Alex Rodriguez Ripped by Donald Trump for Awful Performance

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice against the Detroit Tigers during game three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 16, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Donald Trump is doing his best to take the place of the late George Steinbrenner for the New York Yankees. His latest ridiculous outburst came at the expense of one Alex Rodriguez

Speaking to Michael Kay on ESPN Radio in New York (via New York Daily News), Trump said that he would get rid of Rodriguez despite the Yankees still owing him $109 million over the next five years. 

“I would terminate his contract, personally. I think George would’ve done that. I would terminate his contract on the basis that when he signed, he didn’t say that he took drugs.

“Since he signed his contract, they found out that he took drugs. . . . He actually admitted that he took drugs. Now he’s not taking drugs anymore, and without the drugs, he’s a less than average player.”

Two things about that last statement. One, the Yankees weren't complaining--well, not complaining as much--when Rodriguez was producing at an MVP level from 2004-07, or carrying the offense in the 2009 postseason, so Trump really has no argument there.   

Two, using steroids as the reason for Rodriguez's decline in performance is incredibly simple and very naive. Why doesn't anyone talk about the fact that he is battling injuries and age, which is going to affect the way he swings and severely limit his power?

It is easy for Trump to say he would do something because he isn't the one actually paying Rodriguez. Anyone can say that they are release an overpaid player who still has five years left on his contract—by the way, that is the Yankees' fault for offering him that ludicrous deal five years ago—but that doesn't mean they would if it was their $110 million on the line. 

Trump is on a roll with his trolling ways lately. He caused a stir when he blamed Derek Jeter's injury on karma for selling his apartment at Trump Tower. 

Derek Jeter had a great career until 3 days ago when he sold his apartment at Trump World Tower- I told him not to sell- karma?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2012

He followed that up with some snarky criticism of Rodriguez, who also moved out of a Trump estate recently. 

A-Rod was a great player when he lived at Trump Park Avenue--- even though he was on the juice!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2012

Mr. Trump, you are a far more successful business person and have infinitely more money than I ever will, but at the end of the day, you are a glorified fan. Stop talking like you know the business of baseball. 

Watch the games and enjoy them. Given your loyalty to the Yankees, you will probably only have to stomach this madness for one more day.