Rodriguez has hit four homers so far;
The Yankees' threat not to pay Rodriguez his milestone bonuses — starting with the $6 million he is due with two more home runs, to tie Willie Mays at 660 — is comical. Rodriguez should say to the Yankees what the
Rodriguez is doing his job. He hits home runs. The Yankees whisper that the milestone home runs no longer are marketable achievements because Rodriguez's popularity dimmed after his yearlong suspension as a drug cheat. Too bad, Yankees.
Interestingly enough, here comes a national referendum on Rodriguez's popularity. The Yankees might not publicize the home runs he hit, but they did submit his name for All-Star consideration. When
Why not vote A-Rod?
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Baseball's villains of the week: the
But the trend is less about the Royals and more about Yordano Ventura, their emerging ace and volatile 23-year-old. Ventura left his first two starts because of cramping — the second after jawing at the Angels' Mike Trout — and his subsequent two starts because of ejection. On Saturday, he was suspended for seven games.
The game log for Ventura's season, from Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star: "Violent cramp, normal cramp (and taunt of game's best player), ejection, ejection."
Baseball's darlings of the week: the
It is the sight of the rotund
Colon is kindly listed at 5 feet 11 and 285 pounds. He is 41. And yet there he was on Thursday, catching the
It appeared to be comic relief. With the Angels blowing out the
No joke. He retired the Angels in order, on nine pitches, getting three ground balls. His fastball was clocked at 87-88 mph, and he said afterward that he wasn't throwing as hard as he could so he would not wake up the next day with a throbbing elbow.
Davis also said the Dodgers had wanted to draft him as a pitcher out of high school. True story, said Logan White, then the Dodgers' scouting director and now an advisor to
"I always thought he was a pitcher," White said. "I felt he had a little length in his swing, and he wouldn't hit as well as you'd hope."
If Davis had not been steadfast in his commitment to Arizona State, White said he might well have spent a high draft pick on him. And it might well have been worth it: The only productive player the Dodgers got out of the 2005 draft was
Davis, in his sixth season in the major leagues, has 79 home runs and a career batting average of .243.
"He's had a pretty good career," White said.
The Angels make their first visit to Oakland this week, and to a stadium the A's had hoped to abandon long ago. The A's are in a holding pattern now, waiting for the
The odds favor the latter. The developer charged with putting the Raiders deal together in Oakland has not demonstrated he can develop or finance any substantial project, but he has spent time debating fans on Twitter and insulting the NFL's point man on the stadium issue.
The Golden State Warriors, who play in an arena next door to the Oakland Coliseum, already have packed their bags for San Francisco. If the Raiders flee
This is the kind of leverage sports leagues love to have. Over the last decade, the A's have proposed new ballparks in Oakland, Fremont and San Jose, promising all the while to pay for the park. The A's would rather move to San Jose, but Commissioner Rob Manfred would prefer they stay in Oakland — yeah, with a little public money.
"We've had a long tradition of loyalty to fans in our markets," Manfred said. "They put a lot into the game, and we want to remain loyal to them, but those markets also have to participate in providing the kind of facilities necessary to keep a