The Boston Globe identified a number of offenders in its recent review of 150 Internal Revenue Service filings by 50 nonprofits run by professional athletes. One of the worst organizations was the A-Rod Family Foundation, which gave just 1 percent of its proceeds to charity during its first year of operation.
The IRS stripped the foundation of its tax-exempt status after it stopped submitting required financial reports, according to the Globe, but the organization’s website is still up and running and claims to be a 501c3.
The website says that’s its devoted to helping distressed families by supporting educational and mental health programs. But right off the bat, A-Rod appeared to be stiffing the cause. In 2006, its inaugural year, he hosted a celebrity poker tournament with Jay-Z and raised $403,862. According to the Globe, just $5,000 went to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund and $90 to a Little League Baseball club in Miami.
“There are a lot of depressed children out there, a lot of children who don’t want to live and think there’s no hope,” Rodriguez told MLB.com back in 2006. “My life is the perfect example of an underdog who did good, so I want to help those kids out there.
Alex Rodriguez’s longtime assistant and noted drug mule is apparently in need of some cash. Yuri Sucart, best known as the cousin who A-Rod says convinced him to take steroids, is selling his 2009 New York Yankees World Series championship ring.
Sucart was banned by Major League Baseball from clubhouses and private areas of stadiums after Rodriguez ‘s 2009 admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003. As part of Rodriguez’s admission, he said a cousin supplied and administered “boli” to him in those years.
That cousin was later identified by reporters as Sucart, and his name emerged again recently in the logs of Biogenesis, the South Florida clinic that reportedly distributed substances – banned and otherwise – to at least 25 major league players, Rodriguez included.
Biogenesis logs obtained by the Miami New Times show Rodriguez’s and Sucart’s names in ledgers from 2009 – the year A-Rod exorcised his postseason demons and led the Yankees to the World Series title.
Now, reports the New York Daily News, the Rodriguez/Sucart ring could fetch as much as $40,000 via New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, which says the bling “boasts a STAGGERING 95 diamonds.”
New York Yankees Derek Jeter is busy trying to recover from the broken ankle he suffered in the 2012 MLB Playoffs. Unfortunately for him he’s also getting bombarded with questions about Alex Rodriguez and his PED usage. Jeter addressed the issue today and the writers must not have liked the response they received.
“I don’t comment on anyone until they speak first,” Jeter said Monday. “Let him address his situation before I comment on it. Let him speak first and then we’ll talk about that.”
While that’s not a response they liked, I love it. It’s your typical Jeter, if you want information on a guy go talk to that guy.
The New York Yankees season is over after they suffered a sweep by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. New York writers have to head to Detroit to cover the World Series and that doesn’t make the New York Post very happy.
The best way to show their displeasure with the situation is to zing the hell out of Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees with this front page spread.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to New York Yankees third baseman and mega paid star Alex Rodriguez who has been benched for most of the American League Championship Series while still having $114 million left on his contract and getting caught asking Australian supermodels for their numbers during game 1.
The New York Post is out to discover every possible angle in New York Yankees struggling slugger Alex Rodriguez’s flirtation with a couple of young ladies in the stands during Saturday’s Game 1 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Now comes news that the ladies have been identified. Above on the right is Kyna Treacy an Australian bikini model and the other young woman is Kate Quinn, a fellow Aussie and a pal of Treacy’s.
According to the New York Post, Alex Rodriguez started flirting with two blonde women near the dugout after being replaced eighth inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. The report quotes anonymous witnesses saying that the struggling 37-year-old exchanged notes written on a baseball and may have even gotten a phone number.
After going hitless in three at-bats and stranding several runners, Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled A-Rod for Eric Chavez in the eighth. With A-Rod watching (or not) from the dugout, it was a player who had previously replaced him in a clutch spot, Raul Ibanez, who came through for the Yankees with a two-run home run to tie the game in the ninth. The Yankees would ultimately lose 6-4 in extra innings and also lose captain Derek Jeter to a broken ankle.
