Take the salary lost to injuries over the last five seasons and you could put in a winning bid for the Dodgers. That's how many big name players have been hurt in recent years and 2011 was no exception. Among those with nine-figure contracts to miss significant time were the Phillies' Ryan Howard, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Twins' Joe Mauer while other well-compensated stars like Hanley Ramirez also sat out significant chunks of the campaign.
NEW YORK -- The Yankees' time is up for 2011. But Alex Rodriguez has six more years, at $30 million per no less (plus another $30 mil more in milestone monies to come). It's tough to say which thought was less appealing here on Thursday night.
The New York Yankee and the movie star called it quits after dating more than a year
It may be game over for Cameron Diaz and Yankee star Alex Rodriguez, but the couple, who recently broke up after dating for a year and a half, remain on good terms.
September is different. I sat on my porch, reading about the properties of Kevlar Monday afternoon and though it was still August by the calendar, the cool 70s and light breeze here in Indianapolis felt more like September. It's more than the weather when it comes to injury management. In baseball, the rules change. September gives teams what's called roster expansion by most, but it should be "DL nullification" to medheads. The DL is a roster move, allowing a team to get an injury replacement onto the 25-man roster. In September, the 25-man roster goes out the window and the full 40-man roster is in place. Let's call it "9 rules" for September. DL replacements, by and large, come off the 40-man roster, so there's no roster relief. For the most part, teams abandon the use of the DL in September since it has no value to them. As well, there's a financial impact in the experience ratings that teams get from their worker's compensation insurer. (Yes, the same stuff you have at your job
Alex Rodriguez reportedly played in a couple card games at rich guys' houses in or near Beverly Hills. The stakes were said to be high.
The commissioner's office is planning to interview Alex Rodriguez after reports surfaced that the Yankees' third baseman took part in some illegal poker games.
â¢ After sunning and sailing around Miami on a yacht, Alex Rodriguez and girlfriend Cameron Diaz had a waterfront lunch to celebrate the New York Yankee slugger's 36th birthday. "They sat near the water at Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach and had a great time," a source tells PEOPLE of the al fresco outing.
â¢ Ready to sweat in black leggings and a white tank, Cameron Diaz met baseball star boyfriend Alex Rodriguez for a workout at Equinox South Beach on Tuesday. The lovebirds both hit the Stairmaster, burning calories for nearly an hour. Days before, they'd teamed up for a romantic dinner at Casa Tua in Miami Beach. "They were real low key and just wanted to be alone and talk," a source tells PEOPLE of their meal.
The couple's outing in Miami further hushes rumors of a split
The pair, who are rumored to have split, are seen holding hands and enjoying themselves
"They have broken up and gotten back together before, so not sure it's forever," a source tells PEOPLE
â¢ Alex Rodriguez took a break from spring training with the New York Yankees in Florida for a romantic meal with girlfriend Cameron Diaz at Nobu in South Beach. "They were in and out in an hour," a source says of the sporty couple. But the source adds: "They were talking and laughing and enjoying the breezy Miami weather."
â¢ Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez, dancing and laughing the night away at the home of Miami Heat coach Pat Riley in Gables Estates, Fla., at an event to raise money for local charities. "They looked so happy and sweet together," an onlooker tells us of the inseparable duo. They ate, drank and mingled with the basketball player guests and showed off their dance skills to tunes like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" performed by Michael McDonald. "Cameron is an amazing dancer," the onlooker adds. "She rocked the dance floor."
Albert Pujols' decision, via agent Dan Lozano, to set a deadline of spring training for a new multiyear deal with the Cardinals, could be a sign things aren't going all that well in the negotiations. But it could also be an attempt to force a deal.
The two, who've been vacationing in Los Cabos, make a splash
Forgive former Texas owner Tom Hicks if he would like to forget the anniversary, but one week from Sunday marks exactly 10 years since Hicks dropped jaws at the winter meetings by handing shortstop Alex Rodriguez an industry-rattling $252 million, 10-year contract. The contract was so outsized that even a decade later the best shortstop in baseball, Troy Tulowitzki, came up almost $100 million short from matching it this week ($157.75 million for 10 years).
The pair soak up the sun while on vacation over the holiday
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt, who may be the best businessman in a room full of millionaires and billionaires here at the Waldorf Astoria at Disney World, indicated he believes the Yankees would retract Alex Rodriguez's monstrous deal if they could. There was no word from Yankees, but DeWitt was really talking about his own situation with his own superstar anyway.
Yankees star Alex Rodriguez appears to have parted ways with his longtime agent Scott Boras.
NEW YORK -- Dozens of flashbulbs greeted Alex Rodriguez's first-inning swing Wednesday afternoon, and when he connected with the pitch from Toronto's Shaun Marcum, the 47,659 fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium stood and cheered as the ball arced over the center-field wall to become Rodriguez's 600th career home run. As he rounded the bases behind Derek Jeter, who had been on first base, the scoreboard congratulated Rodriguez and then there was a procession of hugs with every teammate in front of the empty dugout.
It took him awhile, but on Wednesday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez became just the seventh man in baseball history to hit 600 home runs. A-Rod is the youngest to reach the mark by a year and a half, and the first non-outfielder to accomplish the feat. The milestone home run came with a 2-0 count and one man on base against Blue Jays righty Shaun Marcum in the bottom of the first inning of a scoreless game. Here is a breakdown of all 600 of his home runs as well as a look at how Rodriguez stacks up against the other members of the 600 club.
Alex Rodriguez's interminable run to his 600th career home run wasn't greeted with the kind of breathless anticipation that we associate with round-number baseball milestones. While many are quick to point to Rodriguez's confessed steroid use and the general impression that all hitting statistics from the late 20th and early-21st centuries are tainted, something more banal is in play. Whereas 600 home runs was a historic barrier as recently as 2001, with just three players having ever reached that number, three more hit their 600th homers over the next seven seasons. Rodriguez's accomplishment means that more players have hit their 600th homer in the last decade than did in the first 125 years of baseball history. A 600th home run simply isn't as special as it was just 10 years ago.
Alex Rodriguez's run to his 600th career home run wasn't greeted with the kind of breathless anticipation that we associate with round-number baseball milestones. While many are quick to point to Rodriguez's confessed steroid use and the general impression that all hitting statistics from the late 20th and early-21st centuries are tainted, the real reason is something more banal. Whereas 600 home runs was a historic barrier as recently as 2001, with just three players having ever reached that number, three more hit their 600th homers over the next seven seasons. Rodriguez's accomplishment means that more players have hit their 600th homer in the last decade than did in the first 125 years of baseball history. A 600th home run simply isn't as special as it was just 10 years ago.
By his coach's recollection, when Alex Rodriguez debuted on the Westminster Christian varsity as a sophomore in 1991, he gave little indication that he was destined for home run-hitting greatness. Rodriguez was tall and lean when standing in the batter's box and smooth and slick while fielding grounders at shortstop. He primarily batted seventh and only hit about .270.
Alex Rodriguez is back in the news this week. Going into this week's four-game series against the Indians in Cleveland, A-Rod is on deck to hit his 600th career home run.
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez's last attempt to reach a major home run milestone was painful to watch. Remember? He had gotten to 499, in the summer of 2007, faster than anyone at the start of the season could have conceived was possible, even for him. He was about to turn 32 years old, and he was at the peak of his powers. He had hit 14 home runs during a torrid April, then five in May, then nine in June, and then -- after he'd crushed 499, an eighth-inning two-run shot off the Royals' Gil Meche on July 25 in Kansas City -- seven in July. Thirty-five home runs, and August wouldn't begin for another week. Surely, everyone thought, he'd become the 500 home run club's youngest member well before the calendar's page flipped.
â¢ They're still going strong! Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez shared a date night at rock 'n' roll musical Rock of Ages on Broadway. The couple had front row seats at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. According to a source, the "crowd went wild when A-Rod walked in â¦ just as the show was starting." The two also went backstage and posed for pictures with the cast.
â¢ New couple alert? Alex Rodriguez was in town with the New York Yankees to take on the Boston Red Sox, but the baseball star spent his off-hours nesting in a luxury suite at the Liberty Hotel with Cameron Diaz. "They arrived in Boston together via private jet and were whisked to the hotel," an eyewitness tells PEOPLE. The duo spent most of their time in their rooftop suite, not even emerging for meals. Instead, they shared lots of room service and "had an incredible time together," the source says.
