Born In: Washington Heights, New York, United States
Alexander Emmanuel ‘Alex’ Rodriguez, famously known as ‘A-Rod,’ is an American former professional baseball infielder who played in ‘Major League Baseball’ (MLB), primarily for the ‘New York Yankees.’ Before playing for ‘Yankees,’ he played for ‘Seattle Mariners’ and ‘Texas Rangers.’ He became involved with baseball from a very young age and is considered one of the best baseball players that American baseball has ever seen. With his record-breaking 500 home runs, Rodriguez has put his name at the top of all-time leaders in home runs list. During his time as a player, he took himself and his team to places that ‘Major League Baseball’ was not prepared to deal with, becoming a powerful phenomenon in baseball. His career was packed with awards, record-breaking achievements, and accolades but was also clouded with controversies. He was accused of using performance enhancing drugs, cocaine, and was also criticized for getting involved with underground poker games. He also made headlines for his illicit sexual affairs with women, prostitutes, and exotic dancers. He was banned from playing the game for the 2013 and 2014 seasons for his involvement in the ‘Biogenesis Scandal.’ After his retirement as a player, Rodriguez started serving as a broadcaster for ‘Fox Sports 1.’ He also became a member of the 'ABC News' network and was cast in the American business reality television series ‘Shark Tank.’
Nick Name: A-Rod
Also Known As: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, A-Rod
Spouse/Ex-: Cynthia Scurtis (m. 2002–2008)
father: Victor Rodriguez
mother: Lourdes Rodriguez
siblings: Joe, Suzy, Victor M. Rodriguez
children: Ella Alexander Rodriguez, Natasha Alexander Rodriguez
Partner: Jennifer Lopez (2017–)
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Dominican American
U.S. State: New Yorkers
awards: 2003 - AL MVP
2005 - AL MVP
2007 - AL MVP
1996 - AL Silver Slugger Award
1998 - AL Silver Slugger Award
1999 - AL Silver Slugger Award
2000 - AL Silver Slugger Award
2001 - AL Silver Slugger Award
2002 - AL Silver Slugger Award
2003 - AL Silver Slugger Award
2001 - AL Hank Aaron Award
2002 - AL Hank Aaron Award
2003 - AL Hank Aaron Award
2007 - AL Hank Aaron Award
2001 - Texas Rangers Player of the Year
2002 - Texas Rangers Player of the Year
2003 - Texas Rangers Player of the Year
2002 - AL Gold Glove Award
2003 - AL Gold Glove Award
2002 - The Sporting News Player of the Year
2007 - The Sporting News Player of the Year
2002 - Babe Ruth Home Run Award
2003 - Babe Ruth Home Run Award
2007 - Babe Ruth Home Run Award
1994 Seattle Mariners Minor League Player of the Year
1994 Midwest League All-Star (SS)
1995 Triple-A All-Star (SS)
1996 The Sporting News Player of the Year
2002 Player of the Year Award
2005 Baseball America 1st-Team Major League All-Star (3B)
2005 Individual Performance of the Year Award
2007 Hitter of the Year
2007 Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Year
2009 Babe Ruth Award
1998 - Seattle Mariners Player of the Year
2000 - Seattle Mariners Player of the Year
2000 - Baseball America MLB Player of the Year
2002 - Baseball America MLB Player of the Year
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Alex Rodriguez made his debut appearance with ‘Seattle Mariners’ at the age of 18 in 1994, playing shortstop in a game against the ‘Red Sox’ at Fenway. The following year, he hit his first home run against ‘Kansas City’ at Kingdome.
In 1995, he was assigned to Seattle's ‘Triple-A’ club and was made the starting shortstop of the team. He was featured in the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’ with a headline reading, ‘Short Story: Jeter and Rodriguez head up the finest group of short sports since WWII.’
In 1997, he was named as the ‘Major League Player of the Year’ by the ‘Sporting News’ and ‘Associated Press.’ He almost became the ‘Youngest Most Valuable Player’ in the baseball history that year, but lost the title to Juan Gonzalez.
In 1998, Alex Rodriguez was selected as ‘Players Choice AL Player of the Year’ and won his second ‘Silver Slugger Award.’ In 1999, he had 42 home runs, 111 runs batted in (RBI), and an average of .310. The following year, he was named the ‘Major League Player of the Year’ by ‘Baseball America.’
He signed with ‘Texas Rangers’ in 2001. The contract was worth 252 million US dollars, the most lucrative sports contract ever in the history. ‘Rangers’ pounded ‘White Sox’ 16-6, and Rodriguez made his 200th and 201st home runs.
In 2003, he became the youngest player to hit 300 home runs and won ‘Babe Ruth Home Run Award.’ ‘Texas Rangers’ wanted to move him and his contract out and made him available for the trade. He tested positive for performance enhancing steroids.