Reggie Jackson has been banned indefinitely by the New York Yankees after he made disparaging comments about Alex Rodriguez published in last week’s edition of Sports Illustrated. Jackson has been asked to stay away from the team.
Said Jackson, choosing his words carefully: “The Yankees think that the timing is not right for me to be around the team right now. When the Yankees feel that the timing is proper, I’ll return.”
Jackson’s comments questioned the slugger’s home run numbers after Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs.
“Al’s a very good friend,” Jackson told Sports Illustrated. “But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records.”
It was in the same interview Jackson also said that Kirby Puckett, Gary Carter, Jim Rice, Bert Blyleven, Don Sutton, and Phil Niekro shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame.
Jackson is a paid “special advisor” to the Yankees and often travels with the team, but was not in Boston over the weekend.
Most baseball fans know Miami Marlins right fielder as Mike Stanton, his mom calls him Cruz, teammates call him Bigfoot but his first name is actually Giancarlo.
“The man of a million names,” Stanton said.
A future home-run champion said he prefers Giancarlo and for the first time, that’s the way he’s identified on the Marlins roster.
But Stanton’s dad calls him Mike, and many of his relatives call him Mikey.
“I respond to many names,” he said. “It’s all good.”
The Marlins’ cleanup hitter and right fielder is thickly built at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds and his full name is a mouthful: Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton. He’s not Italian, and Giancarlo isn’t a family name his parents just liked it.
In school, the California native went by Giancarlo (pronounced JEE’-ahn-cahr-loh) until the fifth grade.
“No one could pronounce it right,” he said. “Everyone thought it was two words. Gene-carlo, Juan-carlo, Gionne-carlo. You have seven periods in school, so seven times a day: ‘No, that’s not the name.’”
So he switched to Mike.
“It was just easier,” he said. “If you can’t pronounce that, then there’s something wrong with you.”
The Marlins expect to see his surname in a lot of headlines this year. He has 56 career home runs, and in the past 40 years only Ken Griffey Jr. (60) and Alex Rodriguez (56) have hit at least that many before their 22nd birthday.
Here’s a gift idea for the New York Yankees fan in your life who’s got every souvenir imaginable. How about his and hers fragrances? The Yankees, Major League Baseball and The Cloudbreak Group are rolling out “New York Yankees” and “New York Yankees for Her” fragrances this April in time for the new 2012 baseball season.
The Yankees will market their “official” fragrance as an upscale, prestige brand befitting an organization that’s won 27 championships. They won’t smell like infield dirt, chewing tobacco, Alex Rodriguez glove or Derek Jeter’s locker.
The New York Yankees men’s fragrance “captures a sporty and confident attitude, creating a timeless, masculine scent, ” says Cloudbreak. New York Yankees for Her is an “is alluring and flirty scent that captures a more playful spirit,” notes the company.
They’ll be sold in 1.7 oz. and 3.4 oz. sizes for $49 and $62 and hit the shelves at departments stores such as Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, as well as Yankee Stadium, in the spring.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been spotted in Bosie, Idaho, with Torrie Wilson, the Miss Galaxy champion who also was a star for World Wrestling Entertainment before retiring.
The Idaho Statesman reports Rodriguez was at Axiom Fitness in Boise on Monday with Wilson, who also has was a Playboy centerfold.
Mike Murad, an anchor for Channel 2 in Bosie, also spotted the Yankees star, and posted a photo of him on Twitter. Murad told the Statesman that A-Rod said “He was trying to keep a low profile.”
Rodriguez and Wilson were photographed earlier this month riding bicycles together in Miami, according to the New York Daily News. They also were seen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, vacationing with actor George Clooney and gal pal Stacey Kiebler, another former woman wrestler.
Wilson was the 1998 Miss Galaxy fitness winner, and appeared on Playboy’s cover in 2004.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is taking medical advice from Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and recently traveled to Germany to have an experimental therapy on his troublesome right knee. Rodriguez cleared the procedure, called Orthokine, with both the Yankees and Major League Baseball before having it in November.
