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NEW YORK (AP) — An unauthorized and highly anticipated book about Alex Rodriguez is coming out a month sooner than planned.
Publication of Selena Roberts' "A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez" has been moved up from May 19 to April 14 as scrutiny builds on the New York Yankees slugger after he acknowledged using banned substances from 2001-2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers.
"A-Rod," which reportedly includes salacious details about Rodriquez's private life, was originally titled "Hit and Run: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez." Publisher HarperCollins, which this week listed the new release date on its Web site, has announced a first printing of 150,000 copies. (Source)
The Angels agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu on Thursday, moving quickly to add a left-handed bat and some pop to a lineup that struggled to score runs last season.
Abreu, 34, can make an additional $1 million in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 500, 550, 600 and 650 plate appearances. He batted .296 with 100 runs batted in and 20 homers for the Yankees last season. (Source)
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Some people may not be too happy.
Former Met/Yankee slugger Darryl Strawberry will have a new book due out in April, titled "Straw: Finding My Way". The book details the party atmosphere of the 1980's mets clubhouse
Here are some quotes of Darryl's that appear in the book:
"We were the boys of Summer. The drunk, speed-freak, sneaking a smoke boys of summer"
"An infamous rolling frat party..drinking, drugs, fights, gambling, groupies"
"Beer was the foundation of our alcoholic lifestyle. We hauled around more Bud than the Clydesdales."
"The beer was just to get the party started and maybe take the edge off the speed and coke"
The teams moto he says was "to tear up your best bars and nighclubs and take your finest women..The only hard part for us was choosing which hottie to take back to your hotel room. Lots of times you...picked two or three"
DARRYL YOU DA MAN!!!
Old Curry Bastard Out
The New York Post
Top Ten Messages Left on Alex Rodriguez's Answering Machine
10. "Hey, it's Mark McGwire. Want to get together this week and not talk about the past?"
9. "Joe Torre here -- thanks for helping book sales"
8. "Could you find a steroid that keeps you from choking in the playoffs?"
7. "Are you worried this will taint all the championships you didn't win?"
6. "It's Bernie Madoff. Nice try but I'm still the most hated man in New York"
5. "Michael Phelps here. Got any snacks?"
4. "This is Sammy Sosa. Just pretend you don't speak English"
3. "Michael Phelps again. Did I call you or did you call me?"
2. "Hey, it's Rod Blagojevich -- I'll say you're innocent, if you say I am"
1. "It's Madonna. You got a phone number for Jeter?"
The gang at Matsuifan obtained this photograph of Selena caught in A-Rods garbage. Come on Selena This is starting to get ridiculous.
"What makes me upset is that Sports Illustrated pays this lady, Selena Roberts, to stalk me," he told ESPN's Peter Gammons.
Rodriguez went on to say that Roberts was tossed from his New York City apartment building, that she had to be escorted off of the University Miami campus by police when she sought out Rodriguez at the campus gym on Thursday and that she tried to break into his Miami home where his "children were sleeping".
It would have had to be someone close to him.
Someone who has a book perhaps?
We may never know, but whoever it was had to be quick on their feet and sneaky.
Rodriguez confirmed during a television interview Monday that he used steroids over a three-year period with the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Rodriguez acknowledged the validity of a recent Sports Illustrated report claiming that the three-time American League MVP tested positive for two anabolic steroids following the 2003 season.
Until the ESPN interview, Rodriguez had not responded publicly since Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site Saturday that he is on a list of 104 players who tested positive in 2003 during baseball’s confidential survey testing, which wasn’t subject to discipline. SI.com said he tested positive for Primobolan and testosterone.
In addition to agent Scott Boras and his staff, A-Rod could consult with his manager, Guy Oseary, the former recording company executive who also manages Madonna. Rodriguez also could speak with the top officials at the players’ association, Don Fehr, Gene Orza and Michael Weiner.
"When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure, felt all the weight of the world on top of me to perform, and perform at a high level every day," Rodriguez told ESPN's Peter Gammons in an exclusive interview in Miami Beach, Fla. An extended interview will air on SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ET.
"Back then, [baseball] was a different culture," Rodriguez said. "It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.
"I did take a banned substance. For that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful."
Rodriguez's admission comes 48 hours after Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez was on a list of 104 players who tested positive for banned substances in 2003, the year when Major League Baseball conducted survey tests to see if mandatory, random drug-testing was needed in the sport.
Now A-Rod’s quote from his spring training arrival news conference last year seems more intriguing.
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Alex Rodriguez won his third consecutive AL home run title and his first MVP award in '03.
In 2003, when he won the American League home run title and the AL Most Valuable Player award as a shortstop for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids, four sources have independently told Sports Illustrated.
Rodriguez's name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball's '03 survey testing, SI's sources say. As part of a joint agreement with the MLB Players Association, the testing was conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing across the major leagues in 2004.
When approached by an SI reporter on Thursday at a gym in Miami, Rodriguez declined to discuss his 2003 test results. "You'll have to talk to the union," said Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman since his trade to New York in February 2004. When asked if there was an explanation for his positive test, he said, "I'm not saying anything." (Source)