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Another A-Rod allegation (not in the book)

Posted on: May 1, 2009 12:16 pm
 
This one's interesting.

Jeff Brantley, who was an Alex Rodriguez teammate on the 2001 Rangers, went on the Chris "Mad Dog" Russo show on Sirius XM radio and said he doesn't believe A-Rod tipped off opposing hitters about pitches. But he also said that Rangers teammate Randy Velarde tipped off A-Rod on pitches.

Here's what Brantley said, according to a transcript first posted on Neil Best's excellent Watchdog blog on the Newsday website:

“I played with A-Rod during that time. I was at Texas. The old Randy Velarde trick. Randy Velarde would get on first base. Of course, Velarde played for the Oakland Athletics [in 1999 and 2000] so he knew everything (sign) that was given behind home plate. Of course, [Ramon] Hernandez was back there at the time and had a little problem of leaving that front knee open and Velarde would get out there just enough to where he could give the pitch to A-Rod. And bada-bing, bada-bang, two, three[-run home run], sometimes grand slam. It happened a lot. There was a week, and you’ll recall this, early in the season of 2001 where A-Rod kind of burst on to the scene where he hit, I think he was the ‘Player of the Week’ and had about nine or ten home runs right out of the chute. Everybody was just marveling at what he was able to do. He didn’t get the call on every pitch but he got most of them. He knew the pitch was coming.”
True? Well, the numbers sure are interesting. According to research through baseball-reference.com , there were 14 times in 2001 that A-Rod batted with Velarde on first base for the Rangers and Hernandez catching for the A's.

In those 14 plate appearances, A-Rod went 6-for-11 with four home runs, with two walks, a sacrifice fly and 12 RBIs. In his other plate appearances in those same games (without Velarde on first), A-Rod was 2-for-7 with one home run.

Conclusive evidence? No. But still interesting.

Of course, it's not against baseball rules for a teammate to steal a sign and tip the batter off to a pitch.
Category: MLB
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Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:26 pm
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:46 am
 

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Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:03 am
 

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:47 pm
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Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2009 7:10 pm
 

Another A-Rod allegation (not in the book)

Much ado about nothing. In fact, some hitters will tell you they don't want someone to tell them what's coming because there's always that tiny shred of doubt the sign was wrong. And some hitters pretty much know what's going to come and they still can't hit the ball. This is in no way the same advantage as stealing signs for hit-and-run, pitch-out, etc.   



Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2009 5:45 pm
 

Another A-Rod allegation (not in the book)

Now you're just being silly.  Many players DID use steroids at one time or another but many other players wouldn't use because it's also a bit of a risk, health-wise. 


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