Former New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada has an issued an apology following comments he made in an interview on CBS This Morning yesterday in which he said his former teammate Alex Rodriguez should be denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame due to his history with PEDs. Posada claims he was “cornered” into making that statement. Posada is promoting his memoir, The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes.
Posada took a lot of heat for these comments. It’s interesting to see the media come to A-Rod’s defense. Could this have to do with the fact that he’s playing well and the Yankees are back in first place? It’s amazing how nice people are when they see you as a winner again.
I’m not sure why Posada should apologize. After all, I’m sure that there many members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) who feel exactly the same way. In their first three years on the Hall of Fame ballot, two thirds of the BBWAA members did not vote for either Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds. Clemens and Bonds have 7 years left to be voted into Cooperstown. If they don’t get in then A-Rod isn’t going to get in either.
Now it’s true that most of the baseball writers had the kind of relationship with A-Rod that someone like Posada would. They were teammates for eight seasons. So a comment from Posada saying that A-Rod shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame would sting more than a similar comment from someone like Peter Gammons.
Nevertheless, I think Posada’s comments reflect what a lot of baseball writers think and, as such, he shouldn’t need to apologize for his candor.
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