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After a highly publicized domestic incident with his girlfriend’s father, it appears that Fransisco Rodriguez – more commonly known as “K-Rod” – is out for the rest of the season after sustaining a torn ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand.

After a 2-game suspension following the attack, Rodriguez returned to the mound Saturday pitching with some discomfort in his throwing hand which he reported to the team on Sunday. The star pitcher underwent an examination at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City where it was discovered he had torn a ligament; no surgery has been scheduled yet.

‘Obviously I’m disappointed, discouraged, frustrated,’ Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. ‘When you get this kind of news it’s … we’ve just been through a lot. We seem to continue to have difficulties keeping things from — having these type of injuries or these type of setbacks. Every year it seems like we get a little something here or there.’

To add insult to K-Rod’s obvious injury is the fact that he may now have to forfeit his contract, or at least the remainder of this season’s contract because the injury occurred during a non-baseball event. According to ESPN.com “Rodriguez is owed $11.5 million in 2011 and has a vesting option for 2012 at $17.5 million that will kick in if he finishes 55 games next season and is healthy as the guaranteed portion of the contract concludes.” It’s rumored that the Mets organization is exploring all of its options.

While the temper flare isn’t the first in Rodriguez’s history with the Mets, nor the first on his rap-sheet, it is the first time that he’s been formally charged since coming to Flushing. During the 2009 season, K-Rod was in several altercations both in and outside of the clubhouse – first with a former executive on a team bus, then again with a bullpen coach and also with Yankees pitcher Bruney during warm-ups last June.

Rodriguez is due back in court for the 3rd degree domestic charge. Because it is considered a “domestic violence” case, the New York District Attorney will have to process this case regardless of whether or not the father-in-law decides to press charges.

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According to ESPN.com …

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season, ending a storied and often colorful career that included 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a manager.

The 66-year-old Piniella said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.

“I’ve grown to love the city and the fans but at my age it will be time to enter a new phase in my life,” Piniella said in a statement released by the team.

Announcing his retirement now, Piniella added, gives the team time to find a replacement.

“I’m proud of our accomplishments during my time here and this will be a perfect way for me to end my career,” he said. “But let me make one thing perfectly clear: our work is far from over. I want to keep the momentum going more than anything else and win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race.”

The Cubs said Piniella will retire as the 14th-winningest manager in major league history.

Piniella is in the fourth and final year of his contract with the Cubs. After leading the Cubs to consecutive NL Central titles in 2007-08, Piniella and his team missed the playoffs last year and have struggled again this season with a new owner, the Ricketts family, in charge. The Cubs have gone 102 years without a World Series title.

Piniella led the New York Yankees (1986-88), Cincinnati (1990-92), Seattle (1993-2002) and Tampa Bay (2003-05) before arriving in Chicago. He won the World Series as a manager with Cincinnati after winning two as a player (1977-78, Yankees).

A right-handed outfielder, Piniella was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1969 after batting .282, 11 home runs and 68 RBIs with the Royals. He was traded to the Yankees in 1973 and ended his playing career with New York in 1984.

Piniella trails only Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre in victories among active managers. His World Series title with the Reds in 1990 was the first for the team since 1976. Piniella was at perhaps his most successful as manager of the Mariners, piling up 840 wins and four postseason appearances in 10 years

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New York native Lady Gaga stormed into the Bronx Friday night wearing the mandatory pinstripes, but not much else. After her team lost to the cross-town rival New York Mets, Gaga apparently talked her way past security and into the clubhouse before press was allowed to visit with the team. The NY Post originally reported that Gaga was later banned from the clubhouse

A fuming Hal Steinbrenner informed Yankee Stadium executives that Lady Gaga is permanently banned from the team’s clubhouse after her boozy antics — including swigging whiskey and repeatedly fondling her boobs — during a visit to the house that Ruth built Friday night…

Since the initial report, it appears the Yankees are singing a different tune and Lady Gaga, like other celebs, is welcome to meet with the team.

“She’s not banned,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday. “Celebrities aren’t banned. If Michael Jordan showed up here he would have access (to the clubhouse), but not after a loss.”

While names of the players that visited with the new Queen of Pop, it’s rumored that both Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez visited with her.

Lady Gaga has been the fixture of much baseball drama in New York City over the past several days, starting with her visit to Citi Field on June 10th when she warmly flipped off Mets fans and photographers. ESPN.com is reporting:

This provided not only a treat for photographers but also a marketing opportunity for the Mets; they’ve designated this coming Wednesday’s game vs. the Tigers as “Go Gaga for Wright” night, to campaign for third baseman David Wright’s election to the National League All-Star team. The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a blue foam hand with the index finger extended — “the best finger,” according to a TV commercial for the promotion — and the words “Make Wright #1” printed on it.

Less than 24 hours after the blown call heard around the world, the Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga met a teary-eyed Jim Joyce to present today’s lineup card at home plate.

It’s only happened 20 times in history. The elusive perfect game was just 1 out away from becoming a reality for the Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga when umpire Jim Joyce missed what should have been the simplest of calls to take away Galarraga’s place the history books.

Joyce later made a statement admitting his mistake saying:

I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he (Jason Donald) beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career. I don’t blame them a bit or anything that was said. I would have said it myself if I had been Galarraga. I would have been the first person in my face and he never said a word to me.

As soon as Joyce called the runner safe, Galarraga stood there smiling, the image of grace and perfection – even if it won’t show up in the record books.

It was only a matter of time before the instant replay became a part of the game with home runs… is it time to implement it when history is involved?

After 22 years, the Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Junior announced his retirement Wednesday night prior to the team’s game against the Twins. Although Griffey was not in the park, Mariners’ manager Don Wakamatsu made the official announcement on the All-Star’s behalf:

“While I feel I am still able to make a contribution on the field and nobody in the Mariners front office has asked me to retire, I told the Mariners when I met with them prior to the 2009 season and was invited back that I will never allow myself to become a distraction,” Griffey said in a statement.

“I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates and their success as a team is what the ultimate goal should be.”

Griffey steps away from the game with a career .284 batting average, 1,836 RBIs and 630 home runs, 5th all time in Major League Baseball.