The best foaming-at-the-mouth anti-A-Rod screed you'll read today


The Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg gives us a great big blast of anti-Arod vitriol today, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the spring of 2009.  The occasion: Rodriguez’s imminent topping of the 600 home run mark.  Among the choicest bits (though if you’re into outrage porn, I highly recommend reading the whole thing):

Forgive me, though, if I don’t stand up and cheer. Because we’ve all seen this act before.

A magical mark. A tainted player.

Another entry into the record books we can’t believe.

About the only thing missing is an immense, shaven head and the traveling circus that always seemed to surround it. Say what you will about Barry Bonds, he always made for good entertainment.

Yeah, Dahlberg actually has relatively kind words for Bonds compared to A-Rod based on some notion that A-Rod is actually a worse person for admitting that he took PEDs when confronted about it as opposed to Bonds, for whom Dahlberg says “there was always a shred of deniability about steroids.”

Whatever. Based on what he wrote last year, Dahlberg doesn’t even believe that baseball players deserve basic Constitutional rights, so I’m pretty sure he’d have hate to spew regarding Rodriguez no matter what we learned about the extent or affect of his PED use.  Really, we could get a notarized statement from God Almighty that PEDs gave A-Rod a definite number of extra home runs over the years and Dahlberg would still dismiss his entire career as a fraud.

But we can dismiss Dahlberg’s take just as easily. The whole screed sounds like something warmed over from two years ago when steroid outrage wasn’t yet tired and cliched.  Most fans — and writers — have moved on since then. No, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten or even forgiven — nor should we — but most sensible people have moved past the idea that they’ve had their childhood memories stolen from them simply because an athlete took some drugs.

Sadly, some people still feel like they’ve been utterly betrayed.  What a small and sad world they must live in.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.