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Alex Rodriguez

Career and awards

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, nicknamed A-Rod, is an American third baseman for the New York of Major League Baseball He previously played shortstop for the Mariners and the Texas Rangers. was one of the most prodigious young scouts had ever seen and is now one of the greatest baseball players of all [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] However, Rodriguez has led a highly career due to his expensive contracts and his use of performance-enhancing drugs. [ 4 ] [ 5 ]

He is the youngest ever to hit 500 home runs. the record Jimmie Foxx set in and the youngest to hit 600, besting Ruth ‘s record by a year. Rodriguez has 14 100-RBI in his career, more than any player in history. On September 24, Rodriguez hit two home runs, Sammy Sosa ‘s of 609 home runs, and became the leader in home runs by a of Hispanic descent. [ 6 ]

In December Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to a $275million contract. This was the richest contract in baseball (breaking his previous contract’s of $252million). [ 7 ] In February 2009, previously denying use of performance-enhancing including during a 2007 with Katie Couric on 60 . Rodriguez admitted to using saying he used them 2001 to 2003 when for the Texas Rangers due to an enormous of pressure to perform. [ 4 ] [ 5 ]

On August 5, Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games as a of the Biogenesis scandal investigation, but was to play while the suspension was appeal. [ 8 ] Had the original suspension upheld, it would have the longest non-lifetime suspension in history. [ 9 ] After an arbitration the suspension was reduced to 162 games, will keep him off the field for the 2014 season. [ 10 ]




Rodriguez was in the Washington Heights section of New City, to a Dominican family. he was four, Rodriguez and his parents to the Dominican Republic, then to Florida. Rodriguez’s favorite players growing up were Hernandez. Dale Murphy. and Cal and his favorite team was the New York [ 11 ]

High school

At the end of Alex’s year at Christopher Columbus School. he transferred to Westminster School (Florida). where he was a shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback on the football team. In 100 he batted .419 with 90 Westminster went on to win the high national championship in his junior

He was first team prep as a senior, hitting .505 9 home runs, 36 RBIs, and 35 in 35 tries in 33 games, and was selected as the USA Junior Player of the Year and as ‘s national baseball athlete of the year. Rodriguez was the high school player to try out for Team USA in 1993, and was regarded as the top in the country.

Rodriguez signed a of intent to play baseball for the of Miami and was also recruited by the to play quarterback for its football Rodriguez turned down baseball scholarship and never college baseball, opting to sign with the Seattle after being selected in the round of the amateur draft at the age of 17.


Seattle Mariners

Rodriguez was drafted first by the Seattle Mariners in 1993. He was by Roger Jongewaard right out of school. In 1994, Rodriguez for Seattle’s AAA affiliate, the Calgary

In 32 games, he had 37 hits in 119 at-bats for a batting average. He also 6 home runs and 21 runs in.

Rodriguez batting as a member of the AAA Cannons in 1994.

Rodriguez his major league debut as the shortstop on July 8, 1994, in at 18 years, 11 months, and 11 days of He was just the third 18-year-old League shortstop since He was also the first 18-year-old League player in 10 years, and the position player in Seattle

His first Major League hit was a off Sergio Valdez on July 9 at Park. Rodriguez’s first League campaign lasted one month as the season was cut short by season-ending lockout .

Rodriguez split most of 1995 the Mariners and their AAA club, the Rainiers. [ 12 ] He connected for his first League home run off Kansas Tom Gordon on June 12. Rodriguez the Major League roster in August, and got his first taste of play, albeit in just two Again, he was the youngest player in League Baseball.


The year, Rodriguez took as the Mariners’ regular shortstop and hit 36 HR, drove in 123 runs, and led the American (AL) with a .358 average. the highest for an AL right-handed since Joe DiMaggio hit .381 in and the 3rd highest ever for a SS. At 21 years and one he was the 3rd youngest AL batting leader behind Al Kaline (20) in and Ty Cobb (20) in 1907, and the 3rd player in history with 35+

He was also the 1st major league SS to win a title since 1960, and the 1st in the AL 1944, and at 20 years, 11 months, was the SS in All-Star Game history. He led the AL in runs (141), total (379), and doubles (54) and among the league leaders in hits (2nd, 215), base hits (2nd, multi-hit games (3rd, slugging (4th. 631), RBI 123), and on-base percentage

414). Rodriguez posted the totals ever for a shortstop in hits, doubles, extra hits, and slugging, and tied total bases, and established club records for average, hits, doubles, and total in a season that statistical consider the best ever by an SS. [ 13 ]

He was by both Sporting News and Press as the Major League of the Year, and came close to the youngest MVP (Most Valuable in baseball history, finishing to Juan González in one of the most MVP elections in recent times. [ 14 ] He three points behind (290–287), matching the 2nd closest AL MVP in history.

In 1997, Rodriguez’s fell somewhat, as he hit 23 HRs with 84 RBI and a batting average that He hit for the cycle on June 5 at Detroit. the second Mariner to ever the feat, and at 21 years, 10 months, was 5th player in history to do it. He was the fan’s to start the All-Star Game at for the AL team, becoming the first other than Cal Ripken, Jr. to at shortstop in 13 years.

