By Sweeny Murti
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OK, so you want to hear about players other than Alex Rodriguez? I get it.
But don’t try to alter the facts of the case. A-Rod is the highest-paid player in the history of the game. He was at one point considered the best player in the game. He was given the longest PED-related suspension in the game. And now, he’s playing with the Yankees for the first time in 17 months.
In other words, yes, it’s a big deal and it will be covered as such.
And keep in mind that anyone who is calling this a “circus” is not anyone that’s here, actually covering it. There have been many circus-like things related to A-Rod over the years, such as picketers standing outside his arbitration hearing. But all that’s being covered right now is a baseball player playing baseball. He gets more attention for all the reasons we stated above.
And, in case anyone has forgotten, we dissected every one of Derek Jeter’s at-bats the last two spring trainings as he came back from an ankle injury.
A-Rod may only be a fallen star, but he was still a star at one point. And those types of players get extra ink. Always. And his importance to the 2015 Yankees is plain to see.
Meanwhile, in non A-Rod news:
Carlos Beltran will make his exhibition game debut Friday night. An elbow injury suffered in May bothered him all season and resulted in the worst year of his career. The bone spur in his right elbow needed surgery, but he didn’t have it done until after the season. Why did he wait so long? Why did he try to play through the injury rather than just head to the DL in May? Beltran explains: