Why? And why now? Is this driven by family hanger on Randy Levine, club president of the New York Yankees? Is out of control general manager Brian Cashman behind it? Or are the four adult children of late Yankee owner George Steinbrenner simply exhibiting a family trait that goes back to their father trying to discredit his star player, Dave Winfield, and receiving a lifetime ban by commissioner Fay Vincent, which was overturned by Vincent's successor, Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, who led the cabal that removed Vincent?
George Steinbrenner's reinstatement by Selig may have co-opted the Yankee owner enabling Selig to mitigate big market opposition to Selig's natural inclination and instinct to favor small markets, like his in Milwaukee. If only Selig were that clever.
OK, so what are the Steinbrenner Kids doing to A-Rod and why?
Yanks to contest 'milestone HR'
Updated: January 26, 2015, 3:30 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand ESPN.com
The New York Yankees are devising legal arguments so Alex Rodriguez won't be able to collect any of the bonuses he is owed per the $30 million "milestone home run" marketing agreement he signed in 2007, sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com...
As far back as January 2013, shortly after the Miami New Times initially reported the Biogenesis story, a source told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees were "looking at about 20 different things" in regard to A-Rod's deal. The bonuses were part of that equation...
As it stands, the Yankees owe Rodriguez $61 million over the next three seasons to complete the 10-year deal. The Yankees had discussed internally trying to void that contract, but that is not in the plans right now.
To A-Rod or Not to A-Rod. That is the question. Thursday, November 6, 2014
So the question is just how stupid are the Steinbrenner Kids? ...
I think that the Steinbrenner Kids are more inclined to A-Rod, than not to A-Rod.
Maybe, just maybe, Yankee management is not so dumb as to pay Rodriguez to set three major milestones for another team, like Seattle, where Rodriguez started and where it makes perfect sense for the prodigal to return, if he does leave the Yankees.
Maybe, too, Yankee fans and baseball fans in general will be more open minded ...
Maybe the one season penalty will legitimize career milestones by Rodriguez: without PED he would have reached them anyway. That seems reasonable, rather than the blathering we heard from some, especially so many in the self-righteous media, who wanted to ban all records set by PED users. Oh wait, just batters. No, just home run hitters. The steroid zealots may finally be fading away...
Motive: petty vindictiveness and self loathing that they gave A-Rod a new contract that they now regret. If Randy Levine was responsible for that decision, then just fire Randy Levine. If it was Cashman, fire him. If it was Hank Steinbrenner who was running the Yankees then, it's more difficult. So the next best thing is to take it out on A-Rod, even at the expense of the team overall.
Dumb. Tacky. Sell the team and give Yankee fans a break. Steinbrenner Kids, sell the Yankees.