Major League Baseball may not be the same after this season. First, David Ortiz announced this was his final season, then two days ago Mark Teixeira announced this would be his last as well. Now, Alex Rodriguez is stepping off the field.
With only one start since July 22, on Friday, A-Rod will play his final game. After that game, he will then be released and become a special adviser and instructor for the Yankees.
Rodriguez, 41, has $21 million owed to him for the 2017 season plus the remainder of his $21
million of this year’s pay.
With this announcement, Rodriguez Hall of Fame career has come to an end but joins the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens of players that may not be in the HOF because of PEDs. He missed the entire 2014 season because of a suspension for PED use. It was his second time admitting to using.
This season, A-Rod has been a bench player since he is only hitting .204, 9 home runs and 29 RBIs. He has only played 62 games.
With three MVPs, 14 All-Star appearances, his 696 home runs is fourth on the all-time list. 351 came have came as a Yankee which puts him sixth on their all-time list.
During his press conference, Rodriguez said he does believe his new role with start at the beginning of the 2017 and he will be returning home after his final game.
“I have not thought past the pinstripes. My horizon is Friday.”