Yesterday, the New York Yankees announced that they will be holding a press conference at 11am eastern standard time today with third baseman Alex Rodriguez, manager Joe Girardi, and general manager Brian Cashman.
At the time of the announcement of the conference, we didn’t know the exact reason why the Yankees chose to call a press conference, but now we do: Alex Rodriguez will be released following the conclusion of the Yankees game versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, August 12th.
“We all want to keep playing forever,” Rodriguez said. “But it doesn’t work that way.”
Rodriguez is expected to retire and then become a special advisor for the Yankees in their front office.
During this year’s spring training, Rodriguez let it be known that he was planning on 2017 being the final year of his career, meaning he would end up playing out the remainder of his contract with the Yankees. A-Rod’s poor play on the field this year has clearly altered the decision after a good bounce back 2015 season, however.
“I won’t play after next year,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad. It’s been a lot of fun,” Rodriguez said. “It has been very challenging at times, but it has been an incredible learning experience. I would say that the two years that I’ve probably enjoyed the most were my first when I was 19 and won the batting title with [Ken] Griffey and last year. The contrast of those two, at 40 and 18 or 19. It is hard to believe.”
Rodriguez is batting just .204/.252/.356 with 9 homers and 29 RBI’s this season after batting .250/.356/.486 with 33 homers and 86 RBI’s. He entered 2016 just 28 homers behind Babe Ruth for 3rd place all-time, and he now currently sits 4 homers away from becoming the fourth player in MLB history to join the 700 home run club.
Before Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Cabrera, and other MLB stars received massive contracts, Rodriguez was the poster child for one of the largest contracts in any of the four major professional sports. Rodriguez signed a ten-year, $252 million with the Texas Rangers on December 11, 2000, and was traded to the Yankees four years later.
Three years later, the Yankees made ‘A-Rod’ even more richer by signing him to another ten-year deal, with this one being worth $23 million more at $275 over those ten years.
Rodriguez’ all-time numbers would make him a surefire hall of famer, but in baseball, not even Ken Griffey Jr. can get every vote, and with Rodriguez’s troubled past with performance enhancing drugs, it’s very unlikely he will come close to being enshrined in Cooperstown.
Even without the hall of fame induction, no baseball fan will forget Alex Rodriguez. He was one of baseball’s first highly touted prospects, and as stated above, his numbers make him one of the greatest baseball players or all-time.
Despite his struggles this season, Rodriguez is projected to still hit four more home runs, which would give him exactly 700 home runs, and then would join Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds in the home run club. It should be interesting to see whether Rodriguez’s impending retirement leads to an increase in playing time.
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