Alex Rodriguez is ending his iconic 22-year career this week. The 41-year-old designated hitter will play in his final game when the Yankees face the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Friday, and remain with the club as a special advisor through 2017.
Rodriguez has been one of the most renowned, yet controversial, figures of this era. Here's how his numbers stack up among the game's greats:
• He won the American League batting title in 1996 with the Mariners, with a .358 mark at 21 years old -- becoming the third-youngest batting champion in AL history, behind only Al Kaline and Ty Cobb. But he did not win AL Rookie of the Year that season; future teammate Derek Jeter did.
• Rodriguez won the 2003 AL MVP award with the Rangers, and two more with the Yankees in '05 and '07. He's just the sixth player ever to win MVP awards with multiple teams.
• He signed a 10-year, $252 million contract in 2001 with the Rangers that, at the time, made him the highest-paid player in MLB history. He signed an extension in '07 for $275 million that runs through '17 -- which Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he will honor -- that is the second-richest contract in history, behind Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million deal.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.