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A-Rod dumps Boras

Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 9:35 pm
Scott Boras Alex Rodriguez has seven years left on his 10-year, $275 million contract, so at 35, it's unlikely he'll need another contract with a baseball team.

So, he has reportedly cut ties with agent Scott Boras and has been using sports attorney Jay Reisinger and lawyer Jim Sharp for his legal matters, USA Today 's Bob Nightengale reports .

Boras has twice negotiated the largest contract in baseball history on Rodriguez's behalf, but it looks like he won't need another one of those.

The Pittsburgh-based Reisinger is a certified agent with the players association.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports Rodriguez fired Boras via letter sent about 45 days ago and the two haven't spoken since.

Call me crazy, but if someone gets me $500 million, I'm at least going to break up with the dude face-to-face.

Heyman adds Rodriguez is using Madonna's agent, Guy Oseary, as his "manager" now.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:41 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:03 am

A-Rod dumps Boras

Shouldn't they have waited to announce it at half-time of the Vikings-Saints game or during a World Series game?

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:52 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

seriously what is with the novel?

in my opinion both men are weasels and do no good for the sport of baseball...

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:44 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

Scott Boras did his job by zealously representing his client to maximize value based on performance where Alex is set for life.  Granted there was a bit of a scare with the Texas Ranger sale where Alex was a creditor in that bankruptcy proceeding.  However, that 25-30 million dollar debt was assumed by the new ownership group.  Boras went for the long term 10 year contract as there is never a guarantee that a player in any sport will not incur an injury or have a sudden drop in perfomance.  A prime example would be the mediocre year Derek Jeter is putting up in his contract year as it gets harder to catch up with fastballs where there appears to be a trend for younger players where every pitcher has a minimum 93 mph fastball and relief pitchers 98 mph and up.  Then you have the admission of steroid use by Rodriguez 2-3 years into his contract and a hip injury which has been debilitating in shortening the careers of many professional athletes in almost every professional sport that have had the same injury as A-Rod.  All of us remember Bo Jackson appearing invincible and a normal hit where he landed on his hip was not diagnosed quick enough and Bo soon thereafter needed an artificial hip.  The key here is that Scott Boras will see his complete fee for representing Rodriguez for the rest of this contract and into the out years where there was deferred compensation which provides the Yankees with less salary cap impact and gives Alex the benefit of an income stream into his early 40s.

Alex must be assuming that his playing days will be over by the end of his contract term.  But it would not be surprising to see Boras hired again if A-Rod decided to keep playing.  His other sports agents are probably on the endorsement side of the equation and dealing with trademark and patents in protecting Alex against unjust enrichment where people use his image or likeness of his image for profit without compensating Rodriguez.

If you look at it from the perspective of Boras and his role as an agent in sports history, this severance of ties with A-Rod is not necessarily a bad thing as Boras does not need his name assoiated with the current poster child where he hit a steroid era 600 home run and nobody really cared.  Granted people are ragging A-Rod this year for diminished offensive production.  But the truth is he came back early from this injury and is playing thru a long term recovery period.  This off season should allow him to recuperate and build back his strength where next year will be a good year absent any further injuries.

Ironically after the Mitchell report Bonds, Clemens and A-Rod were repeatedly tested and were substance free.  The last year Barry Bonds played nobody would pitch to him and he was 42-43 years old.  The guy had the best OPS in baseball and then was blackballed now for 3 years while the federal government may go to trial this fall or some time next year.  He will end up with major bucks from MLB as the owners with pressure from the power hungry Bud Selig colluded to keep him out of the ghames.  Hell, Selig knew for years about the steroid use but turned and looked away as those home runs brought people back into the ballbark.  Steroid in a way saved baseball as the whole sport nation was enthralled with the Sosa/Mcguire home run battle.  At the time McGuire admitted to using Andro which was an approved supplement that now is banned.

When we all look at many players who had 2-3 enormous years way beyond previous production figures we all are think and really know steroid use was responsibnle.  But there are no attempts to investigate those athletes.  Now we have athe majority of sports talk radio shows bringing into question Toronto Blue Jays 3rd baseman Jose Bautista as he is already at 43 home runs for the season which exceeds his total number of home runs for the prior 3 years.  The repeated accusations are based in part that he is from the Dominican Republic when numerous players have used substances containg performance enhancing drugs.  What one might surprise is a comfort level in his 4th season and maybe a change in hitting approach or a change in his swing as the entire Blue Jay team has hit well this year.  Why not rake Adam Dunn over the coals as he is going for his 4th 40 home run year in a row.

