I mean, he did say just this past March that he hoped to play another five seasons or so.But for a consummate professional, one who knows his best ball-playing days are likely behind him, while firmly planting roots in the New York area, leaving for greener pastures wasn’t a logical option.

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“The rank-and-file lunch-box-carrying people just never really took to him.” Perhaps the most talented and notorious player of his era, Rodriguez is set to play his final game for the Yankees on Friday night at home against Tampa Bay.

New York plans to release A-Rod after the game, even though the team must pay him about $7 million for the rest of this season and $20 million more next year.

“My job description does not entail a farewell tour,” manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, explaining Rodriguez’s disappearance from the lineup.

A-Rod, who turned 41 last month, has hit .283 with 351 homers and 1,095 RBIs for the Yankees, helping lead them win their 27th Series title in 2009 but often failing in other postseasons.

There were the lawsuits, later dropped, against Major League Baseball; the Major League Baseball Players Association, Yankees head team physician Dr. In the April 2001 issue of Esquire, he transformed from Jeter’s friend to frenemy.

Christopher Ahmad and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. “Jeter’s been blessed with great talent around him.

And 1,578 of his 3,114 hits and a majority of his 696 home runs have been for New York.

He was on the field for spring training workouts at sunrise, perhaps the hardest worker on a team of proven professionals. ” said broadcaster and baseball historian Keith Olbermann, whose family had Yankees season tickets from 1972-2012. Alex’s era with the Yankees is one of the most barren in franchise history.

Fans at ballparks on the road held up signs deriding him as “A-Roid” and “Cheater.” Before the World Series title, he was considered an automatic October out, his stature diminished by an 8-for-59 (.136) postseason funk from 2004-07 that included 18 consecutive hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position.

And he leaves with just six postseason RBIs in his last 79 at-bats.

So for me, as a fan of big number 25, I will put Teixeria’s lingering injuries out of mind, and focus on what made him so great.