2.10.2009

Here comes the A-Rod backlash.

That is, the backlash kind of sort of defending A-Rod. For one thing, suddenly Joe Torre's book is out of the headlines. For another, former player's union head Marvin Miller called for an investigation of federal prosecutors to help determine whether there was a government leak of the test results, which remain under court seal and which list 104 names testing positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs, the Associated Press is reporting. “I think the first question ought to be: 104 names all testing positive, but you leak only A-Rod’s. Why is that?” Miller said.

The fate of “the list” is set to be determined by 11 appeals court judges in California. “It’s definitely not fair to just pinpoint one guy,” Boston’s Kevin Youkilis said. “I don’t know if somebody had it in for him. I don’t know what because it seems like just to take one name out of that whole group is a little odd to me. If he was named with 10 other players, would that have been fair? I don’t know? If they’d have listed all 104?”

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage hopes the list becomes public.

“I want to know who these other 100 guys are,” he said. “Let’s get it all out in the open. It certainly is not fair to A-Rod or to Bonds. They’re dragging A-Rod down.”

If you were an MLB player, would you want A-Rod on your team?


12 comments:

paulsrandomstuff said...

No, I wouldn't want A-Rod on my team. He brings too much unneeded drama and he really hasn't helped any of his teams win a championship.

madding said...

I don't really know what my take on all of this is, but I know the answer to your question, at least, and that is no. When you hear that a guy is all about becoming "the greatest player in the game" and goes so far as to cheat to attain that goal, you gotta figure he's not really going to necessarily be the best teammate.

FanOfReds said...

If I were an owner, I'd probably want A-Rod because he brings in the cash...but even that might not be true now.

If I were a player, I probably wouldn't. Most of his teammates seam to dislike (or at least, they don't seem to like) him. That's probably a sign that he's less than a stellar teammate. Couple his trouble in the postseason with the proof of his cheating and you have a player who's probably not worth the headaches.

night owl said...

I think A-Rod and Barry Bonds have both shown that you don't need THE GREATEST player on your team to win. You just need really good players who care more about winning than anything else (and, yes, those players still do exist).

--David said...

I think the whole thing shows what's wrong with baseball nowadays - players rule, teams do not. I guess I feel that way because I grew up in Pittsburgh during the "We Are Family" 70's, and I've always pictured baseball that way. Lately, that is getting harder and harder to do...

Motherscratcher said...

I would definately want A-Rod on my team if I were a player. My main goals (as a player) are to make money and win championships. I know that A-Rod hasn't won anything, but I don't think you can necessarily blame that on him.

It's like Buck O'Neil said. All you need to know is "can he play?" Whatever else A-Rod can or cannot do, that guy can definately play. (Unless it's october)

Whether he is worth his salary is a different question.

Ben said...

I've never been a fan of Alex Rodriguez, going way back to his days in Seattle. All this just confirms my dislike of him, he's a cheater, simple as that. It doesn't matter if he's been clean for five years, ten years, fifty years, he's still a cheater in my book. He's no better than Bonds, Canseco, none of them.

However, I don't think it's fair that he's being singled out in all of this. If one player is going to get his name dragged through the mud, let all of them get the same treatment.

That said, I don't feel sorry for him at all. If this ruins his career, it's his own fault. He has no one but himself to blame.

Would I want him on my team? No. I'd have said no if you asked me a month ago too. I've never liked his holier than thou attitude and he's never seemed like a team player.

freeandylaroche said...

I would take Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, et. al., on my team 100 times over before I'd ever take a "good citizen" like David Eckstein.

People act like chasing lofty records and statistical plateaus somehow hurts the team. Unless I'm wrong, guys like ARod/Bonds/Manny smashing HRs in pursuit of whatever means they're producing for my team and helping them win, which is all I'm concerned with.

This isn't the Boy Scouts. It's not as though guys'll earn citizenship badges. We like to pretend as though, but it's not like HOFers like Babe Ruth were exactly clean as a whistle.

The ARod backlash is nothing more than vultures waiting for the kill. When a guy does nothing but pound the ball the way he does, but yet gets blamed for everything from the Yankees' postseason failures (as though it was his fault the Yankees had garbage pitching) to global warming, it's clear that the critics have no desire to be objective.

dayf said...

I still say this is all a circus that is designed to try to weaken the union before the next CBA is negotiated. That's why one name is being leaked, that's why Gene Orza is being implicated, that's why there's 103 names still floating out there waiting for the next opportunity to be leaked. It's meant to sow discord among union members. Is the union leadership as shady as the owners? Yeah. Are they as much responsible for this mess? Yeah. But this is about an attempt to break the union and I hate to tell 'em this, but the union ain't breaking. Say goodbye to a season folks. Both sides are stupid and stubborn enough to shut down the industry during a recession.

As for A-Rod, how different would things be if he took that $162 million deal with the Braves instead of the Quarter billion deal with the Rangers? Especially considering that Texas is one of the epicenters of known juicers? Think he'd be in this mess right now? Think he's still be without a Championship?

dinged corners said...

Whoa, good point about the union.

I was wondering too why Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi were more readily forgiven by Yankee fans after THEIR confessionals.

Kentucky Harold said...

Since A-Rod is a confessed cheater, I don't see any reason why anyone else needs to play "fair" with him and release the names of the other 103.

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