Yankees don’t plan on having to pay A-Rod’s $30 million in home run milestone bonuses

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Alex Rodriguez is due $30 million in marketing bonuses from the Yankees for reaching certain milestone markers between career home runs 660 and 763 — 763 being the all-time home run record.

Rodriguez will head into the 2015 season with 654 career jacks, so he’s going to start expecting checks. But the Yankees are ready to fight him on the issue.

Jon Heyman has the story at CBSSports.com …

Yankees people are said to be confident A-Rod wouldn’t prevail in the expected skirmish over the $30 million, not only because of their belief that his drug missteps have rendered his marketing value nil, but also because of the phrasing in the agreement that requires that the Yankees “designate” the historic home runs as milestones. Perhaps even more important, the potential to call him to the stand under oath should he challenge their decision to refuse to pay, as is his right.

Without seeing the exact language in A-Rod’s contract, it’s hard to guess how this will actually play out.

Rodriguez is supposed to get $6 million if he ties Willie Mays (660), $6 million for tying Babe Ruth (714), $6 million more for tying Hank Aaron (755), and another $6 million if he matches Barry Bonds at 762. He would then get $6 million for setting a new all-time home run mark. The 39-year-old third baseman turned designated hitter is under contract with the Yankees for the next three years at a total of $64 million in base salaries.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.