One of the most infamous baseball players of this generation is scheduled to make his return to Major League Baseball in the 2015 season.
Alex Rodriguez, also known as “A-Rod,” of the New York Yankees, who turns 40 in July, was suspended for the 2014 season for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
“I think it’s good for the sport because most athletes get second chances and A-rod shouldn’t be an exception,” said second-year student Matt Sorensen.
Rodriguez has reported to spring training and possibly play first base and designated hitter.
Third base has been Rodriguez’s primary position throughout his career.
Chase Headley is currently occupying the hot corner, and the Yankees plan to keep him there.
Rodriguez currently ranks fifth on the all-time home run list with 654.
However, Rodriguez hasn’t played a full season since 2007 due to injuries and the suspension.
Before the suspension, he was considered one of the best players ever.
It will be interesting to see what Rodriguez has left in the tank.
With the Yankees struggling and not living up to the powerhouse label, Rodriguez might be able to help the younger players with his veteran knowledge.
The Yankees acquired Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers for Alfonso Soriano in 2004.
In 2008, he signed the most lucrative contract in sports history at the time worth $252 million for 10 years.
Rodriguez has had a stellar career with the Yankees with the exception of the steroid-use.
As a Yankee, Rodriguez has 309 home runs and a .291 batting average.
He looks to continue his career with New York and try to contribute as much as possible, nearing 40 years old, Rodriguez’s window is closing.