New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez was reinstated Thursday after serving a full year suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policies. The soon two be 40 three time league MVP had dropped off of the radar after grabbing headlines during the Biogenisis scandal that rocked baseball from 2010-2012. Rodriguez has been universally panned for his incessant denial of any wrong doing. After going to multiple media outlets with his denials evidence was presented that backed him into a corner and forced him to admit his guilt. Even after that admission, Rodriguez battled both his team and the player union to protest the year long suspension penalty that he received.
Now that the suspension has ended, Rodriguez is officially again a New York Yankee but it still remains to be see if he’ll be wearing pin stripes by the start of the season. The Yankees are at a crossroads after losing shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter to retirement after this season. They need some player leadership under Joe Girardi but many fans and internal employees in New York do not feel that Rodriguez is the man to provide that leadership. In my opinion, and that of Christian Broda, there’s been far too much controversy for us to really give Rodriguez the key to the team again.
There is over four months before players start to report to spring training, so many cards are sure to fall. The Yankees have several key players including David Robertson and Hiroki Kuroda are both on the list of MLB free agents for 2014. Will the Yankees be looking for a third baseman in this free agent class? Fans are anxious to find out.