|MLB takes Alex Rodriguez’s lawsuit to federal court||10.08.13 at 1:16 pm ET|
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.
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.
|Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing begins, Anthony Bosch to testify||10.01.13 at 11:50 am ET|
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.
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.
|Robinson Cano reportedly seeking 10-year, $305 million contract||09.26.13 at 2:11 pm ET|
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.
|Yankees’ Mariano Rivera coy about future, promises announcement at ‘right moment’||02.14.13 at 7:49 am ET|
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.
|Report: Alex Rodriguez likely finished with Yankees||01.31.13 at 8:55 am ET|
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.
|Rehab doctor says Mariano Rivera could return this season||07.10.12 at 10:49 am ET|
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.”
|Yankees sign 16-year-old to $1.3 million deal||07.03.12 at 10:40 am ET|
One of the premier catching prospects in the world is heading to the Yankees.
Luis Torrens, a 16-year-old from Venezuela, has signed with the Yankees for $1.3 million. He’s touted as the No. 2 overall international prospect by Baseball America.
“He is the premier talent in Latin America,” a talent evaluator said.
The evaluator went as far as to say Torrens is better than Gary Sanchez and Jesus Montero were when they were 16, but scouts say he has a lot to improve on.
“He was a third baseman who has become a catcher who will hit for a high average rather than a lot of power,” a scout said. “He is pretty raw back there but is a smart kid who will figure it out. We thought more than $1 million was too much for a kid who … hasn’t played much catcher.”
|Yankees catcher Russell Martin rips umpire Laz Diaz||05.31.12 at 1:59 pm ET|
Yankees catcher Russell Martin called out home plate umpire Laz Diaz following his team’s 6-5 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night, claiming the umpire wouldn’t allow him to throw new baseballs back to his pitchers after foul balls.
Martin said that it was Diaz’s idea of punishing him for arguing balls and strikes earlier in the game.
“Laz Diaz is a d—. Write it hard,” Martin shouted shortly after the game.
“He said that it was a privilege that I had to earn, for me to throw the ball back,” Martin said. “That’s never happened to me before. I even told him, because there’s guys on base, I like to keep my arm loose. Nope. ‘I’m not letting you throw the ball back.’ That’s pretty strange, to me. That’s a good story, huh?”
Martin said he and Diaz had no history with one another. Diaz was unavailable for comment following the game.
“I think it happened in the second inning or something,” Martin said. “And then even at the end of the game, after I got hit in the neck, I’m like, ‘Can I throw the ball back now?’ He’s like, still, no. I’m like, ‘You’re such a d—. You’re a d—, dude. Like, for real. Unbelievable.’ “
|Despite continued struggles, A.J. Burnett will stay in Yankees rotation||08.10.11 at 1:33 pm ET|
Yankees $16.5 million starter A.J. Burnett had another sub-par outing Tuesday night, surrendering four runs in six innings against the Angels. Although Burnett hasn’t recorded a quality start since June 29, manager Joe Girardi told reporters he’s sticking with the right-hander.
In Tuesday’s 6-4 loss, Burnett (8-9, 4.60 ERA) pitched five shutout innings before giving up four in the sixth.
“I haven’t won in a long time,” Burnett said. “I think I’ve pitched a lot of games that I could have won. I think a lot of things are out of my hands and are out of my control. I’ve given [up] three runs in  of my starts. If that is not good enough to win, I don’t know what is.”
In Burnett’s one start against the Red Sox this season, he allowed eight runs over 5 2/3 innings. Girardi has explored the option of moving Phil Hughes from the rotation to the bullpen, but he’s apparently unwilling to do the same with Burnett.
|Sox-Yankees series draws big TV audience||08.09.11 at 5:31 pm ET|
Each of the three Red Sox-Yankees games from this past weekend drew big numbers from around the country, according to the MLB Public Relations department.
Friday night’s game was MLB Network’s highest-rated game of the season and second all-time only to Stephen Strasburg‘s major league debut last year.
Saturday’s game scored over four million viewers on FOX, the station’s highest rating for a day game in three years.
Sunday night’s game took the cake with 4.72 million viewers, making it the most-watched ESPN game in over four years. ESPN hasn’t had a larger audience since June 3, 2007, which was also a Yankees-Red Sox matchup.
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