It was the first start of his career and his second Game in two years.


rebounded in 1998, setting the AL for homers by a shortstop and becoming the third member of the 40–40 (with 42 HR and 46 SB ) and one of just 3 shortstops in to hit 40 home runs in a season. His Power-speed number was, at least 2008, the highest season Power/Speed Number [ 15 ]

He was selected as Players Choice AL of the Year, won his 2nd Silver Slugger and finished in the top 10 in the MVP voting.

In 1999, had a .310 average, 42 home and 111 RBI despite missing over 30 with an injury and playing the half of the season at Safeco a considerably less hitter-friendly than the Kingdome .

Rodriguez 2000 as the cornerstone player of the franchise, which had recently superstars Randy Johnson and Ken Jr. Rodriguez put up great numbers as the remaining superstar; he hit 41 HR with 132 RBI and had a batting average. He set a career for walks (100) and became the shortstop to have 100 runs, and walks in the same season. He hit in the playoffs as well (.409 average and .773 slugging but Seattle lost to the New York in the 2000 American League Series .

He was selected as the Major League of the Year by Baseball America and 3rd in the BBWAA AL MVP voting.

Texas (2001–2003)

Rodriguez became a agent after the 2000 He eventually signed with the Rangers. who had fallen to last in division in 2000. The contract he was at the time the most lucrative in sports history: a 10-year worth $252million.

The deal was $63million more than the baseball deal. [ 16 ] It was highly at the time for tying up valuable space that could been spent in improving areas, such as pitching.

Rodriguez signed with when the Rangers came to Mariner fans expressed disappointment toward Rodriguez jeers (A-Wad, A-Fraud and were among the more taunts), flashing and waving money whenever he came up to To this day, fans show disapproval.

In an article years later in the Daily . Rodriguez said how he regretted with the Texas Rangers and he had signed with the New York rather than Texas. stated how he listened to his agent Boras about taking money instead and did not want to the same mistake of not being on a he liked playing for by leaving the (see Opt out controversy ). [ 17 ]


power hitting numbers with his move to Texas. In his season with the Rangers, produced one of the top offensive seasons for a shortstop, leading the American with 52 HR, 133 runs scored, and 393 bases.

He became the first since 1932 with 50 and 200 hits in a season, just the shortstop to ever lead his in homers, and was just the second AL in the last 34 seasons (beginning to lead the league in runs, and total bases; his total figure is the most ever for a league shortstop. His 52 homers him the sixth youngest to ever 50 homers and were the highest ever by a shortstop, surpassing Banks ‘ record of 47 in and also the most ever for an other than a 1st baseman, Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt mark of 48 in 1980. [ 18 ] It was his 5th 30-homer tying Banks for most by a shortstop.

He also tied for the lead in extra base (87) and ranked 3rd in RBI (135) and (.622). He was also among the AL in hits (4th, 201), (7th. 318), and on-base (8th. 399).

He established club records for homers, total bases, and hit by pitches. had the 2nd extra base hits, and the 4th RBI total. He led the club in runs, doubles (34), homers, slugging, and on-base percentage and was 2nd in (75), stolen bases and game-winning RBI (14) while career highs for homers, and total bases. Rodriguez 161 games at shortstop and one as the DH. the only league player to start all of his games in 2001.

Rodriguez the previous year with a league-best 57 HR, 142 RBIs and 389 total in 2002, becoming the first to lead the majors in all three since 1984. His nine runs in April matched a record that was shared 2008) with Iván (2000), Carl Everett and Ian Kinsler (2007).

He had the 6th-most runs in AL history, the most Roger Maris ‘ record 61 in 1961, and the most for a shortstop for the 2nd straight year. He won the Ruth Home Run Award for MLB in homers that season. [ 19 ] He won his first Gold Glove awarded for outstanding defense.

His 109 runs in 2001–02 are the most by an American League right-handed in consecutive seasons. However, the finished last in the AL Western in both years, a showing likely cost Rodriguez the MVP in 2002 when he finished to fellow shortstop Miguel whose 103-win Oakland won the same division.

In 2003, his season with Texas, led the American League in home runs scored, and slugging and won his second consecutive Gold Award. He also led the league in at bats per home run (12.9) and the youngest player to hit 300 homers. He was with Jim Thome for the MLB lead in and he won his second Babe Ruth Run Award. [ 20 ] [ 21 ]

Following five finishes in the AL Most Valuable voting between 1996 and Rodriguez won his first MVP trophy. a two-time runner up in the balloting by the Writers Association of America. outfielder Andre Dawson the 1987 Chicago Cubs as the players to play on last-place and win the award.

Following the 2003 Texas set out to move Rodriguez and his contract. The Rangers initially to a trade with the Boston Red but the MLBPA (Major League Players Association) vetoed the because it called for a voluntary in salary by Rodriguez. Despite the deal with the Red Sox, the named him team captain that off-season.

This did not last long, however, as the New Yankees had taken notice of the trade availability of Rodriguez.

On 7, 2009, Sports Illustrated that Rodriguez tested for anabolic steroids. testosterone and in 2003. [ 22 ] Rodriguez’s name on a government-sealed list of 104 major-league (out of 1200 tested [ 23 ] ) who up positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The was compiled as part of Major Baseball’s 2003 survey to see mandatory random drug program might be necessary. At the there was no penalty or punishment for a steroid test. Rodriguez did not confirm the allegations, deferring at to the players’ union. [ 22 ] [ 24 ] Two days the allegations, Rodriguez admitted to use from 2001 until claiming that he ceased such substances after training that year. [ 4 ] [ 5 ]

New Yankees (2004–present)

Rodriguez to third base after he was to the Yankees in 2004.

