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Once on track to surpass major milestones, Alex Rodriguez ran out of gas

Alex Rodriguez has only nine home runs in 2016. Thomas B. Shea/USA TODAY Sports

Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees announced Sunday that they have agreed his final game will be Friday. After that, he'll be released and will take on a special adviser role with the team.

Some greats go out with a bang, the prime example in 2016 being David Ortiz's farewell tour that has seen the Boston Red Sox slugger leading the American League in slugging percentage and OPS.

A-Rod's 2016, on the other hand, is more of the whimper variety, an injury-marred campaign that saw his line drop to .204/.252/.356 heading into Sunday -- rather dismal numbers for anyone who isn't a shortstop who fields like Andrelton Simmons.

While some people, myself included, have dreamed a triumphant Ortiz will return for another season, his retiring a year too soon rather than a year too late has given Big Papi an opportunity to go out on top -- to end his career on his own terms while he's still the player fans will fondly remember.