Farewell, A-Rod. It wasn’t supposed to end like this

Players of Rodriguez’s caliber usually get a victory lap, but the eternal Yankee has spent 2016 playing a young man’s game like he’s 40 years old

Whichever way it was supposed to end, it was not supposed to end like this.

Alex Rodriguez announced at a joint press conference with the New York Yankees on Sunday that he would play his final game on Friday at Yankee Stadium, against the Tampa Bay Rays, and that after the game he would be given his unconditional release from the club – at which point he would sign a contract with the Yankees to return to the team as a special adviser and instructor through the 2017 season.

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