Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

‘Manny Ramiroids’

May 7, 2009

manny ramirez, gotham green

manny ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for violating the banned substance rules of major league baseball. manny tested positive for steroids. he says he was prescribed medicine by his doctor for a personal issue. unfortunately for him that medicine contained a banned substance. the penalty for the positive test results is a 50 game suspension with no pay. see you july 3rd manny….

New Book About A-Rod Released

May 5, 2009

alex rodriguez, gotham green

sports illustrated reporter selena roberts has written a bombshell of a book detailing alex rodriguez’ life before and after becoming a yankee. in the book entitled ‘a-rod: the many lives of alex rodriguez’, roberts reveals that the slugger may have started taking steroids as early as his high school days in florida and that he has taken hgh after signing with the yankees amongst other allegations.

roberts also goes into detail about his love life and his tipping habits. she also says a-rod was dubbed ‘bitch tits’ by yankee teammates. that was after he put on 15pounds in the off-season and seemed to develop round pectorals, a condition called gynecomastia that can be caused by anabolic steroids.

a-rod is staying tight lipped on the new book, while manager joe girardi has blasted the author for ‘her unflattering portrait of the mvp slugger.’ Whether or not roberts has all her facts straight may never come to light. right now it is a he said she said mess. all we know is that alex rodriguez took performance enhancers at some point in his life. for this his career will forever be tainted and his legacy ruined, but if he can help the yankees win a world series ring the fickle fans in new york may give him a little slack.

side note: a-rod, who had hip surgery on march 9th has been rehabbing and may rejoin the team as early as this friday, may 8th, when the yankees head to baltimore.

Baseball Season Right Around The Corner

April 3, 2009

yankees

so, the 2009 baseball season starts in a few days. that means constant aggravation for me during the yankee season. it starts with me living in hollywood, and not new york anymore, so i either get to watch every 1 of 20 games on national tv, or i get the expensive baseball package from time warner, either way im losing.

the yankees season opener is against the orioles in baltimore on april 6th. the yankees will send newly acquired cc sabathia to the mound to open their season. their rotation right now looks like this : sabathia, burnett, wang, pettitte, and chamberlain.

i am predicting right now that the yankees win the world series this year. remember i said that when they do.

A-Roid Scandal

February 7, 2009

alex rodriguez

alex rodriguez, who some believe to be the greatest player to play the game and is on pace to shatter the home run record currently owned by barry bonds, has become the latest player entangled in the great baseball steroid controversy. apparently in 2003, the same year he won the al mvp and the al home run title, alex rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids. this information is coming from four independent sources.

rodriguez was among 104 players who’s names appeared on a list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. a-rod is staying tight lipped about the revelations. when asked by a sports illustrated reporter about the findings rodriguez said “you’ll have to talk to the union.” when asked if there was an explanation for his positive test, he said “i’m not saying anything.”

what’s going to happen to a-rod is not a certainty however i believe he will continue to play for the yankees and go on to surpass barry bonds for the all time home run king, but will his name have an asterisk next to it in the record books?? that i can’t say.

just for the record, i never really like a-rod until the 2007 yankees season. i used to not be a fan of rodriguez and was resentful that the yankees picked him up for such a enormous amount of money, but a friend of mine really made a convincing argument for a-rod and i then became a fan. now that this has come to light i am not sure how i feel about him. i do still think he may be a world series curse, but then again you can say the yankees may be a world series curse since 2000.

we will continue to follow this story and if anything new comes to light, it will be posted here.

Yankees Sign Mark Teixeira

December 23, 2008

mark teixeira

the new york yankees made another huge pick up today. they went out and signed mark teixeira to a 8 year deal worth more than $170 million. teixeira who was also being courted by the red sox and the washington nationals decided to go with the most storied franchise in sports history, and who can blame him? however, this may now put a damper on the yankees chances or desires to make a go for manny ramirez who is looking for a big money deal over a 3 year period. the teixeira pick up is one of many the yankees have made this winter. in addition to teixeira the yankees made deals for cc sabathia and aj burnett as well as nick swisher. the yank’s also avoided arbitration with pitcher chien-ming wang by signing the 28 year old to a one year deal worth $5 million. wang, who was injured most of last year, has been a solid pitcher for the yankees and in 2006 led the league with 19 wins. the yankees obviously didn’t like the feeling of ending their season in august last year and are trying to make sure they have the best possible squad to get them back to october baseball; a place they know well.

