Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez is a former professional baseball shortstop that rose to great stardom from his exceptional talent on the baseball field. Known as "A-Rod" by many fans, he was the overall first pick in 1993 and was drafted to the Seattle Mariners. After spending seven years with the Mariners, he signed with the Texas Rangers for the greatest monetary contract ever at the time.
Rodriguez played for the Rangers for three years, but he saw himself on a more iconic team, and he was traded to the New York Yankees. He played third basemen for this year for the next 12 years. During his time with the Yankees, Rodriguez was found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs and this significantly severed his reputation, not only with his fans but also with the Yankees.
After being released from the Yankees, A-Rod decided to focus more on his investment company, A-Rod Corporation, founded in 2003. He is currently engaged to Jennifer Lopez, and has two children with his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis.
Alexander Rodriguez shot up to fame after graduating high school when he was selected as the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball's amateur draft in 1993 by the Seattle Mariners. He played only one year in the amateur league before the Mariners decided to use his skills in the Major Leagues; Rodriguez played his first Major League game on the Mariners at age 18.
He got his stride in '96 when the Mariners played him in all of the regular games as shortstop. He swung 36 home runs, batted .358, and was the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player award. Rodriguez stayed with the Seattle Mariners for seven total seasons, before being signed to the Texas Rangers for a ten year contract. A-Rod proved worthy again on the Rangers for three years, before being traded to the New York Yankees. With Derek Jeter as the Yankees's shortstop, A-Rod agreed to change his shortstop position to third base. Rodriguez spent the next 12 years playing for the New York Yankees, garnering great attention.
In 2009, A-Rod helped the team to victory in the World Series Championships. After allegations of using enhancing drugs, Rodriguez was suspended for the end of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season. He continued to play afterwards and still was reaching great success on the field, but in 2016, he was released from the Yankees and acted as their special advisor. He now is a sports analyst for ESPN and FOX Sports, utilizing his personal experience to help analyze current plays.
Rodriguez was bound for earning many awards and titles ever since he was the overall first pick. After his first full year playing in 1996, he was awarded the American League All-Star. He earned this award again for the next two years, and again in 2000 for the next consecutive eight years, and two final times in '10 and '11. In 1998, Rodriguez hit 40 home runs and stole 40 bases in the same season, earning himself the title as the third player in the MLB to achieve this.
A-Rod was awarded the Rawlings American League Gold Glove back-to-back in 2002 and 2003 during his time on the Texas Rangers. He also was titled the American League's Silver Slugger ten different times from 1996-2008. He has shown his teamwork and talent exceptionally well so much that he was titled the Most Valuable Player award three times (2003, 2005, and 2007).
In 2005, Rodriguez became the youngest player in league history to hit 500 career home runs at the age of 32. Despite A-Rod's immense talent, he was only part of a winning World Series Championship team with the New York Yankees one time. In 2015, he was marked down in league history as the 29th player to reach 3000 hits in a career.
Alexander Rodriguez was born July 27, 1975 to parents Victor Rodriguez and Lourdes Navarro in New York City. He moved to the Dominican Republic at the age of 4 where his paternal family is from, and lived there until the fifth grade. His family moved again to Miami, Florida, and he spent the rest of his youth there, attending Westminster Christian School and playing football and baseball.
During his time in professional baseball, he married Cynthia Scurtis in 2002, and together they had two daughters, Natasha in 2004, and Ella in 2008. Rodriguez and Scurtis divorced shortly after the birth of their second daughter. In 2017, Rodriguez began dating world-renown singer and performer, Jennifer Lopez (J-Lo), and in early 2019, he proposed to her. They originally planned to wed in the summer of 2020, but due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the wedding was postponed.
A-Rod Corporation is an investment firm, catering to a wide array of industries, including but not limited to sports and wellness, media, real estate, and entertainment. A-Rod Corporation was founded by Alex Rodriguez himself back in 2003, while he was still playing professional baseball. This investment firm focuses on long-term opportunities to ensure that its clients are receiving well risk-adjusted returns.
In 2009 before the season began, Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in his career in the early 2000's, while playing for the Texas Rangers. This shook up the baseball world as people started to question the titles he has earned. In 2013, more allegations were rising about him using performance-enhancing drugs after he was released on the disabled list from a hip surgery. MLB's Commissioner, Bud Selig, found Rodriguez guilty of using so he was suspended for 211 games without pay. After appeals made by Rodriguez, his sentence ended up being only 162 game suspension.
A-Rod still continues to dominate the sports scene, not on the field, but at the commentator's table. He has signed contracts with two major sports broadcasters, ESPN and FOX Sports. He was nominated and received his first Sports Emmy for his broadcasting skills on FOX Sports. A-Rod has also leaped into his entrepreneurial side, focusing on A-Rod Corporation, and lending his advice as a guest shark on the 9th season of Shark Tank.