What we have here is a non-issue in the sporting world unless Boras had other compensation pending unrelated to the 252 million dollar contract.  Boras has the biggest stable of players  that come to him when it is the initial contract after getting drafted or when free agency comes to the forefront.  He may appear like a jerk at times, but the players respect him as the man that can get the deal done while maximizing compensation to provide the athlete long term financial sustenance.  He is the man in baseball when it comes to sports agents that teams hate to see representing there players as they know that it will be a tough negotiation.  These teams know they may have to pay a premium  for his players he represents.  What everyone would really like to know is how often is Alex tested and what have been the results.  Boras as his attorney knows all the down and dirty about A-Rod.  What really bugs me the most is that players were given assurance by major league baseball that the Mitchell Report would be undertaken in a manner where the players would not be named if they cooperated.  The Mitchell Report is what led to the congressional witch hunt and smart players would have testified in answering every question with the qualifier that the never "knowingly" used performance enhancing drugs.

The use of performance enhancing drugs came to the forefront in the Olympics in the 1970's where all of a sudden Eastern European countries had athletes bulk up with major improvements in performance in a year with probably 3-6  steroid cycles and blood doping.  Blood doping was present in 1972 when Lasse Viren of Findland easily won gold in world recod fashion smashing old records in the 5000 and 10,000 meter races  Do a Google search on Ludmilla Kratchlikova (I believe the spelling is right) from the Czech Republic and look at her 400 and 800 meter times from year to year with her winning Olympic gold in both events.  American athletes later took them as supplements being told they were a new vitamin.  No accusation here but take a look at the build of Bruce Jenner building up to his winning of the Olympic decathlon.  Also take a look at the increasing amount of testicular cancer in athletes which was never even present at a young age and now it is common place.  A fellow athlete of mine had testicular cancer and he admittedly used steroids in the 1970s when he was ranked 2nd in the US decathlon.  We had a candid talk about steroid use and how they were introduced into track and field and the side affects he had which sounds similar to some high profile athletes that are being investigated now that have had testicular cancer.  The jury is out and don't be surprised if those allegations are proven to be true.  The WWE was the poster child for what steroid use could do and NFL players went right to the source to bulk up as well.  One of my high school classmates weighed 200 pounds if that and was the weakest of the 3 brothrs.  Around 4 years later he was a ripped 300 pound WWF masked wrestler playing the villain.  My quesion to sports fans is do you think that athletes that used PEDs are criminals and should this be the focus of congress and the US Attorney and US Justice department.  Let it go and tackle the issue of illegal immigration.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:15 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

What's the big deal?
Don't you fools know that Paris Hilton is supposedly banned from Las Vegas?
Get your priorities in order.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:29 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

1. wtf does arod have to do with clemens or favre lol2. arod clearly LOVES baseball- did u even catch a clipse of him last season when they won the world series- he was smiling ear to ear3. hes clearly not on steroids anymore seeing how hes hitting about 265 with barely over 20 homers and is currently on the DL4. when healthy his still one of the best players in the game5. you did not know he was on roids pre admission, thats like saying pujols is on roids, he obv is doing them/did them but nothings proven6. youre an idiot

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:22 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

Yep, because this isn't an incredibly convenient time for both A-Rod and Boras to do so.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:18 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

the agreement was with aes

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:17 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

I agree. It doesnt matter. If a-roids will be like clemens or farve, it will take him years to retire. But truefully, does a roids even see like a guy who loves the game, who would do anything to play? he's going to stay with the ****ers in new york until he retires. cashman will work out a deal with him and a roids is just in it 4 the money. **** him!!! he in my opinion is not even that good and is still on roids. And i knew he was on roids before he was proven to be on them so i'm not just saying it now. No respect for that guy.

  But back to the firing boras, who cares? only boras and his family. Boras can be the agent of any ball player that he wants (well, that aren't in high school or college). 1 good player won't make a difference, he has enough

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:13 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

It's so A-Roid like though being a sleezeball about it.

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