Yankees slugger and former World Series Champion Alex Rodriguez has announced that he will be retiring after the 2017 season, when his contract with New York expires.

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The news came via SportsCenter’s Twitter account, which revealed A-Rod broke the news to ESPN senior writer Andrew Marchand.


For the large majority of his 21-year career, Rodriguez has been one of the most dominant, if not the most dominant, players in the game. He is a 14-time All-Star, 3-time AL MVP, and has led the American League in home runs 5 times in his career, including a consecutive 3-year stretch from 2001-2003. However, his career will also be forever linked with controversy, stemming from the lucrative nature of his contracts, and a performance-enhancing drug scandal that earned him a season-long suspension from the MLB. He signed a free agent contract with the Texas Rangers in 2000 worth $252 million, the richest in the sport at the time. 7 years later, he would sign a similar contract with the Yankees–10 years, $275 million–that would keep him signed throughout the end of next season, which is when A-Rod will hang his cleats up.

Career stats? As of right now, A-Rod is 4th all-time in home runs with 687, which is 75 off Barry Bonds‘ pace. He’s racked up 3,070 hits, and is also 4th all-time on the RBI list at 2,055, 242 off of Hank Aaron‘s pace. He’s got two seasons to add to those totals, so let’s see how he does.