As seen in New York…
Lou Gehrig has held the record for most grand slams in a career (23) for 74 years.
Tonight, Alex Rodriguez surpassed that by hitting his 24th grand slam off George Kontos of the Giants in the 7th inning.
This is not as cool as it might have once been.
Full disclosure: My oldest son is named for Gehrig….so I’m completely biased.
You know who else had an inner circle?
Dante in The Inferno.
Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com, November 30, 2007
Just a reminder that these incentives still exist.
A-Rod needs 13 home runs to match Willie Mays.
What could these two possibly have been talking about?
Three - that’s Rafael Palmeiro on the left.
And they’re playing in Coors Field - the PED of stadiums. (Well it’s better now that they keep the balls in a humidor. Seriously.)
Including August 4 stats they had a combined 7,547 hits (A-Rod is 99 hits short of 3,000) and 1,799 home runs. What a waste.
Listen, I don’t want ballplayers railroaded out of baseball for the sake of show obviously. And yes, baseball could maybe do a better job of getting at suppliers - I don’t know how, if my employer found out I was using drugs they would fire me, not go after my dealer.
Somehow MLB is criticized for only dealing with its employees. And because we (the public and journalists) haven’t seen any evidence we assume that a person’s due process rights are being violated.
I’m sure I’m wrong - and someone is welcome to correct me - but since the MLB doesn’t actually operate under the Bill of Rights (that’s only for the federal government, generally) they don’t have to offer due process. They CAN penalize someone for testimony and other inferred evidence.
And what’s really funny? No one who has been suspended for PED usage has ever been found completely innocent. (Braun got off on a technicality - as he should have, processes weren’t followed.) No one has been able to come back and say “I told you I never took drugs! MLB has been wrong.”
Note: Don’t say Clemens. MLB never suspended Clemens. That was the Feds who blew that one.
Do we really think that MLB would harm its reputation and hurt its stars for the sake of it? (Maybe you do. But I don’t think these suspensions have really burnished Selig’s or baseball’s reputation.) They were completely crushed for ignoring PEDs during the McGwire-Sosa era and then get crushed again for going hard after users today.
I’m no blind Selig fan. I think that instant replay not being implemented is a joke. I think that Jeffrey Loria borders on criminal with his ownership of the Marlins and should be handled by MLB. I think his refusal to use email is archaic.
But can we please stop pretending that MLB is on a witch hunt. As someone has mentioned on a witch hunt the key point is witches don’t exist. But on the PED hunt, we’ve found users. (Has anyone seen Melky Cabrera’s numbers since his suspension?)
This could be handled better but since MLB is the only sport who is actually handling it - and is doing what it can without being able to test for HGH (PLEASE stop with the “he’s never flunked a drug test” - of course not, that’s why they pay so much for the drugs! Ugh.) - we need to let things happen.
I wouldn’t suspend A-Rod or Braun or the 50 or so others during the season because it takes away from the sport. But otherwise I will never feel sympathy for a man who used fraud to gain millions of dollars - as did dozens (100s?) of others over the last 20 years.
PS I do think they should go into the Hall of Fame if they are not banned from baseball. Since we will never know who was on PEDs we can’t decided, rightfully, who was clean and who wasn’t. So let them all in - we’ll all tell our kids and grandkids the truth. Heck, there is no one who doesn’t know that Ty Cobb was a racist ass.
Major League Baseball is considering banning Alex Rodriguez for life. Here’s how baseball fans can spend their time in a post-A-Rod world.
I go around slapping toys out of my kids’ hands.
A source familiar with the Biogenesis investigation tells HardballTalk that if Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball are unable to reach a settlement in connection with the Biogenesis matter, Major League Baseball will suspend Rodriguez for life. Previous reports have only suggested such a move is possible. A lifetime ban would almost certainly cause Rodriguez&
in connection with Biogenesis Labs in Miami.
This is big, my friends.
With Alex Rodriguez’s benching by manager Joe Girardi for today’s fifth game of the ALDS against the Orioles, he finds himself connected to Hall of Famer Willie Mays - but not in a way A-Rod would want.
The only other time that a player with more than 600 home runs did not start a playoff game was Game 2 of the 1973 World Series when Mays, in his last season as a ballplayer, was not in the lineup for the Mets against the Oakland A’s. (He would pinch run for Rusty Staub in the 9th. The game would go 12 and Mays would end up 1-2 with an RBI and run scored.)
Random note: Mays final major league at-bat was in Game 4 of the World Series when he pinch hit for reliever Tug McGraw (then of Mets, best known as a Phillie) in the 10th inning. Mays grounded into a fielder’s choice.
A-Rod, copyright Elsa/Getty Images and courtesy si.com
The Say Hey Kid, courtesy thecrazymetsfan.com
In 2004, Roger Jongewaard was awarded the Roland Hemond Lifetime Achievement Award from Baseball America in honor of his career in baseball. Jongewaard was a scout, and a mighty good one at that.
Beginning with the New York Mets, Jongewaard pushed the team to draft future stars including Darryl Strawberry (#1 overall in 1980), Lenny Dykstra (13th round, 1981), and Billy Beane (#23 overall in 1980), who disappointed as a player, but made his name as the GM for the Oakland A’s and became famous as the subject of Michael Lewis’ Moneyball.
Jongewaard moved to the Seattle Mariners in 1985 and was instrumental in the decision to take a high school graduate from Moeller High School in Cincinnati: Ken Griffey, Jr. (#1 overall in 1987)*. Six years later, Jongewaard recommended drafting a high school shortstop from Florida named Alex Rodriguez (#1 overall in 1993).
Roger Jongewaard, who passed away at the age of 76, was named West Coast Scout of the Year in 2005 and was named a Legend in Scouting by the Professional Baseball Scouting Association in 2010.
Additional sources: USAToday.com and baseball-reference.com
(Image of Griffey courtey of pittpeas.mlbblogs.com; image of A-Rod is courtesy of North and South of Royal Brougham; image of Darryl Strawberry is courtesy of sikids.com and copyright of Manny Millan/SI.)
* Jongewaard convinced the Mariners to take Griffey over Cal State-Fullerton pitcher Mike Harkey. Harkey was drafted 4th by the Cubs. He would play for 8 seasons for four different teams, finishing with a 36-36 career record.
tying Ken Griffey, Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list.
And no. one. cares.
Ladies and gentlemen…The Steroids Era!
A-Rod hides like an ostrich.
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