Originally Posted by Griffey012
Just curious where all the reports of A-Rod being a clubhouse cancer are coming from? I tend to tune out all media stories coming out of Boston and NY, so that likely explains why I don't recall reading such reports. I am sure they are out there, anyone have links to provide?
I'm with you, I would like some evidence. I think he's more of a nuisance than a 'cancer'. Joe Torre in his book said harsh things about him being called 'A-Fraud' behind his back by other players but apparently this was exaggerated; Torre later said it was a playful thing Larry Bowa would say to Rodriguez's face (whether he was going to play well that night and be A-Rod, or play poorly and be A-Fraud). A-Rod had a great relationship with Lou Piniella from what I can tell. He apparently didn't get along with Buck Showalter in Texas but he would hardly be the first and Showalter "has refused to say a discouraging word since Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees, even though the Rangers improved 18 games the season after Rodriguez left".
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."