After New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez stormed out of today’s grievance hearing in regards to his alleged steroid use/suspension. He appeared on the Mike Francesca show afterwards and expressed his disappointment in commissioner Bud Selig’s lack of presence at the hearing. Rodriguez felt that since Selig has led this witch hunt, he should be involved in the process that will potentially be shutting the door on his career.
Selig has enforced a 211-game suspension on Rodriguez for being a repeat offender of Major League Baseball’s steroid policy. At 38 years old, a suspension of this magnitude would allow Rodriguez to return to the game at 40 years old. At that age, it’s highly unlikely that he could be productive, nor is guaranteed that a team would be willing on to take on such a risk.
Here is the interview where Rodriguez voices his frustrations.
Former homerun boss and current Colorado Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette is not only instructing the young bucks of the Rockies on proper hitting techniques, he’s taking it one step further by instructing proper growing techniques on his early 90’s signature ‘mullet’ haircut.
Bichette played 14 MLB seasons as a career .299 average hitter with 274 homeruns. Bichette is returning to the Rockies organization this season under first year manager, and former MLB shortstop Walt Weiss as the teams hitting coach. Bichette’s career batting average would be a good indicator that he’s fit for the position.
Bichette’s son Dante Jr. was a second round selection by the New York Yankees in the 2011 Draft. Bichette Jr. is currently playing for the Single-A Yankees affiliate Charleston Riverdogs and is the ninth ranked prospect in the Yankees organization.
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Here’s an awkward clip of Joe Girardi getting into it with a White Sox fan. After the Yankees were swept by the surging White Sox, a fan made his presence known during Girardi’s post-game interview and he was awkwardly having none of it.
The MLB Network and Ken Rosenthal have reported that the New York Yankees have just acquired Seattle Mariners OF, Ichiro Suzuki. The Yankees in exchange send prospect D.J Mitchell and minor league journey man Danny Fahrquar to the M’s. With Brett Gardner seemingly out for the remainder of the season, the Yankees needed to help stabilize their already aging outfield and add a little depth.
Although Ichiro has struggled in since last season, if he can improve his batting numbers, he brings a spark and versatile dynamic to the Yankee lineup. A career .322 hitter, Ichiro is batting a respectable .261 this season. Your move Boston…
The funny side of Ichiro
Director of Fun and part-owner of the New York Yankees affiliates Charleston Riverdogs, Bill Murray, was elected to the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame this past weekend. The ceremony was held in Charleston, S.C. as part of the festivities for the SAL All-Star game. Naturally, Murray delivered some expected comedic relief, but with Yankees GM Brian Cashman and a collection of the All-Stars on hand for the speech, Murray delivered some words of wisdom for the young men. Murray was extremely complimentary of the level of talent currently competing in the league and voiced how proud he was to be a part of it.
As a Charleston resident, it’s always entertaining to catch Bill Murray, who is frequently in attendance at the games. It’s also been pretty awesome to be able to have the opportunity to speak with the comedy legend and take a few pictures. He’s a great ambassador for minor league baseball and the city of Charleston. Congrats to Bill Murray on this honor and make sure you keep your eye out for several Charleston Riverdogs like Tyler Austin and Dante Bichette Jr. as we fully expect them to be competing at the major league level soon.
Bill Murray’s Hall Of Fame Speech
Murray Working The Crowd During A Recent Rain Delay
The 53rd annual South Atlantic League All-Star game will have an interesting twist this year on its location. The first round of the annual home run derby will be held on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina. The USS Yorktown is a retired Navy aircraft carrier currently stationed at Patriots Point and the home of one Charleston’s most prominent tourist attractions. The Yorktown overlooks the beautiful Charleston Harbor with the Cooper River Bridge serving as its backdrop. It will serve as truly one of the most imaginative locations for a homerun derby.
The SAL All Star game will take place just down the road at Joe Riley Park home of the Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A affiliates of the New York Yankees), along with the final round of the homerun derby. The first round begins on Monday June 18th at 11:00 am, which is kind of a bummer for those that actually have jobs and won’t be able to watch first-hand. The final round will be held the next day at 5:15pm at Joe Riley Park and will be immediately followed by the All-Star game at 7:00. Local boy and Yankees prospect, Tyler Austin, who leads the SAL with 11 homeruns is expected to participate.
Another fun incentive that might bring you to the park is the chance to meet owner and comedian Bill Murray. Murray can frequently be spotted at the Riverdogs games and always provides some form of comical relief/entertainment throughout the game. So if you’re within driving distance, this should be an awesome sporting event to take in! For tickets and information about the All-Star events, visit the official website of the Charleston Riverdogs.
Mayor Joe Riley & Bill Murray
ESPN Commercial Featuring The Charleston Riverdogs
The New York Yankees are in trouble. They better hope and pray that Russell Martin stays healthy all season or that elite prospect Austin Romine, is major league ready soon, because backup catcher Francisco Cervelli has succumbed to “Bieber Fever.” Word on the street is that it’s dangerously contagious. If fellow Yankee teammates start doing Proactiv commercials, piercing both ears, wearing skinny jeans and vests, or styling their hair more metro-sexual then usual, it’s safe to say the fever has set in.