A-Rod’s MLB Records are Meaningless

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Thursday night, Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list. With the 661st home run of his career, Rodriguez moved up from a tie with Mays and into sole possession of the record. With one swing of the bat A-Rod moved one more rung up the most treasured list in MLB history. This should have been enough to cement him as one of the greatest players ever, but does it really mean anything?

The Yankees have refused to offer any sort of incentive for this milestone accomplishment. If anything it seems the team would rather forget it ever even happened. What should have been one of the greatest nights of his career has turned into a complete nightmare. For a highly honored franchise to wholly eschew such a significant moment in one of its player’s careers pretty much says it all. During spring training and much of the last couple of years, the team hasn’t been shy about displaying its contempt for A-Rod. And I don’t blame them.

At this point, A-Rod hasn’t just made claim to an esteemed part of baseball history, he also has a large lead in the race for most disdained player ever. Whether it was lying repeatedly about his PED usage, or earning his perception of being a phony, there has sadly never been anyone quite like him. Despite Rodriguez’ futile attempts at becoming accepted or beloved, people simply loathe him.

A-Rod could break the all-time home run record, and no one would cheer. In fact, it would be still more embarrassing if he were to pass such esteemed and adored players the likes of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. There was never anything false about either of those athletes. They played their games, put in the work and reaped the benefits of their talents and dedication. On the other hand, A-Rod took the easy way out. Even though he was widely regarded as one of the most physically gifted athletes to ever play the game, he nevertheless decided to cheat.

At the end of the day, there’s not much more to say. No matter how many home runs A-Rod hits or what records he proceeds to break, nothing will ever remove the tarnish around his now empty career. Everything has been rendered meaningless. He is not going to the hall of fame, and no one will ever put his name in the same breathe as those of Willie Mays or Babe Ruth. Alex Rodriguez has no one to blame but himself. No one forced him to cheat or to lie. Those were the paths he chose on his own.

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Landin Murphy covers the Yankees for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Landinfitness

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