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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Yankee charity starts at home. Steinbrenner Kids: add cheap to dumb, lazy and tacky.

Steinbrenner Kids: add tacky to dumb and lazy: trying to void A-Rod's bonus. Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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? ...


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.

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A-Rod, just donate the bonus money to charity.  Call out Levine and the Steinbrenner Kids.  Thursday, January 29, 2015

Alex Rodriguez should call their bluff.  Offer to donate the bonus money to a charity agreed to by both parties.  Make them look like the fools they are...

This week I learned that the bonus money is not in the player contract between A-Rod and the Yankees.
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When Alex Rodriguez passes Willie Mays in home runs ...  Friday, April 24, 2015

the Yankee owners have a beef with A-Rod over this specific issue, passing all time greats in career home runs...

The Yankees are now a ship of fools.  Yankee fans will deliver that message when they support A-Rod as he achieves historic milestones in home runs and other totals, including 3,000 hits and 2,000 RBI, both of which he is now likely to reach this season...

What fools denigrate their own brand and product?  Who devalues their biggest star?
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Two Deals for Alex Rodriguez: One for Ball, One for Bonus
By JAY SCHREIBER and SETH BERKMAN JULY 3, 2015 The New York Times

Alex Rodriguez ... possession of the baseball he smacked for his 3,000th hit and ... resolved his longstanding dispute with the Yankees over a $6 million home run bonus. In both cases, the biggest beneficiaries will be designated charities...

Zack Hample, the fan who grabbed the ball from Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit. .. a home run at Yankee Stadium on June 19 ... handed it to Rodriguez, who said he would give it to his daughters...

In exchange, the Yankees assured Hample, who has achieved some fame for snaring baseballs hit into the stands, that they would donate $150,000 to a charity, Pitch In for Baseball, that aims to distribute baseball equipment to deprived areas in the United States and abroad. The Yankees said Hample had supported the charity for years...

A deal has been struck in which Rodriguez and the team have agreed that in lieu of the $6 million bonus being paid to Rodriguez, $3.5 million in contributions will be made by the Yankees to several charities: the Special Operations Warrior Foundation; the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa, Fla.; Pitch In for Baseball; and the MLB Urban Youth Foundation.

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Time out.  So the Yankees are using part of that $3.5 million "deal" they struck with Rodriguez for the $150,000 they are donating to Pitch In for Baseball?  What the heck kind of donation is that?

And what happened to the remaining $2.5 million the Yankees were supposed to pay Rodriguez?  And what tax relief are the Yankees getting?  And wasn't the entire separate bonus contract just a means for the Yankees to close the deal on the new contract that they negotiated with Rodriguez in 2007 and to not have that extra $30 million count towards the luxury tax that the Yankees would have owed to the league?

Box score:
- Yanks owe Rodriguez $6 million
- Rodriguez gets zip
- Yanks send $3.5 million to charity and get tax relief and brownie points with a gullible media

What the heck?

And why isn't anyone else asking about this?  Why shouldn't the Yankees donate the entire $6 million?  Why does the team get a discount and the player, the one who risks personal injury for our amusement, gets zip in this "deal"?  Right, because Rodriguez is paid $22 million this season.  And the Yankees get to pocket $2.5 million?  Why?

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