(ESPN) — The New York Yankees have announced that Alex Rodriguez will play his final game Friday, then assume a position as a special adviser and instructor with the team.

Following Friday’s game, Rodriguez will be unconditionally released by the Yankees from his player contract in order to sign a contract to serve in his new role with the organization through Dec. 31, 2017.

Rodriguez, 41, has won three MVPs and has made 14 All-Star teams during his 19 full seasons in the big leagues. He is fourth on the all-time home run list with 696, trailing leader Barry Bonds (762) by 66.

“This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team,” Rodriguez said, often choking up during Sunday’s news conference. “And today I’m saying goodbye.”

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