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Alex Rodriguez refuses to walk back criticism of Yu Darvish

Alex Rodriguez sparked some controversy a few weeks ago with some scathing criticism of Yu Darvish. Things appear to have been resolved to some extent between A-Rod and the Chicago Cubs organization. And yet, the ESPN analyst refuses to back down from his comments about the Cubs pitcher, saying he’s “going to call it as I see it.”

A-Rod originally made his inflammatory remarks during the broadcast of a Cubs-Cardinals on “Sunday Night Baseball.” Rodriguez questioned Darvish’s approach to rehabilitation, among other things. Rodriguez also suggested Darvish was losing the respect of his teammates.

Darvish’s agent, Joel Wolfe, blasted A-Rod over the criticism, calling it “classless” and “bordered on unprofessional.” Cubs skipper Joe Maddon similarly called out Rodriguez, implying the hit job was premeditated.

Darvish essentially has blown off A-Rod’s criticism whenever the opportunity presents itself, and has done so in brilliant fashion.

As noted, it sounds like Rodriguez and the Cubs have somewhat mended fences. Rodriguez and Maddon reportedly had a conversation about the issue prior to Sunday’s game. While both sides said afterward that the discussion was productive, one report suggests things did get heated between the two.

All that said, it appears A-Rod is standing by his analysis, even if it did ruffle some feathers. Further, Darvish is making great strides in his rehab, despite Rodriguez voicing his disapproval of the approach.