Sunday, August 4, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Will Be Allowed To Appeal Suspension

In the latest episode of the Bronx is Burning II Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees have been told that he will, in fact, be suspended for his link to Biogenesis tomorrow. Well we say tomorrow but we have said tomorrow three or four times this week but you get that by now I hope. The stance that has changed is that Bud Selig will not invoke his integrity of the game clause and keep Alex from appealing the suspension so Alex is expected in the Yankees lineup tomorrow in Chicago.

Derek Jeter Has A Grade I Calf Strain... Again

Derek Jeter had an MRI on his right calf that has kept him out all weekend and it revealed a Grade 1 strain of the calf, again. No decision has been made yet of whether he will be allowed to play through it or go on the disabled list, again. The last time they let him play through something he broke his ankle and we had this season so lets not make that mistake please, again.

Before this starts a twitter rage war saying that the last grade 1 strain was on his quad I know this and understand this I am just growing tired of grade 1 strains much like Jeter is running out of muscles in the leg to have a grade 1 strain in.

Yankees drop rubber game to Padres, 6-3

Well, if it wasn't already official, it is now. Phil Hughes is terrible. I literally turned this game on for just one inning and in that inning I saw him give up three runs with two of them coming after he had a hitter down 0-2. His struggles are becoming too much to handle. It's time for him to turn things around. 

Overall on the day, Hughes gave up 5 earned runs in just 2.2 innings. In other words, not Yankee-material. This may sound crazy, but can we just bench/cut Hughes and then give anybody (Claiborne, Joba, maybe even Pineda) a chance? One of those three has to be better than this former number 1 prospect. 

On the bright side of this dark afternoon, the Yankees did score the last three runs of this game to cut San Diego's lead in half. Those three runs came on a couple of RBI Singles from Curtis Granderson and Lyle Overbay and a solo home run from Austin Romine, his first career long ball. So, congratulations to Austin on that. Good night. 

Game Thread: Yankees @ Padres 8/4

The Yankees and the Padres finish their four game set this afternoon at Petco Park on YES. Former Yankees #1 prospect Phil Hughes will face off with another former Yankees prospect and pitcher in Ian Kennedy. Hughes is coming off of another bad start against the Tampa Bay Rays last time out and Ian Kennedy is making his first start since being traded to San Diego from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Here is the Yankees lineup

1. Ichiro
2. Cano
3. Soriano
4. Granderson
5. Overbay
6. Nunez
7. Nix
8. Romine
9. Hughes

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Michael Pineda Sent For Tests On Stiff Shoulder

Michael Pineda is headed back to New York for tests on his stiff surgically repaired shoulder. He left his last rehab start with the injury after only two innings and 29 pitches.

Aaron Judge Added To The Disabled List

Aaron Judge is now officially a member of the New York Yankees as he was added to the disabled list today with an unknown injury. Fellow first round picks Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin have also spent time on the disabled list this season so we are getting those out of the way and can move on and build on it next season.

New York Yankees @ San Diego Padres 8/4

The New York Yankees and San Diego Padres finish their three game set this weekend this afternoon at Petco Park in a getaway game of sorts. I say getaway game because using Eastern Standard time we will have less than one day after this game ends before our next game starts in Chicago. This should be a fun game for all prospect humpers as Phil Hughes goes to the mound for the Yankees to take on former Yankees player Ian Kennedy for the San Diego Padres. The game will be televised at 4:05 pm ET on YES and on MLB TV.

David Adams And Wife Added To Wives & Girlfriends

David Adams and his wife Camille Campins Adams have been added to the Yankees Wives & Girlfriends section of the site. He may not be able to hit on the field but he has proven that he can smash off the field, pun intended. Click HERE to see David and Camille in the Wives & Girlfriends section of the site.

Charleston Riverdogs Induct Three Into Hall Of Fame

Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members on Aug. 9
Fans Select Local Products Steven Jackson, Drew Meyer & Britt Reames

CHARLESTON, SC – Summerville’s Steven Jackson, Bishop England’s Drew Meyer and Hanahan’s Britt Reames have been voted by local fans to create the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
Formal induction into the Hall of Fame will take place on the field of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Friday, August 9, prior to the Charleston RiverDogs – Rome Braves game that begins at 7:05 p.m.

