Today, Andrew Marchand got Alex Rodriguez to say that he’ll retire when his contract expires at the end of the 2017 season.
I’m not buying it. Not entirely, at least. Alex Rodriguez rebuilt his career off and on the field last season, hitting .250 with 33 home runs and 86 RBIs. He currently sits at 687 career yacks, and needs only 76 more to pass Barry Bonds on the all-time list. Let’s assume A-Rod performs well the next few seasons, with a slight regression following each year. If he hits 30 home runs in 2016 and 25 in 2017, he will only need 21 home runs to pass Bonds. I think you would have to be insane to come that close and hang it up.
Some people will argue that nobody will want to sign a 43 year old man to their team, but there is tremendous value in signing the player who can realistically pass Bonds on the list. That’s an exceptional amount of ticket sales coming from fans who want to see him hit, and 763 Home Run t-shirts would absolutely fly off the shelves.
If Alex continues to hit home runs over the next two seasons, he will not retire. I’ll believe it when I see it, and I am certain that he’ll keep going. If you spend so much of your life devoted to playing baseball why wouldn’t you try to go all the way and become the Home Run King?