Alex Rodriguez was traded to the ‘New York Yankees’ in 2004 and switched to third base. In the first season with the ‘Yankees,’ he hit .286 with 36 home runs, 106 runs batted in, 112 runs scored, and 28 stolen bases.
During Game 6 of the ‘ALCS’ with ‘Boston Red Sox’ in 2004, Rodriguez swatted at ‘Red Sox’ pitcher Bronson Arroyo's glove, knocking the ball loose. He was called for interference and ruled out. ‘Yankees’ lost the game.
In 2005, Alex Rodriguez hit .321, leading the ‘American League’ with 124 runs and 48 HR and became the first ‘Yankee’ player to win the American League home run title since Reggie Jackson in 1980. Also, he was the fifth player to win an ‘MVP’ award.
Rodriguez was an ‘All-Star’ in 2006, and was fourth in the league in RBIs and eighth in home runs. He had at least 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBIs from nine consecutive seasons.
In 2007, Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run. He was the first and only player in ‘MLB’ history to ever hit 500 home runs, playing for three different teams. He won the ‘Players Choice Award’ for ‘Outstanding AL Player.’
Also, he became a free agent and decided not to be with the ‘Yankees.’ However, he received criticism for his decision from his fans. He ultimately signed a 10-year contract for 275 million US dollars with the ‘Yankees.’
From 2008 to 2009, Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs in the sixth inning that drove in seven runs, setting an ‘American League’ record for most RBIs. It was the 12th consecutive season of him scoring 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.
He became the seventh player in ‘MLB’ history to hit 600 home runs and the youngest player to do so at the age of 35 in 2010. He also recorded his 100th RBI.
In 2011, Rodriguez underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee to repair a torn meniscus and was placed on the disabled list. He also faced allegations of being involved in the underground poker games, in which cocaine was explicitly used.
Alex Rodriguez suffered an injury during a game against ‘Seattle’ in 2012. It was a non-displaced fracture; therefore he was on the disabled list again. But before getting injured, he became the fifth player to record 2,000 career strikeouts in ‘MLB’ history.
In 2013, he underwent a hip surgery. He was also suspected to be involved in the ‘Biogenesis baseball scandal.’ In addition to this, he was also questioned for having used performance enhancing drugs.
Alex Rodriguez made his 2013 appearance for the ‘Yankees’ in August and on the same day, ‘MLB’ announced that he would be banned from the remainder of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season for his role in the ‘Biogenesis scandal.’
On February 17, 2015, Rodriguez issued a hand-written letter of apology to ‘Major League Baseball,’ the ‘Yankees,’ the Steinbrenner family, the ‘Players Association,’ and the fans.
Rodriguez played his first game after the suspension on the opening day against the ‘Blue Jays’ at ‘Yankee Stadium.’
On May 27, 2015, Rodriguez set an ‘AL’ record for the most career RBI, surpassing Lou Gehrig.
On April 17, 2016, Rodriguez became the 19th player to make 12,000 career plate appearances.
Rodriguez's spokesman said that he would not play for any other team in the coming year, and would remain a ‘special advisor’ to the ‘Yankees’ owner, Hal Steinbrenner.
On August 12, 2016, Alex Rodriguez played his final game for the ‘Yankees’ against the ‘Rays’. Thereafter, Rodriguez announced that he would not play for any other team in the coming year, and would remain a ‘special advisor’ to the ‘Yankees’ owner, Hal Steinbrenner.
In 2017, Alex Rodriguez became a guest judge on the American business reality television series Shark Tank. In the same year, he joined ABC News network and served as a contributor to ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and Nightline.
In 2018, he joined ESPN as one of the analysts of the Saturday Night Baseball. In the same year, he became host of the CNBC show Back in the Game.
In July 2020, Alex Rodriguez became one of the members of the judging panel for the Forbes' Next 1000 list.
Alex Rodriguez is a 12-time ‘AL All-Star’ winner and 10-time ‘AL Silver Slugger Award’ winner. He had twice been ‘Seattle Mariners Player of the Year’ and also a 3-time ‘Babe Ruth Home Run Award’ winner.
He has been named ‘Seattle Mariners Minor League Player of the Year,’ ‘Midwest League All-Star,’ ‘The Sporting News Player of the Year,’ ‘Hitter of the Year,’ ‘Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Year,’ and ‘This Year in Baseball Awards: Player of the Year.’
Alex Rodriguez was married to Cynthia Scrutis, a psychology graduate, from 2002 to 2008. They had two daughters together – Natasha and Ella. Cynthia took divorce from him on the grounds of marital misconduct, extra-marital affairs, and emotional abandonment. Rodriguez is said to have dated several celebrities, including Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson.
He started dating Jennifer Lopez in 2017 and in March 2019, they announced their engagement. The pair called off their engagement in April 2021.
His former wife Cynthia accused him of having an affair with pop queen Madonna, whom he called his 'soul mate' in an interview.
He owns a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Texas.
His nephew Joe Dunand is a professional baseball player.
He is an investor for eSports team ‘NRG Esports'.
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