Alex Rodriguez is going to call it quits after his contract ends.
“I won’t play after next year,” Rodriguez told ESPN. “I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad.”
A-Rod, who will turn 41 on July 27, had a renaissance last year after being suspended for the entire 2014 season for taking performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez hit 33 home runs and drove in 86 runs in 151 games in 2015.
Rodriguez came to the Yankees in 2004 in a trade that rocked the baseball world when New York sent Alfonso Soriano to the Texas Rangers.
Despite winning two MVPs and a World Series with the Yanks, the mercurial slugger has never been viewed as a fan favorite, seemingly playing second fiddle to Derek Jeter.
Last season, the Yanks tried to block Rodriguez from receiving contract escalators after passing Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. The two came to a compromise as the Yankees donated the money to charity.
Over 21 seasons, A-Rod has tallied 687 home runs and 3,070 hits with a .297 average. Despite the gaudy numbers, it’s unlikely he will ever reach the Hall of Fame due to his PED use.
Source: New York CBS Local