Yankees baseman Aaron Boone a knee injury while a game of pickup basketball sidelined him for the entire 2004 creating a hole at third

On February 15, 2004, the Rangers Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for baseman Alfonso Soriano and a to be named later (Joaquín was sent to the Rangers on March The Rangers also agreed to pay of the $179million left on Rodriguez’s Rodriguez agreed to switch from shortstop to third paving the way for the trade, because the Derek Jeter was already at shortstop. Rodriguez also had to uniform numbers, from 3 to 13; he had 3 his entire career, but that is retired by the Yankees in honor of Ruth .

In his first season the Yankees, Rodriguez hit .286 36 home runs. 106 runs in. 112 runs scored and 28 stolen He became one of only three in Major League history to at least 35 home runs, 100 and 100 RBI in seven consecutive seasons, Hall of Famers Babe and Jimmie Foxx.

The 112 runs the ninth straight season in he scored at least 100 runs, the such streak in the Major since Hank Aaron did it in 13 seasons from 1955 to and the longest in the American League Mickey Mantle did it also in straight seasons from to 1961. During the 2004 he also became the youngest ever to reach the 350 HR mark and the youngest to reach the 1,000 RBI

He was elected to the 2004 American All-Star Team, the eighth selection of his career and the first as a baseman. On July 24, 2004, was hit by a pitch from Bronson which led to a scuffle with Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and a brawl between both On defense, he had the lowest range among non-platoon AL third (2.39) in his first year at the [ 25 ] He finished 14th in balloting for the AL MVP .

In the 2004 ALDS. Rodriguez was a hitter against the Minnesota batting .421 and slugging while delivering two key extra-inning Following the series win, first season with the culminated in a dramatic playoff against the team he had almost up playing for: the Yankees’ rival. the Boston Red Sox.

In series (ALCS) he equaled the post-season record with runs scored in Game 3 at

One of the most controversial plays of career occurred late in 6 of the 2004 American League Series. With one out and Derek on first base in the bottom of the inning, Rodriguez hit a slow between the pitcher’s mound and the base line. Red Sox pitcher Arroyo fielded the ball and ran Rodriguez to apply a tag. As reached towards him, swatted at his glove, knocking the loose.

As the ball rolled Jeter scored all the way from as Rodriguez took second on the which was initially ruled an on Arroyo. However, the umpires huddled, then ruled Rodriguez was out for interference. Jeter was back to first base, his run [ 26 ]


In 2005, Rodriguez hit leading the American League 124 runs and 48 HR while driving in 130 He became the first Yankee to win the League home run title Reggie Jackson (41) in He also became one of only two in Major League history to at least 35 home runs, 100 and 100 RBIs in eight consecutive (Jimmie Foxx accomplished the in nine straight seasons 1932 to 1940).

Rodriguez the franchise record for most runs in a single season by a batter (broke Joe DiMaggio mark of 46 in 1937). His 47 HR from the base position are a single-season League record. Rodriguez hit 26 runs at Yankee Stadium in establishing the single-season club for right-handed batters (previously by DiMaggio in 1937 and Gary in 2004).

On June 8, at 29 years, 316 old, he became the youngest in MLB history to reach the 400 HR mark. also marked the tenth season that Rodriguez at least 100 runs. On defense, he had the lowest range factor in the at third for the second straight (2.62). [ 27 ]

An offensive highlight of his came on April 26, when hit 3 HR off Angels’ pitcher Bartolo and drove in 10 runs. The 10 RBIs the most by a Yankee since Lazzeri established the franchise and League record with 11 on Rodriguez won his second AL MVP Award in seasons.

He became the fifth to win an MVP award (or its precursor ‘League with two different teams, Mickey Cochrane. Jimmie Frank Robinson and Barry Rodriguez was also named the on the Major League Baseball Legends Team in 2005.

reacting to a called strike in a against Tampa Bay

Rodriguez was an All-Star in 2006, and was 4th in the league in (121), 5th in runs (113), 8th in runs (35) and walks and 9th in OBP (.392). He also led all AL third in errors, with 24, and had the lowest percentage (.937) and – for the third season – range factor among them. Rodriguez’s hit, on July 21, 2006, was his 450th home run.

Six shy of his 31st birthday, Rodriguez the youngest player in baseball to reach 450 home runs Ken Griffey, Jr. by 267 days). He also the 8th player to reach 2,000 before turning 31. Ty Cobb the mark while still 29, Rogers Hornsby.

Mel Ott. Aaron. Joe Medwick. Jimmie and Robin Yount all got their hits at age 30. All 7 of the players are members of Hall of Fame.

Rodriguez became the 2nd player in Major history to have at least 35 runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBIs in 9 seasons joining Jimmie 2006 was Rodriguez’s 11th season with more 100 runs scored, the longest streak in American League since Lou Gehrig did it in 13 straight (1926–38). Despite this it was one of his lesser seasons and was harshly throughout the 2006 season.