Mike Krzyzewski said something the other day that, to me anyway, was both nonsensical and really astute at the same time. He was trying to explain why so many people felt so free to despise Duke, and he basically came down to the idea that Duke is not a state school. As such, Duke really has no home base, no geographic core of fans to tell the haters, in a metaphoric sense, to please go to hell.*
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez felt a huge relief after helping the New York Yankees win the World Series.
Baseball rarely disappoints. Every season brings its share of milestones, rare feats, dominating performances, and thrilling finishes and this year was no different. Gary Sheffield hit his 500th home run, Randy Johnson earned his 300th win and Mariano Rivera recorded his 500th save. Jonathan Sanchez pitched a no-hitter and was one error away from having a perfect game. Eight players hit for the cycle (the most in a single season since 1933). And Eric Bruntlett turned just the second game-ending unassisted triple play in major league history, which appropriately came against the Mets, thereby condensing their disastrous season into a single, historic play. Yet none of them were as noteworthy as the stories below. Here, in chronological order, are the ten biggest baseball stories of 2009.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez is all set to start his winter workouts.
They have different lives, but "may not be done working it out"
They seemed happy enough just days ago, but breakup reports swirl after Rodriguez's party weekend
The Nine star giggles her way through questions about her baseballer beau
1. Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees from the Rangers for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias; Feb. 16, 2004 Rodriguez was being pursued by the Red Sox all during the winter of 2003-04. And he probably would have gone to Boston had the players union signed off on a trade that would have diminished the value of his record $252 million contract by a few million. But when all hope seemed lost, out of the blue came the blockbuster deal to the rival Yankees, the team that was truly made for baseball's biggest and best-paid star.
The Yankee sluggers party with Kate Hudson and Minka Kelly at a club in New York
NEW YORK -- The last image we saw of Alex Rodriguez in the 2009 season was very different from the first one. In the beginning, A-Rod was, as he has so often been throughout a career marked by excesses of tumult and talent, the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. In February, he sat in a tent in Tampa, Fla., at the Yankees spring training complex and tried in vain to fight back tears and explain how and why he had taken steroids when he was with the Texas Rangers.
PHILADELPHIA -- Alex Rodriguez has turned around his perennial playoff struggles and with one swing of his bat brought the Yankees within 27 outs of their 27th World Series championship -- and his first.
Is A-Rod's girlfriend the New York team's good luck charm?
Someone once asked Fred Zinnemann, the director, what a certain famous movie star was like. "What makes you think," Zinnemann replied, "that she's like anything?"
For those of you who know what's going on inside Alex Rodriguez's head, can you please give me an update? Is he envisioning home runs? How much time -- rounded to the nearest hour -- does he spend looking in the mirror each morning? And can you give me his AmEx number?
NEW YORK -- Two Tuesdays ago, on the afternoon before these playoffs began, television cameramen and reporters massed around Alex Rodriguez's locker in the Yankees clubhouse, as they usually do, waiting for him to come in from a workout and dispense a few of his typically banal morsels. Relief pitcher Phil Coke didn't even seem to notice. First, Coke's locker has been two away from A-Rod's for a full season now, and he's used to the media crush. Second, Coke's attention was on this day diverted by a gift that had shown up on his chair that morning, as these things tend to do when you're a member of the Yankees: a brand new media player, from whom he did not know. "It's cool," Coke said. "It plays music, it plays movies, it stores photos." Someone pointed out that they lend out the machines in first class of some airlines. "I wouldn't know," Coke said. "I've never been on a plane like that."
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez has made a lot of changes in his life, and they seem to be working so far. It's tough to judge the new A-Rod except on his playing exploits, as he's made himself a lot scarcer in the new Yankee Stadium (he was nowhere to be seen on workout day Thursday). But folks around him have observed a lot of alterations and see the difference in A-Rod.
The couple take in a tropical weekend of dining and shopping in Florida
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that federal investigators' seizure of drug-test results of more than 90 major league baseball players five years ago was illegal.
â¢ Kate Hudson shared an intimate dinner with beau Alex Rodriguez at Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco while the New York Yankees star was in town to take on the Oakland A's. Since the duo and their two friends arrived at the restaurant just before 11 p.m., the kitchen had to reopen to serve them. The gracious group then enjoyed their meal in the restaurant's glass-enclosed private room and feasted on an omakase menu that included lobster tempura and sushi. "Kate and A-Rod were affectionate toward each other," says an onlooker. "They seemed to have a great time."