After pitching for Summerville High, Jackson played at Clemson for four seasons (2001-04) despite being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 38th round of the 2000 MLB Draft.  He was also drafted after his junior season with the Tigers by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round but remained in school.  In his four years as a Tiger, Jackson put together a record of 19-8.  His professional career began in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system after he was a 10th round pick by them in 2004.  Jackson spent three seasons in their minor league program before being traded to the New York Yankees in January 2007 as part of the Randy Johnson trade.  In 2009, Jackson was called up to the majors for the first time by the Yankees but never got into a game.  He was then designated for assignment by the club and was selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates where he made his major league debut on June 1against the New York Mets.  Jackson would spend the next year and a half going between Pittsburgh and AAA Indianapolis.  He began the 2011 season in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization before signing with the Cincinnati Reds and finally being traded back to the Pirates.  During his time in the majors, Jackson pitched 54.1 innings that encompassed 51 appearances with a 2-4 record and a 4.31 ERA.

Meyer, a Bishop England High graduate, was a 2002 All-American at South Carolina and was the first-round pick in the 2002 Draft by the Texas Rangers.  He played three seasons at South Carolina (2000-02) before beginning a nine-year career in professional baseball highlighted by a stint in 2006 with the Texas Rangers.  The 2000 and ‘02 teams at South Carolina that Meyer played on won the Southeastern Conference Championship with the `02 squad reaching the College World Series and captured national runner-up honors.  A shortstop, Meyer was a 2002 second-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) andCollegiate Baseball as well as third-team All-American by Baseball America.  He twice was named All-SEC including a first-team selection in 2002.  Meyer played in 209 games during a three-year career and missed only one contest.  He still holds single-season records at Carolina from 2002 for at bats (334), hits (120) and singles (86) as well as tied for the record in games played (75) with three others from the 2002 squad.  He is the only player in USC history to start 75 games in a season.

A hard-throwing right-hander who finished his Citadel career with an 18-7 record and 2.03 ERA, Reames, a native of Hanahan, was second in school history with 296 career strikeouts, having established the mark for strikeouts in a season (135 in ‘94) and game (18 vs. Marshall in ‘95 during the SoCon Tournament).  A two-time All-Southern Conference performer (first team in ‘95; second team in ‘94), Reames in ‘94 had the league’s best ERA (2.16) and in ‘95 was tops in the conference in strikeouts per 9 innings (11.3).  He played on two SoCon Tournament championship teams and was drafted in the 17th round by the St. Louis Cardinals and in 2000 pitched for them in the NLDS against Atlanta and the NLCS against New York.  He played six years in the majors for the Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates, and was inducted in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Last year’s class included Gettys Glaze, Tom Hatley and John Rhodes while the 2011 group was comprised of Bill Ackerman, Roberto Alomar and Mike Kimbrell. The 2010 Class included Lee Glaze, Fred Jordan, D.K. Walters and Kenny Wilkinson while the 2009 group included John Dodds, Jr., W.S. “Bull” Durham, Donald Morillo and Doug Pounder.  

The Class of 2008 featured Richard Wieters, Danny Jones, Charlie Smith and Bryce Florie while the Class of 2007 included the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA team and The Citadel’s 1990 College World Series team, Anthony Jenkins and Modie Risher.  Ty Cline, Mike Cook, Gary McJunkin and Coach Chal Port comprised the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006.  It marked the first time that amateurs and teams were considered for induction. 

In the Hall of Fame’s inaugural year in 2003, James Island’s Gorman Thomas and Holly Hill’s Willie Randolph were enshrined as the first members.  David Cone was inducted in 2004 and John Candelaria received the nod in 2005. 


