This Friday one of baseballs greatest players will end a 22 year career that has included over 3000 hits, a world series win with the Yankees and several MVP and other outstanding awards.

Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1993, Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest to have ever played the game.

In 2004, A Rod became a Yankee and helped the Bronx Bombers win another world series title in 2009.

He led the American League in home runs five times, while winning the league MVP 3 times, he was an all star 14 years, the major leagues RBI leader twice, and batting champion in 1996, he has 696 home runs, and only the second Yankee to have over 3000 career hits.

There was some controversy that shadowed his career, Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season for violating the leagues performance enhancing drugs policy

In 2015 he apologized to the team and players and came prepared to play, however the last few years have not been his best and most of the fans could see that his glory days were fading.

This Friday Rodriguez will play his final game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

He will remain with the Yankee organization as an adviser and team developer of new talent while he continues to earn another 21 million through 2017.

Regardless if you're a Yankee fan or not there is no denying, A-Rod is among the greats and will be enshrined in Cooperstown very soon.

Check out part of the retirement announcement and highlights of his career below.