Article written by Erik Anderson
22 years. 696 career home runs, 2,086 RBI’s, nearly a .300 career average and over 3,000 hits. At that you would ask, “How is that a disappointing career?” This specific player’s legacy would forever be tarnished due to his personality and his off the field decisions.
Alex Rodriguez is considered one of the most talented baseball players to ever live. He was a high school phenom and had high expectations from Day 1. The peak of his youth career came in his senior season where he hit .505, 33 RBI’s 9 home runs and was the first ever player in high school to try out for the USA national team. Rodriguez then flourished when drafted by the Seattle Mariners. He had an outstanding MLB career with Seattle, Texas, and New York. A 14-time All-Star and 3-time AL MVP is not necessarily what most people think of when the name Alex Rodriguez comes up.
The image of Alex Rodriguez is destroyed due to his character. Whether it be repeatedly lying to a nation, his personality or the way he plays the game. He was caught not once, but twice for the use of steroids and lied both times. He was also suspended for more than a full season after the Miami Biogenesis scandal came out. Most players with their backs against the wall, being faced with suspension, would relent and admit to their wrongdoing. Instead, Rodriguez tried to sue MLB, the MLB Players Association as well as the New York Yankees. For years he denied his involvement with PEDs, most famously displayed in his 2007 interview with Katie Couric. In attempts to save face, Rodriguez created a “charitable” foundation. Even in his attempts to look like a good guy, A-Rod’s true character showed. His foundation only gave one percent of its proceeds to charities while the expected percentage is in the 65 to 75 percent range. Rodriguez was even named the third most hated player in the MLB. And there are many reasons why Red Sox fans hate him, some of which include the near 2003 trade that would have sent him to Boston that was vetoed, his play in the 2004 ALDS when he tried to slap the ball out Bronson Arroyo’s glove and his fight with Jason Varitek.
If he never got involved with steroids Alex Rodriguez would still be hated throughout the league, especially by Boston fans, but he would be considered one of the greatest players of this era and easily a first ballot Hall of Famer. But, because of his decisions he is the most controversial baseball player in history and many would not even consider putting him in the Hall because of his steroid usage. Alex Rodriguez may be one of the best players the game has ever seen, but his lack of integrity and respect for the game will leave fans remembering him as the man who tried cheat it.