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Alex Rodriguez desires his Yankees No 13 retired regardless of sophisticated legacy: ‘Dream come true’

Alex Rodriguez desires his Yankees No 13 retired regardless of sophisticated legacy: ‘Dream come true’


Alex Rodriguez has perhaps probably the most sophisticated legacy in not simply New York Yankees historical past, however perhaps all through everything of Main League Baseball.

The No. 1 total choose in 1993 heard the loudest of each cheers and boos throughout his 22-year profession, when he hit 696 residence runs, received three MVPs, a World Collection and 10 Silver Sluggers.

In 12 seasons with the Yankees, he hit .283 with a .900 OPS – a Corridor of Fame worthy efficiency. The up-and-down nature of his tenure, although, appears to be the rationale why the group has not but retired his No. 13.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, #13, waves to the followers after taking part in his closing sport as a Yankee towards the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees received 6-3. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Rodriguez admitted again in October that the truth that his quantity shouldn’t be in Monument Park “bothers” him. Nevertheless, talking with Fox Information Digital in a current interview, he is aware of it’s “not my place to say” whether or not he deserves the consideration.

“I’d love that – that may be a dream come true,” Rodriguez mentioned. “However that’s Hal Steinbrenner’s and Randy Levine’s determination. If they are saying it’s a superb factor, I’ll be the primary one there. If not, I’ll nonetheless love the Yankees and assist the Yankees and hope they win a championship this yr.”

Nobody rose, fell and rose once more fairly like Rodriguez. Outdoors actually having the ability to make a headline throughout his prime, his fandom fell off a cliff when he was suspended for 211 video games for performance-enhancing medication in 2013. It was the second time he had been busted, additionally coming clear in 2009. It was ultimately lowered to “simply” for everything of the 2014 season.

Throughout that point, he was extraordinarily essential of, and threatened to sue, the Yankees, whom he had spent the final 10 years with at that time. Even when preventing his suspension, and shortly after he returned from it, he heard rousing boos from not solely opposing ballparks, but additionally, the Bronx trustworthy towards faint cheers.

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A fan holds a banner in reference to Alex Rodriguez, #13 of the New York Yankees, throughout a sport towards the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 13, 2013 within the Bronx borough of New York Metropolis. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Photos)

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Nevertheless, as he hit 33 residence runs in 2015, most had been forgiven (after all, “FORG1V3” shirts have been bought on Opening Day that yr), and at his final sport in 2016, he left the sector to a standing ovation. It was not fairly Derek Jeter-like, however the mere thought was unimaginable lower than two years prior. In considerably of a comedic twist, Aaron Decide was referred to as up the next day.

In fact, since retiring, he has turn into one of the vital prevalent baseball voices, becoming a member of Fox as an analyst and likewise doing “Sunday Night time Baseball” broadcasts on ESPN prior, changing into a fan favourite and teaming up with outdated frenemy Jeter.

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From left to proper, Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, Jose Altuve, David Ortiz and Derek Jeter speak throughout a broadcast earlier than Recreation 2 of the ALCS between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Houston. (Alex Bierens de Haan/MLB Images by way of Getty Photos)

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No Yankee wore the quantity post-Rodriguez’s retirement till Joey Gallo was acquired in 2021. They despatched him away in 2022 after a tenure which may have introduced extra boos than Rodriguez at Fenway Park.

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Written by bourbiza mohamed

Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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