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.”

 

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”