“I refuse to quit,” … “Maybe it’s stupidity, I don’t know, but I’m wired to compete and give my best. I have a responsibility to be ready to play as soon as I can.” - USA TODAY
A-Rod was supposed to debut this past Monday against the Texas Rangers, but instead the Yankees put the third baseman on the DL, and sent back to Tampa to rehab a Grade 1 quad strain. When will he return? Look at MLB odds at Top Bet for this one.
The problem is A-Rod says he isn’t hurt and is ready to get back with his teammates.
And of course Gross was reprimanded this winter for “failing to adequately ensure proper patient treatment involving the prescribing of hormones including steroids”
I mean come on now, why A-rod didn’t find a doctor who is clean is beyond me?
At this point A-Rod is acting a tad desperate, a trait no one wears well.
And with the 65 games suspension Ryan Braun just received, so A-Rod has good reason to worry.
Except that Braun had actually failed a drug test, and due to MLB’s lackadaisical rules on handling drug tests he got off.
A-Rod’s name merely leaked from the Mitchel Report back in 2003. He chose to tell the truth, while some of his peers jumped right on Denial Drive.
Rumor has it that A-Rod is either facing a 100-game suspension, or a permanent one.
If this has any truth behind it would mean MLB is counting the leaked test results as a first time suspension.
Regardless, the bottom line here is have you met anyone this dumb?
A-Rod has a team of powerhouse lawyers and plenty of green to buy the best of everything, so it is hard to comprehend how these foolish things continually happens to him.
This saga has officially reached out of control status.
Both the Yankees and A-Rod want to get their money, so fans should expect more immature tactics coming from both sides.
The one thing the Yankee brass is losing sight of here is that if they had let A-Rod comeback three days ago, the team might not be down 2-1 vs. the Rangers.
Here are A-Rod’s career stats vs. active Rangers pitchers:
(Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)
Alex Rodriguez - Batting Stats vs. Active Rangers Pitchers
PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
104 88 36 9 0 6 19 14 17 0.409 0.481 0.716 1.197
Once again proves that the Yankees are all about the Benjamins, not about Championships.
Let MLB handle the PED stuff, as funny how the Yankees supported him the first time when breaking the HR record was on the table.