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Jorge Posada: Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be allowed in Hall of Fame

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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.