A-Rod’s last game to be August 12.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A-Rod will continue to be paid by the New York Yankees until Dec. 31, 2017, but after August 12, 2016, it will not be as an active player.

A-Rod and the Yankees announced that Friday, August 12 will be A-Rod’s last game as a player, then he will be released and finish his contract as a special advisor and instructor.

A-Rod (unless a miracle happens) will fall short of 700 homers. He finishes his career 4th on the all-time HR list. He currently has 696 HR. He is 20th on the hit list with 3114. He won 10 Silver Slugger Awards, 3 MVPs, 2 Gold Gloves, and was a 14x All-Star. Baseball Reference lists him as the 2nd greatest SS ever (after Honus Wagner, Derek Jeter is 12th, and yes, Alex hasn’t played SS since 2003, but they list him at SS, not 3B).  1 batting title, 5 HR titles, 2 RBI titles, led league in runs scored 5x. Led league in doubles once. Stole 329 bases. .295 career hitter. Led league in hits once. A 40/40 man in 1998. Led league in slugging 4x, OPS 2X. OPS+ 2X. Total bases 4x. Besides the 3 MVP titles, he finished second twice, third once, and was Top 10 ten times in his career.

He should have been a HOF lock, but his PED usage will keep him out. Unless some change of writers’ minds put guys like Barry Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire in (and none of those were suspended for a whole year like A-Rod was), A-Rod won’t make the HOF.

OPS+ 140. 162 g. average .295-41-121 and 19 SB.

Over 2000 runs scored (8th all time), over 2000 RBI (2nd all-time officially, 3rd if Babe Ruth’s pre-1920 RBIs are included. The RBI became an official stat in 1920).

A great, but tainted, career comes to an end.

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