8/7/2016 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A-Rod barely held back tears as he announced his retirement from professional baseball.
The 41-year-old star held an emergency press conference Sunday morning at Yankee Stadium … saying he didn’t want to leave the active roster, but after conversations with honcho Hal Steinbrenner, is “at peace” with the transition.
The Yankees said A-Rod will play his last game Friday in the Bronx … and then serve as a special adviser for the organization through the remainder of his contract next year.
He’s still owed $27 million … but his GF is worth billions … so he’ll be ok.