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Some players are good for the game, some players are bad and then there is Alex Rodriguez. A man in a category all by his lonesome self. A-Rod could easily be regarded as one of the best players of the last 20 years, but with that there is controversy and scandal. What separates A-Rod from the hundreds maybe even thousands of other baseball players that were willing to get that edge? Well let me tell you…

Steroids have always been a problem for the game of baseball, players have been caught time and time again. When Alex Rodriguez tested positive he was the face of the game, baseball then realized they had a serious problem and that it needed to be fixed for the integrity and history behind the game. So many players knew that once steroids and performance enhancing drugs were made illegal they had to find loopholes in order to take those same supplements without getting caught. Some of them got away with it but only for a little while. When they were caught again, some continued to lie (Rafael Palmeiro) some when caught just simply told the truth (Jason Giambi). A-Rod technically did neither. A-Rod found those loopholes time and time again over the course of his career testing positive on 3-4 separate instances. But taking a page out of Palmeiro’s book, he lied and over the course of his career— his legacy and his body paid the price. What could have been? For just how long was A-Rod playing baseball naturally? The truth is we will never know.

But what we do know is that baseball is better off with one less “what if he didn’t take” type player. The send off was awkward between the Yankees and A-Rod. Which is only fitting for a tenure marred in controversy. On the outside looking in it appears that the Yankees pushed A-Rod out the door while providing fans with a feel good story of giving #13 a special advisory role to the slew of minor league talent that the Yankees now boast after a solid trade deadline performance turned in by GM Brian Cashman. On the surface it looks as if the Yankees have provided A-Rod with a happy ending with co-owner Hal Steinbrenner lauding A-Rod as a possible candidate for monument park. Really? We are talking about A-Rod aren’t we? Do we really want to put a guy that cheated the system not once not twice while donning the Yankee pinstripes in the same circles as the legends of the game? Guy’s like Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio– that is a slap in the face if I say so myself. This send-off is one of the most socially awkward and asinine moment’s in baseball. This wasn’t a nice and easy Jeter-like send off this was a throw out, a toss away, and one more casualty of father time. One advantage the Yankees have is that ever so talented minor league crop guys like Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Gleybar Torres, and Clint Frazier. One could say they may be the new core four. Only now they will be “mentored” by Alex Rodriguez. Which is similar to letting a child star be mentored by Charlie Sheen. What is going on in the Bronx be rid of #13 hasn’t he done enough to embarrass the brand. A-Rod should be A-GONE.

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