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MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

We live in dizzying times. Baseball player salaries continue to climb higher as more and more money enters the game. The Players Association and owners collectively bargained to ensure the players – the active players – get a bigger piece of the pie just two years and already we see the aftereffects.

Freddie Freeman, a good if unspectacular first baseman for the Atlanta Braves, just signed a contract worth more than $130 million. Eight years is a long time and Braves fans hope his name doesn’t end up on a future version of the worst contracts list.

The same holds true for fans of Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Clayton Kershaw, and Joey Votto, all with more than $200 million coming their way. Will they end up among the worst contracts in baseball history? If so, they join the same names you see below.

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An update! You may remember the last time Flip Flop Fly Ball looked at Alex Rodriguez’s body of work. With his 2014 fate now sealed, Craig Robinson was kind enough to update the Rodriguez chart with the latest information. Enjoy!

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New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

No matter how laissez-faire your attitude towards performance-enhancing drugs might be, Major League Baseball has the right to protect their laws and constitution, such as it is.

It doesn’t matter that their investigation took on a goon squad quality, going through unsavory channels to get the dirt it needed on Alex Rodriguez. Right now, it appears Alex Rodriguez repeatedly and purposely acted in a way that made him a target. After an initial 211-game suspension, his penalty after appeal and arbitration is now a nice, round, 162 – the entire 2014 season.

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Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriquez at restaurant together in New York cityIt was growing increasingly difficult to separate Alex Rodriguez’s arbitration hearing from the media’s portrayal of Alex Rodriguez’s arbitration hearing. With A-Rod supporters surprisingly congregated outside of court rooms — holding suspiciously similarly styled signs — and MLB executives appearing on late-night talk-shows, it seemed that no one was more aware of this than the participants.

Then, on Wednesday afternoon, the New York Yankees third baseman (for the time being at least) stormed out of his hearing when the arbitrator (who is somehow both independent and selected by Major League Baseball) refused to require Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. From there, Rodriguez made his way to WFAN studios in New York where he spoke with Mike Francesa live on air, and further bound the actual arbitration process to the reporting of the proceeding.

Hot takes flooded social media timelines with otherwise respectable journalists claiming that Alex Rodriguez “lies pretty much all the time,” or that A-Rod’s name could be substituted for Lance Armstrong’s and not much else would have to change for accuracy to be maintained.

In columns on websites across the country, descriptions of Rodriguez leaving the hearing were filled with words like tantrum and hissy-fit, while his skills at public relations became a place holding target of scorn for those eager to judge. On Thursday morning, we even heard Peter Gammons compare the player to the Boston Marathon bombers.

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We don’t get too much PR email spam here at Getting Blanked. Maybe we do but I am just conditioned to ignore it, who knows? Either way, very little PR flacks send unsolicited gets beyond the “who cares?” stage with me.

When we received an email today extolling the virtues of “numerologist Yogi Akal, and his expertise on sports numerology” I sat up and gave notice. Look at that guy! He can see the sporting future? Awesome. Biff Tannen in the building, right?

The good people at his PR firm choose to include a snippet of his sage advice, seeing good, indifferent and/or bad things this month for Lebron James, Tom Brady, and Alex Gonzalez?

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There seems to be a prevailing thinking, ok it’s just the New York Daily News, that Alex Rodriguez could potentially walk away from the New York Yankees and baseball. This notion, of course, is founded upon the news that Rodriguez has been implicated in the Miami New Times PED scandal, and the fact that baseball’s active home run leader is recovering from his second major hip surgery.

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To the surprise of no one, Alex Rodriguez has followed Gio Gonzalez’s lead and issued a statement on the Miami New Times Biogenesis story. Unlike Gonzalez, Rodriguez went through an intermediary to issue his statement.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post on behalf of Alex Rodriguez:

“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate.”

So there we have it. The “documents” at the center of what appears to be the most amateur case of drug dealing this century, are not legitimate according to camp Rodriguez. Don’t go away fighting, latest chapter in the baseball/PED narrative… just go away.