Alex Rodriguez Named 19th Biggest Sleazebag In Sports By GQ Magazine

Posted: Sep 9 2014, 10:11pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Alex Rodriguez Named 19th Biggest Sleazebag in Sports By GQ Magazine
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Suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been named the 19th "Biggest Sleazebag in Sports" by GQ Magazine.

Suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been named the 19th "Biggest Sleazebag in Sports" by GQ Magazine.'s Brendan Kuty wrote more about the development on Sept. 9:

"Alex Rodriguez is the 19th biggest 'sleazebag' in sports, according to GQ.

"The magazine ranked the Yankees third baseman among 25 others they considered to have less-than-savory personalities.

"From the magazine:

"'19. Alex Rodriguez said to have a painting of himself as a centaur hanging inside his home. And that's the most endearing fact about him.'

"Disgraced former NBA team owner Donald Sterling topped the list at No. 1. Alleged murderer and ex-NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez was second and FIFA president Sepp Blatter was third.

"Former Yankees outfielder Chad Curtis, convicted of molestation, and (Miami) Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria were the other baseball people on the list."

On the other hand, The New York Post's Joel Sherman says Rodriguez "will soon be the most interesting man in the game" of baseball as soon as shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter retires:

"We are getting closer to the end of the Derek Jeter Era and that can only mean one thing -- we are moving ever closer to talking about Alex Rodriguez again.

"As soon as this season and Jeter's career ends, you know who becomes an eligible player and part of the Yankees' roster? Yep. Him.

"Rodriguez and good sense do not often share a sentence, but he wisely stayed mostly in the shadows this season. After all, at this point, he appears interested in protecting two items: 1) One last chance to play and 2) the $61 million still owned on his contract from 2015-17.

"And after all the bad outside advice and whatever inner voice he heeded, Rodriguez realized less of him is more. He didn't go all J.D. Salinger, but -- importantly for his immediate future -- he also did not do anything further to antagonize an outgoing commmissioner, an incoming commissioner of the Yankees.

"Thus, he did not imperil the agreement that returns him to being a major league player in, of all things, good standing at the conclusion of the World Series.

"And at that point you know what A-Rod becomes yet again -- fascinating.

"One of the reasons is because he becomes, instantly, the Yankees' 800-pound gorilla. They have to assemble a roster for next season, they are due to pay A-Rod $21 million and they can have little idea how much or what level this version of Rodriguez could play.

"He is 39. He has had two major hip surgeries. He has missed all of the 2014 season and played just 44 major league games in 2013. At this point it is probably not safe to assume Rodriguez is clean, but if he is, can he perform adequately without illegal performance enhancers?

"And what makes this trickier for the Yankees is they will have to go forward with him occupying a spot on the 40-man roster. It is the only way they have any chance to receive insurance money on that $61 million they still owe him -- if he proves unable to play at some point next spring training or during the season. Thus, they just can't cut him now, as much as they likely have the urge."

Rodriguez has amassed 2,939 hits, 654 home runs and 1,969 RBIs on a career .299 batting average in 2,568 regular-season games with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, per ESPN stats.

The full GQ Magazine article can be read in full here.

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