He has that 2006 was his most season as a professional. Prior to the Rodriguez opted to play for USA in the World Baseball Classic. [ 28 ]

the 2007 season came a new Rodriguez reported to camp having reduced his body fat 16% the year before to 9%. He made of this fact during a Show with David sketch filmed during Training, which featured him being rubbed down suntan lotion. He revealed to the that he and Jeter were no close friends. [ 29 ] Rodriguez reduced his high leg kick at the increasing his bat speed, making him to strike out and a more dangerous [ 30 ]

In the Yankees’ fourth game of the Rodriguez hit two home runs the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee including his 14th-career grand to end the game. The walk-off grand was the third of his career, tying the league mark for game-ending slams shared by Vern and Cy Williams. [ 31 ] [ 32 ] Rodriguez also the season by becoming the ninth leaguer—and first Yankee—to hit six runs in the first seven of the season. Rodriguez also the first Yankee to hit seven runs in the first ten games of the [ 33 ]

On April 19, the Yankees came behind to defeat the Cleveland 8–6—with Rodriguez hitting a home run. WCBS radio broadcaster noted Rodriguez had a better frame of and the fans were beginning to him more after his two walk-off runs. On April 23, Rodriguez the first player in major history to hit 14 home runs in a of 18 games, and also tied the MLB for most home runs in

His total of 34 RBIs in April was 1 of Juan González ‘ AL and MLB On April 24, Rodriguez’s 23-game streak came to an end. In a against the Toronto Blue on May 30, Rodriguez sparked controversy he shouted during a routine and an infielder let a pop fly drop, costing the Jays three runs. The went on to win the game, 10–5. [ 34 ]

On 12, Rodriguez hit his 150th career run in a Yankees uniform. This him the first, and so far only, player in league history to ever hit 150 runs for three different [ 35 ] He is also just the third to hit at least 100 home runs for teams; Reggie Jackson and Evans are the other two. [ 36 ]

On 4, Rodriguez hit his 500th career run against pitcher Kyle of the Kansas City Royals. made Rodriguez the youngest ever to reach 500 homers (32 8 days). He is only the second to hit number 500 at home; Mickey on May 14, 1967 against Stu Miller was the

On September 23, New York reported Rodriguez was involved in a deal for a new with the Chicago Cubs would include part of the team. His agent, however, to ESPN that this was [ 37 ]

On September 25, Rodriguez became the player ever in major history to record a 50-home 150-RBI season when he hit a slam. Derek Jeter was one of the of his teammates to congratulate him. [ 38 ]

Rodriguez batting in 2007

In Rodriguez became the first in major league history to at least 35 home runs, 100 and 100 RBIs in 10 consecutive seasons, Jimmie Foxx (9 consecutive He led the AL in home runs (54), (156), slugging percentage OPS (1.067), total bases and times on base (299), and was 2nd in hit by (21), extra base (85), and at bats per home run 4th in on-base percentage (.422) and flies (9), 7th in walks and plate appearances (708), 8th in walks (11), and 9th in games He led MLB in home runs and won his third Ruth Home Run Award. [ 39 ]

On 24, Rodriguez won the Players Choice for Outstanding AL Player. On October 27, he won the Choice Award for Player of the He also won the 2007 silver award for his position. [ 40 ]

On November 19, Rodriguez was named the AL MVP for the third in his career, receiving 26 first-place out of a possible 28. [ 41 ]

Opt-out controversy

The season marked the last of Rodriguez’s 10-year, $252million before he opted out, making him a free agent Rodriguez had repeatedly stated the 2007 season that he like to remain a Yankee for the of his career. [ 42 ] On October 28, 2007, agent, Scott Boras. that he would not renew his with the Yankees citing he was unsure of the future composition of the He received a slew of criticism fans and writers alike not for opting out, but also for not with Yankee management he did. He was further criticized for the of his announcement, during the eighth of Game Four of the World as the Boston Red Sox were wrapping up victory over the Colorado ; even MLB’s chief officer, Bob DuPuy, called it an by Boras to try to put his selfish interests and of one individual player above the good of the game. [ 43 ]

Teammate Rivera convinced Rodriguez to the New York Yankees ownership. [ 44 ] He them directly, bypassing (Boras also apologized for the of the announcement). Subsequently, Rodriguez a statement on his website, saying he wished to stay with the [ 45 ] On November 15, 2007, the New York and Rodriguez agreed on the basic of a 10-year, $275million contract would have him playing he is 42. [ 46 ] The contract, finalized December 13, various multimillion dollar for breaking career home run [ 47 ]


Rodriguez at bat in 2008

On 3, in a game against the Tampa Bay Rodriguez hit his 549th home The opposing manager objected the ball was foul, and for the first in MLB history, instant replay (a officially introduced a few days was used to review the play and the umpires’ ruling. [ 48 ] He was one of only 4 in the AL to have at least 18 home and 18 stolen bases in both and 2008, along with Hunter.

Ian Kinsler. and Grady Rodriguez hit a home run every at-bats in 2008, the second ratio on the team behind Giambi. [ 49 ] Rodriguez played 138 during the 2008 season a .302 average, 35 home 103 RBI, and an AL best .573 percentage.

