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Alex Rodriguez Poker Gambling Scandal: Could His Career Be Over?

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Alex Rodriguez could be in big trouble with Major League Baseball due to his alleged involvement in underground high-stakes poker games. And a suspension from baseball might not be out of the question.

In fact, Rodriguez was present at one poker game where drugs were present and a fight broke out when a participant lost half a million dollars. Allegedly, his exploits in this underworld of illegal gambling go back to 2005.

Rodriguez's star has taken a huge hit in the past few years over steroid allegations and his constant failures in the playoffs. Even though A-Rod won a World Series in 2009, it was due more to the fact that Cole Hamels imploded and the Phillies choked.

Now, Rodriguez's career could finally be finished. He has 626 career homeruns; good enough to put him in position to usurp Hank Aaron for the "legitimate" homerun title, but injuries have slowed him down quite a bit this year.

Rodriguez has just 13 homeruns in 344 at-bats on the season, which is his worst total since his rookie season. A rod knocks ball out of glove 2004 alcs

Rodriguez faces a probe by MLB and will be questioned for his alleged participation in these illegal poker games. Could it be enough to make him hang up the cleats? Perhaps so.

He has all the money in the world, and when you consider that he's the epitome of a "money-first" player, records and winning don't mean jack to him when it comes down to it.

One of my lasting memories of Alex Rodriguez will be in the 2004 ALCS when he pulled a bush league move by knocking a ball out Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo's hand when making a play in a critical moment. Alas, the A-Fraud legacy began.

Most people outside of New York will remember the A-Fraud who couldn't deliver when it counted. And now his career could end by being forced to retire over the public shame of being involved in illegal underground gambling.

Couldn't happen to a nicer athlete.

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