2013 – Steven Jackson
Drew Meyer
            Britt Reames

2012 – Gettys Glaze
            Tom Hatley
            John Rhodes

 2011 – Bill Ackerman
            Roberto Alomar
            Mike Kimbrell

2010 – Lee Glaze
Fred Jordan
D.K. Walters
Kenny Wilkinson

2009 – John Dodds, Jr.
            W.S. “Bull” Durham
            Donald Morillo
            Doug Pounder

2008 – Bryce Florie
            Danny Jones
            Charley Smith
            Richard Wieters

2007 – 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Star Team
            1990 Citadel World Series Team
            Anthony Jenkins
Modie Risher

2006 – Ty Cline
            Mike Cook
            Gary McJunkin
            Chal Port

2005 – John Candelaria

2004 – David Cone

2003 – Willie Randolph
Gorman Thomas

A Rod Will Be Suspended Through 2014 On Monday

It is pretty much official that Major League Baseball will suspend Alex Rodriguez for the remainder of the 2013 season and all of the 2014 season due to his ties to the Biogenesis clinic. MLB will also prevent Alex from playing during the appeals process of his 212 game ban by protecting the integrity of the game. Alex and his lawyers will surely appeal and this is expected to get very ugly very quick.

If the report is correct Alex will lose $34,200,000 in salary in which will not count against the luxury tax for this season or next. Alex is also expected to retire after the suspension is over if not sooner so we may have seen the last of Alex Rodriguez in major league baseball.

ARod Suspension Is The Key To Offseason Reload

Being posted as a part of Syndicated Sunday from Yankees Fans Unite.

