From Buster Olney:
After Reggie Jackson's disparaging comments about Alex Rodriguez and others last week, he was essentially benched by the Yankees and told to stay away from team events indefinitely, according to AL sources.Olney also mentions that Jackson apologized to Joe Girardi and other team officials, as well as A-Rod himself.
Jackson was not in Boston over the weekend, where the Yankees played the Red Sox.
Jackson, a special adviser for the Yankees, usually is around the team.
But at this time, there is enough anger at the Hall of Famer from within the organization that the team has decided that he should keep his distance until otherwise determined.
"A cooling off period, but not a death penalty," a source with knowledge of the team's thinking called it when speaking to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand.
At some point, Jackson is expected to be back with the team, the source said.
"Al's a very good friend. But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records."The Yankees are blowing this whole thing way out of proportion.
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Edward Salcedo, Felix Marte, and Aris Alcantara did some big league slugging this week, while Cody Martin and Sean Gilmartin excelled on the mound. Julio Teheran, Ryan Weber, and Rafael Briceno continued their struggles, while David Hale remained maddeningly inconsistent.
Edward Salcedo 3B, Lynchburg Hillcats -10-18, 4 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, SB - Salcedo missed a few games at the beginning of the week after he had to head back to the Dominican to deal with a family emergency, but he came back slugging, rapping out a .556 batting average and a 1.563 OPS in 4 games this week. After hitting .264 with a .719 OPS in 252 at bats before the All-Star break, the 20 year old is hitting .357 with a 1.021 OPS in 42 at bats after the break.
Felix Marte OF, Danville Braves -12-30, 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 9 K - Marte went off this week, with 5 mult-hit games that helped him to a .400 average and a 1.233 OPS for the week. After hitting .231 with a .553 OPS in 121 at bats with Rome, the 21 year old Dominican has been on fire for Danville, hitting .394 with a 1.109 OPS in 66 at bats. He's still striking out too much, fanning in 33% of his at bats for the D-Braves after striking out in 41% of his at bats for the R-Braves.
Aris Alcantara 1B, Danville Braves -8-23, 4 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI - Marte's teammate Alcantara was just as hot this week, putting up a .348 batting average and a 1.131 OPS while nearly doubling his RBI total. The 22 year old Alcantara has hit .344 with a 1.042 OPS, 7 doubles, a triple, 3 homers, 19 RBI, and 4 steals in 61 at bats for Danville this year after hitting .258 with a .719 OPS in 178 at bats in the GCL last year.
Cody Martin RHP, Lynchburg Hillcats -2-0, 12 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 16 K - Martin won both of his starts this week, allowing 1 run over 5 innings on Monday before allowing 1 run over 7 innings on Saturday. Since the start of June, the 22 year old has a 1.95 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, 5 walks, and 33 strikeouts in 27.2 innings over 7 appearances. He currently leads the Carolina League with 9 wins, and is fifth in the league with 87 strikeouts.
Sean Gilmartin LHP, Mississippi Braves - 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K - Gilmartin didn't get a decision in his lone start, a game that took extra innings to finish, but he was masterful, striking out 7 and allowing just 4 hits and 1 earned run over 9 innings. It was a nice comeback after allowing 9 earned runs in 11 innings over his previous 2 starts.
Honorable Mention: Jaye Chapman, Tyler Pastornicky, Jose Constanza, Ernesto Mejia, Stefan Gartrell, Gwinnett Braves; Cory Rasmus, Zeke Spruill, Mississippi Braves; Ryne Harper, Aaron Northcraft, Tommy La Stella, Nick Ahmed, Chris Garcia, Adam Milligan, David Rohm, Lynchburg Hillcats; Ross Heffley, William Beckwith, Brandon Drury, Gerardo Reyes, Rome Braves; Josh Elander, Carlos Franco, Edison Sanchez, Ernesto Silva, Clint Wright, Casey Kalenkosky, Ronald Luna, Danville Braves; Lucas Sims, Robinson Arno, Luis Merejo, GCL Braves
Ryan Weber RHP, Rome Braves - 1-1, 11.2 IP, 12 ER, 19 H, 4 BB, 6 K - Weber won his first start of the week, allowing 2 runs over 7 innings on Tuesday, but he was absolutely hammered in his second start on Sunday, allowing 10 earned runs over just 4.2 innings. After starting the year with Lynchburg, where he posted a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 10 innings, he's struggled with Rome, posting a 5.73 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 66 innings.
