Oct 12, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez in the dugout during game five of the 2012 ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Yankees and the A-Rod Conundrum: Part Two

Making somewhat of a case for Alex Rodriguez becomes rather limited. Sure, you can say “well the Yankees did agree to sign him for 10-year, $275 million, so they owe him.” That’s about where that side ends. The lying and the disrespect that came from Rodriguez absolutely voids his contract and the Yankees have been trying to find ways to get rid of the gargantuan contract. 

**Be sure to catch Part One of this story here**

Alex Rodriguez has put himself in the worst possible position imaginable. (Image: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees attempts at dismissing Rodriguez’s contract may be futile, but if it can prove to work out, I fully expect to never see Rodriguez in another baseball uniform again. Right now, the Yankees can hold their breath for a few options:

  • Rodriguez decides to call it quits and retires
  • Rodriguez’s injuries are ruled as career ending
  • Have him play it out, but in a very, very, limited role which ultimately pushes him to retirement

Something tells me though that even though A-Rod is trying to fight this case, that it is not going to end in his favor. This marriage between the Yankees and Rodriguez was one that from the get-go was questionable. Despite winning two MVP awards and a World Series ring with the Yankees, the uneasy feeling has never subsided. Yankee fans never cared for Rodriguez much and honestly, how much of that is justifiable up until this point?

A-Rod was called a choke artist and someone who the Yankees could see beyond the 2009 postseason, wasn’t going to come up big in critical situations. Now, was A-Rod alone in the failed production? No, but some people feel that his obnoxious salary should make him beyond super human. Maybe Rodriguez felt he needed that edge and decided to take something in order to get a proper reaction. Whatever it was that got his name on this new list 16 times, I don’t know personally, but he just looks absolutely foolish.

Getting the elephant out of the room, Rodriguez’s career is finished. There is absolutely no way he can rebound from this, regardless of whether or not he’s guilty. He’s put himself in an irreversible position and there’s no way he can make up the necessary ground to even get a neutral reaction from the MLB, let alone Yankee fans.

So, where do the Yankees go from this giant mess? Well, for starters if they can get rid of Rodriguez’s contract, that’s a huge stepping stone for 2014′s spending. Perhaps Kevin Youkilis may get another year or two if he proves to be worth the signing. Maybe the Yankees can look at the market and see what’s available. Life after Rodriguez is entirely possible and if not for the better as his being the epicenter of the Yankees’ lack of production was astronomical.

I am not here to say that I or anyone else is a better person than Rodriguez; I do not have the authority to make such a judgment. However, Rodriguez’s character is one that goes just beyond baseball. He’s shown his true colors by trying to earn a false sense of trust and completely falling on his face in the end.

Even if A-Rod comes back, it shouldn’t be with the Yankees. We’ve talked before about the lack of production he has shown in the past few years. Well, imagine that, but worse. That is what A-Rod is going to give a team. Mentally, he’s not going to be where he was. Physically, he’s going to be slower and less likely to play the field anymore.

Rodriguez is finished with baseball and there’s nobody else to blame but himself.

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  • http://YanksGoYard.com/ Matt Hunter

    I really disagree with you here, Ben. For one thing, why would he retire and give up all that money? I really doubt that the Yankees will find a way to void the contract, and if they don’t, they’re stuck with him, because he’s not getting traded.

    Secondly, we don’t know how he’ll perform once he comes back from the injury. Yes, he hasn’t been great recently, but he’s still been an above-average hitter and a fine defender. He has value on the field, albeit not a lot, so I’m not sure why you say he is going to be absolutely useless.

    Finally, you keep saying “whether or not he is guilty”, but then talk about him as if he’s guilty. It’s fine if you think that, but be upfront about it. If there’s a chance that he’s not guilty, then we shouldn’t be accusing him of lying and being disrespectful of the fans and “putting himself in an irreversible position”.

    One last thought: if A-Rod plays in pinstripes again (which I think he will), I will cheer for him. I’ll cheer for him because he is a Yankee, because he has been a Yankee for a long time, and because I believe that fans have treated him way worse than he deserves. So he used PEDs. Whatever. It was fans and media that put the insane pressure on him in the first place. It was the ownership that gave him a ridiculous contract. I don’t blame him for what he did. I’ll cheer for him on the field just as much as I would cheer any other Yankee.

    Sorry for the rant. This was a well-written piece, Ben. I just disagree :).

    • Bill B

      Wanted to reply to you Mr. Hunter. You expressed well how you and I as well as millions around the world bleed Yankee Blue. Thank you for your rant. Bill

  • Bill B

    Well you know I have to weigh in on this one after my go around with you on Part 1. I did not agree with your first piece and this one is worse. You make sweeping definitive statements when you are likely wrong about A-Rod’s future. I am convinced you do not like him and are not objective at all. He will be back in Pin Stripes and will produce. Your assertions are foolish. What do you know about the case anyway except what has been written? The case and the uncorroborated testimony of a flim flam man and you are burying a super star? He’ll be back and you will feel foolish. Not for offering an opinion but for being an irresponsible journalist. A trend that is growing.

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