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Alex Rodriguez to retire from MLB after 2017 season

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It appears we now know when the A-Rod era will be over in Major League Baseball.

Alex Rodriguez, who will enter his 22nd season in the majors this year as he moves into a permanent role at designated hitter for the New York Yankees, has announced that once his contract his up in two seasons, he is done with playing the sport.

"I won't play after next year," Rodriguez told ESPN. "I've really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be dad."

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Alex Rodriguez was the top overall draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 1993 amateur draft, spending just a season and a half in the minors before making his debut with the big club in 1994. He would shine on a Mariners team that fell just short of making it to the World Series with A-Rod, Ken Griffey Jr. and other superstars.

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In 2001, Alex Rodriguez signed what was at the time the biggest contract in sports history when he agreed to a 10-year, $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers. That arrangement would last just three seasons, as he was traded to the New York Yankees before the 2004 season.

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ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 2: Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Texas Rangers hits his 300th career home run during the fifth inning of the game against the Anaheim Angels at Edison Field on April 2, 2003 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Alex Rodriguez speaks to the media during a press conference at Yankee Staduim 17 February, 2004, to formally announce him to the team. Rodriguez, a shortstop who likely will move to third base, was traded to the Yankees from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later. Rodriguez has a guaranteed contract for 189 million USD over the next seven years. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees poses for pictures while standing in the Yankees dugout following a press conference at Yankee Stadium 17 February 2004 to formally announce him to the team. Rodriguez, an All-Star and the richest player in Major League Baseball with a guaranteed contract for 189 million USD over the next seven years, joined the New York Yankees after baseball commissioner Bud Selig gave final approval of a trade from the Texas Rangers. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Manager Joe Torre (L) and Derek Jeter help Alex Rodriguez (C) put on his pin strips at a press conference that announced Rodriguez as the newest New York Yankee on February 17, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Alex Rodriguez (L) and Derek Jeter joke at a press conference that announced Rodriguez as the newest New York Yankee on February 17, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Rodriguez, who was traded from the Texas Rangers, is the highest paid player in baseball, securing a $252 million, 10-year deal with the Yankees. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
TOKYO - MARCH 27: (L to R) New York Yankees head coach Joe Torre, Hideki Matsui, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano RIvera attend the training session at Tokyo Dome Stadium March 27, 2004 in Tokyo. The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will play each other in the season-opening games March 30 and 31 at the Tokyo Dome. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Image)
BOSTON - JULY 24: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees gets into a fight with catcher Jason Varitek #33 of the Boston Red Sox after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch in the third inning on July 24, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 24: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees walks to first base with hitting coach Don Mattingly #23 after a fight with Jason Varitek #33 of the Boston Red Sox in the third inning after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch by pitcher Bronson Arroyo on July 24, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Both Rodriguez and Jason Varitek of the Red Sox were ejected from the game. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Pitcher Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Boston Red Sox has the ball knocked out of his glove by batter Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees on a tag-out at first base as first baseman Kevin Millar #15 looks on in the eighth inning during game six of the American League Championship Series on October 19, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Pitcher Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Boston Red Sox has the ball knocked out of his glove by batter Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees on a tag-out at first base as first baseman Kevin Millar #15 looks on in the eighth inning during game six of the American League Championship Series on October 19, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE - JUNE 8: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees follows the flight of his 400th career home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning, against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 8, 2005 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rodriguez is the 40th player to reach 400 home runs and the youngest in MLB history at 29 years and 316 days. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees sends the ball into the left field seats for his 500th career home run in the first inning against Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals on August 4, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The blast came on the first pitch he faced and was a three run home run. Rodriguez became the 22nd player in history to hit 500 home runs. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrates his 500th career home run in the first inning against Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals on August 4, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The blast came on the first pitch he faced and was a three run home run. Rodriguez became the 22nd player in history and youngest to hit 500 home runs. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31: Baseball player Alex Rodriguez during NBC's New Year's Eve 2008 with Carson Daly in Times Square on December 31, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images)
TAMPA - FEBRUARY 17: Infielder Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees talks during a press conference as Manager Joe Girardi (L) and General Manager Brian Cashman (C) listen February 17, 2008 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field February 17, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. The Yankees third baseman admitted to taking a substance known as 'boli' acquired with his cousin in the Dominican Republic in 2001. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
TAMPA - FEBRUARY 17: Infielder Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees talks during a press conference February 17, 2008 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field February 17, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. The Yankees third baseman admitted to taking a substance known as 'boli' acquired with his cousin in the Dominican Republic in 2001. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Mark Teixeira #25 and Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrate after they scored on a 2-run double by Hideki Matsui #55 in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrates after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrates with the trophy after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Derek Jeter #2 (R) and Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrate after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrates with the World Series trophy after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks alongside New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (R) alongside shortstop Derek Jeter (L) during an event honoring the 2009 World Series champions of Major League Baseball in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, April 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees connects on his 600th career home run in the first inning as John Buck #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays and home plate umpire Tim McClelland look on on August 4, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: Fans of the New York Yankees hold up a banner in reference to Alex Rodriguez who earlier in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays hit his 600th career home run on August 4, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: The scoreboard is seen after the game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Alex Rodriguez of New York hit his 600th career home run in the first inning of the game.(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) David Robertson #30 and Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees look on from the dugout dejected against the Detroit Tigers during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TRENTON, NJ - AUGUST 2: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees talks to the media after going 1-2 with a home run in a rehab game for the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Fightin Phils at Arm & Hammer Park on August 2, 2013 in Trenton, New .Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
TRENTON, NJ - AUGUST 2: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees steps up to the plate as fans hold up a sign proclaiming 'Cheater' in a rehab game for the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Fightin Phils at Arm & Hammer on August 2, 2013 in Trenton, N.J.. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 05: Fans of the New York Yankees cheer and hold signs as Alex Rodriguez steps uo to bat against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 05: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees gets his first hit of the season, a single in the 2nd inning, against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a home run as well as getting his 3000th career hit in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during their game at Yankee Stadium on June 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: The scoreboard acknowledges Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees after he hit a home run as well as getting his 3000th career hit in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during their game at Yankee Stadium on June 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: Sports writer and baseball collector Zack Hample poses for a photo with Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees after giving Rodriguez the ball from his 3,000th hit at Yankee Stadium on July 3, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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With New York, Rodriguez moved from the shortstop position to third base (as the Yankees already had Derek Jeter at shortstop). He won his only World Series championship in 2009 and has a list of accomplishments that includes being named AL MVP three times, an AL All-Star 14 times, 10 Silver Slugger awards and two Gold Gloves. For his career, he has 687 home runs and 3,070 hits.

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Rodriguez has also had his share of controversy during his time in New York. In 2009, A-Rod admitted to using a banned PED during his time with the Rangers, issuing a tearful apology to his fans. In 2013, Rodriguez was found to be involved in a scandal involving athletes receiving banned substances from a Miami area doctor. He would eventually be suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result.

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