The A-Rod Decision
You CAN have your cake and eat it too!
Regarding A-Rod’s torn labrum, his options are:
1. Attempt to play with rest and rehabilitation, and have surgery after the season.
2. Have the full surgery now, and miss the next 4 months.
3. Quit baseball (oops, where did that one come from?).
4. Less invasive surgery now, with shorter recovery period, followed by full surgery at the end of the season.
According to Pete Abraham of the LoHud Blog, A-Rod has decided upon the fourth option. Dr. Philippon met with the press this morning, and according to Pete Abe, A-Rod has an impingement (which means bone is striking bone).
Dr. Marc Philippon, M.D.
Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO
The initial surgery to be performed on Monday will fix the labrum. Following the season, Alex will undergo full surgery to repair the bone deformity. Recovery time for the initial surgery is expected to be 6-9 weeks.
According to Pete Abe, this should put A-Rod back on the field by the end of April.
Great scoop, as usual, Mr. Abraham!
I still think the Yankees would be smart to secure a solid replacement at third for A-Rod. I am not fully confident in Cody Ransom’s ability to adequately fill in at third. Some have suggested a platoon, and I could buy into that with the right platoon partner.
There are countless names being bantered about. The latest I’ve seen is the Royals’ Mark Teahen. Teahen, 27, hit .255 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI’s last season.
Another possibility is Oakland A’s shortstop Bobby Crosby. With the A’s signing of Orlando Cabrera, Crosby is the odd man out. He doesn’t want to fill a utility role, and would like the opportunity to start. Of course, the downside is that he has never played third, and of course, when A-Rods returns, he would be pushed into a utility role.
I still like the Dodgers’ Blake DeWitt. He, too, was pushed out of a starting position when the Dodgers signed Orlando Hudson to play second. I lived in Los Angeles last season, and had the opportunity to watch a number of Dodgers games, and I liked the attitude and determination I saw with the player. Of course, whether the Dodgers would part with him is another story.
Regardless of what happens, the Yankees need to make sure that they have a solid plan in place in the event that A-Rod’s recovery is slower than expected or if he suffers any setbacks.
Terrell Owens is a Bill
I was very surprised to see that the Buffalo Bills had signed Terrell Owens to a one year, $6.5 million contract. I did not think that would be a move they’d make, but I know that they’ve struggled with receivers opposite Lee Evans.
It will be interesting to see how Owens interacts with QB Trent Edwards, but this marriage seems to be like one of those poorly thought out Britny Spears type of wedding decisions.
I was reading Kevin Cusick’s “The Loop: 3/08/09″ in the Pioneer Press (www.twincities.com), and he put it best:
“The Buffalo Bills signed T.O. to a one year deal Saturday. Living in Buffalo should extinguish what’s left of Owens’ “25 million reasons to live”.”
Too funny! I am not trying to knock Buffalo (I used to live there myself about 25 years ago), but I just can’t see this working out.
My brother is a die-hard Bills fan, so I’ll be interested in seeing what his reaction is. Of course, he’s the obnoxious ‘my team is best’ kind of fan, so he’ll probably just say that Super Bowl dreams have returned to Buffalo.
But I think team chemistry is one of the most important attributes of a successful team, and the Bills have assured themselves chemistry will not be a component of the 2009 team.
On the bright side, I was pleased that my team, the Minnesota Vikings, went on record prior to the Owens signing to say that they had no interest in T.O. Of course, Brad Childress saw the cancerous effect T.O. had on a team during his days on Andy Reid’s staff in Philadelphia. But still, I am appreciative that I’ll never be forced to root for T.O.
I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of scenes like this during the upcoming season:
Hopefully, the Yankees will keep me pre-occupied through at least October and spare me from having to endure TV shots like this…
The A-Rod Story Continues
As if we haven’t dealt with enough about Alex Rodriguez, the latest news is that he has a torn labrum in his hip. The Yankees have indicated that he will attempt to play this offseason with rest and rehabilitation. If that’s unsuccessful and surgery becomes necessary now rather than at the end of the season, he’ll miss at least four months.
