Over the past few decades, there has been no figure more polarizing than Alex Rodriguez. People either love him or hate him, and usually it tended to be Yankee fans against everyone else. But on the morning of August 7th, he announced that he would be retiring after the next Yankee home game on August 12th, and joining the staff as an advisor. He has been in the majors for a long 22 seasons split among three teams, the Mariners, the Rangers, and the Yankees. While some will remember him for his 3,000 hits and 696 home runs, others will remember him for his allegations of cheating by taking PEDs.
Rodriguez was the MVP of the AL three times, a first overall pick, a 14 time all-star and a world champion. He also finished his career in the top five for most home runs and RBIs. These are some accolades that usually would associate with some of the all-time greats, but Rodriguez will likely not even make it close to the Hall of Fame due to his taking of PEDs. In 2009, he admitted to taking the PEDs, and in 2014 he was suspended 162 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He was definitely a fantastic player, but his suspensions and allegations will forever loom over his career.
Over his career, A-Rod gained a reputation of “the player they love to hate”. Whether it be because he was dominating against their team or because they think he is a disgrace to the game of baseball, people generally did not think fondly of him. He had a great career, but the last few years were cut short due to suspensions, injuries and natural declining, so the Yankees were forced to get rid of him in one way or another. While some may think it is a good thing, the game of baseball will be changed without him, and it will take some getting used to not seeing him in pinstripes.