Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season in baseball.  A-Rod is not the most liked baseball player by any means and a lot of that has been brought upon himself.  This post isn’t about if you like A-Rod or agree with everything he has done.

Last week, I was listening to Mike & Mike and they posed a question, “Would you trade places with Alex Rodriguez?”  That’s what today’s post is about.

Now, before you say no let’s weigh the pros and cons of this.  These are only a few that I can rattle off the top of my head.  I’m sure there are more, but these will help illustrate both sides.


  • You are suspended from baseball for the 2014 season because you took illegal banned substances.
  • Because of taking those PED’s, you probably will not make the Hall of Fame and despite all the gaudy numbers you will have put up, people will always look at you as a cheater.
  • You aren’t well liked with fans and your teammates.


  • More than likely most fans will not care one way or another what you did during your playing days as time goes on.
  • You still are a good looking, strapping 6′ 3″ professional athlete.
  • You never failed a drug test.
  • Here’s the biggest reason: YOU HAVE MADE AROUND $342 MILLION SINCE 2001 BECAUSE OF YOUR PLAY ON THE FIELD WHETHER IT WAS PED ENHANCED OR NOT.  Your kids, your kids’ kids, and probably your kids’ kids’ kids will be taken care of for years to come.

So the simple question of would you trade places with Alex Rodriguez boils down to this.  Would you take the PED’s to enhance your ability, land two record contracts, give you the successes in baseball you always dreamed of, take care of your family and kids, but now you are banned from baseball, your legacy is forever tainted, people despise you, WOULD YOU DO IT?

But wait…

Before you answer, I want to throw out the case of an average schlep like Melky Cabrera.  Cabrera in 2012 was in the final year of his contract playing lights out.  Then he failed a drug test and was banned the remainder of the regular season, 50 games.  He was eligible to come back on his team, the San Francisco Giants, for the post-season, but his teammates voted not to allow that.  The Giants went on to get a World Series title, Cabrera playing 113 games but none in the postseason received a World Series ring, and then signed a free agent contract 2 years $16 million.

I’ve talked with many former baseball players that didn’t get close to the majors and would take Melky’s situation in a heartbeat.  A-Rod’s situation would be icing on the cake.

So back to the question, would you trade places to secure your family financially have those accolades that might be tainted, yet be involved in a huge scandal that will probably ruin your legacy?

I know people who if there was a weight loss drug that would enhance their body’s ability to lose weight, but might have an illegal substance in it that may or may not cause a few side effects, they’d do it in a second no questions asked.  This really isn’t that much different.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.  But to get the ball started, I’ll tell you my thought.  I wouldn’t mind trading places.  I’ve already got people who don’t like me and I don’t have $342 million dollars.  At least this way, I could dry the tears from my eyes (crying from the hurtful words they’re posting on the internet) with hundred dollar bills and my family would be provided for which if you have a family is what your ultimately trying to do.

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