Orthokine involves taking blood from a person’s arm, spinning it in a centrifuge and then injecting it in the desired area. In this case, that area was Rodriguez’s knee. The New York Post reports Bryant had the procedure on his knee this past summer and on his ankle in October.
“A lot of athletes I’ve talked to really think this stuff works, but we really don’t have a lot of scientific knowledge behind it of exactly what’s happening,” said Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the co-chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. “It’s a great way to reduce inflammation and therefore pain, and that’s the essence of it. I think a lot of the athletes who have wear-and-tear on their knees benefit from this. You do it for a while and if it doesn’t stay good you do it again in a few years.”
A-Rod hit .276 with 16 homers and 62 RBIs in 99 games in the 2011 season. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in early July and didn’t return to the Yankees lineup until August 21.
Even in coverage of Moammar Gadhafi’s death the New York Post found time to fire shots at New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod’s postseason struggles is well documented but the Post that he should be forever linked with Gadhafi using the fact that the person who killed him was wearing a Yankees cap.
The New York Post says New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was spotted last week in a high-stakes gaming room at a Connecticut casino. According to the Post Rodriguez was at the Mohegan Sun casino while waiting to play a minor league rehab game with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The Post also says the Yankees star declined to talk with fans that attempted to chat him up. He says he only went to the casino to have dinner
Rodriguez alleged gambling is already under scrutiny from MLB after a story tabloid papers The Star published. The accuracy of that piece has been challenged.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, currently rehabbing in Miami after knee surgery July 11, could face suspension if reports are true that he took part in illegal, underground poker games in California. Allegations that Major League Baseball is taking very seriously.
“We’re talking to people involved in the investigation, and we’re taking this very seriously. Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.”
MLB said investigators with the commissioner’s office will interview Rodriguez and he is expected to offer full corporation. The allegations, first published by RadarOnline.com, are that Rodriguez played in at least two of the games, one of which took place at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive at which a fight nearly broke out when one of the poker players refused to pay up after losing “more than a half-million dollars.”
According to the story, details of which were provided by another player at the games that Rodriguez “tried to distance himself from the game” when things threatened to turn violent.
According to the New York Post, actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Tobey Maguire also were involved in the underground poker games.
In 2005, Rodriguez had been warned about gambling in underground poker clubs by the Yankees and by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, both of whom were concerned that possible involvement with gamblers who might be betting on baseball games could result in a Pete Rose-type lifetime ban from the game. At the time, Rodriguez admitted that his participation “wasn’t the right thing to do.”
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez believes New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is the world’s best player.
“They have the world’s greatest player playing shortstop over there, and the most exciting,” Rodriguez said of Reyes before the Yankees’ game with the Mets on Friday.
“I’m a huge baseball fan and anytime you see a kid like Reyes, he’s very exciting. I’d definitely buy a ticket and try to come all weekend (to the Yankees-Mets Subway Series), because you have great players all over the field, and right now, there’s not a player out there that’s playing at a higher level than Jose Reyes.”
Through Friday’s games, Reyes led the majors in hits (123), triples (15) and batting average (.352). Reyes is also second in stolen bases (30) and runs scored (65).
Major League Baseball is monitoring New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez after learning that his cousin, Yuri Sucart, again is traveling with the team on some road trips, the New York Daily News reports.
“We have been in contact with the Yankees about this matter,” Rob Manfred, MLB executive VP of labor relations, told the Daily News. “We are looking into it.”
Two years ago, Rodriguez admitted that Sucart had supplied him and injected him with performance-enhancing drugs. At that time, the Yankees banned Sucart from any team-related function or facility. The Daily News reports Sucart was spotted at the team’s hotel in San Francisco on Tuesday night, and a source told the newspaper that Sucart has traveled with Rodriguez occasionally this season and even last season.
