Donald Trump: Alex Rodriguez is a liability, George Steinbrenner would fire him
Donald Trump is one of the most well-known Alex Rodriguez haters in America. There is no shortage of A-Rod haters with the way the 2012 postseason has gone, but Trump leads the pack. He’s been quick to take shots at Rodriguez oftentimes in the past, but Tuesday afternoon may have been the hardest The Donald has ever come down on him.
“I would terminate his contract, personally,” Trump told The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “I think George (Steinbrenner) would’ve done that. I would terminate his contract on the basis that when he signed, he didn’t say that he took drugs. Since he signed his contract, they found out that he took drugs. … He actually admitted that he took drugs. Now he’s not taking drugs anymore, and without the drugs, he’s a less than average player.”
Trump added that he had a “bad experience” with A-Rod when he lived in his tower in New York. He would not go into detail about what happened but simply said he is not a fan of him as a person or a player.
“I don’t think he’s an asset, I think he’s a liability to the Yankees,” Trump continued. “They’re paying him $30 million a year, and he strikes out every time he comes up in a playoff game. How about like $1 million instead of $30 million, because that’s what he’s worth?”
Rodriguez was recently voted one of the most overrated players in baseball by his peers and is obviously one of the most overpaid players in the game, but that’s how baseball contracts work. If you want to land a player in his prime, you have to accept that you’ll be paying way too much for him when he’s in his late-30s. That’s exactly what has happened with A-Rod, it just happens to be magnified on the postseason stage.