Alex Rodriguez retires from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Sunday that Alex Rodriguez played his final game on Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rodriguez ended a 22 year career season with achievement and controversy.

Rodriguez said at a news conference, that saying goodbye is the hardest part of the job.

Rodriguez was just short of 700 home runs  and only 18 behind Babe Ruth’s career total of 714.

Hal Steinbrenner, the team owner said, after spending several days discussing this plan with Alex, I am pleased that he will remain a part of our organization moving forward and transition into a role in which I know he can flourish.

The owner also said, Alex has already proven to be a willing and effective mento to many players, 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.

Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod, has 696 career home runs, which puts him fourth on the All-Time-Best List.

His role for the Yankees in 2017 will be as a special advisor and instructor.

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