Rodriguez was to represent the Republic prior to the 2009 in the 2009 World Baseball but was forced to withdraw when an MRI a cyst in his right hip. he went to have the cyst it was discovered that he was also from a torn labrum in the hip. Rodriguez opted to an arthroscopic procedure with a period of six to nine weeks, of the usual three to four [ 50 ] Although the procedure should him to make it through the season any complications, he will require a more extensive surgery in the [ 50 ]

After missing spring and the first month of the season, returned to the Yankees on May 8 against the Orioles and promptly belted a home run on the first pitch of his at bat. The club had stumbled to a record in Rodriguez’s absence, but his fortified the lineup and provided needed protection for three-hole Mark Teixeira. who had always a slow starter. Rodriguez supplied some late-game

On May 16, his two-run walk-off home run in the of the eleventh inning gave the a 6–4 win over the Minnesota Twins. One later, he hit a game-tying solo run in the bottom of the ninth off Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge in a the Yankees would go on to win,

By early June, the Yankees to first place in the AL East. changed later in the month, as fell into a slump saw his batting average plummet and the fell to second place. On 23, Rodriguez became the eighth player to reach 8,000 at-bats in the seventh inning of the and Braves game. [ 51 ] On June 25, belted homer 563 of his career, Reggie Jackson for 11th on the home run list, off Atlanta starter Derek Lowe. [ 52 ] On 26, Rodriguez surpassed Jackson for on the all-time home run list, the New York Mets at the Subway [ 53 ] and against the Angels on July 11, passed Rafael Palmeiro for place; [ 54 ] it was his 65th home run Anaheim, the most by any active against an opponent.

On October 4, during the final game of the Rodriguez hit two home runs in the inning that drove in runs, setting an American record for most RBIs by a in a single inning, and giving him his consecutive season, 13 overall, of 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, a tie with Manny Ramirez. Ruth and Jimmie Foxx for the in MLB history. [ 55 ]

Dating back to 4 of the 2004 AL Championship Series, had come to bat with 38 runners on over a span of 61 postseason He stranded every one of them, 0-for-29 with runners on [ 56 ] But in the first game of the 2009 against the Minnesota Twins. had 2 RBI singles, both coming two outs, and in Game 2, hit an RBI single in the and hit a game-tying homer off closer Joe in the bottom of the ninth inning.

3 saw him hit a game-tying home run. In the Rodriguez hit his third game-tying HR of the season in Game 2 in the bottom of the against Angel closer Fuentes. [ 57 ] For the series, he batted (.429) with three runs and six runs batted in.

In 3 of the World Series. Rodriguez hit appeared to be a double off a camera atop the outfield wall, but protest by Yankee manager Joe was reviewed and ruled a home Rodriguez’s postseason success in Game 4 of the World Series, as he in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 9th off of closer Brad Lidge. The would go on to win the game 7–4 to take a 3 to 1 lead in the series.

Despite a 2–4 with 3 RBIs in Game 5, the lost 8–6 to force the Series to to the Bronx for Game 6. Rodriguez was 1–2 2 walks and two runs scored in 6, as the Yankees went on to beat the 7–3 for their 27th World Championship, the first of Rodriguez’s He was awarded the Babe Ruth as the postseason MVP. [ 58 ]


On 4, 2010, on the 3-year anniversary of his home run, Rodriguez the seventh player in major history to hit 600 home runs, number 600 off of Shaun Marcum of the Blue Jays. becoming the player to do so at 35 years and 8 days On August 14, A-Rod hit three runs in a game against the City Royals. In the top of the 6th, he hit his a solo dinger to left

In the top of the 7th, he hit his second, a two-run to … center. In the top of the 9th, he hit his a towering two-run blast the waterfall in Kauffman Stadium. [ 59 ] On 6, he recorded his 100th RBI; it was the year he had reached the mark, the times of any player in baseball On Sep 29, he hit his 30th home run of the season, his major league record straight year of at least 30 runs and 100 RBIs, breaking a tie Jimmie Foxx. who had 12 seasons.

In Rodriguez batted .295 13 HRs and 52 RBI prior to the All-Star break. good production, Rodriguez his longest single season run drought of his career by not hitting one in 85

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Although elected to start the Rodriguez opted for arthroscopic on his knee to repair a torn that impacted his power, and was on the disabled list. [ 60 ] On top of recovery, was facing serious allegations he participated in illegal, underground games. One of those games turned violent and … was used. However, Rodriguez through a representative that he participated in illegal … An MLB Executive has said that if was indeed proven guilty, he may a suspension, MLB had warned Rodriguez in not to participate in such games. [ 61 ]

returned to the Yankees on August 21, third base against the Twins. going 0-for-4. He another injury with a thumb while trying to a play in that game. He to the Yankees on August 25, going with 2 singles in a win for the Yankees the Oakland Athletics.

On August 26, hit his first home run since off the disabled list, a solo off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Hunter. He concluded the season 16home runs and 62RBIs in ending his major league-record of 13straight seasons of 30homers and [ 62 ]

Rodriguez playing for the Trenton the Yankees’ AA affiliate, in 2013.

hit his 23rd career grand off Atlanta Braves relief Jonny Venters on June 12, tying Lou Gehrig for the most in MLB [ 63 ] In a road loss versus the Mariners on July 24, 2012, took a hit to the hand during an inning at bat versus Seattle pitcher Félix Hernández. The was later described as a non-displaced [ 64 ] Rodriguez was placed on the disabled Earlier in the same game, struck out Rodriguez in the sixth making Rodriguez the fifth to record 2,000 career in MLB history. [ 64 ]

During the 2012 Rodriguez was pinch hit for and did not start times. He batted 3 for 25 overall, and 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against pitchers. [ 65 ] The Yankees would lose to the Tigers in the 2012 .

