Jorge Posada: Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be allowed in Hall of Fame
Jorge Posada may have been Alex Rodriguez’s teammate for several seasons with the New York Yankees, but that doesn’t mean he has a very flattering opinion of one of baseball’s biggest pariahs.
The former Yankees catcher blasted A-Rod while promoting his new book, “The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes,” during an appearance on CBS’ “This Morning” news program. Posada believes a history of cheating and PED use should mean that Rodriguez should never be afforded the honor of being inducted into Cooperstown.
“No, I don’t think it’s fair for the guys that have been in the Hall of Fame … who played the game clean,” he said, as transcribed by the New York Post. “I don’t think it’s fair, I really don’t. I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player who played with no controversy.”
Posada also said during the interview that he believes A-Rod cost him an MVP award at the height of his career.
“The only thing I can think of is 2003. I was close to the MVP. It didn’t happen. Alex won the MVP,” said Posada. “You know I was almost there. You know what could have happened if … it’s tough, it’s really tough.”
While some may characterize Posada’s thoughts on A-Rod as a case of sour grapes given he mentioned how he believes he was cheated out of an MVP award — presumably being of the opinion that Rodriguez’s own cheating paved the way to the honor — the fact that Posada spent years as A-Rod’s teammate means he enjoyed access that few others ever did.
With that in mind, his outright hostile attitude towards Rodriguez — while arguably not diplomatic when it comes to maintaining harmony within the Yankees brotherhood — certainly speaks volumes.