This Friday night will be Alex Rodriguez’s last night swinging a bat in pinstripes. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it. We are truly losing a baseball legend. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Alex Rodriguez is the best player in the history of Major League Baseball and no one can tell me otherwise.
Let’s first go through my criteria to qualify someone as the greatest of all time. Here are a few rules that will disqualify you from being in the conversation for GOAT:
If you’re a pitcher
I do not care how dominant of a pitcher you were in your day, if you only play every 5 days I cannot consider you the greatest of all time. We can certainly have a separate discussion about greatest pitchers ever but Alex Rodriguez plays every single day and Sandy Koufax pitched maybe 40 times out of 162. There is no debate there.
- Sandy Koufax
- Pedro Martinez
- Mariano Rivera
- Bob Gibson
- Nolan Ryan
- Greg Maddux
If you played before Jackie Robinson
Let’s face it, the game changed significantly once minorities were allowed in the ballpark. Don’t even make eye contact with me if you think Babe Ruth is the greatest player ever. ‘He had the home run record without steroids. He hit AND pitched. Blah Blah’. I GUARANTEE that Babe Ruth couldn’t hit Pedro Martinez’s circle changeup. Get out of my life with that nonsense. I don’t even think Ruth was the best player on his team and even then I wouldn’t put Lou Gehrig in the top 10.
- Babe Ruth
- Lou Gehrig
- Joe DiMaggio
- Ted Williams
- Ty Cobb
- Honus Wagner
If you’ve never won an MVP
Alex Rodriguez is a 3-time MVP. Anything less than that can leave this argument immediately. We are talking the greatest player in baseball history. You better have some trophies to prove it.
- Eddie Murray
- Derek Jeter
- Manny Ramirez
- Tony Gwynn
So we are down to the final players that are barely comparable to A-Rod but before we go any further I just want to make it very clear that I do not care about Rodriguez using performance enhancing drugs. Do you want to know who else did steroids? Jerry Hairston Jr.? Do you know who didn’t hit 696 career home runs? Jerry Hairston Jr. If you are too stubborn to realize that everyone juiced and A-Rod was still light years more talented than everyone then you are reading the wrong website. I fully endorse HGH here.
Alex Rodriguez is ahead of Willie Mays in every statistical category except for hits mainly due to the fact that Willie Mays simply had more at-bats and seasons played. Willie Mays will go down as perhaps the best defensively but if we’re talking total package, defense does not outweigh A-Rod’s offensive advantage. If defense was so important then more people would know who Kirby Puckett was.
If Ken Griffey Jr. could’ve stayed healthy then I honestly think he would’ve gone down as the best ever. He will certainly be remembered as the coolest player in baseball history but he’s not better than Alex. It’s literally the same exact argument against Willie Mays except Mays has the advantage as far as longevity where Griffey just couldn’t stay off the DL. Probably should’ve called up Balco for some sweet delicious HGH one-a-day gummy vitamins. Would’ve had 900 home runs and still be DHing for like, the Minnesota Twins tonight.
If you tell me that Barry Bonds is better than Alex Rodriguez, I probably won’t argue with you. I mainly won’t argue because I don’t actually care what your opinion is. Also because Bonds has better career stats than A-Rod across the board. The only real argument I can give is that Alex Rodriguez is so transcendent and so important to the game of baseball that he will open the Hall of Fame doors for all the steroid users. I guarantee when Alex is eligible, he will be the first PED user into the hall and Bonds will follow. Not lead but follow.
This is where is gets hard. I LOVE Hank Aaron. You can say that Babe Ruth had the home run record because pitchers threw 70mph and the fences were 50 feet away. Or you can say Barry Bonds has the record now because of steroids. Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs because Hank Aaron is a fucking monster.
At the end of the day, the only argument I have against Hank Aaron (and I admit it’s not the greatest defense ever) is that casual baseball fans or people who aren’t baseball fans at all, don’t know who Hank Aaron is. I think people should 1000% know the man. He should get his own holiday. But if you ask anyone on the street “who is the best player in baseball history” maybe 2% of people will say Hank Aaron. In fact, I bet even some of you reading this now weren’t thinking about Hank Aaron until I brought his name up just now.
Alex Rodriguez transcends space and time. He is the past. The present. The future. Alex Rodriguez is the greatest player in the history of baseball and no one can tell me otherwise.