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Yankees Hot Stove: If you were Tanaka wouldn’t you go to the Dodgers?

Author Nicholas Sparks once wrote, “Truth only means something when its hard to admit.” 

Clayton Kershaw pitching for the Los Angeles D...

Clayton Kershaw pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York Yankees fans need to embrace the above because reality is the only time Japanese pitching phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be pitching in the Bronx is when his team is sitting in the visitor’s dugout.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Tanaka is a winner.

Posting a 24-0 record, Tanaka didn’t lose a start in 2013, and led his team all the way to being crowned Japan Series Champions.

Tanaka has obviously proven he is a fierce competitor, and where he decides to pitch in MLB will weigh heavily on which of his many suitors will help him do just that.

Too many Yankees fans live under the illusion that the allure of wearing the pinstripes means something to Tanaka.

Five years age after winning the 2009 World Series it might have been true but that is no longer the case. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: If you were Tanaka wouldn’t you go to the Dodgers?’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Masahiro Tanaka and the place he will go

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.” - Dr. Seuss

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MLB: What bothers you the most about Yankees Alex Rodriguez’s saga?

What bothers you the most about Yankees Alex Rodriguez saga? 

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

This question has been asked a lot over the last week, and from the variety of answers given it is clear that people have taken this issue very personally.

For myself, I think this situation has shed light on a bigger issue for baseball.

No doubt, both A-Rod and MLB acted unethically, and in turn the truth has been lost but it did make me question how clean the sport actually is.

It is hard to understand how MLB declares to have the toughest drug-testing program in sports when A-Rod passed over a dozen tests in the two years he was supposedly taking a cocktail of PEDs.

If A-Rod could fake out MLB’s urine test that many times, then the number of players who actually fail must be only a small minority in comparison to number using them.

Logically, no player who takes PEDs wants to fail a drug test that results in a suspension without pay and earns them the label of cheater. As the point of cheating is to enhance one’s performance, not get busted. Continue reading ‘MLB: What bothers you the most about Yankees Alex Rodriguez’s saga?’ »

Yankees: 4 painstaking articles to read about Alex Rodriguez’s saga

Alex Rodriguez.

Alex Rodriguez in a game on 5/26/08

Alex Rodriguez in a game on 5/26/08 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is not much I can tell you that has not already been written about.

People are either siding with A-Rod, MLB or neither about whether the 162-game suspension was just or not.

After reading countless articles on this mess, I do not think either side is coming out of this looking good, and that is a shame.

Until substantial evidence, not out of Tony Bosch’s mouth, is presented can anyone really not question both sides/

After reading through numerous the articles written on this situation, I thought I would share the four I found most informative. So..here they are in no specific order.

1. A-Rod: Six Unanswered Questions - Wallace Matthews, ESPN.

Matthews’s poses six key questions that were not asked during 60 Minutes half-hour long report this past Sunday night.

At the conclusion of the article, Matthews asks readers, “What question would you have liked to hear asked and answered on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night?”

I would have added two questions.

First I would have asked Tony Bosch, “If it was so “easy” for you to instruct A-Rod how to pass a over 12 urine tests, how come your clients Manny Ramirez and Bartolo Colon each failed two; and Melky Cabrera one?”

According to MLB, Bosch is a “creditable” witness so his claim that beating MLB’s drug tests is simple to do then baseball has still has a HUGE problem regarding use of PED’s. This would mean MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has not done his job very well because Bosch said it. And this also would mean that only a small minority of pro athletes probably fails drug tests. Think about it…. who would knowingly take PEDs and not want learn the easy way to trick the test so it comes up clean? Continue reading ‘Yankees: 4 painstaking articles to read about Alex Rodriguez’s saga’ »

NFL Playoff Predictions: Patriots vs Broncos and Seahawks vs 49ers

The NFL playoffs are down to its final four, and if you were hoping the top teams would be playing, you are in for a treat.

Patriots vs. Broncos               and  Seahawks vs. 49ers

Patriots vs. Broncos and Seahawks vs. 49ers

As Championship Weekend is here, and only two teams will get the chance to play in Super Bowl XLVIII in my hometown of New York City.

Also, these games could not come at a better time for us Yankees fans. Watching some good football will offer a much-needed break from all the craziest surrounding the MLB vs. Yankees Alex Rodriguez saga. Ah maroon….

Here are my predictions, along with the up coming schedule for next weekend’s Championship Games.

AFC:

New England Patriots (12-4) at Denver Broncos (13-3)

Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. EST on CBS.

Since I picked the Patriots to go all the way to the Super Bowl that would entail New England winning this game in Denver.

It is hard to imagine Pats QB Tom Brady losing to another member of the Manning family in the playoffs, as he has lost two Super Bowls to Peyton’s little brother Eli.

In all honesty, choosing a winner in this game is next to impossible.

The only fact I can tell you is that this game features two of the best QB’s ever to play in the NFL, and is sure to be an instant classic.

Brady and Manning are already living legends in their own right. Whenever either of these two takes the field it is incredible to watch them both take charge of their respective offenses.

This is a match-up NFL fans love, and after enduring the New York Giants this past season my respect level for the two veterans only continues to grow. Continue reading ‘NFL Playoff Predictions: Patriots vs Broncos and Seahawks vs 49ers’ »

Yankees: Bud Selig did not win because Alex Rodriguez got suspended

Yesterday, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez got suspended 162 games, which means he is out for the entire 2014 season.

2008 World Series Game 2

2008 World Series Game 2 (Photo credit: mookiefl)

Originally, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had given A-Rod a 211 game for his involvement with the infamous Biogenesis clinic down in Miami, FL.

If you were unaware, MLB’s key witness and Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch will be on 60 Minutes tonight at 7pm to discuss everything.

My question is that why isn’t Selig getting interviewed at all?

The commissioner has far from acted appropriately during his tender about PEDs, and it is unfair that he doesn’t have to own up to it.

There is an article by Jonathan Weiler from the Huffington Post called After A-Rod Ban, Time to Talk More Seriously About Commissioner Selig’s Own Tarnished Legacy, that I think everyone should read.

Trust me this is information all baseball fans should want to know before they go running around praising Selig for nailing A-Rod.

Here is an excerpt from Weiler’s article written on August 8, 2013: Continue reading ‘Yankees: Bud Selig did not win because Alex Rodriguez got suspended’ »