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The sports news cycle is always an interesting one. Today, Pudge Rodriguez officially announced his retirement from baseball. Like most modern players, you get the idea that he could play and wanted to play, but teams are becoming more and more skittish about adding aging veterans to their squad. Part of that is the increasing money involved and part of that is as old as the game itself. Rodriguez has a lot of pride. Anyone in his position should have a lot of pride. I’m sure there were opportunities for him to be a backup in some places and others may have offered him a non-guaranteed spot. A sure Hall of Famer doesn’t want to take that and they really shouldn’t have to. Like most modern athletes, he has plenty of money in the bank and the last thing we want to see are aging athletes killing their legacy by playing beyond their usefulness. The Hall of Fame Index was published by IUniverse last year and represents most of my life’s work in terms of statistics. Today, th...
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