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MLB allowed Alex Rodriguez to use testosterone during 2007 season, book says 07.03.14 at 11:31 am ET
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With 54 home runs and 156 RBIs, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez looked like a cut above the rest of baseball during the 2007 season, capturing his third MVP award and earning a restructured 10-year, $275 million contract with New York in the offseason.

However, according to a new book, Rodriguez may have gotten an extra boost during his 2007 campaign.

The book, “€œBlood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’€™s Steroid Era,” alleges€ Rodriguez applied for and was given a therapeutic use exemption to use testosterone by the man who oversaw MLB’€™s drug-testing program, Dr. Bryan W. Smith, in 2007.

Rodriguez also allegedly was given another exemption by Smith to use the drug Clomid, which is commonly used by individuals to increase their testosterone production after cycling off the use of steroids.

After excerpts from the book — which was written by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts — were published by Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, the league office said in a statement that it did not know that Rodriguez was given the green light to use these drugs in 2007 and 2008.

“All decisions regarding whether a player shall receive a therapeutic use exemption under the joint drug program are made by the independent program administrator in consultation with outside medical experts, with no input by either the office of the commissioner or the players association,” the statement read.

According to one baseball official, Rodriguez had a doctor relay to Smith that Rodriguez suffered from a medical condition known as hypogonadism, which happens when the body does not generate enough natural testosterone.

Despite the fact that he gave Rodriguez two controversial exemptions, Smith was dismissed as the MLB’€™s drug program overseer in 2012 after the players union complained that he made it too difficult for players to receive exemptions. Smith still serves as the head of drug-testing program in the minor leagues.

This is obviously not the first time that Rodriguez has been connected to performance-enhancing drugs. In 2009 Rodriguez admitted to using steroids during a three-year period beginning in 2001 while playing for the Rangers.

The three-time MVP is suspended for the entire 2014 MLB season following his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

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Emotional Yankees, Rays, others in MLB pay tribute to late Don Zimmer 06.05.14 at 11:05 am ET
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The entire MLB community is reeling at the news of baseball icon Don Zimmer‘€™s death.

Zimmer, who spent 66 years in baseball as a player, coach and executive, impacted many during his MLB career.

“Great baseball man. A baseball lifer. Was a mentor to me,” said a tearful Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Zimmer served as the bench coach of the Yankees for eight years, winning four World Series during his tenure in the Bronx.

“I hired him as a coach, and he became like a family member to me. He has certainly been a terrific credit to the game,” said former Yankees manager Joe Torre in a statement. “The game was his life. And his passing is going to create a void in my life and my wife Ali‘s. We loved him. The game of baseball lost a special person tonight. He was a good man.”

The news of Zimmer’€™s passing hit Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter particularly hard. Jeter’€™s first full season as starting shortstop for New York coincided with Zimmer’€™s first season as bench coach in 1996.

“That’€™s a tough one to swallow,”€ Jeter said after his team’s 7-4 loss to the A’€™s Wednesday night. “€œEveryone knows how much Zim has meant, not only to our organization, but to baseball as a whole. Your thoughts and prayers go out to his family. That’€™s tough news. I found out halfway through the game. That’€™s a rough one.”

Jeter added: ‘€œ’€œHe’€™s someone that taught me a lot about the game. €œHe’€™s been around and he’€™s pretty much seen everything. His stories, his experiences, he was close to my family and good to my family. We’€™ll miss him.”

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Derek Jeter hopes to become an owner after retirement 06.02.14 at 12:13 pm ET
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter may be set hang up his spikes at the end of the season, but if Mr. November has his way, he may not be away from the game for long.

The future Hall of Famer, when asked at his 18th annual Turn 2 Foundation dinner in Manhattan Sunday night, stated that he would like to be an owner one day.

“That’€™s the next goal, buddy,” Jeter said. “Calling the shots, not answering to someone, that’€™s what interests me. I’€™d like to think I would be a good one.”

Jeter remarked that if he ran a team, he would not follow the bombastic and outspoken style used by late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“I’d probably be a little bit more behind the scenes than the Boss,” he said. “But I learned a lot of things from the Boss.”

When asked if he would ever have interest in owning the Yankees if the Steinbrenner family put the team up for sale, Jeter quipped, “You got some money for me?”

Jeter also added that he has no interest in managing, mostly due to time constraints and travel.

