Alex Rodriguez has announced Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of his contract with the New York Yankees.
Rodriguez, who is also known as A-Rod, who plays as an infielder told ESPN about his retirement that will officially take effect at the end of his contract next year. He stated that he really enjoyed playing the sport and now he is ready to become a dad.
“I won’t play after next year. I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez suited up for the Yankees in 2004 after he was traded by the Texas Rangers for second baseman Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias. He then signed a signed a 10 year contract in 2007 worth $275 million including $10 million signing bonus and $275 million guaranteed. He was also awarded with $27.5 million annual average salary and going into the 2016 season, Rodriguez will earn a base salary of $20 million and a signing bonus of $1 million with a cap hit of $21 million.
But his life in and out of the field had its highs and lows especially when he was suspended for the entire 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
“It’s been a lot of fun. 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 added.
But USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale believes that the announcement is a mere deception that would bring everyone in a circus as the 40-year old Rodriguez still has years left in his baseball career. He will turn 42 by the time of his alleged retirement and Nightengale states that Rodriguez has bonus clause in his contract and if he retires he is leaving $18 million behind.
This was also the thought of Rodriguez’s publicist, Ron Berkowitz, who stated that nothing is official as regards to the two-year retirement tour for Rodriguez.
“Nothing is ever official until you officially retire. He has two years left on his current deal and plans to play it out, and then the contract will be done,” Berkowitz explained.
Before the Yankees, Rodriguez also played for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. During his 20-year career, Rodriguez has amassed a .297 batting average, 687 home runs, over 2000 runs batted in (RBI), over 2000 runs scored, and over 3,000 hits. He is a 14-time All-Star and has won three American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards. Rodríguez is the career record holder for grand slams with 25.
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