NEW YORK — Not so fast, baseball fans. Alex Rodriguez might not retire in 2017 after all.
ESPN reported Wednesday that the New York Yankees slugger was retiring when his 10-year contract is set to expire.
“I won’t play after next year. I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be a Dad,” Rodriguez said to ESPN in an interview.
However, Rodriguez told The New York Post in an email later that day that he didn’t necessarily mean he was officially retiring.
“I’m thinking in terms of my contract which ends in 2017. After that, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got two years and more than 300 games to play,” Rodriguez said to The Post.
A source told The Post that Rodriguez was only thinking in terms of contract and that there is still a lot of time and games to play before it ends. Within the two years, he has the potential to tie Barry Bonds’ all-time home run mark of 762, according to the Post. Rodriguez is currently fourth on the all-time home run list and only needs to his 27 more to tie Babe Ruth’s record.
If another contract is offered to Rodriguez, he could decide to continue his baseball career.
Though Rodriguez doesn’t confirm his retirement, his spokesman Ron Berkowitz confirmed it to the Associated Press.
“At the end of the contract he’s going to be 42 years old, but we still have (324) games to go until we get to this point,” Berkowitz said to the AP.
Either way, Rodriguez’s retirement plans are not concrete.