In case it hasn’t been clear before, Alex Rodriguez is done playing baseball.
The former slugger returned to Yankees camp Tuesday as a special adviser and officially shut down any notions that he will return to the field.
Rodriguez’s decision to retire at first wasn’t 100 percent his choice. The Yankees cut him in August, but allowed him to play one more week. It was then the offers came along for Rodriguez to join a different team in 2017.
“Bottom line is, we still feel very comfortable with the ‘character, integrity and sportsmanship’ portion of the rule that asks that those characteristics be evaluated in terms of candidacy for election. Could they change in the future? It’s always possible. But sitting here today, we’re comfortable [with the rules] as they are.”
The question of PEDs was raised following this year’s Hall of Fame voting, after Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens saw a surge in support among the Baseball Writers Association of America’s voting members.
Both were named on more than half of ballots submitted and moved to within 100 votes of being elected after four years of drawing considerably less support, many BBWAA voters say, because of suspicions of PED use.