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This is one of the more obvious statements in this story.
Alex Rodriguez has been a huge distraction ever since he came to the New York Yankees.
It all started with the opt-out controversy in 2007 in which his agent at the time, Scott Boras, announced that Rodriguez was opting out of his contract. The bad thing about it was it was during the eighth inning of Game 4 of the World Series, a game in which the Yankees hated rival, the Boston Red Sox, were wrapping up the series.
According to ESPN, MLB was none too happy about the move.
We were very disappointed that Scott Boras would try to upstage our premier baseball event of the season with his announcement, Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said Monday in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
There was no reason to make an announcement last night other than to try to put his selfish interests and that of one individual player above the overall good of the game, DuPuy said. Last night and today belong to the Boston Red Sox, who should be celebrated for their achievement, and to the Colorado Rockies, who made such an unbelievable run to the World Series.
Regardless if Rodriguez didn't make the announcement, he was still involved nonetheless.
Then, there were all the reports about his marital infidelity and subsequent divorce during the 2008 season.
The Yankees went 89-73 and finished third in the AL East that year.
Then, in spring training of the next year, Rodriguez admitted to steroid use while with the Texas Rangers, beginning in 2001.
Throw in his struggles at the end of last season in which he was benched during the playoffs for poor play and then his link to MLB's latest steroid scandal.
Rodriguez is nothing but an overpaid distraction.
The Yankees would love to part ways with him but will struggle to void his contract even with the latest PED scandal.
The biggest question now is, what will A-Rod bring to the table when he returns from the DL?
Will he continue to be a distraction, or will he get down to playing good baseball?