Posted on June 10, 2013 by Andrew Martin
The big news of the week in baseball was an ESPN Outside the Lines report that Major League Baseball is seeking to suspend 20 or more current players for their involvement with the now defunct Biogenesis of America clinic. Tony Bosch, the company’s founder, agreed to provide MLB with documents to help their cases. Players including Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera are all reported to be those in the crosshairs, with more details of the whole mess still to come.
The report indicated that suspensions could be as long as 100 games if MLB gets its way. However, want and reality could be two completely different things. The MLB Player’s Union immediately issued a statement declaring their intent to vigorously defend the players in the investigation, and will use their considerable power to minimize any punitive damage. It’s a situation that is highly unlikely to be determined quickly, but will probably play out in courtrooms and boardrooms for an indeterminable amount of time.
Regardless of the length of possible suspensions, the damage has already been done to the reputations of the players involved in the scandal. No matter how much you believe or don’t believe steroids and PEDs are cheating, the amount of lying and general scumbaggery (I made this word up specifically for this situation) on the part of these players has completely impugned their character. No matter how far they can hit a ball or fast they can throw a pitch, their greatest attribute as players and human beings has been irrevocably shattered. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Darryl Strawberry, Don Mattingly, Dwight Gooden, George Foster, Howard Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Kevin Mitchell, Lenny Dykstra, Melky Cabrera, PEDs, Rafael Santana, Ray Fisher, Rick Aguilera, Ryan Braun, Steroids, Ted Williams, Tim Teufel, Tony Bosch | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 29, 2013 by Andrew Martin
The length of a baseball team’s disabled list can have such a strong impact on the outcome of their season. Injuries not only deprive teams of talented players, but alter the chemistry that was so carefully constructed during the offseason and spring training.
The ability of backup players, minor league prospects and the length of time needed for the injured to come back healthy can all determine whether or not a season will be derailed. Just a month into the 2013 season, a number of major league teams have felt the pinch of losing players to the DL. The scrambling has already begun for some to overcome a fractured roster. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Anibal Sanchez, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Detroit Tigers, Hanley Ramirez, Jason Kipnis, Justin Verlander, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Teixeira, Max Scherzer, New York Yankees | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 15, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino is trekking through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
In part one of six he brings you the American League East:
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Aaron Sanchez, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Brett Cecil, Brian Matusz, Brian Roberts, Bryce Brentz, Dan Jonhnson, Daniel Schlereth, David Phelps, Dustin McGowan, John Lackey, Jonathan Schoop, Jose Iglesias, Kevin Youkilis, Kyle Drabek, Kyle Farnsworth, Lyle Overbay, Matt Barnes, New York Yankees, Nolan Reimold, Ryan Lavarnway, Ryan Schimpf, Sam Fuld, Shelley Duncan, Stephen Vogt, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Wil Myers | 5 Comments »
Posted on February 5, 2013 by Daniel Marino
I’ll make this one short and sweet: Steroid and PED users are disgraced. It appears that most, if not all, of the users will never be inducted into the Hall of Fame. So, how much was it worth to those players? Was it worth throwing your reputations away? What is your integrity worth? Well now, let’s see: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Hall of Fame | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Hall of Fame, PEDs, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Steroids | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 10, 2012 by Andrew Martin
If you happen to follow many baseball writers on Twitter, chances are your timeline was blowing up this past week. With MLB’s winter meetings taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, there was a lot of activity, as more free agents were taken off the market. Heck, there was even some trading going on. It was all part of the dance as we get closer and closer to the start of spring training.
