In the wake of the newest Alex Rodriguez steroid scandal and whispers that the New York Yankees are trying to find a loophole to rid them of the financial burden attached to Rodriguez. Here is a list of not so proud Alex Rodriguez moments:
1. Rodriguez admits to using steroids while a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003 after blatantly lying about his involvement and use of steroids. Rodriguez blames the enormous pressures he had bestowed upon himself as a trigger for the steroid use.
2. In 2007 while playing the Blue Jays, Rodriguez rounded third base and yelled at Howie Clark while he was camped underneath a fly ball. Clark proceeded to miss the fly ball assuming the yell was from a fellow teammate calling him off the play. Rodriguez was criticised for his lack of sportsmanship. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons gave his take on the play “I haven’t been in the game that long,” said Gibbons, who was playing in the majors when Rodriguez was eight years old. “Maybe I’m naïve. But, to me, it’s bush league. One thing, to everybody in this business, you always look at the Yankees and they do things right. They play hard, class operation, that’s what the Yanks are known for. That’s not Yankee baseball.”
3. Again while in Toronto, Rodriguez is observed in the company of an exotic dancer at a strip club and then again at his hotel in the early morning hours. Rodriguez is called out publicly for his infidelity and commitment to winning as the Yankees had just been handed a thumping by the Jays.
4. In 2011 Rodriguez was investigated by Major League Baseball about his involvement in high stakes gambling. Rodriguez was previously warned by Bud Selig in 2005 for gambling in underground poker clubs, Selig was quoted as saying “dealings with people who might also bet on baseball games could result in a lifetime ban from baseball.”
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5. In 2012 Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 318 major league players asking not including a teammate “Who the phoniest player in baseball”. Rodriguez finished first in the poll garnering 26.2 percent of the vote. Rodriguez received 82 of a possible 318 votes winning the poll easily. The next closet player was his teammate Nick Swisher who received 13.9 percent.
6. In the Yankees last four postseason series Rodriguez has not produced an average over .190 and has a career postseason average of .263 in 75 contests.
Whether you love him or hate him Alex Rodriguez is arguably one of the best first overall picks in baseball history. It’s the rest of his antics fans could do without.