Ken Rosenthal, senior baseball writer for FOXSports.com is predicting that this could be the beginning of A-Rod’s breakdown and the Yanks are obviously on the hook for the remainder of his 10-year, $275 million contract which runs through 2017.
Many people have drawn a parallel between A-Rod and Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell regarding the torn labrum. Lowell attempted to play out last season with the same injury before the pain became too unbearable. “I don’t want to play like I did the last two months,” Lowell said. “That’s not really playing. I was so focused on something else besides playing. It sucked the joy out of it for a little while. We were winning and everything, so that’s fine. But you want to feel like you have all your abilities in place.” And that’s coming from someone who didn’t have to deal with the ramifications of admitted steroids use, an affair with Madonna, and an inability to tell a consistent story.
I do not think A-Rod’s psyche is strong enough to endure the multiple distractions, and he’d be better served by pursuing the surgery now rather than later. But then again, I am guessing that Brian Cashman feels that he can find someone capable of replacing A-Rod’s October production should the Yanks make the play-offs (that would just be the ability to go 0-for-5, with a bases-loaded game-ending strikeout in a pivotal play-off game, right?).
As for replacements, I am obviously not enamored with the thought of either Cody Ransom or Angel Berroa filling in at third. The Yankees would be better served by seeking a quality replacement. Even if A-Rod attempts to play, having a strong Plan B in place would help give him more periods of rest throughout the course of the season.
All things considered, I am not that disappointed at the prospect of losing Rodriguez for the season. After the ordeal of the past few months, a season with no A-Rod is sounding very appealing. Of course, there’s a hole at third, but I don’t think the Yankees necessarily need a superstar to fill the void. A capable performer with decent defensive skills would fit nicely. A lot of names have been tossed around by the media, and I would gladly consider someone like the Dodgers’ Blake DeWitt (as suggested by SI’s Jon Heyman).
The Great Showdown
As you may have read on Julia’s Rants, the “Great Showdown” is coming to Fenway Park next month. Julia and I have made a bet regarding who will win the Yankees-Red Sox series to be played April 24th, 25th, and 26th. It goes without question which team I am pulling for. Of course, if the Yankees lose, author Jane Heller will take away my Yankees fan membership for jinxing the team. It’s probably not a good sign that I was pulling for Dean Martin in the 1973 movie “Showdown” with Rock Hudson. Nevertheless, I am moving forward with the duel against Julia.
I agree with Julia on a number of things:
She’s a fan of the great Toby Keith…
She likes the music of Kenny Chesney…
The City of Boston is very beautiful…
Anything Irish is great…
She shares a great passion for football, and we’ve both been fans of Randy Moss (albeit at different points of his career)…
She loves hockey…
But I draw the line at two things…Pink Hats and the Red Sox!
Odds & Ends
Kudos to the Dallas Cowboys for finally taking a stand against players of questionable character. After years of letting performance take precedence over character, I am glad to see that Jerry Jones has boldly released WR Terrell Owens and S Roy Williams. Say what you will about the Arizona Cardinals, but owner Bill Bidwell has generally drafted based on character and is not shy about cutting loose a mistake regardless of talent. Their approach resulted in a Super Bowl appearance this year. As much as my favorite team, the Vikings, need a wide receiver, there is absolutely no way that I’d ever condone the signing of Owens. I want to experience what a Super Bowl championship would feel like, but not like that…
I was sad to see that it’s “Sun-down” in Phoenix. There had been hope that Amare Stoudemire would be able to recover from surgery to repair a torn retina in time to return for the play-offs if the Suns make it. However, that possibility has been ruled out by his doctor, who indicated that the healing is excruciatingly slow and delicate. It doesn’t look like Shaq will get a chance for another ring.
Happily, it’s Friday night! It’s great that the weekend has arrived, but we do lose an hour on Sunday morning at 2 am due to daylight savings time. I guess it puts me one hour closer to the duel…