Alex Rodriguez Retiring After New York Yankees’ 2017 Season
Alex Rodriguez announced on Wednesday he’s retiring after the the New York Yankees’ 2017 season. The 40-year-old baseball player, who has been in the major leagues since he was 18-years-old, said in an interview, “It is time for me to go home and be dad.”
“I won’t play after next year,” Rodriguez told ESPN on Wednesday. The MLB star will walk away from the game at the end of his 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees. Rodriguez currently has 687 career home runs, putting him in fourth place behind Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762). It’s unlikely that Rodriguez will be able to catch up to either Aaron or Bonds’ all-time records, but there’s a good chance he’ll surpass Yankees legend Ruth.
Rodriguez is one of the more controversial major league players, both on and off the field. He was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season for being caught using performance enhancing drugs, including testosterone and human growth hormones. As a result, Rodriguez received a ton of negative press. But when he returned to the Yankees in 2015, the baseball star made a major comeback by hitting 33 home runs, and also began to restore his tarnished public image.
Rodriguez is also well known for his love life off the field, having been in high-profile relationships with many famous women, including Cameron Diaz, Madonna, and Kate Hudson. He’s currently Anne Wojcicki, the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
UPDATE: Rodriguez claimed later Wednesday that his comment was taken out of context, and he has not yet decided on the future of his career. He now tells the New York Post, “I’m thinking in terms of my contract, which ends in 2017. After that, we’ll see what happens.”