I do not think anyone is shocked by this recent announcement considering how the Yankees do not want A-Rod but are stuck with him because he is still owed $42 million over the next 2 seasons. A-Rod is currently 40-years-old and will turn 41 in July. Last season, he showed he still has some baseball left in the tank by hitting 33 home runs and 86 RBI’s. A-Rod served primarily as the Yankees DH. This came one season after A-Rod’s famous one-year suspension from baseball due to PED’s.
A-Rod is just another incredible athlete from my childhood who is finally retiring. He joins the likes of Derek Jeter, Kobe Bryant, and eventually David Ortiz in retirement. These athletes were staples for their respective teams, and are surely missed to this day. Steroids or not, A-Rod was an incredible athlete. Do I think he belongs in the Hall of Fame? Yes, I think all of the steroid era players belong in the Hall because they were the best players of their respective generation. Do I think he will get into the Hall of Fame? No I do not. The voting process for the Hall is extremely broken and I do not want to get into that. Like him or hate him, (probably hate) A-Rod had an incredible career that is worth recognition.
Here’s a clip of A-Rod getting drilled by Ryan Dempster. I think all Boston fans can appreciate this:
On a serious note, here's A-Rod's 500th career home run: