To anyone hoping that Alex Rodriguez would be donning Yankee pinstripes any time soon: fuggedaboudit.
According to a story by David Lennon of Newsday, when pressed at Yankees spring training about whether or not he is retired, A-Rod replied “yes I am.”
Serving as a guest instructor at the Yankees spring home, George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, A-Rod said that his time in pinstripes meant too much to him to retire as a Yank (versus playing elsewhere), even though he sits just four home runs shy of 700.
Given his unconditional release from the team last August, Rodriguez did say he considered playing for another team and even had a few offers, but was emphatic about his prospects for re-thinking his retirement on Tuesday.
“Zero,” A-Rod said when asked if he’s felt the urge to return. “I haven’t had those thoughts.”
— Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) February 21, 2017
The ever-controversial and at times mercurial Rodriguez will be forever remembered for things good and bad. On the good side he was a 10-time Silver Slugger award winner, five-time AL home run champ, two-time Gold Glove winner, and 2009 World Series champion. On the bad side, he missed all of the 2014 season for violating the league’s PED policy and attempting to subvert the league’s investigation.
Rodriguez appeared in 2,784 games with three clubs over 22 seasons, including the Yankees, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. The Yankees are still paying him $21 million in 2017.
A-Rod sits fourth on the all-time home run list with 696, behind Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds. He also ranks third all time in RBIs (2,086).