>> The New York Yankees on Sunday saying goodbye to Alex Rodriguez after having one of the worst years of his professional career. The former MVP fighting tears while announcing his retirement, the team unconditionally releasing him from his 10-year, $275 million contract that runs through 2017. He'll take on a new role as a special adviser to the Yankees.
When asked by a reporter what made him decide to step down nearly three months before the end of the season, Rodriguez said that was the Yankees' decision and I am at peace with it. Rodriguez has numbers that rank among the best in baseball history with 696 home runs and was one of the highest paid players in major league baseball.
>> I made a mistake.>> But he's also been one of the most controversial figures in sports, his career tarnished by performance enhancing drugs. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a doping suspension. A-Rod will play his final game with the team on Friday, ending a 22-year career.