On Friday night, Alex Rodriguez played in his final game in New York Yankees pinstripes. The embattled former slugger and three-time American League MVP was released immediately following the game. After a 1-4 performance that included a one-out stint at third base, A-Rod was serenaded off the field to a standing ovation of cheers from the Yankee Stadium faithful.
For the 41-year old Rodriguez, on the decline of his career and posting career-worst numbers this season, it seemed the writing was on the wall and that Friday would be his last game in the major leagues – he’s supposed to transition into an adviser role with New York following season’s end. A-Rod has not muttered the word retirement just yet, and has reportedly left the door ajar for a return to the big leagues, where he sits just four home runs away from 700, where he would join Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth as the only men in the history of the game to reach the plateau.
That being said, it does appear as though Friday was Rodriguez’s last game – in pinstripes:
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Could it be the quickest release of all-time? Following Miami Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s reported season-ending groin injury, the club is seeking another bat to come in and propel the team towards a playoff berth.
Miami sits just 0.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the National League. With a growing roster and Don Mattingly at the helm, it looks like this is the time for the team to go for it, and they’re considering all options – including a certain Alex Rodriguez, native son of Miami, FL.
Will A-Rod end up in Miami? Who knows. There’s a few obstacles, namely the notion of no designated hitter role in the National League, which would force Rodriguez to play the field – something he hasn’t done regularly in several years. Ideally Miami would transition him to first base, a position he attempted and quickly dismissed over his last two seasons in New York.
Then there’s the other question: could he actually help? Rodriguez is hitting an even .200 this season and isn’t getting any younger. His chase for 700 home runs might be worth it alone for the Marlins to fill out their stadium the rest of the way.
The idea of A-Rod continuing his playing career is fun to imagine, especially if he joins a ball club that is as close as the Marlins are to a playoff spot. Consider this story one to keep a close eye on.