Alex Rodriguez to retire after 2017 season

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez told ESPN’s Andrew Marchand that he would retire after the 2017 season, when his contract is set to expire. News of Rodriguez’s decision was posted to Twitter by ESPN’s SportsCenter.

BREAKING: Alex Rodriguez tells @AndrewMarchand that he will retire after 2017 season when his contract expires. pic.twitter.com/DoaUiGlxrU

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 23, 2016

Though the news does come off at somewhat surprising, it wasn’t exactly obvious. After all, Rodriguez is 40 years old and will turn 41 in July, and 42 years old is definitely old in baseball years.

And Rodriguez will certainly be leaving behind quite the legacy. As of now, he has a .297 lifetime batting average with 687 career home runs and 2,055 RBI. Rodriguez also has 3,070 career hits and appeared in 14 All-Star games while winning three MVP trophies and a World Series ring in time not only with the Yankees, but with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

However, Alex Rodriguez will also leave baseball as not only one of the best players to ever play the game, but also one of the most polarizing. Keep in mind that he made headlines in 2001 when he signed a 10-year, $252 million contract with Texas after demanding such a deal in free agency, only to ask for a trade three years later, with the Yankees ultimately making the deal. Rodriguez then opted out of that contract after the 2007 season before agreeing to a new 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees.

Oh, and let’s not forget that he was suspended for all of 2014 for his role in the Biogenesis steroid scandal.

Just the same, love him or hate him, there’s no doubt that Alex Rodriguez left his mark on a lot of fans, and the game will surely miss him in some way.

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