Julio Teheran RHP, Gwinnett Braves - 1-0, 7 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 2 K - Teheran got his week off to a great start, tossing 2 shutout innings on Tuesday, but rain forced that game's suspension. He took the mound again Sunday and things didn't go well, as he allowed 7 earned runs over 5 innings, but still managed to pick up a win thanks to his offense. In his last 4 starts, he's allowed 20 earned runs in 16.2 innings, raising his season ERA from 3.24 to 4.92. After being the International League Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2011 by going 15-3 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 144.2 innings, the 21 year old has struggled to a 4.92 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 75 innings this season.
Rafael Briceno RHP, Danville Braves - 0-1, 2 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 1 K - Briceno's season long struggled continued on Monday, as the 21 year old Venezuelan allowed 6 earned runs in just 2 innings of work. His turn in the rotation was skipped later in the week, just the latest down moment in a season that's seen him combine for a 7.03 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 80.2 innings between Rome and Danville.
Tony Mueller OF, Rome Braves - 4-23, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, SB - Mueller looked to be turning his season around with a strong June that saw him hit .348 with a .763 OPS, 18 runs scored, and 7 stolen bases, but he slumped again this week, hitting just .174 with a .457 OPS. The 22 year old has been Rome's primary leadoff hitter this year, but his season OBP is just .332.
David Hale RHP, Mississippi Braves - 0-1, 5 IP, 9 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 7 K - Hale looked to be finally gaining some consistency, posting a 1.07 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 33.2 innings over his previous 5 starts before this week, but he gave up 9 earned runs in 5 innings in his lone start this week. The 24 year old continues to be an intriguing but frustrating prospect.
Dishonorable Mention: Billy Bullock, Gwinnett Braves; Andrew Wilson, Keenan Wiley, Phil Gosselin, Mississippi Braves; Caleb Brewer, Chasen Shreve, Ian Marshall, Juan Jaime, Lynchburg Hillcats; KC Clabough, Will Skinner, Rome Braves; Gerardo Reyes, Danville Braves
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The long-awaited return of 26-year-old Lorenzo Cain, who has missed all but the first five games of the season recovering from hip and groin injuries, is welcome news for Royals fans. Cain's replacement in center field, Jarrod Dyson, has hit just .245/.304/.303 in 63 games.
Chris Getz, returning from a strain in his lower left leg, will likely resume splitting time at second base with Yuniesky Betancourt.
Nathan Adcock, 24, was called up last Wednesday and pitched just one inning for the club in his second big league stint of the season. The right-hander owns a 2.67 ERA in 30 2/3 innings on the year. Irving Falu had three hits in ten at-bats since his promotion in late June and is hitting .321/.333/.434 in 53 at-bats on the year.
As weeks drag on, I find it more difficult to write this column. Not because I have lost my passion for baseball or writing, but rather because I am running out of metaphors for how useless the Astros have been to fantasy managers over the past month or so.
I won't bother with "Looking Back" or "Looking Ahead" because neither is worth looking at. Here is a weekly summary:
The Crawfish Boxes: HMC Wrecking Crew is back in first after winning against Cocamos. Best win goes to Tu Many Altooves who beat Lima-Time Clan by 12-0. Best win that did not involve a team missing inning requirements was Jellystone Berra's 2-9-1 win over me.
TCB Baseball Madness: The Beers is now in first place with a 10-1-1 win over brad e. That was also the most lopsided win of the week. Best legitimate win (inning requirements again) was Houston Buffs..? over Joe Morgan's a Fool by 9-3.
