(NEW YORK) — If there was any doubt the New York Yankees were unhappy with third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the team has publicly admitted their displeasure with the former All Star.
A-Rod has been on the shelf all season while recovering from hip surgery, but even though he’s expected back this season, that didn’t stop Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner from criticising him.
“There have no doubt been times that we’ve been disappointed in him and we’ve conveyed that to him,” Steinbrenner said. “He understands that.”
Steinbrenner admitted he and the team have been “disappointed” based on his $275 million contract. Following his 2007 MVP season, Rodriguez opted out of his $252 million contract to sign a 10-year extension with the team.
“Look, everybody is human. Everybody makes mistakes. If you’ve got a guy over the course of 10 years, there are going to be times any of us makes mistakes in that period of time,” Steinbrenner continued.
Steinbrenner also admitted to ESPN’s Buster Olney recently that Rodriguez was unlikely to live up to his contract despite his Hall of Fame resume.
Rodriguez joined the Yankees in 2004. He has one World Series title and two MVP Awards during that span.
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Jill Martin, CNN