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Alex Rodriguez To Retire From Baseball

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Alex Rodriguez

At age 41, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is retiring from major league baseball

New York Yankees icon Alex Rodriguez has announced his retirement from professional baseball. The announcement was made at a press conference on Sunday.

“A-Rod” will be released after the Yankees game on Friday and will assume an advisor role within the organization. The Yankees have agreed to pay the remaining $27 million left on Rodriguez’s contract through 2017.

Alex had this to say about his retirement:

“This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team.” “And today I’m saying goodbye.”

Once the Yankees release Rodriguez on Friday he will be free to sign with any team that may be interested in him. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that no team had expressed interest in Alex.

Hal Steinbrenner had this to say about the “A-Rod” situation:

“We have an exciting group of talented young players at every level of our system. Our job as an organization is to utilize every resource possible to allow them to reach their potential, and I expect Alex to directly contribute to their growth and success.”

Rodriguez has been a staple in New York for many years. He will retire as a 14-time All-Star with 696 career home runs. Alex is currently 4th on the all-time home run list. He trails Barry Bonds by 66 home runs but will not get the chance to pass Bonds for most all-time.

Rodriguez is the second Yankee to announce his retirement this week. Mark Teixeira also announced his retirement that will be effective at the end of the year.

“A-Rod’s” stats make the case for him to be a Hall of Famer at some point in the future. Many people do not expect to see Rodriguez in the Hall because of his mix-up with PED’s. In 2014, Alex was caught for the second time for PED’s and was suspended a full season. He had a comeback season in 2015 but has been a minor part of the Yankees this season.

Rodriguez is hitting only .204 with 9 home runs and 29 RBI’s in only 62 games this season.

Alex has been a star since 1996 when he was an All-Star at age 20. At age 25, Rodriguez left Seattle for the Texas Rangers. There he signed a 10-year, $252 million deal that became the largest contract ever for an athlete.

After spending time in Texas, Alex moved on to New York where he joined Derek Jeter and the Yankees.

“A-Rod” did his part in helping the Yankees win titles and now he has decided it’s time to hang it up.

Many Yankees fans and sports fans in general will miss the man who many called “A-Rod.”