Brian McCann is the type of player the yanks could look to sign if ARod is suspended in 2014
Brian McCann is the type of player the yanks could look to sign if ARod is suspended in 2014
In 2012 the Boston RedSox were a last place team with a mountain of problems and a slew of bad contracts on their ledger that left them with few options to improve the talent of the team.   Miraculously, the Los Angeles Dodgers foolishly took 3 of the worst bad contracts off Boston’s hands and sent some talented young players back.  In one fell swoop, the Red Sox cleared over $250 Million which changed the entire outlook of the organization and allowed them to go out and sign 8-9 Free Agents and later trade for 2 high-priced pitchers who have led the team to the best record in the American Lg this yr after losing 90+ games a year ago.
This year’s Yankees team has a lot of parallels to the 2012 Red Sox – namely an old roster that is short on talent and a payroll with several bad long-term commitments that limit the club’s ability to improve moving forward.  Unfortunately, there is no delusional team that is going to come along and trade the Yankees a group of talented young players in exchange for the contracts of ARod, Teixeira and CC. However, the impending PED suspension that is about to be levied on ARod could have a similar effect on the Yankees future and their ability to spend money and bring in much-needed fresh talent.
Best case scenario would be a lifetime ban that would net the Yankees around $100 Million in contract savings and even more in potential Luxury Tax savings.  But I believe a lifetime ban is unlikely, however a suspension for this season and the 2014 is a very real possibility and would be enough to help the franchise in a big way. They would save nearly $34 Million in salary but more important is WHEN that savings would take place.  A suspension for all of 2014 would allow the Yankees to reach their stated goal of getting under the $189M Luxury Tax threshold and still leave enough for them to add a handful of sizable contracts to the team similar to how Boston quickly rebuilt their lineup.  ARod’s suspension would result in a $27.5 Million savings against the Tax in 2014 which could allow the team to sign 2 players in the $12-15 Million range.
Some quick math shows the team has roughly $140 Million in commitments next year when you add in salaries for the 40-man roster and benefit payments.  However remove ARod’s $27.5M AAV and the team has roughly $76.5 Million under the Tax to spend.  That doesn’t include re-signing Robinson Cano so if you allocate $22-25M per yr on him you are still left with some $51-55M to spend on the following 6 key positions: C, 3B, OF, SP, SP, RP.  Looking at what is available at those slots, here are some of the potential Free Agent options for the team to use that $ on:
C – Brian McCann, AJ Pierzynski, Jarrod Saltamalachia, Carlos Ruiz
3B – Michael Young, Eric Chavez, Kevin Youkilis, Mark Reynolds, Johnny Peralta
OF/DH – Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran, Nelson Cruz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Granderson, Corey Hart, Mike Morse, Nate McLouth, Hunter Pence, DH – Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli, Morneau, Konerko
2 SPs – Kuroda, Aroyyo, Garza, Feldman, Hammel, Hudson, Maholm, Lincecum, Nolasco, Vargas, Volquez
CL/RP – Balfour, Rodney, Gregg, Uehera, Mujica, Benoit
Offseason Plan
First priority is to re-sign Cano and for the sake of this exercise, I’m assuming it happens.  After that, the net most important move is to re-sign Kuroda.  He has not only overtaken CC as the team’s best pitcher, he has become one of MLB’s best starters andwith CC having his worst season ever, the team can’t afford to lose Kuroda.  If he comes back for $15-16M the Yanks will be estatic because there aren’t many pitchers on the market near his level.  Someone like Matt Garza could be an option but would require a massive 4-5 year commitment. Yanks  have to hope Hiro wants to return. If he does, he and CC will lead a rotation that would have Ivan Nova, David Phelps, Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno fighting for spots.  They would likely need to bring in another mid-priced veteran on a 1-yr deal like Scott Feldman, Jason Vargas or Tim Hudson to play the Andy Pettite role, assuming Andy elects to retire.
In the bullpen, they’ll have a massive hole left by Mariano.  They could promote Robertson to the closer role but would then need to fill his tremendous the inning performance.  It may be easier for the Yanks to sign a closer among the Rodney, Balfour, Gregg, Mujica class. They have enough in the system to fill the rest of the pen with the possible exception of a lefty specilist.  Boone Logan is a FA and may or may not be brought back….I’d say let him walk.
Then the attention turns to the lineup with C, 3B and  1 OF or DH spot open depending what is gettable.  Brian McCann is a perfect target for the Yankees.  An excellent leader and left-handed hitting Catcher who will still have  lot left turning 30 next February. McCann will command $13-14M per yr for about 4 yrs.  Saltalamachia is a poor-man’s version of McCann who is still improving at 28 but is not great defensively which the Yankee brass won’t like. If they miss on McCann a 1-yr deal for veteran Pierzynski or Ruiz would make sense to pair with and mentor JR Murphy or Romine.
In the OF, Ellsbury or Choo would be the top options as players still in their prime who hit LH and would be good fits at Yankee Stadium.  They’d command deals similar to what Swisher received last yr, at minimum a 4-yr deal at $13M plus.   Bringing back Granderson is also an option although I think the Yanks will only make the 1-yr qualifying offer of about $13-14M to ensure they receive a 1st round pick if he walks and Curtis will refuse to seek a multi-yr deal elsewhere.  They already have Gardner in CF, Ichiro in one corner and Soriano at DH or the other corner.  Wells will be the 4th OF.  Carlos Beltran would be a great fit as a switch-hitter who could split time between DH and LF with Soriano to keep both players fresh.  They could also go with a 1B who could be the everyday DH and also provide insurance in case Tex doesn’t fully return from his wrist surgery.  Kendry Morales, Morneau or Napoli could fill that role.  Morales would be one of my top choices if they don’t sign a big OF like Choo, Ellsbury or Beltran.  I think Morales will get better with another year of health and I love that he is a switch-hitter.  He may also be reasonably priced for the production he’d supply although signing an everyday DH isn’t the best move considering Jeter, Soriano and possibly McCann would need time there.
The last big hole is at 3B and the pickings are very slim. Michael Young, Johnny Peralta and Eric Chavez are about all the FA market has to offer.  This is the position the team should be focusing its trade chips on. Chase Headley’s name is always mentioned and SD may finally look to pull the trigger though I’d like to see Cashman get creative and find a young 3B….easier said than done.  I’d also like to see David Adams get to play everyday this yr as soon as the Yanks are out of contention.  Most players struggle in their first taste of the Majors and I think Adams has some talent and was just getting comfortable when foolishly replaced with Luis Cruz.  I’d like to give him a long look to see what we have,
Hypothetically, if all went perfect the Yanks could sign McCann (14M), Choo (14M) & Kuroda (15M) and use the remaining $9-12 Million to bring in a #4-type starter, a 8th or 9th inning RP and a 3B.  Ideally they’d have another $5-10 Million to spend on those spots so they could get say Vargas, Rodney or Benoit and M.Young.  But the team tied up $14.5 Million by giving Ichiro 2 yrs (6.5), and trading for Wells (2.4) and Soriano (5.5).  What they are paying them would cover McCann or Choo although this would all be posible only if ARod is suspended for all of 2014.  His $27.5M savings would basically cover the cost of McCann and Choo alone. The hypothetical lineup below with a rotation of Kuroda, CC, Nova, Vargas, Pineda/Phelps would have the team in contention again and pump some hope and excitement back into the fanbase……..but it’s all contingent on MLB liting the albatross off their books in 2014……stay tuned.  How would you spend the potential $50-55M the Yanks may have?
CF – Gardner
SS- Jeter
2B – Cano
LF – Choo
1B – Teixeira
C – McCann
DH – Soriano
RF- Ichiro
3B – Nix/Adams/M.Young?

