Alex Rodriguez pulled a fast one on his diehard fans and announced in a last minute press conference that he’s been released from the team, and will be playing his final game with the New York Yankees on August 12. The Yankees held the presser just hours before their August 7 game against the Cleveland Indians.
Alex Rodriguez‘s Yankees teammates made up the audience at the conference room at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx, at 11:00am on August 7, as the MLB great took to the podium alongside the teams management. Alex burst into tears, and announced that he will play his final game on Friday, August 12, and will then be released by the club following the game.
Alex will then become a special instructor and advisor for the Yankees until December 31, 2017. His career in Major League Baseball is officially over as of 2017. “At 18 I just wanted to make the team. I never thought I could play for 22 years…No athlete ever ends their career the way they want to. They all want to keep playing,” A-Rod said, visibly trying to keep it together. As for his new position in the Yankees’ clubhouse, Alex said:
“I want to make it clear, I’m not a coach, I’m not coaching. I’m excited about the possibility of bringing value to these young players. For a guy like me who’s been to hell and back, who’s made every mistake in the book, I want to make sure they don’t. I want to remembered as a guy who tripped a lot but kept getting up.” He made a sweet joke about how he’ll maybe be able to coach his daughters’ pee-wee basketball team, though!
Alex Rodriguez becomes emotional reflecting on 22-year MLB career: "At 18, I just wanted to make the team." https://t.co/WA20AYmKDM
— ABC News (@ABC) August 7, 2016
To say this news is shocking is an understatement. A-Rod, 41, is legendary, one of the most high performing players in the history of Major League Baseball. To announce his release from the Yankees in a surprise press conference just two hours before a game was quite the blow to fans. We’re not calling out the ref here; we’re getting in a rhubarb with the Yankees themselves.
A-Rod is a 14-time All-Star and three-time MVP in the American League with over 2000 runs batted in (RBI) and 696 home runs — coming in fourth behind Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. It’s sad that he’s being let go right now, since he’s just four homers shy of 700.
But his performance this past season noticeably diminished. Once the GOAT, he now has a .204 average with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 216 at-bats, and has largely been absent from his designated hitter position. This came after being demoted from third baseman after 12 years with the team, after the massive doping scandal that rocked his career.
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