Alex Rodriguez has Baseball Hall of Fame numbers, but he’s no lock. Turns out, voters care about how those numbers were accumulated, and A-Rod is one of the few Hall of Fame hopefuls who served a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
Rodriguez, who has transitioned seamlessly into the broadcast booth, is aware that he has an uphill battle, but he still hopes and prays he gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
A-Rod revealed that during an interview with Marvin R. Shanken of Cigar Aficionado.
“There’s rules, and you have to follow the rules. And I made those mistakes. And at the end of the day, I have to live by those mistakes. I think what it’s done, Marvin, whether I get in or not — and let’s be clear, I want to get in, I hope I get in, I pray I get in — If I don’t, I think I have a bigger opportunity yet again. And the platform of my mistakes — the good, the bad and the ugly — has allowed me to have a loud voice to the next generation to say, ‘When in doubt, just look at my career. Look at the good, the bad and the ugly, and just make good decisions.'”
He ends that portion of the interview by saying he might not be a Hall of Fame player, but he can still be a Hall of Fame dad and a Hall of Fame friend.
Rodriguez, who retired after the 2016 season, is not yet eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame. His first year on the ballot would be 2022.
Given how poorly other players who have been suspended by Major League Baseball have done on the ballot, Rodriguez could have a tough road ahead of him. Rafael Palmeiro fell off the ballot in 2014. Manny Ramirez has hovered around 23 percent in the two years he’s been on the ballot.
Rodriguez has better numbers than both players, but that may not help in this instance. Barry Bonds also has exceptional statistics, but his steroid use has kept him out of the Hall of Fame. That doesn’t bode well for A-Rod, who admitted using and was actually suspended by the league.
Things are changing, though. Bonds and Roger Clemens have inched closer to induction with each election. Younger voters tend to be more forgiving when it comes to players who may have used steroids. By the time Rodriguez is eligible, voters may have a more relaxed view of the issue.
A-Rod’s going to have to hope and pray that’s the case. Because the mistakes he made during his career are not easily brushed aside.
(Yahoo Sports MLB H/N: CBS Sports)
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