GreenJackets Sweep Another Doubleheader From Charleston

GreenJackets Sweep Another
Doubleheader From Charleston
Augusta steals game one in 12 innings, Charleston tosses shutout in game two

AUGUSTA, GA- The Charleston RiverDogs arch nemesis the Augusta GreenJackets swept another doubleheader from the Dogs on Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta in South Atlantic League action. The GreenJackets stole game one 3-2 on a walk-off homer in the bottom of inning number 12, and stole game two 3-2 with another late homer.

With the losses, the RiverDogs are now 22-20 in the second half and 61-49 overall. Charleston is now 3 games behind Lexington for first place in the Southern Division. Augusta’s record currently stands at 23-18 in the second half and 61-49 overall and have won seven in a row.

August struck first in game one with a two-out, RBI single by Chuckie Jones to plate Mitch Delfino from second and put the GreenJackets up 1-0.

It stayed that way all the way up until the seventh and final inning of regulation when the RiverDogs offense came to life and scratched across a run on three consecutive singles by Ty Afenir, Ericson Leonora, and Daniel Aldrich. Leonora would finish the game 3-5 with three singles to pace the Dogs.

In the top of the 11th inning with the game tied at one, Greg Bird (1-5, HR) launched a towering solo homer to left center field, his 16thof the year, to untie it and give Charleston a 2-1 lead. That lead would unfortunately be short lived.

In the bottom of the 11th, after a one out walk to Shayne Houck (1-5, walk), pinch hitter Eliezer Zambrano singled to left. The ball got away from left fielder Daniel Aldrich and scooted by him allowing pinch runner Travious Relaford to score from first with two outs and tie the game at 2-2. Following a single to the next batter Shawn Payne (1-4, walk, HBP) Danny Oh threw out Zambrano at home to end the inning and force a 12th frame.
In the 12th, Mitch Delfino crushed a pitch over the left field wall to win it for Augusta with a walk-off bomb and complete the comeback.
The RiverDogs got a solid start from young righty Luis Severino who went four innings and gave up just one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Tyler Webb and Ben Paullus each threw three scoreless innings of relief for Charleston. Derek Varnadore got tagged with the loss to go to 0-5 after allowing two runs, one earned, in 1.1 inniings of work.

Justin Schumer threw 6.1 solid innings giving up just one run on six hits for Augusta. Stephen Johnson retired one batter and stole the win for the GreenJackets to improve to 3-1.

Game two was a much quicker game that saw Charleston’s Cito Culver score a run in the first inning on a single, two wild pitches, and a throwing error on the catcher Eliezer Zambrano.

The lead became 2-0 in the top of the third inning following a wild pitch that plated Jake Cave who had singled earlier in the frame.

Augusta made it 2-1 thanks to an RBI groundout by Joey Rapp in the fourth. Then in the fifth, they got a lead-off single by Shayne Houck (2-2, double) and a two-run homer by Andrew Cain to jump in front 3-2. They would not relinquish the lead.

Cesar Vargas threw six solid innings in game two allowing three hits on six hits with five strikeouts, but got tagged with the loss to fall to 4-4.

Lefty Joe Kurrasch made his Augusta debut and tossed five innings of four hit, one run, five strikeout baseball en route to the win to go 1-0. Ian Gardeck worked the six out save for his first of the year.

