There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that Alex Rodriguez has put up great numbers over the years, but his past steroid use may set him back when the decision comes to send him to Cooperstown or not.
Rodriguez spent the entirety of the 2014 season at home due to his steroid use, as this was his second time being caught with them, before this incident Rodriguez was convicted of steroid use in 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but not many fans predicted that he would turn back to the it. When he was traded to the Yankees in the 2004 season fans were happy, and nothing deterred them from that happiness due to his 291 home runs for the club, and 2009 World Series Championship. Although many fans turned against him after he was caught with steroids again after the 2013 season.Something else this does to A-Rod’s career, besides put some fans against him, is hurt his chances for the Hall of Fame even more than they were after his first time being caught. After Alex was caught with steroids for the first time many people still thought that if he put up some great numbers he could still be accepted by baseball and be known as a hall of famer, and that’s exactly what he did by winning two more MVP awards after 2003. Though after being caught with steroids again there is very little hope for A-Rod’s chances for the Hall of Fame.
Although despite past incidents and time served rumors still swirl about A-Rod and steroids use after his 2015 performance of 33 HRs and 86 RBIs. Many critics proclaimed this feat to be impossible after being away from the sport for a full year and playing at the age of 40.
All in all, I don’t think that baseball will ever forgive A-Rod due to the state that the sport is in, where steroids have gone rampant and fans don’t know who to believe when it comes to the subject.