"Her excitement and cheering are infectious," a source tells PEOPLE as the Yanks keep winning
Things seemed to be going so well. Alex Rodriguez was in virtual seclusion in Colorado, then Florida. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were neither seen nor heard, and Zack Greinke and Ryan Zimmerman were reminding everyone that baseball still held the power to surprise and amaze for all the right reasons. And then came news that Manny Ramirez had failed a drug test, instantly calling into question the legitimacy of his statistics and of the Dodgers' red-hot start that had been fueled by a player who was fueled, at least in part, by a female fertility drug. Perhaps worst of all, it turned the focus of this week's mailbag back to the dreaded topic of performance-enhancing drugs.
The actress sits in the stands as her baseball-player beau scores No. 564
It is widely known that performance-enhancing drugs help baseball players.
â¢ Kate Hudson, pulling up a seat at the bar inside Morton's the Steakhouse in downtown Atlanta, where the actress watched beau Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees take on the Atlanta Braves. Arriving just in time for the seventh inning, Hudson ordered a chopped salad with bleu cheese dressing on the side and sat close to the television for the final two innings - the Yankees lost 4-0 - before returning back to her hotel.
Many moons ago, in one of the more memorable sports movies of all time, Rocky Balboa was warned by his crusty trainer to lay off the ladies if he wanted to win his big bout with Apollo Creed. "Women weaken legs!" hissed the venerable Mickey, who was played by the marvelously wizened Burgess Meredith.
MIAMI -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman ordered superstar third baseman Alex Rodriguez be rested here Friday and Saturday after a conference call of Yankee bosses, including team owner Hal Steinbrenner, medical personnel and Rodriguez himself, people familiar with the situation tell SI.com.
1) Does Yankees manager Joe Girardi need to find more down time for Alex Rodriguez? Or does the New York manager keep running Rodriguez out there hoping the third baseman, who turns 34 next month and is coming off hip surgery, simply needs more at-bats to find his groove? Those questions have become more acute as A-Rod continues to slump, and Girardi will not have use of the DH option for the next nine games as New York plays in NL parks.
Major League Baseball is expanding its investigation of Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez by adding the pitch-tipping allegation spelled out in Selena Roberts' new book A-Rod to the agenda, people familiar with the inquiry told SI.com.
The Yankee star and the actress are "somewhat serious," a source tells PEOPLE
This article appears in the May 11, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.
BALTIMORE -- You kept thinking that perhaps tonight wouldn't end up being the night. That it would rain, or that manager Joe Girardi would at any moment announce, in his measured way, that Alex Rodriguez's return to the Yankees was being pushed back a day or two. "He's itchin', just itchin' to get out there," Girardi might say, "but it's a long season, and we're not going to rush it. Believe me, I'm going to have to tie him up to keep him off that field."
BALTIMORE -- "I miss simply being a baseball player," Alex Rodriguez said during his press conference on Feb. 17 in Tampa, during which he purported to "come clean" about the discovery first reported by SI's Selena Roberts and David Epstein that he was, at least at one time, a user of steroids. It was the only genuinely believable thing he said that day -- a granule of truth, mixed in with the fibs and the obfuscations and the stammering explanations and the 32-second silence in which he tried his best to produce even a single tear.
OK, coming off the latest talk of pitch tipping and Alex Rodriguez, we're going to talk a little bit about cheating today -- but, hey, we're not talking morality. Everyone has their own level of distaste for cheating and lying. Some think it's wrong all the time. Some think it's mostly wrong except in certain sporting situations. Some believe the old line that if you're not cheating you're not trying. I don't want to get into that today, though I do find the topic to be fascinating.
Pitch tipping has been around baseball since the Giants won the pennant in 1951, at the very least, and probably a lot longer than that. The twist in the case of Alex Rodriguez, according to Selena Roberts' new A-Rod book, is that he was occasionally tipping players on the other team while he played with the Texas Rangers.
Once, not all that long ago, they were baseball's dual kingpins. Ken Griffey Jr., the elder statesman by six years, would dominate the majors, then naturally -- and gracefully -- hand over his title of the era's greatest player to Alex Rodriguez, his Seattle Mariner teammate of the mid-to-late 1990s.
Alex Rodriguez took another step toward rejoining the New York Yankees following hip surgery, batting seven times in an extended spring training game against Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguers.
When it was reported last February that Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for steroids in 2003, the reaction around baseball was mostly one of shock. Thursday's revelation that Rodriguez might have been tipping pitches to opposing hitters while playing shortstop for the Rangers from 2001-03 elicited a similar reaction from his former Texas teammates, with one important distinction: this might be even worse.
A report in the New York Daily News alleged that in a new book on Alex Rodriguez to be published this Monday by Harper Collins, the star tipped pitches when he was with the Texas Rangers, essentially signaling to friendly opponents what pitch was coming. SI senior writer Selena Roberts, who along with David Epstein broke the story in February about A-Rod's use of performance enhancing drugs, wrote the book and talked to SI.com about the allegations.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday he will withhold comment about any possible disciplinary action against Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez until he has read A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, a soon-to-be published book that details how Rodriguez tipped opposing hitters about what pitches were coming.
Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees have moved up A-Rod's target date and are now shooting for a return to the team sometime in the first week of May, sources say.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez increased the intensity of his workout and pitcher Chien-Ming Wang threw in the outfield Monday as part of their rehabilitation.
Top Yankees officials are apparently giving Alex Rodriguez a pass on his latest appearance in the tabloids, but they were annoyed and concerned enough about his extracurricular activities and a spate of often unflattering celebrity news stories that top team executives -- including owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner -- staged serious discussions with the superstar slugger in recent weeks about toning down his off-field act and focusing entirely on his well-known drive to be baseball's best player, according to people familiar with those talks.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The man sitting in front of Alex Rodriguez's corner locker at Legends Field on Tuesday afternoon was most decidedly not Alex Rodriguez.
PHOENIX -- A's general manager Billy Beane is one of the smartest men in baseball. But sometimes Beane is credited with ideas that aren't even completely his.
First off, why do they call the cartilage in your hip the "labrum?" Is this some sort of medical gag designed to confuse baseball writers? Because, seriously, it's working. We are confused. The labrum is the cartilage in the shoulder that protects the shoulder blade AND the labrum is also the cartilage that protects the hip joint. Really. Apparently there are not enough words in medicine.
Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez will undergo a first arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear on his right hip that's expected to keep him out six to nine weeks and has an "85 to 90 percent chance'' of allowing him to play the rest of the season.
As finely tuned a baseball machine as Alex Rodriguez might appear to be, a critical part of his body's machinery has long been working its way toward malfunction. The cyst on his hip that was drained last week is not the problem, but simply a result of a deeper structural problem with the joint itself; one that has developed over years and resulted in a condition that is increasingly being recognized in both athletes -- and the general population -- as a common cause of chronic groin and back pain.
Alex Rodriguez will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear on his right hip and the procedure is expected to keep him out six to nine weeks. That would have him returning sometime in May. In the ultra-competitive AL East, which sent the Rays and Red Sox to the playoffs last year, this could be a decisive blow against the Yankees. Then again, contrary to the conventional wisdom, it may not matter much at all.
When I was a senior in high school, I was torn between two colleges. I wanted to attend SUNY Albany. I wanted to attend the University of Delaware. I debated and debated and debated, and on the final day I opened my desk drawer intending to read over each school's brochure one last time.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A torn labrum was discovered in Alex Rodriguez's right hip and surgery remains a real option.
No matter how you weighed his postseason performance or knack of showing up in headlines for the wrong reasons, no one could deny that Alex Rodriguez long has been one of the most reliable assets in baseball. Jim Leyland used to apply the same thinking back in his Pittsburgh days to Barry Bonds, often reminding everyone that Bonds, despite what you thought of his prickly personality, "goes to the post every day." That doesn't happen without a willful commitment by the player, both to fitness and to his team. A manager and a franchise understand the value of having a star player they can count on to be there every day.
The picture says a thousand words -- and the inscription a handful more: A NAO, EL MEJOR ENTRENADOR DEL MUNDO. In English, "To Nao, the best trainer in the world." It is signed, ALEX RODRIGUEZ. The framed photo hangs in a tiny room off the gym where trainer Angel (Nao) Presinal diagnoses the pains and massages away the aches of many of the Dominican Republic's most famous athletes. There's another framed photo not far away, of Rodriguez, in a pink shirt and tie, with his left hand holding one of his AL MVP awards and his right arm flanked over the shoulders of Presinal.