During a press conference in the spring of 2009, Rodriguez admitted using steroids while a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He said Sucart would acquire the steroids from the Dominican Republic.
The Cleveland Cavaliers fans booed when the announcer at Quicken Loans Arena called Miami Heat LeBron James name during the player introductions however James was not there. The Heat star decided to skip player introductions and didn’t step onto the court until it was time to announced the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers eventually won the game 102-90.
Alex Rodriguez should be pissed right now that back in 2001 he didn’t go gutless when he made his return to Seattle after signing with the Texas Rangers for $252 million and the crowd serenaded him with boos and threw fake money from the stands for his whole 3 game series.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, has had a busy love life after divorcing his wife Cynthia in 2008. Over the past few years he has been linked to Madonna, Kate Hudson and most recently Cameron Diaz. Now it appears as if the two with take their relationship to the big screen as Diaz is apparently working on a new project that will include her Yankee sweetheart British site Express.co.uk reports.
“Cameron actually has an idea for a romantic comedy set around Major League Baseball,” said a source close to the actress. “She’s very excited about developing her own projects and the fact this one is about a baseball player means she has good reason to spend more time with A-Rod and the Yankees… She’s even thinking that Alex could star in the movie with her.”
Rodriguez could join teammates Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher as current Yankees to have acting careers. Jeter made a cameo appearances in the motions pictures “Anger Management” and “The Other Guys”, while Swisher appeared in the sitcoms “How I Met Your Mother” and more recently “Better With You”.
Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer and Roy Halladay top the list of most popular MLB player jerseys heading into the new 2011 season.
The New York Yankees shortstop, Minnesota Twins catcher and Philadelphia Phillies pitching ace rank 1-3 on the list released Wednesday by MLB and the MLB Players Association. The rankings are based on sales of official Majestic jerseys during the 2010 calendar year.
The Phillies boast three players in the Top 10 while the Yankees have two. Here’s the list: 1) Jeter 2) Mauer 3) Halladay 4) Chase Utley, Phillies 5) Cliff Lee, Phillies 6) Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals 7) Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox 9) Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 10) Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants.
The Yankees sell the most licensed merchandise among MLB clubs. The Red Sox are second and the Los Angeles Dodgers rank third. Here’s the Top 10 list by clubs: 1) Yankess 2) Red Sox 3) Dodgers 4) Phillies 5) Chicago Cubs 6) Cardinals 7 Chicago White Sox Atlanta Braves 9) Twins 10) Detroit Tigers
On Monday, we posted the screen shot of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez being hand feed by Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz and now reports are surfacing that once aware of the situation Rodriguez went ballistic with FOX head honchos. Turns out Rodriguez wanted to slug a few folks after he spotted himself and his girlfriend being shown to the 111 million people watching the game.
“He really went ballistic thinking the cameraman was out to get them in a paparazzi-like shot,” said a source close to the whole situation.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and his girlfriend Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz where one of many celebrities to in attendance for Super Bowl 45 at Jerry’s World. However, when FOX panned over to show the couple was in Jerry’s house Diaz was hand feeding Rodriguez popcorn.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has finally made it, as former President Bill Clinton decided to drop by for Ochocinco’s birthday bash. Also in attendance was New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and his newest lady companion Cameron Diaz at Prime 112 in Miami.
Having already secured a 10 year $275 million deal New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has dropped Scott Boras as his agent, going with Pittsburgh attorney Jay Reisinger instead. Boras will continue to get a percentage of the deal but will no longer be around for the endorsements. However since Rodriguez’s revelation that he used steroids the opportunity for him to be a spokesman has gone down.
Resinger firm has been handling Rodriguez’s legal and government affairs since February 2009. Resinger also is part of the legal team that represented Sammy Sosa and Andy Pettitte in their dealings with Congress on performance-enhancing drugs. He also represented Rodriguez during his admission to using steroids.
Rodriguez will be 43 when that contract expires.