After 22 seasons, Alex Rodriguez, one of the most talented and polarizing figures in Major League Baseball history, played his final game on Friday, going 1 for 4 in the New York Yankees’ 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 41-year-old delivered the final hit of his big-league career with a first-inning double into the right-center field gap off Rays starter Chris Archer.
New York announced last weekend that this would be the final game in pinstripes for Rodriguez, who will be released after a career in which his numerous on-field accomplishments often took a back seat to his off-field exploits, which included a drug suspension, celebrity girlfriends, high-stakes poker games and seemingly daily tabloid photos during his 12 seasons (not counting his suspended 2014 season) in New York.
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Whether or not A-Rod will gain enshrinement into the Hall of Fame remains to be see, but – PED use aside – the raw numbers will be hard to ignore.
1: American League batting title (1996).
1: World Series championships (2009 with the Yankees).
2: American League Gold Glove Awards (2002-03).
3: American League MVP Awards (2003, 2005, 2007).
3: Major League Player of the Year Awards (1996, 2002, 2007).
4: American League Hank Aaron Awards (2001-03, 2007).
10: American League Silver Slugger Awards (1996, 1998-2003, 2005, 2007-08).
14: All-Star Game appearances (1996-98, 2000-08, 2010-11).
.295: Career batting average.
329: Career stolen bases.
548: Career doubles.
696: Career home runs, fourth on baseball’s career list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
2086: Career runs batted in, second to Aaron’s 2,297 since RBIs became an official statistic.
2021: Career runs scored.
2,784: Career games played.
3115: Career hits.
$7,103,825: What the Yankees owe Rodriguez for the rest of this season.
$20 million: What the Yankees will owe Rodriguez next season.
Compiled by Stu Rosenberg