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Steinbrenner on A-Rod: “He’s always welcome in the Bronx”

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Hal Steinbrenner talked about Alex Rodriguez yesterday. He said that A-Rod will be in uniform at Yankees spring training as a guest instructor and he praised A-Rod for working with young players like Gleyber Torres.

As for any role with the Yankees beyond that, Hal said that it appears that A-Rod is invested in broadcasting now, which seems right. He added, however, that “he’s always welcome in the Bronx, he knows that, in whatever role he wants.” Whatever role short of starting third baseman or DH, but it was a generous comment all the same.

There’s a lot going on in the world right now that, if you had told me a few years ago that it’d be occurring, I would’ve said you were crazy. A very strong entry on that list is “Alex Rodriguez being welcomed by the Yankees with open arms after his playing career was over.”

 

Brian Dozier, Todd Frazier, and Didi Gregorius say teams should expand protective netting

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Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.

As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.

Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton hits a laser for his 56th home run

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.

After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.