Alex Rodriguez has popped into the news every now and again this season, which is much less than what Yankees fans are used to. The main reason behind it is Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season due to his ties in the Biogenesis scandal. Rodriguez had made it clear he’s not going to retire and ‘go away’, but he will return next season to help the Yankees win their 28th World Championship title. Hal Steinbrenner recently reiterated Rodriguez’s statements while attending a conference where MLB will announce the next commissioner later today.
“I have not talked to A-Rod,” said Steinbrenner, “but we expect him back. That’s the plan.”
Rodriguez and Steinbrenner have both made it clear that Rodriguez will be on the roster next season barring the federal investigation of the Biogenesis case affecting him; Rodriguez’s associates, including Rodriguez’s cousin were charged in the FBI probe, but there’s more to Rodriguez returning than just him saying he’s going to be back. There’s a main question as to whether Rodriguez can physically return to baseball form considering he had two hip surgeries since 2009. While there is uncertainty, having Rodriguez in the lineup next season could provide a boost and it doesn’t hurt to have him there for power, a place the Yankees are seriously lacking this season.
Now this is the ultimate waiting game for the Yankees: will A-Rod return to form or not? I guess we’ll answer that next season.