What Alex Rodriguez Can Teach Us About the Federal Reserve

A-Rod may not have ever studied economics, but he can still teach a lot about monetary policy.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares to watch a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C.

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Not that Bernanke's happy about it. In his recent testimony on the state of the economy before the Joint Economic Committee, the Fed chair urged lawmakers to address the looming fiscal cliff, and to do it carefully, without hurting the economic recovery.

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They're both polarizing.

Just ask other MLB players, who recently voted A-Rod the second "most-hated" player in the league, according to a poll from Men's Journal. His fellow players also last year voted A-Rod the "most overrated player" in baseball in a Sports Illustrated poll.

Gallup may not ask Americans who their "most-hated" policymaker is, but the nation is certainly divided on Bernanke. In April, 39 percent of Americans told Gallup that they trusted him a "great deal" or a "fair amount" on the economy, versus 46 percent who said "only a little" or "almost none."

Some criticism has been more blunt. During his run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry famously said that it would be "almost treasonous" for the Fed to "print more money."

They spend a lot of time at the ballpark.

While Alex Rodriguez trains on the field, Bernanke goes to the ballpark to unwind. The Fed chairman is an avid baseball fan, and has often been spotted at Washington's Nationals Park.

Danielle Kurtzleben is a business and economics reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter at @titonka or via E-mail at dkurtzleben@usnews.com.