His 2014 season is history, as may be his career: so what is Alex Rodriguez’s legacy?

Samuel:

I’ll always remember him as the great potential that fell away with his attitude and this PED issue. He could have been the greatest, but his own ego and the pressure that came with being great got to him. Great player, but not a great attitude. So sad it’s come to this.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

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In light of today’s ruling by the arbitrator, suspending him for 162 games, commentators will once again rush to the nearest television camera or take to their laptops and websites to tell us how Alex Rodriguez‘s legacy is now “forever tarnished” or words to that effect.

When they do so, however, they will have to forget, at least momentarily, that they declared A-Rod’s legacy as “forever tarnished” many, many times before.

The last time Alex Rodriguez was truly seen as anything other than profoundly damaged goods was when he played for the Seattle Mariners. He was then transformed from a supremely-talented All-Star into a greedy mercenary when he signed his $250 million contract with the Texas Rangers in January 2001 and had that image solidified when he opted out of it while with the Yankees and signed another huge deal in December 2007. He was branded a steroid…

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