“I want no part of that,” Jeter said. “Then I’ve got to answer your questions every day.”

While Jeter has yet to speak with specific owners or teams, he indicated that he intends to do so after the season ends.

Playing in his 20th and final MLB campaign, Jeter is hitting .273 with one home run and 11 RBIs. Despite his decreased production, Jeter is currently leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes as of May 27 with 602,525 tallies so far.

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Report: Alex Rodriguez was set to retire in wake of PED suspension before taking ex-con’s advice 05.19.14 at 10:56 am ET
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In the wake of a historic suspension sentence for his role in the Biogenesis PED scandal, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez privately informed advisers last summer that he was prepared to retire from baseball, according to the New York Daily News.

“€œHe had been talking about retirement because of injuries. Given his prior involvement [with doping], he knew he would be a target for additional testing,”€ a source told the Daily News. “€œThere was no way he could use and play again.”€

While it seemed set in stone that the troubled slugger was ready to hang up his spikes last season, multiple sources told the Daily News that Rodriguez changed his mind and decided to fight MLB’€™s pending suspension after consulting with Desiree Perez, a Manhattan nightclub manager with close ties to rapper Jay-Z.

While Perez is not affiliated with Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z’s sports agency that includes clients such as Robinson Cano and Kevin Durant, sources say that Perez is a major influence within the organization.

“She’€™s directly involved with the athletes,”€ one source said. “She has a lot of power.”

According to a source, Perez, a convicted felon who was arrested in 1994 for intent to distribute over 35 kilograms of cocaine, accused Rodriguez of letting MLB and Yankees organization remove him from baseball and urged the three-time MVP to fight his pending suspension.

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MLB takes Alex Rodriguez’s lawsuit to federal court 10.08.13 at 1:16 pm ET
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The drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez‘s lawsuit against Major League Baseball has taken yet another turn, as the case is being moved from state to federal court.

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

MLB filed a notice of removal on Monday, stating that Rodriguez’s claims that MLB commissioner Bud Selig has been trying to tarnish the three-time MVP’s career and force him out of baseball is a declaration that should be dealt with in federal court.

Rodriguez and his legal team have the opportunity to file a motion requesting that the case be pushed back to the state level. In response to MLB’s motion, Joseph Tacopina, one of Rodriguez’s lawyers, said that the league “knows that these state law claims properly belong where they were filed, in the New York state court.”

This soap opera between A-Rod and MLB started last Thursday, when Rodriguez and the Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the league in response to MLB’s Aug. 5 decision to suspend Rodriguez for 211 games for allegedly violating the league’s drug policy.

The grievance is currently being heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. A decision is unlikely to made made until later this winter.

Rodriguez’s lawsuit claims that MLB and Selig went after the Yankees slugger in order to improve their image, which was damaged over the years due to their supposed inaction regarding performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

Rodriguez made news on Friday, as he filed a lawsuit against a Yankees team doctor and a New York hospital after claiming that they mishandled his hip injury during the 2012 playoffs. Rodriguez only hit .120 during those playoffs before undergoing left hip surgery in January.

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Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing begins, Anthony Bosch to testify 10.01.13 at 11:50 am ET
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Just a day after the Yankees season came to a close, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez traded in his jersey for a business suit, as he and his lawyers appeared at MLB headquarters in New York City on Monday to begin his appeal of his 211-game suspension.

Alex Rodriguez leaving the MLB offices in New York City on Monday. (AP)

Alex Rodriguez leaves the MLB offices in New York City on Monday. (AP)

The grievance, filed by the MLB Players Association, is being heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. If a settlement is not reached, a decision by Horowitz on Rodriguez’s appeal should be made this winter.

Anthony Bosch, the head of the Biogenesis clinic in Miami that is accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs to MLB players such as Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and 12 others, was at MLB headquarters to testify.

Rodriguez was suspended on Aug. 5 for violating MLB’s drug policy and labor contract. An appeal was filed by Rodriguez and the Players Association in the weeks that followed after the union argued that the suspension, which would suspend Rodriguez for the entire 2014 MLB season, was excessive.

Because Rodriguez is a first-time offender of baseball’s drug policy, his suspension cannot be carried out until it is upheld by an arbitrator.

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Robinson Cano reportedly seeking 10-year, $305 million contract 09.26.13 at 2:11 pm ET
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Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

Just a day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Yankees were dealt another rough reality check, as ESPN.com reported that New York slugger Robinson Cano is seeking a 10-year, $305 million contract this offseason.