***Perhaps the most shocking move to come out of the winter meetings was the Red Sox giving a three-year, $39 million deal to outfielder Shane Victorino. The Red Sox have publicly declared their new distaste in giving out large contracts of lengths exceeding more than three or four years. Apparently they are content with grossly overpaying players on shorter-term deals. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Angel Pagan, Boston Red Sox, Free Agents, Josh Lindblom, Jurickson Profar, Kevin Youkilis, Los Angeles Dodgers, Marco Scutaro, Michael Young, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Shane Victorino, Terry Francona, Texas Rangers, Trades, Zack Greinke | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 6, 2012 by Daniel Marino
Okay, who are you guys and what have you done with the real New York Yankees? This isn’t the Yankees that we know and love….or hate in many circles. Typically at this time of the year, the Yankees have thrown millions of dollars at players, and they usually get their man. This year, despite perhaps more needs than in past years, the Yankees have been sitting on the sidelines watching potential Yankees going elsewhere. Not only that, but they are letting their own leave as well. With A-Rod on the shelf, Jeff Keppinger, or resigning Eric Chavez would have been the most logical moves. Yet, both players have signed elsewhere. So, what’s going on in the Bronx? (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, Brian Cashman, Derek Jeter, Eric Chavez, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, Jeff Keppinger, Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher, Phil Hughes, Rafael Soriano, Russell Martin, Torii Hunter | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 25, 2012 by Daniel Marino
Okay, the facts are the facts: Alex Rodriguez stats are declining. He is aging, and has trouble turning on a 95 MPH fastball. He flirted in the middle of a playoff game and he makes more money per season than all of the fans at Yankee Stadium combined. He comes off as trying to be a saint, when we all know that is not true. He has admitted to using performance enhancers. Take all of these facts, add in to the mix yet another poor post season, and you have disgruntled Yankee fans. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi, New York Yankees, Robinson Cano | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 19, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Alex Rodriguez’s alarming inability to make contact during the playoffs leads many to believe that the clock is about to strike midnight on his immensely talented but polarizing career. The Yankees are likely to find the 5 years and $114 million he is due after this season to be an unpalatable mouthful to swallow, making his trade or release a real possibility this off-season. His departure may now be further hastened by his attempt to obtain two female fans’ phone numbers during a Game 1 ALCS loss in which he contributed a hollow 0 for 3 with a strikeout. Some may see this as no big deal, but it is fair criticism and vintage A-Rod. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: ALCS, Alex Rodriguez, Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees | 3 Comments »
Posted on June 11, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
I have always been a fan of players who possess both the skill of speed and power. As a kid I was a big Jose Canseco fan who was the first player member of the 40/40 club. I was also a big fan of Eric Davis and Ron Gant, both members of the 30/30 club with Davis narrowly missing out on being the sole member of the 40/50 club in 1987.
As a fantasy league fanatic my love for players with the ability to hit for power and steal bases has never faded, it has only increased. One of my all-time favorite players happens to be a player who possess the rare combination of power and speed that is about to land him in a club that only seven other players have ever entered: The 300/300 Club. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: 30/30 Club, 300/300 Club, 40/40 Club, Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano, Barry Bonds, Baseball Cards, Ben Davis, Ben Grieve, Bobby Abreu, Bobby Bonds, Carlos Beltran, Craig Biggio, Eric Davis, Hall of Fame, Hideo Nomo, Mike Cameron, Nomar Garciaparra, Paul Konerko, Reggie Sanders, Rickey Henderson, Ron Gant, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Finley, Todd Helton, Willie Mays | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 8, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Los Angeles Angels, who were a mystery team just two days ago, signed the best hitter on the planet in Albert Pujols to a 10 year deal worth $250M. The deal also has no opt out clauses like C.C. Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez deals did. He will likely be an Angel until the end and that is not a bad thing.
The Cardinals lost their icon. They lost possibly the best hitter we will see in our lifetime. But, David Pinto points out that the Cardinals already received roughly $300M in on-field production for roughly $100M. On top of that, the Cardinals had him as the face of the franchise and banked on his marketable face. This is a big loss but only after an astronomical gain.
The Angels might find it hard to recoup the entire $250M invested in on-field value but they should have no problem recouping the money when you include what they will make off the field.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, C.C. Sabathia, Kendrys Morales, Los Angeles Angels, Mark Trumbo, St. Louis Cardinals | 3 Comments »