First Jeter, now A-Rod. The 20-year MLB vet, 40, will be hanging up that number 13 jersey next year to focus on fatherhood. Yup, Alex Rodriguez is retiring!
Alex Rodriguez is taking his final swings this year. He announced on March 23 that he’ll be retiring at the end of next season — which will be the final year of his contract with the New York Yankees. He’s been with the team since 2004.
“I won’t play after next year,” Rodriguez told ESPN on Wednesday. “I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be dad.” Alex has two children with ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis, Natasha, 11, and Ella, 7, so he has a lot to focus on on the home-front even if his baseball career is over.
A-Rod enters 2016 with 687 home runs. He has tallied his highest number of home runs (33) and runs scored (83) since 2008, most at-bats (523) and games played (151) since 2007, and his best slugging percentage (.486) since 2010. And get this — if he averages 14 home runs per year over the next two seasons, he’ll pass the legendary Babe Ruth on the all-time list. NO BIG DEAL!
Of course, this is rough news for the New York Yankees…the team will be losing one of its greatest players of all time once Alex’s career is up. Plus, it doesn’t help that they lost Derek Jeter to retirement in the 2014 season. Looks like we’re about to have a whole new era of Yankees! Fans reacted the way you’d expect them to, with both happiness and hate.
Even though the 2016 baseball season is just around the corner, Alex is making headlines for more than just his ball playing. As we previously reported, he’s in a brand new relationship with Anne Wojcicki, 42, the ex-wife of Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. Anne is reportedly worth billions, and the two have been seen on a few dates together. So exciting!
Are you shocked that A-Rod is retiring, HollywoodLifers?! Or did you see this coming?