Alex Rodriguez’s name — along with those of other baseball players such as Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez — appeared on lists obtained by Miami New Times from an anti-aging clinic in Miami that allegedly dispensed performance-enhancing drugs. The records show the firm sold performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids. It gets worse: the New Times report said that Rodriguez’s name shows up 16 times in the records it reviewed. One record, which the newspaper reported was part of Bosch’s private notebooks, indicated Rodriguez paid Bosch $3,500 for “1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.), creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” And by the way, HGH is banned by MLB.
This serves as the second, and perhaps final strike for A-Roid. In fact, he might have given my Yankees the excuse they need to void the rest of his contract – which runs for five more years and $114 million. And if the Yankees are not able to do it if Major League Baseball suspends him, at least A-Roid’s arrogance and stupidity should warrant it.
Those two things have marked A-Roid’s tenure in New York. He came into New York with a lot of hype and fanfare. This was the same guy who decided to make news by opting out of his contract with the Yankees during the World Series – while not a participant. And he also gave us some fake emotion during that “press conference” he gave during spring training after his name was listed in the infamous Mitchell Report.
(Check out the fake acting job in the video below at the 4:28 mark…)
Look, it was nice having the lightning rod that was A-Roid and the back page news that he brought to the Yankees. Unfortunately, a lot of that back page news served as distractions. Couple that and the decline in A-Roid’s play the last two seasons, it’s time for my Yankees to move on.
Besides, A-Roid’s body is starting to break down a bit (hip surgery that may sideline him for the entire season). New York can no longer justify paying him the $100 million left on his contract.
Even before the latest allegations, I have long thought that A-Roid should no longer be a Yankee. The money wasted on his ass could have gone to surrounding a pitching staff around CC Sabathia. Now that he may get popped for PED use again, it’s time for the Yankees to take the A-Roid era out back and shoot it.
This time, breaking up should be an easy thing to do.