A $305 million contact would match the amount of money owed to Alex Rodriguez from his 2007 contract with New York if he achieved all of his incentives.

According to ESPN, sources close to Cano believe that the 30-year-old second baseman will accept the biggest offer given to him this winter, even if it is not the Yankees.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Cano said. “But don’t get me wrong. I love this team, you know?

Despite playing in the Bronx his entire career, Cano said that it’s up in the air in regards to whether he will be back next season.

“Oh yeah, who knows? Who know’s what’s going to happen. I’m just enjoying being here and I’m going to enjoy the last day, being here with all these guys,” Cano said. Nobody said I’m leaving; nobody said I’m staying. I haven’t decided anything yet. Let’s see what happens after the World Series.”

Cano was arguably the best player on the New York roster this season, hitting .315 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.

A five-time All Star, Cano has averaged 28 home runs and 102 RBIs over the last five seasons and holds a career batting average of .309.

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Yankees’ Mariano Rivera coy about future, promises announcement at ‘right moment’ 02.14.13 at 7:49 am ET
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Mariano Rivera

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said Wednesday he has made a decision about his future, and he will announce at some point before Opening Day whether or not this will be his final season.

“I will tell you guys when I think it’s the right moment,” Rivera told the press at spring training in Tampa, Fla.

Rivera, 43, tore his ACL last spring and had surgery June 12. He threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound Wednesday.

“It was wonderful to be out there again,” he said.

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Report: Alex Rodriguez likely finished with Yankees 01.31.13 at 8:55 am ET
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According to a report in the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to ever play for the Yankees again.

Numerous baseball sources tell the Daily News that Rodriguez, still owed $114 million over five years on his contract, will not recover from the hip surgery he had earlier this month. It is the second hip surgery for the 37-year-old Rodriguez, and sources familiar with the situation believe the surgery will leave the third baseman in such a diminished role that he may consider a settlement or an outright retirement.

“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” a baseball official told the Daily News.

A Miami New Times story published Tuesday links Rodriguez to an anti-aging clinic in Miami that distributed performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez, according to the New Times story, was a client of Anthony Bosch and purchased HGH as recently as 2012. Rodriguez has admitted steroid use in the past but claims he has been clean since 2003. The Yankees had already been privately readying for the likelihood that Rodriguez wouldn’t complete his contract even before the newest allegations surfaced.

Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million deal in December of 2007. He played in 99 games in 2011, 122 in 2012 and is expected to miss at least half of the 2013 season as he recovers from hip surgery. He set career lows in slugging percentage and OPS in 2012 and had just three hits in 25 at-bats during the 2012 playoffs.

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Rehab doctor says Mariano Rivera could return this season 07.10.12 at 10:49 am ET
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Mariano Rivera's rehab doctor wouldn't rule out a return for the 42-year-old closer in 2012. (AP)

Most have ruled out any possibility of Mariano Rivera returning to the mound this season. But according to a report in the New York Post, it’s not of out of the question for the 42-year-old pitcher to come back in 2012.

In a phone conversation with the Post, Dr. Keith Pyne didn’t definitively say Rivera wouldn’t return, but didn’t rule out the possibility of a comeback either. The future Hall-of-Famer tore his ACL while shagging fly balls before a game in Kansas City on May 3.

“Right down, he’s shut down until next year,” said Pyne, who said Rivera is “working his butt off,” is ahead of schedule and is “itching to get back.”

Added Pyne: “[Rivera] will be in the best position to accomplish that goal [pitching this year]. He’s got everything it takes to accomplish that. … If I was putting money on it, I would put my money on Mo.”

Due to a blood clot, Rivera’s surgery was delayed until June 12. Pyne said the delay enabled Rivera to do extensive pre-surgery workouts and the recovery has also gone well because as it turned out, the ACL tear was only a partial one, not a full tear.

“[Rivera] is special, in the top 10 percent of athletes I have worked with,” Pyne said. “One great advantage he has is his lifestyle is very conducive to longevity. He eats well, prepares well. He is very cognizant of how to treat his body. That has put years onto his career. He is a special athlete with a special nervous system. He has great flexibility and joint mechanics. … But the most special thing about him is his cranium. He works and is focused on the task at hand. He attacks this like a professional.”

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