Alex Rodriguez Announces Retirement From Baseball After 22-Year Career

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees will retire from baseball at the end of the week following his final game on Friday (Aug. 12, 2016).

Rodriguez announced his decision during a press conference on Sunday (Aug. 7, 2016) at Yankee Stadium. After Friday, he will be released from his player contract to become a special advisor and instructor with the Yankees through Dec. 31, 2017.

CNN reports:

“This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team,” an emotional Rodriguez said at a press conference at Yankee Stadium, where he was not in Sunday’s starting lineup. “Today, I’m saying goodbye to both. I never thought I could play for 22 years.”

The three-time MVP nears retirement with 3,114 hits and 696 home runs, good enough for fourth on the all-time homer list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). He was voted to the All-Star Game 14 times and signed a $275 million contract with the Yankees in 2007 — then the richest deal in baseball history.

But Rodriguez’s gaudy stats were tarnished in the eyes of many by his admission in 2013 that he had used performance-enhancing drugs. He was suspended for the final weeks of that season and all of the 2014 season before rejoining the Yankees last year.”

Read more about the future of Rodriguez’s career over on CNN.