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)
The Yankees offered centerfielder Andruw Jones a minor-league contract last month and Jones’ agent, Scott Boras, turned it down, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to Newsday on Thursday.
Jones, released by the Dodgers after a horrendous 2008 season, is looking for a major-league contract. If he can’t find one, the Yankees could be a landing point for Jones, who will turn 32 in April.
After signing a two-year, $36.2-million contract with the Dodgers, Jones hit three home runs in 209 at-bats (striking out 76 times) and put together a .158 batting average, .256 on-base percentage and .249 slugging percentage in 2008.
SI.com first reported of the Yankees’ interest in Jones, who hit 51 home runs in 2005 and 41 in 2006 for the Braves.
In other news, ESPN.com reported that the Mets have reached out to the agent for free-agent lefty reliever Will Ohman.
The Mets and righthander Elmer Dessens were close to completing a minor-league contract, The Associated Press reported. (Source)
Scientific tests have linked Roger Clemens's DNA to blood in syringes that a personal trainer says he used to inject the former star pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
The DNA results, which are preliminary and subject to verification tests, could prove critical if prosecutors seek an indictment of Clemens on charges that he lied about the use of steroids, according to the sources.
Clemens told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last year that he has never taken performance-enhancing drugs. Testifying at the same hearing, the pitcher's former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, said he injected Clemens nearly 40 times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001.
McNamee's attorneys have said their client gave federal investigators syringes, gauze pads and other items that he claimed he used to inject Clemens. He stored the items in a FedEx box in his basement. (Source)
It seems like all news outlets are laughing off the fact that Derek Jeter has now admitted to stealing a sign from the old Yankee Stadium.
People get yelled at for going near the dirt at Yankee stadium, but when Jeter admits to stealing a monument, everyone thinks it's funny.
Apparently he also had time to grab a burger.
Longtime Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (Kalamazoo) admitted to the New York Times that he stole a sign reading "I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee" from Yankee Stadium after the final game at the ballpark in the fall.
The quote is from Joe DiMaggio.
From the Times' Harvey Araton:
When I had last seen Jeter ... he had refused comment on the famous sign ... in the tunnel leading to the Yankees dugout that went missing soon after their last Stadium home game.
A clue on his intentions had come earlier that night, when he said he had his eye on a particular Stadium keepsake but wouldn’t say which. After the game and on-field celebration, I noticed the sign was missing and told him, “I know what you’re taking out of here,” and I asked if I could report it.
He shook his head and replied, “In due time.”
Four months later, he admitted he had taken the sign, and another item or two.
Ross from (New Stadium Insider Blog) , who heard it from Roxanne at WCBS, who got the pictures from Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880 in Chopper 880, tipped off Matsuifan headquarters, about these cool pics of the NEW Stadium.
Apparently fans of Umphrey's McGee, Phish and the Dead are now lining up for tickets to see the Yankees tour.
Now that Andy Pettitte is signed, sealed and finally delivered, it's time the Yankees throw a high, hard one at the opposition. Forget about Joba Chamberlain being in the rotation — he needs to go back to the bullpen. From Day 1 of spring training. No ifs, ands, or bugs.
This is a complete reversal for me. Last season, I was adamant that Chamberlain should be in the starting rotation, because that was where he was needed most. That was before CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett signed with the Yankees and that was when Chien-Ming Wang was injured.
With a top three of Sabathia, Burnett and Wang, and with Pettitte on the back end, Joba is most needed in the bullpen now, especially since Mariano Rivera is coming off shoulder surgery.
This way the Yankees can keep Joba's innings under control, and if Rivera needs a little extra time to be ready for the season, Chamberlain can be the emergency closer. If Rivera is right for the start of the season, then Chamberlain has the eighth inning and the Yankees are that much more of a force.
An eighth-inning dynamo is much more important to the Yankees now than a back-end starter. And besides, the Yankees have candidates for that fifth spot, including Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves. (Source)
Andy's agent (Jack Kass) has Andy right where the Yankees want him.
Mr. Jack Kass, took a break from purchasing a Ford Pinto with a cracked frame to negotiate Andy's contract.
"There was nothing to it really" said Kass. "The Yankees wanted to pay my client more guaranteed money, but I refused it and pushed them to drop their offer"
And that's exactly what the Yankees did. "I've never seen anything like it" a Yankees spokesman said. "Kass walks into our office with his stained shirt hanging out, smelling like a cup of noodles and imitation crab meat, insisting we lower our offer." Yankee spokesman continues by adding. "His eyes were less focused than Cookie Monsters and he was wearing one shoe."
Andy could not be reached for comment. We assume he now has to get a part-time job to suppliment his loss.
Well, the Yankees have their 5th starter at a lower cost, so we approve of this move.
Joe Torre's new book "The Yankee Years" is making headlines this morning well before its February 3 release date.
The juiciest morsels are splashed all over The New York Post front cover and are on NYPost.com. Apparently Alex Rodriguez was dubbed 'A-Fraud' in the locker room and had something of an obsession with teammate Derek Jeter. Torre also says that GM Brian Cashman betrayed Torre's trust and that team doctors told Yankee boss George Steinbrenner that Torre had prostate cancer before the diagnosis was given to Torre himself. (Source)
Now, we had to do some fact checking, because that is what we do here at Matsuifan.
So, we dug up a photo we took when we were invited to A-Rod's girly photo shoot.
We zoomed in with our powerful zooming equipment and noticed a heart shaped locket that Arod was wearing. It turns out that Joe was correct. A-Rod is obsessed with Derek Jeter. There is no possible way this could have been photoshoped. Look for your self.
7th outfielder Melky Cabrera is now making 1.4 Million this year.
He can't hit, is a decent fielder and acts like a jackass in public. I have a great idea. Let's give him a raise. He deserves it.
I wonder if we can give Igawa a raise also.
The ink keeps flowing in New York, as the Yankees finalized one-year contracts earlier this week with outfielders Xavier Nady and Melky Cabrera to avoid salary arbitration with the pair.
Nady agreed to a one-year, $6.55 million deal, and Cabrera signed a one-year deal worth $1.4 million.
The 30-year old Nady was acquired in in a six-player trade with the Pirates just before the July 31 deadline last season and earned $3.59 million last year.
He batted .268 with 12 homers and 40 RBI in 59 games for the Yankees, but hit a combined .305 with 25 homers and 97 RBI.
The 24-year old Cabrera was expected to be the every-day center fielder in 2008, but hit .249 with eight homers and just 37 RBI in 129 games and was eventually demoted to Triple-A.
Both players have been rumored to be trade bait as the Yanks attempt to trim the team's payroll.
The signings give the Yankees five outfielders: Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Nady, Cabrera and recently acquired Nick Swisher.