“You never know how many he's going to hit.”
—All-Star Derek Jeter

“I’m Alex’s biggest fan. I brag on him so much that my teammates are sick of me talking about him.”
—Jeter

“We're here to support him through it. I don't condone what he did. We don't condone what he did. And Alex doesn't condone what he did. And I think at this point now it's our jobs to try to help him be as comfortable as he can on the field and try to move past this.”
—Jeter

“He got a second chance and didn't make good on it.”
—Broadcaster Bob Costas

“Our styles are pretty much alike. Alex has a really good chance to be the best shortstop ever.”
—Hall of Famer Cal Ripken

“It’s obvious to everyone he’s a special player. The thing that impresses me most is his maturity on the field.”
—Ripken

“The sky’s the limit with Alex. He is a natural.”
—All-Star Ken Griffey Jr.

“Boy, he makes the game look easy with some of the things he does.”
—Former Team USA coach John Anderson

“He’s the best player in the game.”
—Former teammate Rafael Palmeiro

“The way he’s going, someday he might bat .400 and hit 60 home runs.”
—Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette

“He’s got it all—power, speed, good hands and range.”
—Former big-league manager Whitey Herzog

“He is without a doubt the best player in baseball, but I only hope that someday he might be as a good a player as he is a person.”
—Former Rangers manager Jerry Narron

“He’s not afraid to pull people aside if they’re not pulling their weight.”
—Former Rangers manager Johnny Oates

“We knew Alex had a lot of potential, but I don’t think people were expecting all this.”
—Former teammate Edgar Martinez


“He’s full of desire, the way he prepares himself. Just by watching him, you keep learning all the time.”
—Veteran big leaguer Ricky Ledee

“He came out and told what he did, that's all you can ask for a guy.”
—Rangers All-Star Cliff Lee

“I don't know if I believed him. If you are putting some thing in your body for three years you should know what it is. If not, that's dumb.”
—White Sox All-Star Alex Rios

“A-Rod's numbers shouldn't count for anything. I feel like he cheated me out of the game.”
—Astros All-Star Roy Oswalt

“I support Alex 100 percent. He admitted he made a mistake. Obviously, I don't condone anything like that, but as far as I'm concerned he's still my friend. I'm going to show support in good times and bad.”
—Rangers All-Star Michael Young

“I think there's always going to be some doubt until he does something [special] to be accepted at the pinstriped gates and into the pinstriped corral.”
—Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson

“He comes to work with more tools in the box than anybody in the game.”
Jackson

“Every big league player should aspire to be like Alex Rodriguez.”
—Former Mariners manager Mike Hargrove

“He really is one of the best players in the big leaguesl.”
—Teammate Jorge Posada

“He's a world champion. No one can say anything about him anymore. He's performed in October. He's performed on the biggest stage. He's got a World Series ring coming his way, and he deserves it.”
—Yankees GM Brian Cashman

“He's a weapon. Every time he steps up to the plate, everyone is in scoring position.”
—Yankees manager Joe Girardi

“In a world that made sense, Alex Rodriguez would be the symbol of Latin ascendance over the game of baseball.”
—Sportswriter Allen Barra

“None of his good deeds on the field have any sustainability. All that lingers are his mounting malfunctions.”
—Sportswriter Joel Sherman

 

 


Derek Jeter,
Black Book Partners archives

 

 

 


Rafael Palmeiro,
2003 Topps T205

 

 

 


Edgar Martinez,
2002 Topps Heritage

 

 

 


Reggie Jackson, 1976 Kellogg's

 


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