71 Facts About A-Rod


A-Rod is part owner of the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves.

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A-Rod was a 14-time All-Star, winning three American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, 10 Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards.

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A-Rod signed two of the most lucrative contracts in baseball.

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A-Rod admitted using banned performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 and was consequently suspended for the entire 2014 season.

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A-Rod played at a high level in his three years with Texas, highlighted by his first AL MVP Award win in 2003, but the team failed to make the playoffs during his tenure.

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A-Rod became the youngest player to hit 500 home runs, reaching the milestone in 2007.

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A-Rod helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies, which was Rodriguez's only championship title.

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A-Rod played his final game in professional baseball on August 12, 2016.

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A-Rod was raised alongside his two half-siblings, Joe and Suzy, from his mother's first marriage.

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A-Rod's father played baseball for a team in the Dominican Republic and introduced him to the sport as a child.

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A-Rod was first team prep All-American as a senior, hitting.

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A-Rod was selected as the USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year and as Gatorade's national baseball student-athlete of the year.

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A-Rod was promoted to the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League.

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A-Rod played in 17 games for Jacksonville, then was promoted to the major leagues.

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A-Rod was the first 18-year-old major league player in 10 years, and the youngest position player in Seattle history.

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A-Rod was the first major league shortstop to win a batting title since 1960, and the first in the AL since 1944.

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A-Rod led the AL in runs, total bases (379), and doubles (54) and ranked among the league leaders in base hits (second, 215), extra-base hits (second, 91), multi-hit games (third, 65), slugging (fourth,.

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A-Rod finished second to Juan Gonzalez in balloting for the AL Most Valuable Player Award.

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A-Rod finished three points behind Gonzalez, matching the second closest AL MVP voting in history.

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A-Rod was the fan's choice to start the All-Star Game at shortstop for the AL team, becoming the first player other than Ripken to start at shortstop in 13 years.

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A-Rod was selected as Players Choice AL Player of the Year, won his second Silver Slugger Award, and finished ninth in the MVP voting.

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A-Rod set a career high for walks and became the only shortstop to have 100 runs, RBI, and walks in the same season.

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A-Rod was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America and finished third in the AL MVP voting.

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A-Rod eventually signed with the Texas Rangers, who had fallen to last place in their division in 2000.

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A-Rod became the first player since 1932 with 50 homers and 200 hits in a season, the third shortstop to ever lead the league in homers, and the second AL player in the last 34 seasons to lead the league in runs, homers, and total bases; his total base figure is the most ever for a major league shortstop.

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A-Rod tied for the league lead in extra-base hits and ranked third in RBIs (135) and slugging (.

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A-Rod established Rangers club records for homers, runs, total bases, and hit by pitches, had the second-most extra-base hits, and the fourth-highest RBI total.

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A-Rod led the club in runs, hits, doubles, homers, RBI, slugging, and on-base percentage and was second in walks (75), stolen bases (18), and game-winning RBI (14) while posting career highs for homers, RBI, and total bases.

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A-Rod had the sixth-most home runs in AL history, the most since Roger Maris' league record 61 in 1961 and the most ever for a shortstop for the second straight year.

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A-Rod won the Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading MLB in homers that season.

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A-Rod won his first Gold Glove Award, awarded for outstanding defense.

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A-Rod finished second in the MVP balloting to fellow shortstop Miguel Tejada, whose 103-win Oakland Athletics won the same division.

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A-Rod led the American League in home runs, runs scored, and slugging percentage, and won his second consecutive Gold Glove Award.

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A-Rod was tied with Jim Thome for the MLB lead in homers, and he won his second Babe Ruth Home Run Award.

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A-Rod became one of only three players in Major League history to compile at least 35 home runs, 100 runs and 100 RBIs in seven consecutive seasons, joining Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.

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A-Rod was elected to the 2004 American League All-Star Team, the eighth All-Star selection of his career and the first as a third baseman.

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A-Rod became the first Yankee to win the American League home run title since Reggie Jackson in 1980.

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A-Rod became one of only two players in Major League history to compile at least 35 home runs, 100 runs and 100 RBIs in eight consecutive seasons.

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A-Rod became the first AL player from outside the American League West to win the award since Mo Vaughn of the Boston Red Sox won in 1995.

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A-Rod has commented that 2006 was his most difficult season as a professional.

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A-Rod made light of this fact during a Late Show with David Letterman sketch that was filmed during Spring training, which featured him shirtless being rubbed down with suntan lotion.

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A-Rod revealed to the press that he and Jeter were no longer close friends.

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A-Rod became the third player to hit at least 100 home runs for three teams, following Reggie Jackson and Darrell Evans.

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A-Rod surpassed the nearly 67-year record held by Jimmie Foxx, who hit his 500th home run at 32 years, 338 days during the final week of the 1940 major league baseball season.

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A-Rod led the AL in home runs, RBIs (156), slugging percentage (.

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A-Rod led MLB in home runs and won his third Babe Ruth Home Run Award.

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A-Rod won the Silver Slugger Award for his position, the Players Choice Award for Outstanding AL Player, and the Players Choice Award for Player of the Year.

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A-Rod received a slew of criticism from fans and writers alike not only for opting out, but for not meeting with Yankee management before he did.

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A-Rod was further criticized for the timing of his announcement, during the eighth inning of Game 4 of the World Series, as the Boston Red Sox were wrapping up their victory over the Colorado Rockies; even MLB's chief operating officer, Bob DuPuy, called it an attempt by Boras to "try to put his selfish interests and that of one individual player above the overall good of the game.

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A-Rod was one of only four batters in the AL to have at least 18 home runs and 18 stolen bases in both 2007 and 2008, along with Torii Hunter, Ian Kinsler, and Grady Sizemore.

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A-Rod stranded every one of them, going 0-for-29 with runners on base.

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A-Rod sustained another injury with a jammed thumb while trying to make a play in that game.

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A-Rod batted 3-for-25 overall, and went 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers.

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A-Rod completed his rehabilitation program with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder.

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A-Rod's putting it at the level of our trainers, our medical staff.

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A-Rod was officially found to have violated the league's Performance Enhancing Drugs policy, specifically through the "use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years" and "attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation.

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A-Rod led the Yankees in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, on-base plus slugging, and bases-on-balls.

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A-Rod appeared in the 2020 Superbowl Hard Rock ad which featured Jennifer Lopez.

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A-Rod has since spoken at schools about the dangers of steroids.

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A-Rod was one of 13 players suspended for their roles in the scandal.

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A-Rod was the only player to do so; the others accepted season-ending 50-game suspensions without appeal.

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A-Rod subsequently issued a statement saying he would be challenging the decision in federal court.

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A-Rod Corp has invested in various companies including coconut water brand Vita Coco, Wheels Up, Snapchat, and the virtual concert startup Wave.

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In 2017, A-Rod Corp gained the rights to develop UFC-branded fitness centers across southern Florida.

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That year, A-Rod Corp purchased a major equity stake in TruFusion, a Las Vegas-based fitness studio chain, and invested in the beverage brand Dirty Lemon.

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In 2018, A-Rod Corp invested in Petros Pace Finance, a financier of green development.

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A-Rod Corp invested in Nova Credit, a financial technology company, in February 2020.

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A-Rod was then in a short relationship with Anne Wojcicki, the founder of 23andMe, which ended in 2016 after dating for nearly a year.

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A-Rod is a member of the University of Miami's board of trustees.

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In 2017, Rodriguez and A-Rod Corp donated $500, 000 to the University of Miami School of Business Administration.

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A-Rod is a member of the Paley Center for Media's board of trustees.

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