Alex Rodriguez’s time as a player for the New York Yankees is just about over. At a press conference today, the Yankees made it official he would be hanging up his cleats after the August 12th game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He will be released from his player contract and become a special adviser and and instructor for the New York Yankees through the end of the 2017 season.
The New York Yankees designated hitter has struggled this season, batting only .204 and hitting just nine home runs. He has driven in 29 home runs, and slugging a career low (minus 1994 when he came up for 17 games) .356. It has been evident all season the 41 year old former MVP has reached the end of his career.
A-Rod has had a long, successful, but highly scrutinized career. 2016 will mark the end of a 22 year career, in which he spent 12 seasons with the Yankees, seven with the Seattle Mariners, and three with the Texas Rangers. Over those 22 seasons, Rodriguez won three MVPs, went to 14 All Star games and won one World Series, back in 2009 when the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rodriguez is also the member of some of MLB’s most exclusive clubs. He is a member of the 500 home run club, and has also collected over 3,000 hits. There is no doubt Alex Rodriguez is one of the most statistically dominant players in the history of the game.
But that is where the questions begin to cloud his legacy. Rodriguez has admitted to using PED’s, and was even suspended for the entire 2014 season. Pair his use of steroids with the lies he initially told, and his big time personality, and Rodriguez became one of the most hated men in baseball during his career.
Towards the end of his career he also suffered from several hip injuries, missing time on several occasions. But now he has made it official. Heading into 2017 there will be no more A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez will be an alumni of MLB.
So whether you love him or hate him, one of the most statistically gifted players has retired. While he will no longer be making headlines on the field, you can sure count on hearing his name moving forward as people debate if he should be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.