This must be the week for the Yankees and retirement.
When it was announced yesterday that the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez would be having a press conference today it was widely assumed that this meant that the slugger would be announcing his retirement at the end of the season. As it turns out, his last game will be Friday.
A-Rod will be released from his player contract and take on a role with the Bronx Bombers as an advisor and instructor. In what will now be his final year in Baseball, Rodriguez is batting only .204 with a .609 OPS and has been demoted to the bench.
Many of the articles or opinions being brandished about concerning Alex Rodriguez concerns his lofty contracts and PED use, as he infamously signed the largest contract in sports ($252 million for ten years with the Texas Rangers in 2003) and being caught using PEDs twice, the latter resulting in a full season suspension in 2014.
Rodriguez will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022, and statistically he should be a lock. He is 4th all time in Home Runs (696), 2nd all time in RBIs (2,084), 19th all-time in Hits (3,114) and 8th overall in Runs Scored (2,021). He will retire with a career slash line of .295/.380/.550 and a bWAR of 117.9. His trophy case has 3 MVPs, 14 All Star Game Appearances, 10 Silver Sluggers and 2 Gold Gloves. 5 times he led the league in bWAR, has a Batting Title, 4 Slugging Titles and 5 Home Run Titles.
Statistically, the biggest knock on Rodriguez was his poor playoff performance and while that is true, he did gain some kind of redemption with his 2009 playoff run, where he helped the Yankees win the World Series.
We say all of this but we know why he won’t get in.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are not likely to be inducted and they were never actually caught.
While we say all of this we will be doing our best to watch his final at bats as a Major League Player and it looks like we have another player who will be ranked in our top five on the Notinhalloffame.com Baseball list in what may be perpetuity.