Alex Rodriguez, born on July 27, 1975, is a former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman, and a businessman from the United States. Rodriguez played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners from 1994 to 2000, the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003, and the New York Yankees from 2004 to 2016. Rodriguez is the chairman and C.E.O. of A-Rod Corp, as well as the chairman of Presidente beer. He is currently negotiating the purchase of the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. We are right here to help you celebrate his special day.
Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975, in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood to Dominican immigrants Victor and Lourdes Rodriguez. He was raised alongside two half-siblings from his mother’s previous marriage, Joe and Suzy. His family relocated to the Dominican Republic when he was four years old, then to Miami, Florida. Rodriguez’s childhood heroes included Keith Hernandez, Dale Murphy, and Cal Ripken Jr., and his favorite team was the New York Mets. Rodriguez transferred to Westminster Christian School at the end of his freshman year at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, where he was a star shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback on the football team. In 100 games, he batted .419 and stole 90 bases. In his junior year, Westminster won the high school national championship. As a senior, he was a first-team prep All-American, hitting .505 with nine home runs, 36 R.B.I.s, and 35 stolen bases in 35 attempts in 33 games.
Rodriguez was the first high school player to try out for the United States national baseball team in 1993. He was chosen in the first round of the amateur draft in 1993. Rodriguez chose the Seattle Mariners over the University of Miami as his team. He then made his professional debut in 1994 as a minor leaguer. At 18, he was the youngest player in Major League Baseball. Rodriguez’s first major league hit came on July 9, 1994, when he picked Sergio Valdez. He split time with the Tacoma Rainiers and the Calgary Cannons during the 1995 season. In 1997, he hit 300, with 23 home runs and 84 R.B.I.s. Rodriguez was named Major League Player of the Year by Sporting News and the Associated Press. He was chosen by the fans to start the All-Star Game at shortstop for the A.L. team, making him the first player after Ripken to do so in 13 years.
In 1999, Rodriguez had a .310 average, 42 home runs, and 111 R.B.I.s. His 43.9 power/speed number was the highest single-season power/speed number then. In 2000, he was the youngest-ever player to record 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases. Baseball America named Rodriguez the league’s Major League Player of the Year. He set a career-high with 100 walks and became the first shortstop to have 100 runs, R.B.I.s, and walks in the same season. He signed a 10-year, $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez won his second Babe Ruth Home Run Award and first Gold Glove Award. He was traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees for Alfonso Soriano in 2004. The trade was only the second time in M.L.B. history that a reigning M.V.P. was traded. Rodriguez is one of only two players to compile at least 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 R.B.I.s in eight consecutive seasons. His 47 home runs from third base set an American League record for a single season. Rodriguez also scored at least 100 runs for the tenth consecutive season in 2005.
Rodriguez agrees to terms with the Settles Mariners on a three-year, guaranteed contract worth approximately $1.6 million.
Rodriguez has a .310 average, 42 home runs, and 111 R.B.I.s and is the youngest player in history to have 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases at the age of 23 years and 309 days.
Rodriguez wins his second consecutive Glove Award after leading the American League in home runs, runs scored, and slugging percentage.
During the season's final game, Rodriguez hits two home runs in the sixth inning, driving in seven runs and setting an American League record for most R.B.I.s by a batter in a single inning, for which he wins the Babe Ruth Award as the 2009 postseason M.V.P.
Rodriguez invests in Petros Pace Finance, a financier of eco-friendly corporate development projects, and also joins the Sunday Night Baseball team and launches “The Corp” podcast with Dan “Big Cat” Katz and Barstool Sports.
Rodriguez appears in a Super Bowl commercial for Presidente beer, highlighting the beer's Dominican pride.
Why We Love Alex Rodriguez
He is a philanthropist
Rodriguez donated $1 million to the Miami-Dade Boys & Girls Club, which is constructing a cutting-edge educational center for students. Rodriguez donated $3.9 million to the University of Miami in 2003 to renovate its baseball stadium.
He is one of the greatest players
Rodriguez was one of the most talented young players scouts had ever seen. He is now regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
He is a modest person
Rodriguez has broken numerous records and amassed vast fortunes as a result of his baseball career and business ventures. However, he remains a humble and down-to-earth individual.
5 Surprising Facts
He won a Sports Emmy
Rodriguez is an M.L.B. studio analyst for FOX Sports, and he won an Emmy Award for his baseball commentating at the 38th annual Sports Emmys.
He was a judge on “Shark Tank”
In 2017, Rodriguez appeared as a guest judge on “Shark Tank,” and the same year, he joined A.B.C. News as a contributor to “A.B.C. World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” and “Nightline.”
He owns a Mercedes car dealership
Rodriguez owns a Mercedes-Benz dealership in League City, Texas, and he enjoys buying and collecting art in his spare time.
He has the most 100-R.B.I. seasons
Rodriguez has 14 seasons with at least 100 R.B.I.s, more than any other player in history.
He signed the most expensive contract
Rodriguez agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees, the richest contract in M.L.B. history.
Alex Rodriguez FAQs
Are Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez married?
Lopez and Rodriguez got engaged in March 2020. Before the coronavirus pandemic struck in mid-March, the couple planned to marry in Italy in June 2020 but split in April 2021.
Where is Alex Rodriguez now?
Rodriguez recently became a part-owner of the N.B.A.’s Minnesota Timberwolves, and he is also on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time this year.
Does Alex Rodriguez have kids?
Rodriguez has two daughters from his previous marriage, Natasha Alexander Rodriguez and Ella Alexander Rodriguez, with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.
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