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But it doesn't work that way.

However, the athlete affectionately known as A-Rod will remain part of the organisation until 2017, staying on as a special adviser and instructor. "And today I'm saying goodbye to both". So far this season, Rodriguez is only hitting.204 with nine home runs and a minuscule 29 runs batted in. He's started only once in 15 games since July 22.

Alex Rodriguez made his major league debut in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners. The 41-year-old Rodriguez did not hide that he was none too happy about how he has barely been given playing time lately.

Gardner said he was not surprised by the extraordinary season Rodriguez had in 2015, when, after missing a season because of a PED suspension, he returned to hit 33 home runs the year he turned 40.

After a dozen years of acting more like a pinhead fool than a pinstriped hero, Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez is finally quitting baseball.

A-Rod opted out of the contract after the 2007 season, became a free agent and signed his $275 million deal with the Yankees. The Yankees have grown increasingly frustrated with Rodriguez's incentive laden contract and would have cut hit before reaching the 700 home run plateau anyway.

Alex Rodriguez will play the final game of his career Friday and become a special instructor and advisor for the Yankees.

In fact, that's the sort of thing a team does when they're trying to force a player out with a minimal loss of face for everyone involved - there is, after all, the important distinction that Rodriguez is going to be released before he retires, meaning he will collect the $21m he is due from the Yankees next year. As part of his wide-ranging duties, Rodriguez will provide the Yankees regular feedback and analysis regarding the club's minor league system. The terms of his departure will stun the baseball world. That said, Rodriguez made it count.

"It's sad to see Alex going like this", teammate Brett Gardner said. Rodriguez also admitted that it had been embarrassing to sit on the bench, another reason he may have felt it was time to call it quits.

After that, for reasons Rodriguez will likely never explain, he must have gone straight from the parade to Anthony Bosch, the patron saint of Biogenesis, and joined the parade of Biogenesis All-Stars who got suspended by then-Commissioner Bud Selig. He retires after winning a World Series for them, the only one in which he played, and winning two AL MVP awards with the Yanks, and getting an even more ridiculous contract from NY when he opted out of his old Rangers contract during the 2007 World Series. He hit.312 with 17 homers and 78 RBIs last season. He holds the all-time record of 25 grand slams.

Rodriguez led the Yankees to their 2009 World Series title, but it's been a tumultuous tenure since he arrived before the 2004 season in a trade with Texas.

Josh Dunagan, 18, and a "die-hard" Yankees fan, traveled from Boston to watch the game.

A-Rod's final game will be against Tampa Bay.

A-Rod said he'll go home to Miami following Friday's game and he thought his new duties would begin during spring training next year.

Rodriguez said the agreement arose out of conversations over the past few days with Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. That past is worth remembering, but over the last two weeks they've helped ensure the future will be one to celebrate as well.

"There was some drama with him back and forth, but you know what he's a Yankee at the end of the day, as a Yankee fan you gotta appreciate what he did for the team", Besmir Ismaili added. "Alex has already proven to be a willing and effective mentor to many players who have come through our clubhouse, and I am confident that this next phase of his baseball life will bring out the best in Alex and the next generation of Yankees".

"Of course, I think I can play baseball".

When asked by a reporter what made him decide to step down almost two months before the end of the season, Rodriguez said: "That was the Yankees' decision and I am at peace with it". "Those were not the cards I was dealt, and I'm at peace with the organization's decision".

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