On January 16, 2013, Rodriguez arthroscopic surgery in his hip to repair a labrum. It was his second time in years having the surgery, this operation was more than before. Rodriguez the 2013 season on the 60-day list. [ 66 ]

While rehabilitating his Rodriguez was embroiled in a series of headlines: he became a central of the Biogenesis baseball scandal and investigation into his possible to performance-enhancing drugs; [ 67 ] additionally, Rodriguez announced on Twitter his doctor had medically cleared him to in games, Yankees general Brian Cashman responded Rodriguez’s doctor did not have authority and that Rodriguez shut the … up. [ 68 ]

Rodriguez his first rehab assignment on July 2, 2013 with the Class-A Low affiliate, the Charleston [ 69 ] He continued his rehabilitation and played for the Triple-A team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 18. [ 70 ] Two days prior to his promotion to the major league Rodriguez sustained a new injury, as an MRI revealed a Grade 1 quad delaying his return and forcing him to rehabilitating in the minor leagues. independently sought a second on his quad strain on July 24 a doctor who stated that did not appear to be an injury; the Yankees incensed by his decision, saying he violated league rules for a second opinion without the permission. [ 71 ] He completed his rehabilitation with the Yankees’ Double-A Trenton Thunder. [ 72 ]

Rodriguez his 2013 debut with the on August 5 on the same day MLB announced he be suspended through the 2014 pending an appeal, for his role in the scandal. [ 73 ] On August 11, Rodriguez hit his home run of the season off of Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander. [ 74 ] the home run, Rodriguez Stan Musial for fifth in career RBIs. [ 75 ] Rodriguez to feud with Yankees following his return, as his lawyers the team of mishandling his hip injury in ways; Rodriguez’s legal contends the team withheld the from him and continued to play him in despite his health, and that president Randy Levine Rodriguez’s hip surgeon that he be happy if Rodriguez never again. [ 76 ] In response to the accusations, said, I’m not comfortable to Alex about this we feel we are in a litigious environment. and goodbye, that’s about it.

He It’s not just Yankees’ He’s putting it at the level of our our medical staff. The organization. The [ 77 ]

On September 20 at Yankee Stadium. hit his 24th career grand an opposite field 654th home run, off of George of the San Francisco Giants. breaking the grand slam record, held by Lou Gehrig. [ 78 ]


Jackson talking with during batting practice.

Due to the nature of the Yankees postseasons 2004 to 2007, along Rodriguez’s sub-.200 batting in the postseasons of 2005 and 2006, [ 79 ] drew criticism in the New York both from writers, as the New York Post ‘ s Sherman, and players, such as Jason Giambi. [ 80 ] [ 81 ] Prior to Rodriguez had received the nickname The among some players of the perceived tendency for teams to cold when he joins and hot when he leaves. [ 82 ] [ 83 ] [ 84 ] [ 85 ] According to manager Joe Torre ‘s book, The Yankee Years . earned the nickname A-Fraud teammates and particularly from attendants who were said to his demands. [ 86 ] It was [said] in front of Torre later said of the A lot of that stuff that on in the clubhouse was more tongue-in-cheek, fun stuff, he explained. [ 87 ]

Much of the regarding Rodriguez focuses on his inability to produce hits in situations. [ 88 ] [ 89 ] However, during the regular seasons, Rodriguez a .371 batting average the bases loaded and maintained an percentage of .422. In 2006, his improved to .474 and .500 In 2007, through July 14 he hit and .455, respectively.

Additionally, other batting lines this period included a average with a runner on (.333 in 2006). 381 with a in scoring position (.302 in and .392 with a runner in position and 2 outs (.313 in .333 in 2007 through 14). [ 90 ] In 2008, Rodriguez hit .264 with runners in position and two outs. In 95 plate he walked 20 times and was hit by three and he had only 19 hits. Of the 41 times struck out with two outs, 20 with runners in scoring [ 49 ]

Because of the Yankees’ successful he was compared unfavorably to other greats who have performed well in the postseason, such as Jackson. [ 91 ] [ 92 ] [ 93 ] [ 94 ] [ 95 ] [ 96 ] However, after his in the 2009 postseason, A-Rod receiving many positive to Reggie Jackson, even selected as Mr. October by Jackson and USA . [ 97 ]

Rodriguez answered many of the of his postseason performance by performing well in the 2009 postseason, he posted a .365 BA and hit six home-runs in 52 during the Yankees’ 15 post-season [ 98 ]

Use of performance-enhancing drugs

In July former outfielder and steroid-user Canseco said that he was to publish another book Major League Baseball, to his 2005 bestseller Juiced: Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Hits How Baseball Got Big . Canseco his new book would have stuff on Rodriguez, and called him a [ 99 ] At the time, Rodriguez denied of steroid use. [ 100 ] In a 2007 with Katie Couric. flatly denied ever used performance-enhancing drugs. [ 101 ]

In 2009, Selena Roberts and Epstein of Sports Illustrated that Rodriguez had tested for two anabolic steroids. testosterone. and during his 2003 season for the Texas Rangers, the same in which he captured his first League Most Valuable award, broke 300 career runs (hitting 47 that [ 102 ] and earned one of his ten Silver Slugger The information had been part of a report detailing 104 major players (out of 1200 tested) [ 23 ] who tested positive for enhancers during a 2003 survey. Approved by the players with the promise of anonymity, [ 23 ] the was conducted by Major League to see whether a mandatory drug program might be necessary. At the as the result of a collectively bargained agreement, [ 23 ] there was no penalty or for a positive test. [ 22 ] [ 103 ] Because than 5% of the samples taken players in 2003 came positive, mandatory testing of league baseball players in 2004, with penalties for [ 24 ]

Alex Rodriguez during the World Series parade.

