – posted a list of the Top 100 Prospects in baseball. The list was actually compiled by the site’s readers, who submitted their individual lists and had them blended together. Yankee rankings and more after the jump: