#43 - Alex Rodriguez
There is no question that A-Rod is one of the greatest players in baseball history, and SURELY he should place higher on this list than number 43. After all, Rodriguez racked up a .295 lifetime batting average, bashed 696 home runs, drove in over 2,000 runs(RBI), scored over 2,000 runs scored, holds the record for grand slams at 25, and totaled over 3,000 career hits.
But wait…there’s more!
Rodriguez is also a 14-time All-Star, he won three American League Most Valuable Player Awards, earned ten Silver Slugger Awards, and on defense, earned two Gold Glove Awards.
So HOW is A-Rod NOT top 5 in this list?
Simply: The use of performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez was suspended from baseball not once, but TWICE for PED use. As a result, there’s no way to accurately assess how much of his stellar numbers can be “attributed to better living through chemistry.” Because of this, A-Rod finds himself just outside of the top 40 in Dimino’s list!