“Why can’t Alex Rodriguez be like me?” David Ortiz declares his Hall of Fame profile crowns him superior to 14x All-Star A-Rod

David Ortiz was inducted in to the MLB Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2022, but A-Rod on the other hand is yet to etch his name in HOF. Ortiz states that in this respect he's better than the Yankees superstar in a recent podcast.


“Why can’t Alex Rodriguez be like me?” David Ortiz declares his Hall of Fame profile crowns him superior to 14x All-Star A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz (Image via ESPN)

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz recently made a few comments about New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez that points toward the longstanding rivalry between the two being intact and the difference still being there despite the two being friends.

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David Ortiz was a guest on the latest episode of Abriendo El Juego Podcast and went into great detail on the two MLB greats have been compared their entire careers. Ortiz said, “People often want you to be what they want and I don’t agree with that, because not even the fingers on the hands are the same.” He added that people have to learn to love players the way they are and not compare them to others.

Ortiz said that people would always compare him with Rodriguez and comment that he should be more like the Yankees star to which he replied “but why can’t Alex Rodriguez be like me?” When probed about where David Ortiz is better than A-Rod he said with a smile on his face, “I’m a Hall of Famer and Alex is not.” Now, that has definitely got to hurt A-Rod’s ego!

David Ortiz was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2022 in his first year of eligibility. His illustrious career spanned over 20 years and played the majority of it with the Red Sox. Ortiz has been the recipient of a lot of accolades including — 3x World Series, 2013 World Series MVP, 10x All-Star, and 7x Silver Slugger Award among others.

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Ortiz has also had a batting average of .286 and had 2,472 hits and 541 home runs. Some might say that Alex Rodriguez’s resume is a touch superior than that of Ortiz but there is a reason why he hasn’t been inducted into the HOF despite being eligible.

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Why isn’t Alex Rodriguez in the Hall of Fame?

Alex Rodriguez (Image via The Ringer)
Alex Rodriguez (Image via The Ringer)

Alex Rodriguez played in the MLB for 22 seasons and has amassed a plethora of awards and records to his name. A few of his accolades include winning the 2009 World Series, 14x All-Star, 3x AL MVP, 10x Silver Slugger Award, 2x Gold Glove Award, 4x AL Hank Aaron Award, and the 1996 MLB batting champion.

A-Rod also has a .295 batting average along with 3,115 hits and 696 home runs. Despite such a decorated resume, Alex Rodriguez hasn’t been considered for the Hall of Fame because of his history with doping.

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The Yankees legend has admitted to being a part of the Biogenesis scandal in which a lab provided athletes with banned PEDs. He was suspended initially suspended for 211 games but later it was brought down and he eventually had to sit out the entire 2014 season. Not only this, but A-Rod was also doping during his stint with the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003.

Despite being a slam dunk for Hall of Fame selection, his long-standing history with the use of steroids is the main reason why Alex Rodriguez isn’t in the Hall of Fame.

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