One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Alex Rodriguez has played professionally as a shortstop and third baseman. Having kicked off his career in the Major League Baseball as one of the highly skilled prospects, Rodriguez went on to accomplish groundbreaking career records. Throughout the 22 seasons he played in the Major League Baseball, the prominent baseball player achieved an astounding feat that has never been recorded in the history of Major League Baseball which includes achieving a batting average of .295, more than 600 home runs, over 3,000 hits, over 2,000 runs batted in, over 2,000 runs scored and over 300 stolen bases.
In addition to his groundbreaking career records, Alex Rodriguez has bagged several accolades since his first major league debut in 1994 and they include clinching two Gold Glove Awards, Ten Silver Slugger Awards, becoming a 3-time American League MVP and 14-time All-Star, among several others. Having gone on retirement from playing professional baseball following the deteriorating condition of his hip and knee along with his performance-enhancing drug scandal, the multiple award-winning former MLB shortstop is now a well-known television personality who has been associated with top sports television networks like ESPN and Fox Sports working as a broadcaster.
Alex Rodriguez Biography (Age)
It was on the 25th of July 1975 that one of the greatest shortstops was born as Alexander Emmanuel Rodriquez in New York City, New York, the United States to his parents, Victor and Lourdes Rodriques. He has three half-siblings, a brother Joe and sister, Suzy from his mother’s previous nuptials alongside his brother, Victor M. Rodriguez who is the product of his father’s union with Pouppe Martinez and he works as a US Air Force Officer. At the age of 4, Alex Rodriguez’s family emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States where they settled in Miami, Florida.
Rodriquez first attended Christopher Columbus before graduating from Westminster Christian School. During his time at the school, he was an elite baseball player and also a football player. Following his excellent performance in baseball, Rodriguez was named the USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year as well as the national baseball student-athlete of the year by Gatorade. He later became a member of the Miami football team where he played as a quarterback.
After the completion of his high school education, Rodriguez was offered a scholarship to play baseball for Miami Florida but he rejected the offer. He later signed a three-year deal worth $1.3 million with Seattle Mariners when he was 17 years old. There, he became his team superstar and ended up at the third place in the American League Most Valuable Player voting. Although his team didn’t claim the American League Championship series in the year 2000, Alex Rodriguez was named by Baseball Americans as the Major League Player of the Year.
Through free agency, the talented player joined Texas Rangers by signing a historical baseball contract that was rated as the richest ever at that time. There, he performed at a high level, making a great combination of his speed, power and defensive tactics which landed him in 2003, his first American League Most Valuable Player Award. In the following year, Rodriguez joined The New York Yankees as he became the second reigning MVP to be traded in the history of MLB. He continued to impress with his outstanding performances while playing for the Yankees. However, he played his last game for the club in August 2016.
In 2009, Alex Rodriquez was reported to have tested positive to the performance-enhancing drug in 2003. He initially denied the allegation but later admitted to it, stating that he only made use of steroid from 2001 to 2003. Later in 2014, he was suspended from the league for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy for which he missed out the entire 2014 season. Following the end of his professional baseball playing career, Rodriguez became a media figure as he started working for ESPN and Fox Sports as a broadcaster.
Having signed two historical baseball contracts in MLB that were rated as the richest ever at that time, Alex Rodriguez has amassed enormous wealth from his groundbreaking career achievements and his financial value is estimated at $300 million.
Family – His Wife/Girlfriend And Kids
Alex Rodriguez tied the knot with his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis in 2002. They moved on to welcome their first daughter, Natasha Alexander in 2004. Four years later, the pair had their second daughter, Ella Alexander. The couple, however, signed the divorce papers as Cynthia cited emotional abandonment and extramarital affair as the reason behind their separation. The iconic baseball player later became romantically involved with the famous singer and actress, Jennifer Lopez in 2017. The couple got engaged two years later and are yet to make it down the aisle.
The 3-time American League Most Valuable Player stands at a towering height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.90 m) and his athletic body weighs 104 kg (229 lb).