The final game of this marathon six game series will be Sunday afternoon back at Lake Olmstead Stadium at 2:05pm. Charleston will send LHP Evan Rutckyj (9-7, 4.40 ERA) to the mound and Augusta will answer with LHP Matt Lujan (5-0, 2.66 ERA). Fans can listen to each and every game live locally on ESPN 910 AM or online at

Box Score game 1:
Box Score game 2:


Being posted with permission from the Charleston Riverdogs organization. The original post can be seen HERE

Two Trenton Runs in 8th Wins it 7-5 over Reading

TRENTON, NJ – Alex Rodriguez played third base for seven innings, walked four times in four plate appearances and Trenton scored a pair of runs in the 8th inning to break a 5-5 tie in an exciting Friday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.

For a second straight night Rodriguez suited-up for the Thunder against the East Division rival Reading Fightin Phils, and for a second straight night the Thunder beat the Fightins—this time by a 7-5 final in front of 8,113 fans.
Rodriguez, who was playing in his second (and final) game with the Thunder as announced by the New York Yankees, walked three times against starting pitcher Brody Colvin and once against reliever Juan Sosa. In his two games with Trenton this weekend, Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with a homer, two RBI, two runs and five walks. In four games between two rehab stints with the Thunder, the 14-time MLB All-Star went 3-for-9 with five walks (.571 OBP), three runs, five RBI and a pair of home runs.

With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Reading inserted righty Mike Nesseth to keep it that way. Nesseth, whose record drops to 1-3 on the season with all three losses coming at the hands of the Thunder, allowed a leadoff single to Reegie Corona. Corona then stole second base and advanced to third base on Casey Stevenson’s fly ball to deep right-centerfield. With one out, the Cody Grice executed a safety squeeze back to the pitcher Nesseth who threw wildly to the plate and allowed Trenton to jump ahead 6-5. Jose Gil’s RBI single- his third of the game- scored Grice and padded the lead.

The Thunder trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the 5th inning thanks to Anthony Hewitt’s 15th home run of the season for Reading. The Thunder responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning however to take a 5-4 lead. After a leadoff double by Gil, Ramon Flores singled him home for the first run of the inning. A walk to Rodriguez and a strikeout by Slade Heathcott made it runners at first and second base with one out. That was when Jose Pirela lofted a high fly ball clear over the left field foul pole for a three-run homer and his first home run in 107 at-bats (June 21st vs. Portland).
Danny Burawa came on to get the final four outs of the game and retired all four batters he faced (two strikeouts), improves to 4-2 on the season with the win.

The Thunder conclude their six-game homestand, and three-game series against Reading Sunday evening at ARM & HAMMER Park. The ballgame begins at 5:05 p.m. and features RHP Shane Greene (4-3, 3.09) pitching for the Thunder against LHP Bobby Bramhall (0-2, 3.38). Limited tickets still available or by calling the Thunder Ticket Office at (609)394-3300. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and streaming online begins at 4:45 p.m. 

Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder organization. The original post can be seen HERE

I Am A Special Guest On A Baseball Podcast

Join me as I am a guest on the basesball podcast Bases Loaded based out of the UK this afternoon by clicking THIS link. This podcast is being described as "Shrek and grounds keeper Willie from the Simpsons talking baseball" so that should be worth the listen alone. Also you get to hear what a guy born in the Bronx, New York sounds like after he moves down to Atlanta, Georgia for almost 14 years. Please join us and tell some friends because these guys do good work, thank you in advance.

This Day In New York Yankees History 8/4

Not great Yankees history that we want to remember anyway but I felt compelled to share this day in 1929 anyway as the Yankees and the Indians faced off. The Yankees were leading 6-5 and the Indians were down to their 27th out and proceeded to put up a nine spot with two outs winning the game 14-6.

On this day in 1983 Dave Winfield killed a seagull with a warm up throw before the fifth inning in an exhibition game and was arrested for animal cruelty. The Ontario police took Winfield into custody as soon as the game ended. Lesson #1 do not kill birds in Canada.

On this day in 2007 Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to ever hit 500 home runs. Alex would join Mickey Mantle as the only other player to hit their 500th home run in the Bronx.

On this day in 2010 Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to ever hit 600 home runs. Alex passed Babe Ruth for the youngest to achieve the miraculous feat. Alex is only the seventh player to ever join the 600 home run club.