Alex Rodriguez to retire on Friday


New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will play his final game this Friday

One of Baseball’s most prolific – and at times controversial – players, Alex Rodriguez announced that he will play his final game this Friday, August 12.

WATCH: A-ROD RETIREMENT PRESS CONFERENCE

A-Rod moved to DH, has had a rough season

Its been a tough year for Rodriguez, who was moved to the Designated Hitter role and spent lots of time on the bench. Rodriguez is hitting only .204 with 9 home runs and 29 RBIs, some of the worst stats of his career.

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At age 41, the Yankees clearly believe Rodriguez’s best days are behind him, and apparently pushed him to retire sooner rather than later.

Will Rodriguez really retire?

While this seems like the end of the line for Rodriguez, there is speculation that he will jump back into the game.

As Harvey Araton put it in the New York Times, “Four home runs short of 700, 18 shy of Babe Ruth, this image- and achievement-obsessed man, once photographed kissing his reflection in the mirror, is going to retire just because Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman decided it was time?”

Rodriguez himself said during his press conference, “Of course, I think I can play baseball. You always think you have one more hit in you.

While it’s too soon to tell, we may not have heard the last from A-Rod.

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