Alex Rodriguez Might Hit 600 Home Runs, But He Won't Hit Cooperstown

Jason KimCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 22:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees runs the bases  against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 22, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is one shy of hitting the 600 home run mark.

He can hit 800 by the end of his career, but he won't hit Cooperstown with the rest of baseball's legends...ever.

This situation best relates with Mark McGwire, but even he wasn't close to the required number of votes to get in the Hall of Fame.

He got 25 percent of votes, but players need 75 percent to get in. McGwire was maybe the most exciting hitter to see when he was in his prime, just like how A-Rod was in Texas, or when he's chasing history.

But there's going to be a time when you retire, and your stats might line up with the greatest of the greatest, and become eligible for the HOF.

There's no reason to be eligible if you've taken steroids. Simply, 75 percent of the board won't select you.

Yes, I am aware of the fact that he apologized and he admitted that he was "naive" during his interview after we baseball fans all found out.

Yes, I am aware that he only used them when he was with the Texas Rangers.

Yes, I am aware that A-Rod still had All-Star stats with the Seattle Mariners before he came to Texas.

But once you cheat in America's pastime, there is no way of landing in Cooperstown.

I am a big Yankees fan, and I am not ashamed to cheer for A-Rod every at-bat.

But you can't hide the fact that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

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