A-Rod’s implication in the latest PED scandal has serious ramifications if true

01/30/2013 5:46 AM - Devo

Alex Rodriguez 3.jpgAlex Rodriguez could very well be the most hated player in baseball. And now that he’s implicated in another steroid/PED scandal, I really don’t think there is any coming back from the wrath he’ll receive from the fans. Innocent until proven guilty right? 

What do we know right now? 

First, he could miss either half of the season due to hip surgery or almost the entire year. 

Second, he is still under contract with the New York Yankees for another five-years and $114 million, this according to ESPN

If that’s not bad enough, now he is implicated in a PED scandal with names like pitcher Gio Gonzalez, outfielder Melky Cabrera, pitcher Bartolo Colon and catcher Yasmani Grandal. 

MLB.com is reporting that he could even face suspension with a positive test. 

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com wrote; 

“Outfielders Jay Gibbons and Jose Guillen were suspended in 2007 for "non-analytical positives" when it was learned that they purchased human growth hormone and steroids. Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer, then a Minor Leaguer, was similarly disciplined the following year.” 

I can’t see the Yankees trying to void his contract. I’m no lawyer but I can see way way too many problems occurring if that was attempted. 

Right now it’s all “implications” and “potential links”. Nothing has been proven, but the evidence is pretty damning. 

If in fact Rodriguez has been lying this whole time and it’s proven that he has been taking performance enhancers, I can see a 50-game suspension at least. He will play again, and even by some miracle the Yankees find a way out of this contract, some team will pick him up for another couple years. 

Combine the possible suspension with a hip surgery and you could have a healthy All-Star calibre player on your team for the beginning of the 2014 season or for the playoffs. Either way, his career is not done, yet. 

His potential Hall of Fame candidacy, on the other hand, has taken a major hit. With the way the Hall voters punished potential users during the recent Hall vote, Rodriguez is likely going by way of Rafael Palmeiro, not Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. 

One admission of guilt is bad enough, but a second? It’s sad, but we could be witnessing the end run of the greatest players we have ever seen. And in light of what’s being reported (I can only hope it’s not true for the sake of the game), a forever tarnished reputation.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

Toronto Blue Jays and Vancouver Canadians partnership gets even sweeter

01/26/2013 10:44 PM - Devo

Toronto Blue Jays New Logo.jpgThe Toronto Blue Jay announced that they have extended their player development contract with the Vancouver Canadians till 2016. 

Since beginning their partnership with the Jays, the Canadians have won back-to-back Northwest League championships. 

"The Vancouver Canadians have been champions on and off the field during our first two seasons as partners of this great organization," said Blue Jays Director of Minor League Operations Charlie Wilson. "We are proud to have Canada’s only minor league baseball club as our partners. Considering our relationship with the Canadians front office to the atmosphere and facilities at Nat Bailey Stadium, it was an easy decision to extend our partnership in Vancouver." 

With Vancouver being the only Canadian minor League team around this only strengthens the relationship and continues to build upon the superb talent the game has produced in Canada. It also shines a light on the great product that Vancouver showcases every single season at the amazing Nat Bailey Stadium. 

Congratulations to the Jays and Canadians. For those looking to take in a game, the Canadians play their first home game June 15.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

New York Yankees sign Washington Wild Things ace Chris Smith

01/24/2013 4:56 AM - Devo

Chris Smith.jpgYou can never have enough pitching. And the New York Yankees have proven over time that they will sign anyone from anywhere if they think they can help their organization. 

Washington Wild Things’ Chris Smith of the Independent Frontier League has had his contract purchased by the New York Yankees. The Observer Reporter wrote that Smith will report to Yankees spring training in Florida in March. 

Smith had a monster year for the Wild Things. He led the team in innings pitched with 129, wins (9), strikeouts (116), tied for the lead in games started with 19, and posted the second lowest ERA among starters at 2.92. Not too shabby for sometime with 14 professional starts up until this year! 

According to the Wild Things press release, Smith is honing his skills in the Australian Baseball League. In nine starts he is 3-3 with a 2.31 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 51 innings to go with a WHIP of 0.85. 

Wild Things assistant GM Steve Zavacky, who spoke to the Reporter, said Smith has the tools to make it to the majors; 

“Chris was a valuable part of our starting rotation and will be missed, but I wish him all the best in the Yankees’ system. He has the skills that it takes to make it to the majors and I look forward to watching him develop,” Wild Things assistant GM Steve Zavacky said. 

Who knows how far Smith will make it, but again, this shows that if you have talent, evaluators will take notice. And for the Independent Leagues, this is more validation of their legitimacy and the calibre of ballplayers that make up those teams.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

Arizona Diamondbacks sign Quebec Capitales’ Chris Cox

01/20/2013 8:07 AM - Devo

Chris Cox.pngIn my never-ending quest to stay on top of MLB/Independent League signings, the No.1 and No.2 rated Baseball America Independent League prospects have both been signed by MLB clubs. 

In late October, the Miami Marlins signed No.1 Indy prospect Kevin Gelinas. Just a few weeks later in late November, Chris Cox (St. George, ON), was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks

Cox who attended Canisius College in Buffalo NY, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 39th round of the 2011 draft but did not sign. The Brantford Expositor reported that Cox had bone spur issues in his throwing arm putting a wrench into agreements with the Blue Jays. 

During his time with Canisius, Cox made 41 appearances. In 2011 Cox transitioned to the bullpen and in nine appearances went 1-1 with two saves and a 0.69 ERA (courtesy of Canisius College). 

In his first season in professional baseball, Cox appeared in 36 games for the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League, finishing 15. In 44 innings, he allowed 49 hits, and only gave up two home runs. According to Baseball America Cox can really dial it up, and when you hear 95 mph in a report you take notice; 

“Cox showed excellent velocity as a set-up man for Quebec. He sat at 92-94 mph and touched 95 with his two-seam fastball. His slider has good bite, but he struggles at times to throw it for strikes”. 

Cox isn’t the only Capitales player to make the MLB jump this off-season. Lefty-specialist Tony Davis was signed by the Blue Jays less than one month ago. 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

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