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Alex Rodriguez played his final game with the Yankees on Friday night. How will he be remembered?
But Alex Rodriguez, objectively speaking, made baseball better in every season he played and in virtually every game he appeared in. Through 2009, he was more often than not the best player on the field, capable of doing things few other players could hope to. He came up as a dynamic, baby-faced gold glove shortstop who could hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases. Then he was a dynamic slugger who captured three MVP awards. And he was the steady veteran who helped an aging Yankees team to a championship.
New York lost again Friday, but it doesn’t seem firing Manager Terry Collins is a reasonable solution to the Mets’ issues.
Rich Hill still hasn’t thrown a pitch with the Dodgers, but it might be too soon to call the trade a bust.
Imagine a general manager signing Tim Tebow and Alex Rodriguez in 2017:
Both narratives have been met with gushing enthusiasm or knee-jerk eye-rolling, depending on who you tweet at, and as of right now, there's no definite end to either of them. A-Rod is retiring, yes, but like a villain's eyes popping open at the end of a movie, will he actually be gone? Or can we look forward to years of unwatchable sequels?
The Cardinals and Mets could be teams to watch with Carlos Gomez now available:
I don’t get the sense Mets are interested, honestly. I know Alderson left door open but that sounded like diplomacy. https://t.co/m5ThS9feOI— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 12, 2016
Things really haven’t been easy for the Tigers:
Jose Iglesias going on 15-day DL with left hamstring strain. Warwick Saupold recalled.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 12, 2016
These visits don’t usually end well:
Wheeler discomfort. Is going to see Dr. James Andrews.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) August 12, 2016
Mark Reynolds might be done for the season:
It’s been an active week for the Braves:
Jason Hursh and Akeel Morris will join the Braves tonight. Roberto Hernandez DFA'd and Brandon Cunniff optioned.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 12, 2016
Now, the Cardinals could pursue outfield help:
Holliday has a fractured thumb. Headed back to STL #cardinals— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) August 12, 2016
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Today in Baseball History: On this day in 2007, Placido Polanco plays his 144th consecutive game without committing an error.