During his latest hummina-hummina-hummina in front of the massed gadgets of the media on Tuesday, Alex "Tommy Flanagan" Rodriquez echoed the old maxim that "ninety percent of the game is half mental" while trying to not explain whether steroids had actually enhanced his performance. A-Rod also evoked more than one Hall of Famer while saying, "I understand the questions and the doubt. And I laid my bed, I'm going to have to sit on it" -- a beautifully tortured way of saying he realizes that he's going to have to recline in this jolly little mess of his own making.
In the matter, fellow citizens, of American disillusionment v. Alex Rodriquez, may I make a small suggestion? Do not allow yourself to be surprised that any hero who competed during the prime steroid years used performance-enhancing drugs. Really, acceptance of this fact will be so beneficial to your emotional health whenever the next big name surfaces ... guilty.
TAMPA, Fla. -- If Alex Rodriguez didn't do as well as teammate Andy Pettitte at his steroid press conference, it isn't totally because A-Rod isn't the best communicator, though that may be part of it. The real problem is A-Rod's story. It isn't as good a story as Pettitte's. And what's worse, of course, is that the story has changed maybe once or twice too often already.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez began his press conference on Tuesday at 1:52 p.m. -- 22 minutes late -- but punctuality was not the only element of his performance that ought to have been enhanced.
In a lengthy press conference at the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., Alex Rodriguez gave additional details and information about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, which he maintains took place only between 2001 and 2003.
Baseball's new season has not yet begun, but it has already been defined: This will be the season of Alex Rodriguez.
Yankees executives saw Andy Pettitte hit a home run with a beautifully handled, seemingly sincere HGH admission last spring and would like to see an encore from their biggest star and best player.
Welcome to our first baseball mailbag of the season. Before we can (finally) start talking about actual games, teams and players on the field, I wanted to address several of the very interesting e-mails I got this week about the Alex Rodriguez controversy, which, not surprisingly, has dominated the news as well as your comments. To those of you who wrote in to say that you're sick of all the talk about steroids in general and A-Rod in particular, feel free to send me questions on any baseball topic and we'll get to them in a future mailbag. (Once the season starts, I'll be handling this duty on a weekly basis.) In the meantime, let's dive in.
While others debate the sincerity and completeness of Alex Rodriguez's confession to Peter Gammons on Monday, let's push past the garment-rending over the impact of his drug use upon the history and integrity of the game, and past the love/hate relationship baseball fans have with Rodriguez, a superstar bizarrely burdened with intense insecurities. Instead, let's take a cold, hard look at the seasons during which Rodriguez admitted he had experimented with banned substances, to see what impact, if any, those substances had on his performance on the field.
On the streets of New York, CNN's Richard Roth hears reaction from disappointed fans and those willing to forgive.
Baseball star Alex Rodriguez, who admitted this week he had used steroids, "shamed the game," the commissioner of Major League Baseball said Thursday.
By Roger Rubin and Matt Gagne New York Daily News
Now that we're all clear on the fact that some of Alex Rodriguez's accomplishments were achieved with chemical help, we can move on to the question of legacy, which has always been of great importance to the Yankees' star third baseman. Baseball, more than any other major sport, is a game built on history, and no player seems more concerned about his place in that history than Rodriguez. It is not just a matter of how A-Rod is judged today, or next month or even a year from now. It is a question of what future generations will think of him and his juiced-up brethren.
Yankees executives didn't have an immediate response after hearing snippets of the TV interview on Monday in which their superstar third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs several years ago, and they may never have an official reaction.
Alex Rodriguez made clear Monday that one thing still separates him from Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, from Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire: he's smarter.
NEW YORK (SI.com) -- Alex Rodriguez has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003, ESPN is reporting.
When Alex Rodriguez was approached by Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts in the University of Miami gym on Thursday and presented with the bombshell that he failed baseball's 2003 steroid survey test, Rodriguez's immediate reaction was to tell her, "You'll have to talk to the union.''
Outside of Curt Schilling and Cory Lidle, very few Major League Baseball players ever dared criticize Barry Bonds, at least on the record. Either they were afraid of Bonds, afraid of the Players Association, or afraid of the possibility that their own lives would become subject to the same scrutiny as his. It was a kind of tradition when teams swung through San Francisco to play the Giants that opposing players would form a small receiving line before batting practice to greet Bonds and lavish him with praise.
Saturday's stunning revelation that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2003 invites numerous questions about one of the most accomplished players of the last 50 years.