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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez Announces Retirement

Legendary New York Yankee DH Alex Rodriguez announced his retirement today in an official press conference. Friday, Aug. 12 will be Rodriguez's last game.

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Fourteen-time All-Star and three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez, 41, originally planned to retire after the 2017 season.

The Yankees announced a press conference with Rodriguez with no reason specified, but the star's major slumps this season left no questions about the reason.

In 2015, A-Rod hit 33 homers and drove in 86 RBIs. This season, however, A-Rod has struggled at the plate, holding a poor .204 average with just nine homers and 29 RBIs in 216 at-bats. Since July 22, Rodriguez only stepped up to bat seven times in 14 games, and in his last six at-bats, he struck out five times. And, to add to the heartache, he only hit two home runs since June 3, which leaves him four shy of that goal of 700 career homers.

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General manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi were on hand, and the team was required to attend.

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Rodriguez's contract was set to pay him $20 million next season, but it's being torn up and he's signing a new one that's yet to be specified. It will run through 2017 like his previous contract.

Despite his scandalous history with performance enhancers and his continued visits to the DL, his career has overall been one of excellent baseball, not drama. Rodriguez consistently crushed records of all kinds during his career in the major leagues.

He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners out of high school as the first overall selection in the 1993 MLB draft, working his way up to becoming team's starting shortshop in 1996.

In 2000, he entered free agency, joining the Texas Rangers. He signed a 10-year, $252 million contract that at the time was the richest in baseball history.

Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees ahead of the 2004 season. He made history yet again when he signed a new 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees, extending his record for the sport's most lucrative contract.

In New York, A-Rod cemented his name in baseball history. He became the youngest player ever to hit 500 career home runs at age 32 in 2007. Then, in 2010, he became a career leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent.