More on Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees from: Selena Roberts, Jay Jaffe, Craig Calcaterra and David Roth.
Love this part from Jay:
"Writers whose anger at the users is part of their own embarrassment at having fawned over McGwire and Sosa during the 1998 home run chase or celebrated Clemens’ workout regime instead of investigating the complicity of the owners, players union and commissioner in turning a blind eye to drugs which have been around the sport since at least the late 1980s will be gone."
Except that I believe the writers knew/suspected, but have been part of the coverup, because they had a sweet gig and didn't want to rock the boat.
In case Mattpat is reading: I think you will agree that the Yankees now have no chance to win the Division.
 Lyle Overbay? And the Yankees could get Travis. Quite competitive these two super powers, eh!
Writers. Hacks. No one worse than the baseball scribes than the football ones. Not one of them will take any responsibility for fear of becoming banned substances themselves, much like the reporters who follow the politicians. So much for the press. Everyone knew. When?
As to A-Rod, don't we need to hear from him or see him?
And,Earl Williams died young. Sad. Obit said he once was suspended for not listening to Earl Weaver deliver a clubhouse lecture. How'd they know? Who else wasn't listening?
Jeez, I need a dose of naive baseball fun.
For me, the big story is that Selena Roberts is emphatic that the Yankees' FO knew about ARod before they signed him in 2007/8. If true, this makes George and the Steinettes look very bad, and makes Cashman look smart.
It also makes the rush to 'void his contract' look pretty scummy. They loved ARod before he was caught, they should love him now too.
In his first 4 years (pre opt-out), ARod posted close to 30 bWAR, for a cost of around $70m. In other words, a historically GREAT trade/signing.
And then the 2nd contract.
The Yankees greed has caught up with them.
I love the Yanks, but I hope they stay on the hook for the $114m. If Selena is correct, the knew what they were buying. I have no sympathy for them.
 Freaking-A. The hypocrisy of the writers not voting for these guys is beyond the pale. They were part of the "steroid era" too and played a role in enabling the players. It is ridiculous that they now refuse to vote for Bonds, McGwire, etc.
7) Unless the teams are stripped of their titles too, singling out the players seems weak.
6) You can love Steinbrenner's desire to win, his charitable work, and his speding big to put great teams on the field, but he was also a giant ass. Owners in general would do anything within their power to rid themselves of players with big contracts who are no longer performing. Not everyone can pawn off their Carl Crawfords and Vernon Wells to GM Rubes. ARod's contract was bound to end badly,and I am sure the Yanks knew they would be getting diminished returns in the end, but they didn't imagine the loss of his talent so soon. I don't feel sorry for the Yankee brass and never will, and I am not an ARod fan, but he will get his money. I am a Yankee fan, and want to see a good team, it helps if you like the players too, and then rooting for them is that much more fun. ARod makes it hard to root for him, and this latest news is not surprising, and will not be the last disappointing news we get from him.
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