“Straight from the A-Rod memoir” Why did Alex Rodriguez leave the Texas Rangers?

Alex Rodriguez became the 20th player, and the first shortstop in MLB history to hit 50 homers in a season.

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez IMAGO/UPI Photo

Shortstop and third baseman Alex Rodriguez also referred to as “A-Rod” was one of baseball’s greatest players, with a 22-year career in the Majors. He played the majority of his career with the Yankees, where he retired in the year 2016.

He ended his career with a .295 batting average, 696 homers, over 2,000 RBI, over 2,000 runs scored, over 3,000 hits, and over 300 stolen bases. In the year 2000, during the month of December Alex Rodriguez was involved, in what was the known as the largest contract of the time, with the Texas Rangers.

The contract was $252 million for a 10-year deal. But soon after a few seasons the Rangers feared they might have made a mistake. And thus made Alex available during the 2003-2004 offseason.

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Alex Rodriguez’s career in the Bronx

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

But what led to Texas Rangers making the decision to let go of one of their best players, who won three Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves, while attending three All-Star games and winning the 2003 Most Valuable Player award, with the Texas Rangers. It was the economic factor that came into play. Alex Rodriguez’s contract became a heavy weight on the shoulders of the Rangers.

While almost ending up with the Boston Red Sox, in December of the 2003-04 season, Alex Rodriguez ended up in the hands of the New York Yankees who accepted the $179 million remaining on his deal, while trading second baseman Alfonso Soriano and shortstop prospect Joaquin Arias.

Alex spent the rest of his twelve years with the New York Yankees, with phenomenal numbers and stats to his name. Hitting .283/.378/.523, in his time with the Yankees with a .900 OPS and 136 OPS+. He also added 1,580 hits, 351 home runs and 1,096 runs driven during his tenure with the Yankees. Appearing in seven All-Star games Rodriguez also won two MVP’s and three Silver Sluggers with the Yankees.

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Leslie currently majoring in English from St. Xaviers Kolkata, is an MLB writer for FirstSportz. He's involved in sports such as football, volleyball, chess, and boxing. He loves traveling and exploring the unknown. Currently, he is delighted with his profession as a writer.