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Alex Rodriguez doesn't "belong" in Hall of Fame

Rodriguez will miss the 2014 season.
Rodriguez will miss the 2014 season..

Alex Rodriguez deserved his suspension and shouldn't be elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, according to Hall of Fame infielder Paul Molitor.

The New York Yankees star was given a 162-game ban by baseball arbitrator Fredric Horowitz following his alleged involvement with performance enhancing drugs.

Molitor believes that the suspension was justified and the third baseman has no place in the game's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

"I don't think he was overly targeted by Major League Baseball," Molitor told the Canadian Baseball Network. "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."

Molitor played his final season in MLB for the Minnesota Twins in 1998 in the midst of the alleged golden era of steroid abuse in the game.

Rodriguez was already in his fourth full season and sparking Hall of Fame whispers by 1998, batting .310 and hitting 42 home runs. He would go on to hit more than 40 homers in each of the next five seasons.

But despite what he has achieved in the game, Molitor believes the drug scandal has ruined Rodriguez's chances of getting into the Hall of Fame.

"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," said Molitor. "But hey, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds get roughly 30 percent of the vote."

When asked outright if Rodriguez should be voted in, Molitor was unambiguous with his response.

"No, I don't think he belongs," Molitor finished.

Rodriguez filed a suit last Monday in an attempt to overturn the verdict that will see him miss the entirety of 2014 season and post-season games. 

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