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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’ »

Yankees say adios to Wells

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the New York Yankees designated Vernon Wells for assignment today, which is not really surprising considering his lack of production last season.

This freed up one spot on their 40-man roster for either Brian Roberts or Matt Thornton.

The Yankees still need another spot for Thornton or Roberts, and expectantly for Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka or else Hal Steinbrenner will endure a fan uprising in the Bronx.

Wells is owed $21 million in 2014, $2.5 of which the Yankees are on the hook for. And luckily that money will not count toward to team’s payroll, as every penny is being counted at this point. Continue reading ‘Yankees say adios to Wells’ »

Yankees: Do you want Alex Rodriguez to get suspended?

Do you want Alex Rodriguez to get suspended or not?

English: A-Rod in 2007. Español: A-Rod en 2007.

English: A-Rod in 2007. Español: A-Rod en 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Personally, I do not want A-Rod to serve anytime away from the New York Yankees, but the likelihood of him getting fully absolved is slim.

Still, the punishment, for what I am not exactly sure still, cannot be any longer than 65-games, if even . That is what Ryan Braun just served for shamelessly lying, and weaseling his way out of a failed urine test but not because the results were wrong.

Braun’s dishonesty destroyed lives.

I remember listening to Braun’s winded acceptance speech for winning the 2011 NL MVP award, only to find out later that he had known the test results before receiving the honor. That award belonged to Matt Kemp, but Braun did not care and neither did MLB.

Since Braun has apologized; he has taken the test handler who he threw under the bus out to dinner; written a letter to Commissioner Bud Selig; and released a statement without an admittance.

Braun affirmed that, “I came to the realization that it was time to come to grips with the truth. I was never presented with baseball’s evidence against me, but I didn’t need to be, because I knew what I had done.”

Braun got off on a technicality, which got his failed test eradicated and it seems like he is going to be forgiven by Brewers fans. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Do you want Alex Rodriguez to get suspended?’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Hot guy at a bar told me what Tanaka was offered

Yankee Stadium on July 1, 2010

Yankee Stadium on July 1, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night I was out at a bar on the Upper Eastside grabbing some dinner and drinks to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play the New Orleans Saints with one of my best guy friends, who happens to be a diehard Philly fan.

As we were watching the game, a guy I recently met came over to chat with us.

This man, who is not so bad on the eyes, happens to be a die-hard New York Yankees and we were all talking sports at the table.

All of a sudden this handsome man motioned me towards him and whispered in my ear, “I know what the Yankees bid.”

I gasped and said in disbelief, “On Masahiro Tanaka?”

He responded, “Yes, it is 5-years and $120 million bucks.”

I went on to ask if that included the $20 million posting fee, and he said it did not.

My initial reaction was not positive, as I said that isn’t long enough, as Tanaka is only 25 years old. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Hot guy at a bar told me what Tanaka was offered’ »

Yankees: Tanaka – Tanaka – Tanaka

Is anyone else sick of hearing rumors about where Masahiro Tanaka is going to land?

日本語: 駒大苫小牧高校野球部 田中将大(甲子園球場 対東洋大姫路戦)

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Yankees know that they need to land this 25-year old Japanese phenom.

Yes, signing a pitcher who has never faced MLB hitters is risky. And the Yankees know this first hand after signing Kei Igawa back in 2007 to a five-year, $46 million contract. Igawa played in just 16-games at the Major League level before being exiled to the Yankees farm system where he stayed.

Igawa’s acquisition has haunted the Yankees, hence steering clear of signing international players like Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman and Yasiel Puig, who all have panned out to be the real deal.

But the Igawa excuse is old, and Yankees fans are sick of watching these stars help competitors win. And Tanaka way more Darvish, than Igawa and the overall consensus is that this guy is the real deal.

Yes, Tanaka posted a 24-0 record in Japan last season; yes, he owns a split-finger fastball that has been called the best ever; and yes, he is as competitive as they come but that doesn’t mean he will shine in the Majors. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Tanaka – Tanaka – Tanaka’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: The Tanaka impact

The suspense of what team will eventually sign Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka is baseball’s biggest storyline to start the New Year.

New York Yankees

New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

And it is no secret that the New York Yankees need Tanaka’s service badly.

As of today, the Yankees starting rotation is headlined by CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. Sabathia is coming off the worst season in his career, and Kuroda is 39-years old so expecting more than he gave in 2013 is a stretch.

Adding Tanaka to the roster will make the predictions on the Yankees to win the AL East this season more likely. You can read more great MLB betting news and odds this season here.

The Yankees can’t afford a second straight year out of the playoffs, as New York fans do not want to watch another 85-win season or another dark October.

Ratings took a dive last season in both game attendance and on TV, as The Wall Street Journal reported that the Yankees tool a $58 million loss in ticket sales. You can bet that number will only inflate if Tanaka is not donning the pinstripes.

ESPN’s Dan Szymborski ranked the top six teams in need of Tanaka services, and the Yankees came in second behind the Seattle Mariners. This had to be a close call as the Yankees do not have a definite ace like King Felix, but it is the Mariners so hard to justify ranking them as better in any category just yet. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: The Tanaka impact’ »