Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Yankee Entertainment Station, or more commonly known as the YES Network, has signed long time voice of the Yankees Michael Kay to a new deal. Kay has been with the network since its launch in 2002 and does not look to be going anywhere anytime soon. I know a lot of people tend to talk down about Michael Kay and his excitement for fly balls that do not even get close to leaving the yard but I have always liked Kay and enjoyed listening to his broadcasts.
I know that I am a little late to the party but early this morning Alex Rodriguez was once again linked to performance enhancing drug use when a probe over PED use in a Miami clinic called Biogensis has linked some baseball superstars to the use of illegal steroids. The stars besides Alex Rodriguez included former teammate and recently busted Melky Cabrera. Chad Jennings from Lohud has all the details as to what Alex supposedly bought how much he paid and when he did it so I will redirect you over there rather than try and explain it all because I cannot do it as well as he did.
A name that we all will be hearing a lot in the next coming season will be Anthony Boesch who ran the clinic in Miami and who's personal notebook has become the talk of the town today after the probe. A personal notebook containing around 50 Major League Baseball players names, what steroid they used, when they purchased it, and how much they paid that contained Alex Rodriguez's name a whopping sixteen times in it beginning in the 2009 season and all the way through last season in 2012.
The Yankees have responded with a generic company line of "no comment" but Alex Rodriguez has went on a full fledged denial of the accusations, which should come as no surprise to anyone. The Yankees are now reportedly looking into voiding the final 5 years and $114 million of his contract due to the allegations. In response to this and the PED probe Alex has hired a lawyer, Roy Black, to represent him in the cases to come.
My question is if this is Alex Rodriguez on steroids just how terrible is he going to be without them? Another question is will he ever play again? I am starting to wonder if he ever will. Only time will tell and I am sure this is far from the last thing that we will hear about this case.
Andy Pettitte has informed the New York Yankees and former Manager and Team USA Manager Joe Torre that he will not be pitching in this years World Baseball Classic. The Yankees were adamant in not wanting Andy to participate with his age and injury history as of late and Andy has obliged. Andy had until February 20th to make the decision but the decision came down rather quickly so now Team USA is hoping to get Justin Verlander to fill the last spot. Good decision in my eyes Andy!
As much as this saddens me to report former Yankee outfielder, and personal favorite of us at the Greedy Pinstripes, Chris Dickerson has signed a minor league deal with the rival Baltimore Orioles. This does not make much sense to me because he could have just signed another minor league deal with the Yankees and not be stuck behind fellow lefties Nick Markakis, Xavier Avery, Nate McLouth, and switch hitter Trayvon Robinson but what do I know?
Michael Pineda will throw off of a half mound today for the first time since major surgery in his right throwing shoulder. Pineda will be entering his age 24 season in 2013 and has been throwing off of flat ground since September after his shoulder surgery way back in May of the 2012 season. We still should not be relying on him as reinforcements come mid season but progress is never a bad thing especially for a guy we gave up Jesus Montero for.