Last week, the New York Yankees announced that they would hold a press conference related to the status of Alex Rodrguez. The team annouced that the upcoming week would be A-Rod’s last week as the Yankee’s third baseman, forcing him into retirement.
Rodriguez said that the move was not his decision, but Friday’s home game against the Tamp Bay Ray will be his last. Afterwards, A-Rod will transition into the Yankees’ ambassador, instructor and special advisor to the organization’s co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner. He will collect the rest of his salary this year and also the guaranteed $20 million he is scheduled to make next year.
Speaking of his new role, A-Rod said,
“I’ve always said I’m a teacher at heart. It’s something I’ve done my entire career, but more specifically since 2004 when I got here to New York. It’s a role I think I’m going to enjoy, and the goal never changes for us. We want to bring a world championship back to the fans of New York.”
He also said he hadn’t thought about managing before:
“The sad part is, it ended too quick, as it usually ends for most athletes who feel they can play forever. The great news is, I’m going to be in a role I think I’m going to enjoy. I’m also going to learn a lot. The fact that Hal asked me to do this is something that I’ll treasure.”