Simply because the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America — and maybe the Baseball Hall of Fame — is almost carried out with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, there’s an much more difficult determine about to reach: Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is ready to be on the poll for the primary time later this yr, together with one other slugger with a questionable previous — David Ortiz, who has denied ever utilizing steroids.
Rodriguez mentioned two years in the past he was rooting for Bonds and Clemens to get to Cooperstown.
“In fact I need them to get in, as a result of that may imply that I’ve a chance to get in at some point,” Rodriguez mentioned on ESPN.
Bonds and Clemens are two of probably the most infamous steroid cheats in baseball historical past, however they don’t have anything on Rodriguez, who admitted to utilizing PEDs whereas with the Rangers from 2001-03 and was suspended for the 2014 season on account of his function within the Biogenesis scandal, which included not simply steroids, but additionally lawsuits towards baseball and the Yankees — which have been finally dropped.
Even earlier than his 2016 retirement, Rodriguez started engaged on rehabbing his picture and he’s been profitable sufficient that he’s nonetheless as a lot a face of baseball as anybody.
And his repute has improved sufficient that he’s seen in every single place from ESPN, to Fox Enterprise to Joe Biden’s inauguration, the place he accompanied fiancée Jennifer Lopez.
How that interprets into votes for the Corridor is up for debate.
And he’s clearly hoping his public shame doesn’t disqualify him from entry.
“Look, I pray each day I get an opportunity to get in,’’ Rodriguez mentioned in 2019. “The Corridor of Fame is the last word place. If you consider Roger and Barry particularly … if you happen to stopped their profession on the age of 33 or 34, they have been each first-ballot [Hall of Famers] after which the noise [about PEDs] began. For me, it’s only a disgrace. I’m definitely cheering for each of them. I like them each very a lot. They’re each buddies, and I’m of their nook.”
Rodriguez’s on-field credentials are impeccable, with 696 house runs, 3,115 hits, three AL MVP awards and 14 All-Star appearances.
However whereas his profession that spanned 22 seasons rivals the very best in historical past, his transgressions in all probability surpass every other participant.
“I made my case once I made my errors,” Rodriguez mentioned on ESPN. “I’m going to must lie in my mattress. I’m nonetheless hoping that I can at some point get in.”