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Alex Rodriguez is one of baseball’s GOATs – but the Hall of Fame may always be out of reach

Alex Rodriguez played for the Yankees from 2004-2016.

Quite simply, Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest players in the history of baseball.

Go ahead, check out his numbers: 696 home runs, 3,115 hits, 2,086 RBI, 329 stolen bases.

The man was a three-time MVP, 14-time All-Star, 10-time Silver Slugger, two-time Gold Glove winner and a World Series champion.

He also happened to receive the longest drug suspension in baseball history and was suspended for the entire 2014 season with the New York Yankees.

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If not for his rampant performance-enhancing drug use that was later exposed, with Rodriguez revealing that he used PEDs during his entire three-year stint with the Texas Rangers after signing a 10-year, $240 million contract, he might have been a unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame.

Yet the Baseball Writers’ Association of America has been quite clear in its voting.

If you used PEDs – or at least got caught using PEDs – you’re not getting into Cooperstown.

Let’s be honest, if Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens weren’t elected into the Hall of Fame, without ever testing positive or receiving a drug suspension, how can Rodriguez?

Alex Rodriguez played for the Yankees from 2004-2016.

Why A-Rod belongs in the Hall

Certainly, if you go strictly by the performance and hardware, Rodriguez is a no-brainer.

He was perhaps the greatest player of his era.

He wasn’t Barry Bonds, but he was close.

Why, if not for the drug suspension, and perhaps one or two more seasons, he could have been baseball’s all-time home run king.

Rodriguez hit at least 35 home runs every year from 1998 to 2008, including three 50-homer seasons. He hit 30 or more home runs in 15 of his 22 seasons. He even hit 33 home runs in his first season returning from his drug suspension in 2015.

Really, he was sensational in every element of the game.

He was a home run hitter and a contact hitter, batting at least .300 nine times and winning the 1996 batting title by hitting 358.

He played fabulous defense, winning two Gold Gloves, and seamlessly shifted from shortstop to third base after joining the Yankees in 2004.

He was a terrific base runner with his 329 stolen bases and stole 46 bases in 1998 with the Seattle Mariners.

There are only four players in history with at least 600 homers and 3,000 hits: Henry Aaron, Albert Pujols, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was the epitome of a brilliant all-around ballplayer.

If you’re going to ignore the historic PED suspension, the…

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