‘‘Those players who have violated the program have created scrutiny for the vast majority of our players, who play the game the right way,’’ baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. ‘‘We continue to attack this issue on every front — from science and research, to education and awareness, to fact-finding and investigative skills.’’
Picked first in the 1993 amateur draft, Rodriguez reached the majors at age 18 with Seattle and was an All-Star by 20. He seemed destined to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game, and appeared in line to break the all-time home run record — he ranks fifth with 647.
Yet for all his accomplishments, Rodriguez has been reviled by fans as much as celebrated, especially later in his career. His off-field antics, enormous paycheck and playoff failures have often overshadowed his feats at the plate.
The Yankees are now saddled with an aging star slowed by two hip operations. They still owe him around $94 million, raising questions about whether his dwindling production is worth that price.