Well, we can say that baseball has been interesting for the New York Yankees as of late. Coming into the season we knew that first baseman, Mark Teixeria, was going to retire at the end of the year. Alex Rodriguez announcing his retirement is a huge shock. It’s more of a shock because I didn’t think it would happen any time soon.
Now, Teixeria retiring is a great thing. He has achieved a lot with his time in the MLB. He won 5 Golden Gloves, 3 All Star awards, and a World Series in 2009. He has had a fulfilling career that couldn’t end any better, except for maybe winning one more World Series. Hah! The Yankees already gave up for the season.Honestly though, Teixeria’s production has been on the decline and he can’t stay healthy. He was going to be a free agent at the end of the season any way and the Yankees more than likely were not going to resign him.
Now on to A-Rod. He surprising announced his immediate retirement early to middle of last week. For being a DH his production was awful, especially coming off a season like last year. Rumor around the MLB was that the Yankees wanted to move A-Rod to the minors. He more than likely was not okay with this and stopped the train before it started. He knew he wasn’t doing well and chose retirement over demotion.Seriously though, who can blame the guy?? Would you want to end your career in the minors? No. I didn’t think so. A-Rod may be a terrible human being, but as far as baseball goes he was one of the greatest of all time. His 20 year career will not be forgotten.
A-Rod was the number 1 overall draft pick for the Mariners in ’94 and did not disappoint. He won 3 MVP’s, 2 Golden Gloves, and was a 14 time All Star. He also won a World Series in 2009. Who could be upset at a career like that? His last game will be Friday and he will retire, but work for the Yankees front office.
At the end of the day both talents will be missed. Whether you loved or hated them, they both achieved great things in their careers and will at least get looked at for the MLB Hall of Fame. So, hats off to you gentlemen!