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August 7, 2013

A-Rod should do the honorable thing and retire

A-Rod should do the honorable thing and retire

Between now until his contract ends after the 2017 season, Alex Rodriguez could make nearly $125 million in salary from the New York Yankees.

He should leave every last penny of it on the table and retire. And none of us should give him an ounce of credit for that eighth-of-a-billion dollars he’d be forfeiting.

At the risk of being chastised as a hopelessly misguided, Pollyana-esque, buffoon, I’ll simply say it’s the right thing to do.

The only thing to do.

For once in his career, A-Rod should do the right thing. Instead, he’s appealing his suspension and will be an embarrassment to the Yankees and the league for the rest of the season.

In short, he’ll demonstrate again why, in a Sports Illustrated poll, he was the landslide winner on the phoniest player in the big leagues.

If you’re injured, you have every right to take all the money, even if you’ve withered away into a .260-hitting, 15-homer, 38-year-old with no range. And, like Rodriguez, batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs last postseason, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers.

But that’s not the case here.

MLB and most every sane person believes he’s broken all the rules, lied and cheated, covered up and misled and taken every performance-enhancing drug and masking agent under the sun. He’s alleged to have taken 19 different drugs.

Think about that ... 19 drugs.

His fighting MLB is pathetic even by his loathsome standards. A-Roid and A-Fraud are more than nasty tabloid headlines. They couldn’t be more apt.

Legally, he could accept his 211-game suspension (about $33.5 million in salary lost) and the Yankees would still owe him about $91 million plus whatever percent of his $30 million in bonuses he might make for career homers 660-763. He currently stands at 647.

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