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Alex Rodriguez: Another New York Yankee Is Retired

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The Alex Rodriguez Era in New York comes to an end tonight.

It was announced in a surprising press conference that after tonight’s game, Alex Rodriguez will no longer play for the New York Yankees and is in essence, a “free agent.”

On February 16, 2004, the Texas Rangers traded Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for Alfonso Soriano. He was moved to 3rd base due to the Yankees having another Hall of Famer at Shortstop, Derek Jeter.

Over the next 12 years, he would help the Yankees get their first World Series in nine years and in those playoffs had six homers, 18 runs batted in, and a .378 batting average. Over the 12 years of him being in New York, he had 351 Homers (6th on New York Yankees list), 1095 Runs Batted In (11th on All- Time Yankee List) , and had a stat line of .283/.378/.523.

In addition, he was a seven-time All-Star, two-time MVP, and a three-time silver slugger award winner. While those are great numbers, he had a dark cloud hover over him for a majority of his career of Steroids. During his time with the Yankees, he was involved with Biogenesis which saw him sit out all of 2014.

Prior to him getting suspended, he drove the Yankees and the New York sports fans through hell as he started planning on suing everyone within the Yankees organization.

I am someone who listens to constant sports radio, mainly WFAN and ESPN NY. I remember there were countless times Yankees fans who called in and basically wanted him out of New York. What I seem to understand is how come two years later Yankees fans are now cheering this guy.

Did I miss something in a memo or what?

This guy made the headlines in New York weekly and now he is being cheered.

As far as his future, I don’t see him staying fully retired. There have been several reports of teams like the Miami Marlins who have had some internal interest in him. Being that he is so close to the 700 mark, nothing would shock me to see him playing on another team maybe within a month, if not defiantly by next season.

As far as the Yankees, I see them using some of the rookies in the DH role for the time being. It will be interesting to see if they still using one of the rookies in the DH role.

I am not upset that he is done with the Yankees, he constantly choked in the postseason and I felt he was more of a celebrity and less of a ball player. I know people have their thoughts about Derek Jeter, but he was more of a ball player than Alex Rodriguez.

Recently, I did an article on should Alex be in the Hall of Fame and I said he should be in, eventually. I don’t see him getting in right away nor does he deserve to be in right away.

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