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Would A-Rod Retire?



By Mike Silva ~ February 9th, 2009. Filed under: Mike Silva.

On October 6th, 1993 Michael Jordan suddenly retired despite being at the top of the NBA world. He had just come off his third championship, a gold medal, and his celebrity was bigger than ever. Despite all that, the death of his father and gambling allegations were enough to drive Jordan from the game – temporarily.

On last night’s show, NYBD Contributor Frank Russo cited conversations with those around baseball who wonder if the latest controversy would be enough for Alex Rodriguez to do the same. Could the years of fan scorn, tell all books, locker room controversies, and now steroids make A-Rod ride off into the sunset?

A-Rod has made approximately $200 million in his career to date. Walking away from the remaining $275 won’t be easy, but dealing with the New York fans and media might make it worth it. He is still only 32, if he took two years off like Jordan, he could come back and still be a top player. The time off could do him good and perhaps it would make him a more sympathetic figure. Imagine the headline if A-Rod said the game drove him to retirement? Imagine the story if he came back?

Many believe Jordan was forced to go away for a short while by David Stern. There is no proof to that allegation, but it never was a crazy thought. The steroid situation is about to get very ugly and A-Rod will be at the center of it for the foreseeable future. A-Rod walking away would make life a lot easier for Bud Selig.

Knowing that A-Rod has never been able to channel criticism and make it work positively, this theory makes all the more sense. The big difference is that A-Rod, unlike Jordan, would allow the players union to pressure him into doing something he didn’t want. Having their best player retire amidst this scandal would be a huge blow to Gene Orza and company.

The plot is thickening and the story will continue to have twists and turns. The best thing for the Yankees and A-Rod might just be him walking away.

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