New York Yankees‘ Alex Rodriguez took us on quite a ride in his chase for home run number 600, which ended in 2010. While it may have been fun, the MLB should erase that wild ride from baseball history.
It’s a product of the situation really, and Rodriguez has nobody to blame but himself for the criticism and negative attention that he is receiving. Twice in his career now, Rodriguez has reportedly been found of using performance enhancing drugs. He admitted to the first offense, which took place between 2001 and 2003. But, he is still maintaining his innocence on the second offense.
Between 2001 and 2003, the years that Rodriguez first admitted to using steroids, he hit 156 home runs and won his first MVP award. While they haven’t done it, the MLB could negate all 156 homers. That would reduce his total to 491.
Bud Selig should negate all home runs hit between 2001 and 2003 by Rodriguez. He admitted to doping during those years and there’s no doubt that he was aided by those substances. After all, that’s the point of doping, isn’t it?
Not only would that negate number 600, but it would also eliminate his record of being the youngest player to hit 500 home runs when he hit that mark at the ripe age of 32.
While we can likely rule out that Rodriguez was using banned substances throughout his entire career, even though that is still a possibility, but we can still question how many of those home runs came when he was not using performance enhancing drugs. When was the real A-Rod at the plate and not the juice-powered Super A-Rod?
Unfortunately, we’ll never know the answer to that question. In 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids between 2001 and 2003. With the Biogenesis scandal coming to light, what’s not to say that he doped again after the 2009 season? If he did, then you can essentially negate 64 more home runs he hit between 2010 and now, 94 if you want to include the 2009 season.
While his reputation and career has already been tarnished by his PED use in the early 2000s, the Biogenesis investigation only further makes him out to be a liar, cheater and crook against the game of baseball. Knowing what we know now, Alex Rodriguez should have home runs negated and his records removed from the books.