VIDEO: Alex Rodriguez Plays His Last MLB Game Friday; “Both A Happy and Sad Day,” Says A-Rod
By Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports // August 7, 2016
41-Year-Old Alex Rodriguez
ABOVE VIDEO: Alex Rodriguez addresses the media on Sunday. Hear why he wanted his final game to be this Sunday.
(FOX SPORTS) – This wasn’t his decision. Alex Rodriguez said that the Yankees informed him a few days ago that they wanted to release him. The news surprised him. The terms of his departure will stun the baseball world.
The relationship between Rodriguez and the Yankees is not ending badly. In fact, it is continuing, Rodriguez said, first with him playing one final game at Yankee Stadium on Friday, then remaining with the team as an ambassador, instructor and special advisor to principal owner Hal Steinbrenner.
Rodriguez, in an exclusive interview with Fox Sports, said that the Yankees agreed to play him at designated hitter on Friday after the team returns from a three-game series in Boston.
He then will be released, collecting the balance of his guaranteed $20 million salary this season and his entire guaranteed $20 million salary next season.
“It’s both a happy and sad day,” said Rodriguez, who was scheduled to hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday. “I’m obviously disappointed but I’m also at peace with their decision.”