A-Rod files an objection to the Texas Rangers auction

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No wonder he can’t hit his 600th home run! He’s busy litigating!

Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday filed an objection over how the Rangers’
bankruptcy auction might be held, fearing that bidders won’t pledge to
make good on deferred payments to him and several other former team
players.

On deadline for such filings before the Aug. 4 auction,
an attorney for A-Rod noted that the Yankees third baseman is owed
$24.89 million and complained that Hicks Sports Group, the team’s
parent, had failed to fund a $45 million escrow account for such
deferred compensation, as required by Major League Baseball.

Rodriguez is not alone here: lots of unsecured creditors filed objections because the Greenberg/Ryan deal already provides for them being paid and the assurances of that from the other bidders are less concrete.

There’s probably no danger of anyone involved screwing A-Rod out of his deferred dough, but if you don’t object now, you can’t object later if things go sideways.

It looks like Bryce Harper cheated in the Home Run Derby

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I just saw Jay Jaffe of FanGraphs refer to this as “BryceGhazi” and we’re not gonna top that, so we shouldn’t even try.

The controversy: Bryce Harper, in defeating Kyle Schwarber in the Home Run Derby last night, didn’t follow the rules. Or else his dad, who was pitching to him didn’t. The rule in question is that the pitcher has to wait for the last hit ball to land before delivering the next one. Given that the Derby is a timed event, such a thing matters, of course, because the faster you get pitches the faster you can hit them out of the park. At least if you don’t get too tired first.

Harper’s dad was a bit quick with the final three pitches in the final round, allowing Harper to get to 18, tying Kyle Schwarber before winning it outright with his 30 seconds bonus time. Watch as Harper waves for his dad to deliver the pitch while the last ball is still flying:

I’m not gonna argue that he didn’t do it. I will say, however, that no one should really care. Mostly because it’s the Home Run Derby and it doesn’t matter a bit. Getting mad about this is a half-step removed from getting mad that Blackjack Mulligan used a foreign object to gouge Pedro Morales’ eyes during a house show in 1976. Yes, it’s true, but c’mon, we’re entertaining people here.

I have not seen any suggestion that Kyle Schwarber is upset, but if he later says he is I’ll simultaneously understand yet still roll my eyes. I doubt MLB will do anything here or issue a statement of any kind. If it does, I’ll roll my eyes harder. Because, I repeat: It’s the Home Run Derby.