Money Makes You Stupid

Maybe that’s not fair. Maybe money doesn’t make people stupid – it just allows for the stupidity deep within to rise to the surface. Exhibit A for this case is Alex Rodriguez, whose 10-year, $250m contract with the Texas Rangers was secured because of his history of hitting for average and power. There was little…

Fixing the Yankees and Red Sox

Let’s be clear, I don’t want the Yankees fixed. Their wanton splurging of cash over the free agent landscape has won them most of their success over the years. Notable exceptions of the mid-late 90’s teams that benefitted from the more semi-wanton sprinklings of money on the likes of Paul O’Neill and Scott Brosius. But…

Kobe Doesn’t Get It

A-Rod is in a mess. Hitting .130 in the playoffs this year and .164 in the last three postseasons, he was benched for a pinch-hitter in game 5 of the ALDS and didn’t make an appearance at all in game 3 of the ALCS (in which his replacement, Eric Chavez, went 0 for 3). This…

Yankees Doing it with Retreads

They used to be known as the Evil Empire. Their minor league system produced little, and wasn’t even good enough to gather much major league talent in trades. Instead, under the watchful (by which I mean intrusive, meddling and ignorant) gaze of owner George Steinbrenner, they followed their run of success in the 1990’s by…