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Alex Rodriguez on Hall of Fame chances: ‘I hope I get in, I pray I get in’

Alex Rodriguez recognizes his checkered past may have ruined any chance of ever getting enshrined in Cooperstown. But that has not stopped him from hoping and praying that one day the Hall of Fame will come calling.

Rodriguez’s reputation and standing of course was irreparably tainted by PEDs. So much so, that despite boasting a Hall of Fame-caliber career, statistically speaking, such an esteemed recognition for A-Rod arguably is a hopeless dream.

In an interview with Marvin R. Shanken of Cigar Aficionado, Rodriguez spoke candidly about his Hall of Fame chances, even admitting enshrinement in Cooperstown may never come to be.

“There’s rules, and you have to follow the rules. And I made those mistakes. And at the end of the day, I have to live by those mistakes,” Rodriguez said, as transcribed by Yahoo Sports. “I think what it’s done, Marvin, whether I get in or not — and let’s be clear, I want to get in, I hope I get in, I pray I get in — If I don’t, I think I have a bigger opportunity yet again.

“And the platform of my mistakes — the good, the bad and the ugly — has allowed me to have a loud voice to the next generation to say, ‘When in doubt, just look at my career. Look at the good, the bad and the ugly, and just make good decisions.’”

Rodriguez was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season and postseason for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, with findings suggesting use of numerous PEDS, including testosterone and human growth hormone. Things were so bad at one point that Rodriguez later admitted he was “close to tapping out” during his suspension.

A-Rod engaged in a lengthy redemption tour in 2015 before announcing his retirement in August of the 2016 season. His efforts were generally well-received received, although not by all.

While the prospects of Rodriguez ever entering the Baseball Hall of Fame are certainly slim, it certainly seems that the onetime disgraced superstar-turned-respected analyst is at peace with it.

Rodriguez’s first crack at being on the ballot will come in 2022.