Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod) is a former professional baseball player who played in the MLB for 22 seasons. He is well known for his career with the New York Yankees and is a 14-time All-Star, a World Series Champion, and a two-time Gold Glove Award recipient. Get all of the latest Alex Rodriguez news here!
Alex Rodriguez moved to Miami Florida when he was in the fourth grade. He played baseball from a young age, and by the time he was ready for college, he opted to sign with the Seattle Mariners after being selected first overall in the 1993 amateur draft at the age of 17. In 1996, he became the Mariner’s starting shortstop.
He left the team in 2000 and joined the Rangers on a 10-year, $252 million contract which was the richest baseball contract in history at the time. He was traded to the Yankees who converted him to shortstop to accommodate Derek Jeter. After opting out of his contract in 2007, he re-signed with the Yankees on a 10-year, $275 million deal, which broke his own record for baseball’s most lucrative contract.
Rodriguez admitted in 2009 to having used performance-enhancing steroids. He was suspended for 163 games in 2014 for his involvement in the Biogenesis baseball scandal. After retiring, he has since become a frequent media personality, frequently serving as a sports analyst for different media outlets, and as a cast member on Shark Tank.