The test results were to remain anonymous and the samples However, a coded master of 104 players was seized during the investigation, turning up in a 2004 raid on Comprehensive Drug facility in Long Beach. A month later, the physical were seized by federal raiding Quest Diagnostics in Las Nevada. [ 24 ] The list of the 104 positive-testing was released to the Major League Players Association (MLBPA) in [ 4 ] The players’ union later that the 104 positive samples in the process of being destroyed they were subpoenaed by authorities in November 2003, continued destruction improper. [ 104 ]

testosterone is available by prescription for uses, Primobolan has no approved use. [ 22 ] Also known as or metenolone enanthate . it is the same that Barry Bonds is to have tested positive for in and 2001. [ 24 ] A fairly weak on its own, it is generally used in with other steroids. [ 105 ] The is generally preferred in injected than oral form due to its [ 105 ] An official statement by Major Baseball made shortly Rodriguez’s test results public expressed grave without naming Rodriguez, that because the survey that took place in was intended to be non-disciplinary and anonymous, we can not any comment on the accuracy of this as it pertains to the player named. [ 106 ]

In an with ESPN after the came out, citing an amount of pressure to perform, admitted to using banned from 2001 to 2003. [ 4 ] All my in New York have been he added, saying he has not used substances since last them following a spring injury in 2003 while for the Rangers. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] Back then, was a different culture, Rodriguez It was very loose.

I was young, I was I was naïve. And I wanted to prove to that I was worth being one of the players of all time. I did take a substance. And for that, I am very and deeply regretful. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] Rodriguez he could not be sure of the name(s) of the he had used. [ 4 ] [ 5 ]

Rodriguez said he was told that he was among the 104 who tested positive, only a tip came in August 2004 Gene Orza of the MLBPA he may or may not have failed his 2003 [ 4 ] Orza is accused by three MLB players of tipping Rodriguez to an drug test in September Orza and the MLBPA have the allegations. [ 107 ]

Rodriguez absolved the union of any blame for leaking his test results, saying he was responsible for his mistakes. [ 4 ] Friend and teammate Doug Glanville. noting the outrage over years of steroid use, Rodriguez’s critics for their of outrage about how a confidential and test could be made [ 23 ] No Major League player, wrote, would have in the 2003 survey if he had thought the had even a chance of becoming It has everything to do with privacy. A-Rod should not change fact. [ 23 ]

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig considered whether or not to punish for his admitted steroid use, the illegality of the situation, among things. However, at the time of the there were no punishments for sort of activity. [ 108 ] Additionally, his to three years of steroid use be damaging to his image and legacy. [ 5 ]

in the month, Rodriguez called a conference in Tampa, Florida. and in the of many supportive Yankee answered reporters’ questions his 2001–2003 steroid use. [ 101 ] [ 109 ] said he and a cousin (whom he to name) bought an unidentified over-the-counter in the Dominican Republic, it is “known on the streets as boli or [ 101 ] [ 110 ] At Rodriguez’s instruction, the cousin the drug into the United [ 111 ] For six months of the year, Rodriguez himself twice monthly boli (a drug name to experts and perhaps a slang for Primobolan or Dianabol. although the steroid is taken orally). [ 101 ] said he did not know whether he was the drug properly or whether it was [ 101 ] Although he certainly felt energy, Rodriguez said it be hard to say whether it gave him a edge. [ 109 ]

Rodriguez said he become a spokesperson for the Taylor foundation. which educates people about the dangers of use. [ 101 ] [ 109 ] He has since spoken at about the dangers of steroids. [ 112 ]

On 28, 2010, the New York Times that Rodriguez received from Canadian sports Anthony Galea in March [ 113 ] In 2011 Galea reached a agreement for bringing unapproved and drugs into the United including human growth (HGH) and Actovegin. Galea to the Associated Press that he Rodriguez but said he only anti-inflammatories. [ 114 ]

Biogenesis baseball

Rodriguez reportedly received HGH Biogenesis of America. an anti-aging in Coral Gables, Florida run by [ 115 ] For much of the summer, it had been that Rodriguez would be for his role in the scandal. The first confirmation came on August 3, MLB rebuffed the players’ union’s offer to negotiate. Instead, it Rodriguez until the afternoon of 4 to reach an agreement regarding a or greater punishment for his role in the affair. [ 116 ]

Ultimately, on August 5, 2013, MLB Rodriguez from August 8 the end of the 2014 season for violating the PED policy, a total of 211 regular-season plus any postseason games. He was one of 13 suspended for their roles in the [ 117 ] In its official statement, MLB said the was based on Rodriguez’s use and possession of forms of prohibited performance-enhancing including Testosterone and human Hormone, over the course of years and for attempting to cover-up his of the Program by engaging in a course of intended to obstruct and frustrate the of the Commissioner’s investigation. [ 118 ] Although the punishment for a first offense MLB’s drug policy is 50 MLB had the option of suspending Rodriguez for than that under the bargaining agreement if it determined his constituted conduct detrimental to [ 119 ]

