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.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Sacramento Bee
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