LADY AT THE BAT: Alex Rodriguez: Cashman's Comments, Anthony Bosch, Etc.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Alex Rodriguez: Cashman's Comments, Anthony Bosch, Etc.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman made news last week when he said in an interview that Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire 2013 season. It wasn't exactly news. After all, it's not like they don't have a replacement to fall back on. Kevin Youkilis is signed for the entire season, not just for four months of it.

Bill Madden of the Daily News made a good point, however, when he pointed out that, if A-Rod misses at least four months of the season, the Yankees would be able to get back much of what they'll pay him this year because of the insurance policy they have on him. Also, if A-Rod never comes back, the Yankees would be unshackled from the remainder of that god-awful contract they gave him, also because of the insurance.

Well, Yankees (and A-Rod haters), that is not going to happen. Have you checked his career stats lately? More specifically, have you seen how many career hits he has? That's right. At 2,901, Alex Rodriguez is 99 hits away from 3,000. There is no way that, A-Rod, who is very aware of his stats and his place in history, is going to give up and not go for those 99 hits. If he has to pull a Kirk Gibson in every at-bat, he'll do it.

So, even if we don't see Alex in 2013, he'll be out there in 2014, going after another milestone to add to his career.

Of course, those milestones are tainted, by his own admission, and now there might be another stain to add to his record, with the investigation of his nutrition adviser. I hope this turns out to be nothing, but even if it does, Alex Rodriguez has already been found guilty in the court of public opinion. Mr Bosch will be thought of as totally innocent while, at the same time, Alex will still be thought of as having gotten illegal substances for him. Silly, but true.

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