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Alex Rodriguez

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975), nicknamed "A-Rod", is a Dominican-American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman. He played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees. Rodriguez was one of the sport's most highly touted prospects and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Rodriguez amassed a .297 batting average, 696 home runs, over 2,000 runs batted in (RBI), over 2,000 runs scored, and over 3,000 hits. He is a 14-time All-Star and won three American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards. Rodríguez is the career record holder for grand slams with 25. However, he led a highly controversial career due to signing two of the most lucrative sports contracts in history while incurring criticism from the media for his behavior and use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

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A-Rod is making this into a bigger deal than it already is! I do not condone the use of steroids or performance enhancing drugs in an amateur or professional sporting events. But the MLB offered him a chance to take a leave from the game and return after some time. If he truly loved the game then how could he take a chance at being banned for life? I don't believe that his records should be taken away from him or the games won, but I do think he needs to leave the game for a time.

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Should A-Rod be banned from baseball for being caught using steroids again? MLB has gone to great lengths to make sure players do not cheat. It is not fair to all the other players and illegal substances are harmful to the body. Alex Rodriguez has been such a great player for such a long time. Should all of his statistics be taken away from him? It is not like he could have done all this without taking steroids.

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