Sep 21, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) grounds out allowing a runner to score and a man to advance during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Molitor: 'Alex Rodriguez does not belong in Hall of Fame'

New York Yankees suspended third baseman Alex Rodriguez has his fair share of critics and those who wish he would just go away after years of alleged abuse of performance-enhancing drugs which resulted in a 162-game suspension and you can include Hall of Famer Paul Molitor among that group.

When Molitor was asked by the Canadian Baseball Network if he felt the suspension handed down to Rodriguez was justified he said, “I don’t think he was overly targeted by Major League Baseball. I [didn't] think they would impose such a severe suspension. I know that there was not a positive drug test, but there was just cause.”

When the topic of the Hall of Fame came up and whether Rodriguez has a place in Cooperstown among the greatest to ever play the game, Molitor was adamant that ‘he does not belong.’

“Regardless of where [Rodriguez's] career was going, from the information I’ve been exposed to and from what I have read, I don’t think he will get in.”

That seems to fall in line with voters for the Hall of Fame who have not voted in the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro after their connection to steroid use.

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