September 20, 2015
The use of performance-enhancing drugs has tainted baseball for at least the last 25 years. Many a player has been tainted. Some of them were really good – Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Jose Canseco, to name a few. A-Rod admitted to using PEDs in 2001-2003 and was one of the 104 players out of 1200 who showed positive for drugs when MLB tested a number of years ago.
However, if it hadn’t been for all of A-Rod’s problems, he would be a shoo-in to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Only Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Alex had 35 HR, 100 runs scored, and 100 RBI in seven consecutive seasons. A-Rod was the youngest player in history to reach 500 HR in a career. And yet, at the age of 40 and still nursing a repaired hip, he has been a key factor for the Yankees fighting for a post-season position in 2015.
After considering the whole history of A-Rod, I believe he should be voted into the Hall of Fame – he is special with or without the drugs! Let’s hear your thoughts.