The ripple effect from this weekend's Alex Rodriguez bombshell continues to reverberate around the country.
Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom Verducci spoke with SI.com about how the report affects the player, the franchise and the league. Tim Marchman of Slate says nobody liked A-Rod before the steroids and nobody likes him now. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark claims Rodriguez has destroyed the game's history. Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press says you can't even call baseball a sport anymore.
But the most thought-provoking take of the morning comes from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, who says the Yankees should cut A-Rod loose no matter what the cost.
As difficult as it is to imagine eating $270 million, the Bombers will be making a statement, not just for the Yankee brand but for baseball as a whole.
They will be applauded for it.
The Yankees operate under two basic tenets: The relentless pursuit of championships and the fierce protection of their brand. If they are going to remain true to both, then they have no choice but to sever ties with Rodriguez.
[E]verything about the pursuit of championships and the Yankee brand is a mockery if A-Rod is the centerpiece of this team.
What do you think? Do you think the Yankees should take the drastic step of completely severing ties with A-Rod?
Eating $270M worth it for the Yankees to finally ditch A-Rod [New York Daily News]
Tom Verducci: How SI's report affects A-Rod, the Yanks and Major League Baseball [SI.com]
Can't call baseball a sport anymore [Detroit Free Press]
Alex Rodriguez, Fallen Hero? [Slate]
A-Rod has destroyed game's history [ESPN.com]