Posted August 11, 2013

Report: Yankees deliver letter to Alex Rodriguez, fine him more than $150,000

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Alex Rodriguez was hand-delivered a letter written by Brian Cashman on Friday, reprimanding him for two violations. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees hand-delivered a letter written by general manager Brian Cashman to Alex Rodriguez before his first game back in New York on Friday, and plan to fine him more than $150,000, ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews is reporting.

The letter “reprimanded Rodriguez for his recent actions surrounding his rehab assignment,” which included seeking a second medical opinion without giving the team prior notice and failing to show up to a July 12 game after meeting with MLB officials regarding the Biogenesis investigation, according to the report.

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From ESPN New York:

Two sources who have seen the letter, said part of it reads: “the club contemplates discipline for your most recent violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.” Although no specific punishment is mentioned; the $153,846 is equivalent to one day’s pay under Rodriguez’s contract, which calls for him to earn $28 million for 2013.

The Yankees delivered the letter to seven recipients, though Rodriguez denied receiving it. He can appeal the fine through the CBA’s grievance procedure.

Asked about the receipt of the letter before Friday’s game,  Rodriguez at first said, “It has not happened.”

Then, he acknowledged “maybe they sent it to my lawyers. But I’m not really going to talk about that.”

But a source with knowledge of the letter’s contents said Rodriguez was among seven recipients of it, including A-Rod’s attorney, David Cornwell, MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner, MLB executive Rob Manfred and Yankees team president Randy Levine.

The club has already fined backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, who accepted a 50-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis, the equivalent of one day’s pay for failing to show up for medical treatment on July 28.

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20 comments
Mike175
Mike175

And it is because of scumbag cheaters like a-dud that I stopped even watching baseball anymore. And I grew up playing it as a kid too.

HughJardon
HughJardon

I love the game and am the Baseball Vagabond living in a MLB city a few years enjoying the team and soaking up a city's flavor before moving to the next. Living this dream for the last 20 years and loving it!! :)


I have a solution to the PED issue that no one has remotely touched upon that I, for the life of me, see no problem with it. Here is my solution....

Players should be able to negotiate for the market value of their abilities regardless of PED status but if a player tests positive he should have to forfeit a percentage of every dollar he makes in the game as a player, manager, coach front office etc for the remainder of his career. For a first offense 50% of his salary should be either donated to a charity of the fans choosing (do it on line with a case by case opportunity for the fans to decide where the money goes) or apply it league wide on discounted out of cost expenses for the fans. Let the forfeited salaries make up the difference so there is no lost revenue for the teams. 2nd time they are caught up it to 75% and the 3rd time make them receive the MLB minimum. I am sure alot of fans would love to see A-Rod (for example) donate $15-20,000,000 a year!

This wins for everyone. Banning players in pretty Un-American, With this plan everyone wins. 

PLAYERS WIN as they clean up the game and remove alot of questions about the purity of the game that the fans have.

FANS WIN as they finally can feel they have a little say in the matter and can satisfy and need for vengeance (for lack of a better word)

MLB WIN as no body can find fault with a program that sends billions of dollars to those in need.



Why this approach has not been mentioned ANYWHERE is beyond me. Is there something obvious that I am missing here?
Pass this along to anyone you think might be inclined to explore this, and to those who won't

But remember..YA HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!

any feedback is appreciated

YaValioCacaWate
YaValioCacaWate

Alex Rodriquez is the best baseball player that has ever played the game.    I think some want to prevent him from breaking all records, and seems to me that some want to weasel out of paying him.  Pay the man, let him play.

6marK6
6marK6

Is A-Rod over the emotional satisfaction of having all of Yankee Stadium stand up ad applaud for him when he came back. They honestly did that, ask A-Rod.

NYOldSchoolSportsFan
NYOldSchoolSportsFan

Fining a MLB player who makes many Millions only $150,000 puny dollars is like fining you & me $15 dollars. That doesn't scare or deter a snotty self centred arrogant MLB player.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

How about the kid that lays out his underwear for him? Is he still there?

DEACONDAVE#45
DEACONDAVE#45

Regardless of any fines MLB or The NY YANKEES impose on A-ROD, He is, as all of the other PED users understand that their ability to enhance their performance equates to lifelong financial security. I am a Major League Baseball Player My BA is 297, 98 RBI's, 20 HR's, I Enhance My performance by using PEDS increases my performance and earning potential  340 BA, 135 RBI's, 45 HR's , which equates to  $20,000,000, for 10 years.

SCREW BASEBALL!!!  I GOT MINE, AND MY CONTRACT IS IRONCLAD, LESS MY 50 GAME SUSPENSION SCREW BASEBALL HISTORY, MY TEAM, TEAMMATES, AND MOST OF ALL THE OF THE FANS.

 RETIREMENT LOOKS SO GOOD SUCKERS!! YOU WISH YOU WERE ME

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John274
John274

Wow Good job, fine him $150k. He s**** that much! Lol

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

Yes, since the "source" (once again no attribution) said Rodriguez was one of the recipients that means someone HAD to have handed it to him, and the source saw Rodriguez receive and read the letter. It couldn't be that the source, by saying recipients, meant the Yankees sent him the letter. It has to be that he lied about getting the letter. Maybe they sent him the letter by email? There is absolutely no need for the media to make Rodriguez look bad and yet everything that is written about him is motivated by that need. 

Mel
Mel

Can't even admit to receiving a letter and people expect him to fess up about roids? LOLOL

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

"$153,846 is equivalent to one day’s pay."  

So we're basically talking pocket change.  That's gotta leave a mark.  Nice going Brian.  Way to drop the hammer.

Markus
Markus

This guy is a real piece of work.............I wouldn't trust him to give me the right time of day.