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News of the Day – 3/6/09
Posted By Diane Firstman On March 6, 2009 @ 10:23 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
Today’s news is powered by an MRI machine, and this video …
When Rodriguez underwent a magnetic resonance imaging procedure for his right quadriceps last May, General Manager Brian Cashman said the results showed an incidental irregularity in his hip. …
But after the finding, the Yankees were seemingly lax about examining Rodriguez’s hip again. Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in baseball, did not have another M.R.I. on his hip during or after the season. Cashman said the irregularity on Rodriguez’s M.R.I. was an insufficient reason to pursue additional testing.
Still, considering how valuable Rodriguez is and how closely the Yankees typically supervise players, they could have ordered an M.R.I. last October to determine if the irregularity had developed into something more significant. The Yankees have $275 million invested in Rodriguez. An M.R.I. costs a few thousand dollars. Cashman said that was unnecessary because Rodriguez did not have a documented injury, often has stiff legs and never reported any pain.
The Yankees have a 37-year-old catcher coming off shoulder surgery (Jorge Posada), a shortstop who turns 35 in June (Derek Jeter), a 39-year-old closer (Mariano Rivera), a 35-year-old outfielder (Johnny Damon), another outfielder who turns 35 in June (Hideki Matsui) and now a 33-year-old third baseman with a problematic hip. None of those position players except Jeter played 150 games last year.
A hip injury has to cause a tremendous concern for the Yankees. However, let’s take a leap and say that this is a condition from which A-Rod can recover, and be something close to his old self.
If A-Rod can return to the Yankees’ lineup sometime in May, then perhaps he’ll actually be appreciated for the positives he brings to the table. Rather than the negatives.
Right now, when everyone is tied in the standings at 0-0, it’s easy to hate the guy. To pick on him for daring to offer praise to Jose Reyes, of all things.
But when the Yankees open the season April 6 in Baltimore, and Cody Ransom is playing third base, we’ll get the full appreciation for the 7.1 Wins Above Replacement Player that A-Rod put up in 2008, a down year for him.
Contrary to speculation by A-Rod’s brother earlier Thursday, surgery is not scheduled for Rodriguez. Cashman said that the Yankees hope to treat Rodriguez conservatively, since surgery would likely cost the slugger four months. However, Cashman also said that he will need surgery at some point, and having it before the end of the season is “not off the table.” In question is whether Rodriguez will be able to make it through the upcoming season without it.
Cashman confirmed that Rodriguez will not participate in the World Baseball Classic and has been removed from the Dominican Republic’s roster.
“He’s not going to be active here [at Spring Training], I wouldn’t think, for a while,” Cashman said of Rodriguez.
“Cody is a professional player,” Girardi said on Thursday. “He has experience all over the infield, he has pop in his bat. Cody is one of those guys that gets dirty all the time and plays extremely hard. He has a great attitude.”
[My take: So he's David Eckstein with a higher slugging percentage?]
….. Yet Chamberlain was upbeat after the outing, saying that he had just identified a delivery flaw to hammer out.
“That’s the best I’ve felt physically all year,” Chamberlain said. “It’s part of Spring Training, it’s part of the process. It’s just, mechanically, [I'm] not consistently getting over my front side. As far as the ball coming out of my hand and depth on my pitches, it was great.”
Moreover, in business news, the Yankees remain the most valuable team in all of baseball. In the past nine years, the Yankees value as an organization has more than tripled from $491 million in 1999, to $1 billion 306 million in 2008. Let us compare that to, say the 30th rank team in baseball, the Florida Marlins.
If you break down the numbers, the Marlins are a team that profits with less, a case of cutting their margins. In most cases, you have to spend money to make money, but with Florida, they post the largest operating income by slashing player salaries. The Marlins who have a payroll hovering around $20 million made a profit of approximately $35 million, largely due to revenue sharing. On the other hand, “The Evil Empire” posted an operating loss of $47.3 million, largely due to their player payroll and $100 million paid out in revenue sharing. Seems like polar opposites, and that is the case, the Yankees are a brand and the Marlins are a team in the National League East.
[My take: Would we take him back for CF patrol now?]
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URLs in this post:
 Jack Curry: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/06/sports/baseball/06curry.html?_r=1&ref=sports
 Tom Verducci: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/tom_verducci/03/05/arod.injury/index.html?eref=writers
 The Post: http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/st/archives/2009/03/third_base_opti.html
 Ken Davidoff : http://blogs.trb.com/sports/baseball/blog/2009/03/maybe_just_maybe_this_will_be.html
 Brian Cashman: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy
 PeteAbe: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/03/05/a-rod-packs-a-lot-into-27-days/
 PeteAbe: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/03/05/hip-expert-a-rod-will-need-surgery/
 Indians’ Andy Marte: http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2009/03/if_the_yankees_come_calling_fo.html
 Cody Ransom: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3925686&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy
 Joba Chamberlain: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3925706&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy
 Biz of Baseball: http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3035:the-biz-of-baseball-organizational-report-the-new-york-yankees&catid=59:organizational-reports&Itemid=137
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