Forget A-Roid, Think Albert

Michael WebbContributor IFebruary 20, 2009

Two weeks ago Alex Rodriguez was considered maybe the best player of all time, someone who did it in the steroid era, and did it clean. Well look how much that has changed. When the news leaked A-Rod had failed a steroids test in 2003 everyone, including myself was surprised, and rightfully upset. But when I heard the news I began to think of the good news that came from this. Albert Pujols will finally be appreciated.

If you were to take a pool of baseball experts the consensus would be that Albert Pujols is the best player in baseball, and he's done it clean. You would have gotten this result even before the news of A-Rod's test became public. When you look at Pujols' stats, you wonder why isn't he considered to be a top 10 player of all-time. The guy bats .330 every year, and every year he's healthy he hits you at least 40 home runs and drives in 130 runs, and plays amazing defense, something that A-Rod doesn't do. And yet he's always been in Rodriguez's shadow.

Now I'm not saying there is no way he ever took steroids, but there has been no evidence whatsoever that he has. Even before A-Rod's test became public, he was named in Jose Canseco's book, and everything the man has said has been true. The only time there was even speculation Pujols was a juicer was the day prior to the Mitchell Report being released where it was leaked that Albert was on the list, which was not true.

I'm not writing this article to slam A-Rod at all. Actually, I hope he breaks Bonds record, even though they are both juicers, because at least A-Rod has some sort of respect for other people, and shame for taking steroids. This article is being written so people can start appreciating baseball's best player since Hank Aaron in Albert Pujols.

Now I know some of you reading this are saying I'm just a crazy Cards fan who is being a homer, well that is not true at all. Actually I'm a Mets fan and my favorite player is David Wright, who I expect to have a breakout season this year.

I'm just writing this article so Albert Pujols can finally get the credit he deserves. And whats that? Albert Pujols is the best player in 30 years. So can we stop talking about A-Roid, and start talking about someone who is deserving of discussion? That is up to you.