Boxes O' Crawfish: Astros don't suck now has a commanding lead after a legitimate 12-0 win over Bayou Dogs. Both teams met inning requirements, but ADS just dominated every category with All-Star worthy weeks from Mike Trout, Adam Lind, and James McDonald.
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A lot of the discussion in baseball is relevant to what's happening in the leagues right now. For example, much of the current chatter has to do with the Cincinnati Reds and their narrow lead in the NL Central. Other talks have to do with Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs rookie first baseman who made his major league debut on June 26th.
Still, despite the right-now nature of most baseball stories, there is one that always comes up and never really goes away: Salaries. The annual figures that a player brings home are always the center of much contention. Some fans feel that an overpaid player can bring down his team if his salary takes up too much of the team's overall payroll. Another subset of fans simply believes that players are overpaid in general. Being one of the few major sports not to have a salary cap, baseball might be the most polarizing sport of all for salary discussions. With discussions about player pay in mind, these are the ten highest-paid players in the 2012 MLB season.
1. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees - $30,000,000: The first player to make the list is New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is set to make $30 million in 2012. Considering all of his accomplishments during his career, it's no surprise that A-Rod is bringing home such large paychecks. However, it's amazing just how much more he makes than his peers: His 2012 contract will pay him 20 percent more than the next-highest paid player.
2. Vernon Wells, Los Angeles Angels - $24,187,500: When most people think of salaries for the Angels, they probably think immediately of Albert Pujols. Surprisingly, not only is Pujols not on this list, but he's also not even the highest-paid player on his own team. That honor belongs to outfielder Vernon Wells. To be fair, though, Wells' contract was originally inked when he was with the Blue Jays; he went to the Angels in a trade.
3. Johan Santana, New York Mets - $23,145,011: The Mets ace comes in third overall on this list. His $23 million payday in 2012 makes him the highest-paid pitcher in all of baseball. In his first season back since missing all of 2011 with a torn anterior capsule, Mets fans are hopeful that Santana returns to form.
4. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees - $23,125,000: After successful seasons with the Rangers, Braves and Angels, Mark Teixeira got a huge payday. He inked an eight-year contract in December of 2008, courtesy of the New York Yankees. This year marks the fourth year of that contract.
5. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers - $23,000,000: Fielder is in the first year of a nine-year contract. During the course of the contract, he'll make $214 million. Fielder is having a strong season so far, but only time will tell if the contract was a good move by the Tigers.
6. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins - $23,000,000: After a rough 2011 campaign, Joe Mauer has looked to rebound in 2012. Regardless of what his performance looks like, he's going to get paid, and he's going to get paid for a long time - his current contract still has five years left on it after this season.
7. CC Sabathia, New York Yankees - $23,000,000: The third Yankee to crack the top-ten list is CC Sabathia. Sabathia has been with the Yankees for four seasons now, and has proven to be worth the money they're giving him. His contract reflects that, as he is currently the second-highest paid pitcher in baseball.
8. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox - $23,857,142: With more than 1,000 career hits and four All-Star appearances, it seems as though Boston traded for the right guy back in 2010. He is the highest-paid member of the Red Sox club.
9. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies - $21,500,000: He played for the Phillies in 2009 before being traded away to the Mariners and then Rangers. Apparently, he made Philadelphia recognize what they were missing during this time. They scooped Lee up in free agency, making him the third pitcher to place in the top ten for salaries during the 2012 season.
10. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers - $21,000,000: Last but not least on the list is Miguel Cabrera. His 2012 batting average is .304, which is slightly below his career mark. He has the second-most hits in the American League, and is getting compensated nicely for it.
Salaries are a topic of much discussion in baseball. Whether the sport needs to replace the luxury tax system with a salary cap has been met with great arguments from both sides. Any of the guys on this list, though, would likely rule in favor of the luxury tax system.
About the Author: Don Phan is an avid baseball fan and collects baseball memorabilia on the side. His top baseball moment is sitting in the PNC Suites at Wrigley Field in 2012 with free food and drinks all game long.
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