October 8, 2007, the Cleveland Indians swept the light-hitting New York Yankees in the American League Divisional Series. What was supposed to be a pretty good matchup ended up lopsided.
Cleveland had all the pitching. Yankees didn’t have any of the hitting. A-Rod hit only one home run after hitting 50+ during the regular season. Only one regular .300 hitter hit that way during the series. It wasn’t A-Rod, Derek Jeter or Jorge Posada, but Robinson Cano.
Even Roger Clemens pitched his way off the roster, and probably out of baseball. He should have retired last year, and now his great career ends on a very sour note.
The Indians don’t play again until Friday where they face the better Boston Red Sox team, who also swept their ALDS opponents Los Angeles Angels. it’ll be a very good pitching duel between C.C. Sabathia and Josh Beckett.
Here’s a cool illustrated look at Friedrich A. Hayek’s famous “The Road to Serfdom.”
Oh yeah. Thank God. Yahoo! Mail is finally out of beta. I was having supreme issues with it for the past week that I had to switch to classic every time.
It’s a whole lot stable now.
A-Rod Wants To Be Baseball’s $300 Million Man.
“Since Scott Boras feels that Alex Rodriguez’s looming free agency is more valuable than any other player’s, he will undoubtedly recommend that Rodriguez, 32, forgo the potential $91 million left on his deal. Boras would not estimate what Rodriguez could make on the open market, but it is believed that Boras could seek a 10-year contract for $300 million for his client. Boras was aware of what Rodriguez said about New York, but noted that he had other options. The Angels, the Cubs, the Red Sox, the White Sox, the Dodgers and the Mets are teams that could pursue Rodriguez.” – NY Times
There is a lot mroe money in baseball than there was seven years ago when A-Rod first signed that landmark $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers. But $100 million contracts were made more easily back then as well.
The Angels don’t want to be hamstringed with such a large contract given how high their payroll is, and given the fact the organization has always had one of the top farm systems in baseball. The Cubs just signed Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Zambrano to those large contracts. The team would need to trade either of them plus Aramis Ramirez too if they wanted to sign A-Rod. The Red Sox would need to trade Manny Ramirez to make the numbers work, and/or get rid of J.D. Drew and not resign Curt Schilling (which would be stupid). The White Sox suck (and probably will continue to for a few years), and I know A-Rod doesn’t want to be on a losing team anymore unless he’s just look at the $$$. The Dodgers might sign, but I’m not sure they would ever devote 1/4 of its payroll to one player. The Mets already have David Wright as its 3B for years to come.
I’d say the Dodgers, but only for less than $30 million/year. $25 at best, and not for ten years.