Yankees may get Manny Ramirez

December 17, 2008

manny ramirez
manny ramirez

it is being reported that the original “yankee killer” may soon be a yankee. the new york daily news is reporting that the yankees are seriously interested in the services of the 36 year old outfielder. some upper level officials in the organization feel manny would be the perfect compliment to alex rodriguez, much the way he and david ortiz struck fear in the heart of every pitcher who faced the red sox. brian cashman is not too sure about manny ramirez but hal and hank steinbrenner are big manny fans. hank steinbrenner was quoted as saying “he’s one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. he’s a free spirit, for sure, but he knows how to win…” the yankees are interested in a few other free agents but since the cabrera-cameron trade talks with the brewers has dried up i feel the yankees are looking to sign an outfielder more than a infielder (mark teixeira). where manny ends up could rely heavily on where teixeira lands. the two major leaguers are represented by scott boras and its probable manny will wait to see where teixeira winds up before making a decision on his future.

though no contract has been offered by the yankees some reports say the yankees would be willing to offer manny a 3 year deal totaling close to $75 million though they would rather sign him to a 2 year deal. manny was traded from boston to the dodgers in the middle of last season and led them to the national league championship series where they fell short to the phillies, who went on to win the world series. last year in the regular season manny batted .332 with 37 homers and 121 RBIs. in 8 post season games manny hit for an insane .520 with four homers and 10 RBIs

A.J. Burnett is a Yankee

December 12, 2008

aj burnett

the yankees have made another big move. to strengthen their rotation the bronx bombers went out and picked up a.j. burnett. burnett entered the free agency market after an 18 and 10 season with the toronto blue jays. it was unsure how much burnett would garner but he is laughing all the way to the bank right now. $82.5 million over 5 years… $16.5 million a year… $550,000 a start (in theory)… jeeze. the yankees rotation is looking real nice from where i sit. wang, cc, burnett, pettitte (maybe) and chamberlain (maybe). if pettitte doesn’t re-sign and chamberlain stays in the bullpen we still got hughes and kennedy. im cool with that. one last thing, i heard there could be a move made that would send melky cabrera to the brewers and bring mike cameron to the yanks… don’t know how i feel about that.

7 years, $161 million

December 10, 2008

cc sabathia

cc sabathia and the new york yankees have agreed on a 7 year deal totaling $161 million setting the new record for a pitcher. sabathia who didn’t take the yankees initial offer of 6 years, $140 million agreed to this deal after brian cashman left vegas and the winter meetings to fly to sabathia to meet with him in california. people are now saying cc doesn’t really want to play in new york, he’s just doing it for the money. he really wanted to play in california but the yankees made him a huge offer. my opinion ladies and gentlemen, that is the game here, you go after the best free agents on the market with the money they want. don’t blame the yankees, after all, in today’s game the agents set the market rate for their clients its no longer ownership setting the market for their players. all american professional sports started going downhill when the term client started outweighing the terms teammate or player.
anyway, the yankees got cc sabathia and now they are set on going after aj burnett. the yankees have extended an offer to aj burnett. the amount of money burnett would be getting has not yet become public however it is said that burnett’s agent is seeking something similar to to what carlos zambrano received from the cubs. that deal was for 5 years $91.5 million. burnett has also garnered interest from the braves who offered him a 4 year deal worth $60 million and also the red sox who have not yet offered burnett a deal but the two parties have met at the winter meetings in las vegas. now that the yankees have cc sabathia i am eager to see if they really make a strong move for burnett within the next few days. hopefully, if the yankees don’t get him the red sox don’t either.

C.C. ya in New York?

December 9, 2008

the yankees have offered c.c. sabathia $140 million over 6 years about 3 weeks ago and he still hasn’t taken it. there is much speculation as to why he hasn’t taken it seeing as the only other offer on the table for his services right now is from the brewers and that deal totals around $100 million. why not take the extra $40 mill and the security of a 6 year deal in new york? well, here is where the speculation comes in. depending on where u get your information, the web, sports radio, or tv you will get at least 1 different answer from each probably more. in my opinion he wants to see what he can get, simple as that. this could be in his benefit or it may benefit the brewers. the yankees are not a team that will wait around for too many people and they can easily move on if they feel there is another pitcher out there worth grabbing for less money and headache. if his hard to get act results in the yankees removing their deal from the table and no other team feels he is worth that money he may be forced to take the deal from the brewers. brian cashman is meeting with sabathia and his agent greg genske for the second time in vegas at the winter meetings. i have a feeling we will know soon enough what c.c. sabathia’s true intentions with the yankees are. that said, i have no idea whether he will become a yankee. there have been other reports that i’ve heard that have sabathia expressing interest in playing for the dodgers. i will say this, he will either be a yankee or remain in the national league. i spoke to a friend who is following the situation and he told me quite frankly he feels sabathia is stringing the yankees along simply to get interest from the west coast. im inclined to maybe believe him, however i feel there is no way he is going to the angels, or the okland a’s. if he wants to go to the dodgers i personally wouldn’t be too mad, after all that means i can go to the stadium and see him pitch, and maybe see manny too. when c.c. sabathia signs a deal i will post on it right away.

K-ROD To The Mets

meanwhile, the mets have added a huge arm in their bullpen. they signed frankie ‘k-rod’ rodriguez to a 3 year deal. here is the report from espn.com

The New York Mets agreed to a three-year deal with free-agent closer Francisco Rodriguez, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Rodriguez’s deal, worth $37 million plus additional incentives, is pending a physical, which the New York Post reported will take place Wednesday.
“I feel good where we are today, compared to where we were yesterday,” Mets GM Omar Minaya said Tuesday. “I’m going to stay positive. But total completion of the deal is when everything is signed, sealed and delivered, and [right now] we continue to have dialogue. That’s the best I can tell you.”
The deal is a one-year increase over the two years and $24 million the Mets are said to have initially offered the closer, who broke the major league single-season saves record last season with 62.


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