Almost immediately after the was announced, Rodriguez announced he appeal. He was the only player to do so; the accepted season-ending 50-game without appeal. [ 120 ] Although had the option of using his best-interests-of-baseball to remove Rodriguez from the immediately, he chose to suspend under the drug agreement and not the allowing Rodriguez to continue while the appeal is underway. The suspension would effectively ban him playing in Japan or South as the leagues in those nations any suspensions imposed by MLB. [ 121 ] hired New York criminal lawyer Joe Tacopina. [ 122 ]

On January 11, following a lengthy arbitration the suspension was reduced to 162 games, any postseason games—a suspension will have the effect of him off the field for the entire 2014 He subsequently issued a statement he would be challenging the decision in court. [ 10 ] On February 7, 2014 announced that he was dropping his and accepting his suspension for the 2014 [ 123 ]

Personal life

Rodriguez up with two half-siblings, Joe and Suzy, who born in the Dominican Republic and are from his mother’s first [ 124 ] Rodriguez also has a half-brother, M. Rodriguez, who was born to Alex’s Victor Sr. and his then-wife Pouppe in 1960. [ 124 ] The couple divorced a later, and Victor Jr. was raised by his [ 124 ] Victor Jr. who is an officer in the United Air Force. fell out of touch Alex for a period of 23 years, they met at a Texas Rangers in 2003. [ 124 ]

In 2002, [ 125 ] he married Scurtis, [ 125 ] a psychology graduate [ 126 ] he had met at a gym in Florida. [ 127 ] The couple’s first Natasha Alexander, was born on 18, 2004. On April 21, 2008, gave birth to their child, Ella Alexander, [ 128 ] in Florida.

On May 27, 2007, the New York reported that Rodriguez an evening in Toronto with a woman, later identified as Noel Morse, a longtime dancer. [ 129 ] The New York Post ran a on May 30, 2007. Rodriguez and the woman as Morse had dinner together at a and then went to a strip before returning to Rodriguez’s They were last alone together that boarding the hotel elevator. refused to say whether they had [ 130 ]

On July 2, 2008, the New York News reported that and his wife had separated, after problems for the past three since the birth of their daughter. [ 131 ] This came with rumors published in Us magazine, about a possible between Rodriguez and pop singer [ 132 ] claims Madonna denied by they were just [ 133 ] Cynthia Rodriguez filed for on July 7, 2008, citing abandonment of her and their children, as as extra marital affairs and marital misconduct by her husband. [ 134 ] She alimony. distribution of assets, support including private tuition. life and health her car, reimbursement of legal and retention of the couple’s $12-million home in Coral Gables. [ 134 ] [ 135 ] [ 136 ] Alex Rodriguez countered his wife was only entitled to they had agreed to in their agreement from 2002. while conceding their was irretrievably broken, Rodriguez that all allegations of his extramarital be stricken from court The couple settled their in September 2008. [ 137 ]

More of Rodriguez’s infidelity continued to in the media after his wife for divorce. On July 9, 2008, the News reported that Houlihan, a Boston-area hairdresser who worked as a stripper. told the that she and Rodriguez had … on two in 2004 when Rodriguez was in playing against the Boston Red [ 138 ] On March 22, 2009, the Daily reported that, during and 2007, Rodriguez had patronized of madam Kristin M. Davis and Davis as well, according to of Davis’ call-girl agency.

would not confirm or deny any relationship with Rodriguez, Throughout the years, there a number of clients that I and it was not uncommon for them to want the they can’t have it be the phone bookers or the madam. In to Alex, all I can say is our paths have crossed personally and professionally.

of the call-girl agency provided the News intimate emails Rodriguez and Davis, including one in Rodriguez confesses to Davis his for her over one of her call-girls. When with the emails, Davis the newspaper, Other people had access to my client records as as my personal information and I can’t what has been released, With the exception of [former Eliot Spitzer. I have not names. I do not wish to ruin any [ 130 ]

Since December 2011, has been dating former WWE Torrie Wilson. [ 139 ]

Rodriguez a Mercedes-Benz dealership in League Texas, [ 140 ] and in his free time, buys and collects art. [ 141 ]

As mentioned, Rodriguez and Jeter’s had cooled in recent years. as of 2011, they have close again. [ 142 ]

As of 2011, is represented by sports agent Dan [ 143 ]


In 2003, Rodriguez $3.9million to the University of Miami to its baseball stadium. [ 144 ] The new facility was Alex Rodriguez Park at Light Field . [ 144 ] Rodriguez an ardent University of Miami [ 145 ] Despite not having attended the he received the University of Miami’s T. Foote II Alumnus of Distinction in 2007 as an honorary alumnus. [ 146 ] had previously been named an alumnus of the university in 2004. He is a of the University of Miami’s Board of [ 147 ]


Rodriguez was featured in a Cola commercial as a truck in a fleet of delivery trucks players in a baseball game. At the end of the when he drives his vehicle to a catch, he is told by his approving in the truck that he has a future in the delivery business. [ 148 ]

Rodriguez is in a commercial for Guitar Hero Tour . where he plays the along with athletes Hawk on drums, Kobe on vocals, and Michael Phelps on The commercial is a spoof of the scene Risky Business where Tom is dancing to Old Time Rock and . [ 149 ]

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