Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 7/10/12
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Last week, Reggie Jackson made some remarks about Alex Rodriguez career stats being tainted due to PED use. And oh boy, did he have some 'splainin to do after that. Because ya see, Reggie is a special adviser to the Yankees, which means he is often around the team, and in the clubhouse. And if there is one thing we've learned about Alex Rodriguez over the years, is that you don't criticize him. Ever.


For the Yankees though, this is not a good look. A-Rod has been handled with kid gloves by the organization since he arrived in New York eight seasons ago. They've done everything in their power to keep him from being scrutinized. For his comments about Rodriguez, Jackson has been asked to steer clear of the club and official club activities for the time being. In essence, an indefinite suspension. And that was after he was asked to apologize to Rodriguez.

Someone check the ingredients of that cigar.This isn't the first time someone in the Yankees brass has said disparaging remarks about Rodriguez. Former Yankees manager Joe Torre said some not-so-nice things  about A-Rod. Some players (not Torre himself) referred to him as "A-Fraud." He also addressed the Rodgriguez PED usage at a 2008 Dodgers spring training press conference.

From ESPN.com:
"I was very saddened by it," said Torre, who said he has not talked to Rodriguez since the third baseman's recent confirmation of steroid use. "I'm happy that Alex admitted it. Knowing him personally, I know how proud he is of what he's done and how hard he works. I haven't been around anyone who works harder. I know it's important to him to continue to add to his numbers, because he has a chance to do a lot of special things numbers-wise, but now they're going to be tainted, because people don't forget."


He's right. People don't forget. Especially baseball people. Rodriguez admitted to PED use during his three year stint with the Rangers. In those three years, he hit 52, 57, and 47 home runs, the most home runs of any three year stretch in his career. Jackson is 100% correct when he says his career stats have been tainted. Prior to joining the Yankees, Rodriguez had hit 40 or more home runs in six consecutive seasons. That streaked stopped when he joined the Yankees. Since then, he's hit 40 or more only twice.


And when Jackson says the Baseball Writers of America should consider these things when they're voting for Hall of Fame members, he is correct about that as well.


From Opposingviews.com:

When Jackson retired in 1987, he was in sixth-place on the all-time home run list with 563. Now, 25 years later, Reggie sits at a lonesome No. 13. 
Seven players have passed Jackson, five have been linked to steroids, and only Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Thome appear clean.

What's going to happen to Alex Rodriguez when his name appears on the HOF ballot? Are the Yankees going to ban all beat writers from the clubhouse? It's time for someone to take a stand against this type of pandering. Unfortunately, A-Rod isn't ready to take that step.
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