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Alex Rodriguez retiring from MLB on August 12th – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 9th, 2016 by Ian

Alex Rodriguez retiring from MLB on August 12th
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Friday August 12th has been circled on the calendar as the date of the final Major League Baseball game for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. The controversial 41-year-old native of New York City will leave the ball diamond for the final time against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on the 12th and will then begin a new chapter of his career early next year when he becomes an instructor and special adviser with the famous club. Rodriguez and the Yankees announced the player’s retirement before taking the field against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on August 7th.

Rodriguez was banned for the entire 2014 MLB campaign for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs and he came back strong in 2015 by belting 33 home runs and adding 86 RBIs as the team’s designated hitter. However, his batting average was just .224 after September 1st and he finished the year with a .250 batting average. Rodriguez will leave the game as a 14-time MLB All-Star and a three-time MVP of the American League. He hasn’t played much this season as he’s had just 216 at bats with a .204 average along with nine homers and 29 RBIs.

He has found himself on the bench more often than not over the past several weeks with just over a half-dozen plate appearances and one start since the 22nd of July. Rodriguez held a televised press conference which hinted that the fourth-place Yankees felt it was better for everybody involved if he retires. Rodriguez stated, “Of course I think I can play baseball. You always think you have one more hit in you. That wasn’t in the cards. That was the Yankees’ decision and I’m at peace with it. We all want to keep playing forever, but it doesn’t work that way.”

The Yankees recently traded away veteran players Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Ivan Nova and Andrew Miller as they appear to be going with younger players as they push for a playoff spot. In addition, the Yankees also recently announced that first baseman Mark Teixeira will be retiring from MLB at the end of the current season at the age of 36. Rodriguez is just four home runs short of 700 and is fourth on the all-time list. Barry Bonds leads the way with 762 homers followed by Henry Aaron with 755, and Babe Ruth at 714. He’ll be released by the Yankees on August 12th and is expected to rejoin the club for his new duties at spring training in 2016.

Rodriguez’s salary for this year and 2017 is $20 per season and he’ll be paid in full. It will signify the end of his 10-year, $275-million contract. The former infielder helped his New York teammates win the World Series in 2009 after joining the club from the Texas Rangers in 2004. He also won a pair of MVP awards with New York, but admitted in 2009 that he had dabbled in performance-enhancing drugs when playing with the Rangers. He also had injury problems in the last eight seasons with half a dozen visits to the disabled list since 2008. These included surgeries on both hips, his right knee and left hand.

MLB suspended him in August of 2013 for the rest of the campaign as well as the entire 2014 season for using banned substances and trying to cover his tracks. However, the suspension was appealed and reduced to just the 2014 season. Rodriguez’s MLB career began in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners. He originally played at shortstop, but moved to third base with the Yankees as Derek Jeter was the team’s shortstop. Rodriguez definitely has Hall of Fame numbers, but could possibly be snubbed for Cooperstown due to his drug controversy.

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