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It had to come to this, didn't it.
A-Rod's admission of PED use will forever cloud the outlook on his career when his playing days are over, so this isn't a case where numbers play any role. It is solely based on the opinions of baseball writers from around the country. That means it could take a while for A-Rod to get to Cooperstown, if ever.
If it were based solely on numbers, A-Rod could retire today and be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His historic pace to break Barry Bonds' all-time home run record has been put in serious jeopardy, however, thanks to declining numbers and games due to injury.
Adding to his power, A-Rod has already accumulated 2,875 hits during his career and should break the 3,000-hit mark some time in 2013.
Rodriguez has always been a solid defender, whether at shortstop or third base. He has started over 1,000 games at each position and has never been considered a liability for the Bombers or Seattle Mariners.
As far as raw talent is concerned, they don't make 'em like A-Rod very often.
Hall of Fame Chances Without PEDs: 100%
Hall of Fame Chances With PEDs: 50%