77 Facts About Alex Rodriguez

1. Alex Rodriguez is the chairman and chief executive officer of A-Rod Corp as well as the chairman of Presidente beer.

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2. Alex Rodriguez is part owner of the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves.

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3. Alex Rodriguez 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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4. Alex Rodriguez signed two of the most lucrative contracts in baseball.

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

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6. Alex Rodriguez 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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7. Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 500 home runs, reaching the milestone in 2007.

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

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9. Alex Rodriguez was born in 1975 in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan to Dominican immigrants Victor and Lourdes Alex Rodriguez.

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10. Alex Rodriguez was raised alongside his two half-siblings, Joe and Suzy, from his mother's first marriage.

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11. Alex Rodriguez was first team prep All-American as a senior, hitting.

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12. Alex Rodriguez 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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13. In 1993, Alex Rodriguez became the first high school player to try out for the United States national baseball team.

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14. Alex Rodriguez turned down U of M's baseball scholarship offer and never played college baseball, opting instead to sign with the Seattle Mariners after being selected first overall in the 1993 amateur draft at the age of 17.

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15. In 1994, Alex Rodriguez made his professional baseball debut as a minor league player with the Appleton Foxes of the Class A Midwest League.

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16. Alex Rodriguez was promoted to the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League.

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17. On July 8, 1994, Alex Rodriguez debuted in the major leagues as a starting shortstop, just the third 18-year-old major league shortstop since 1900.

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

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19. Alex Rodriguez posted the highest totals ever for a shortstop in runs, hits, doubles, extra-base hits, and slugging, and tied most total bases, and established Seattle club records for average, runs, hits, doubles, and total bases, in a season that statistical analysts consider the best ever by a shortstop.

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20. Alex Rodriguez finished second to Juan Gonzalez in balloting for the AL Most Valuable Player Award.

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21. Alex Rodriguez entered 2000 as the cornerstone player of the Mariners franchise, which had recently traded superstars Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr.

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22. Alex Rodriguez 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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23. Alex Rodriguez tied for the league lead in extra-base hits and ranked third in RBIs (135) and slugging (.

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24. Alex Rodriguez 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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25. Alex Rodriguez 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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26. Alex Rodriguez started 161 games at shortstop and one as the DH, the only major league player to start all of his team's games in 2001.

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27. Alex Rodriguez won his first Gold Glove Award, awarded for outstanding defense.

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28. Alex Rodriguez agreed to switch positions from shortstop to third base, paving the way for the trade, because the popular Derek Jeter was already entrenched at shortstop.

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29. Instead, Alex Rodriguez chose to change his number to 13, in honor of Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino.

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30. Alex Rodriguez 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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31. On July 24, 2004, Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Bronson Arroyo, which led to a scuffle with Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, and a bench-clearing brawl between both teams.

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32. Alex Rodriguez was named the shortstop on the Major League Baseball Latino Legends Team in 2005.

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33. Alex Rodriguez revealed to the press that he and Jeter were no longer close friends.

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34. Alex Rodriguez reduced his high leg kick at the plate, increasing his bat speed, making him less-apt to strike out and a more dangerous hitter.

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35. Alex Rodriguez 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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36. In 2007, Alex Rodriguez became the first player in major league history to have at least 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBIs in 10 consecutive seasons, surpassing Jimmie Foxx.

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37. Alex Rodriguez contacted them directly, bypassing Boras.

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38. Subsequently, Alex Rodriguez issued a statement on his website, saying that he wished to stay with the Yankees.

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39. Alex Rodriguez hit his 549th home run in a September 3, 2008, game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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40. Alex Rodriguez hit a home run every 14.6 at-bats in 2008, the second-best ratio on the team behind Jason Giambi.

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41. On February 7, 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for testosterone and the anabolic steroid Primobolan in 2003.

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42. Two days after the allegations, Alex Rodriguez admitted to steroid use from 2001 until 2003, claiming that he ceased using such substances after spring training that year.

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43. Alex Rodriguez opted to undergo an arthroscopic procedure with a recovery period of six to nine weeks, instead of the usual three to four months.

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44. In Game 4, Alex Rodriguez drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth inning off closer Brad Lidge.

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45. On top of recovery, Alex Rodriguez was facing serious allegations that he participated in illegal, underground poker games.

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46. Alex Rodriguez sustained another injury with a jammed thumb while trying to make a play in that game.

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47. Alex Rodriguez batted 3-for-25 overall, and went 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers.

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48. Alex Rodriguez began the 2013 season on the 60-day disabled list.

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49. Around the same time, Alex Rodriguez announced on Twitter that his doctor had medically cleared him to play in games.

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50. Alex Rodriguez made his 2013 return with the Yankees on August 5, which was the same day that MLB announced he would be suspended—pending an appeal— through the 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

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51. Alex Rodriguez's putting it at the level of our trainers, our medical staff.

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52. Alex Rodriguez 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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53. On February 17, 2015, Alex Rodriguez issued a hand-written letter of apology to "Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans".

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54. Alex Rodriguez reported to New York Yankees' 2015 spring training camp three days early.

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55. Alex Rodriguez is an MLB studio analyst for FOX Sports, working alongside Kevin Burkhardt, David Ortiz and Frank Thomas.

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56. Alex Rodriguez joined ESPN in 2018 as a Sunday Night Baseball analyst, alongside Matt Vasgersian and Buster Olney.

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57. Alex Rodriguez appeared in The Captain, a 2022 miniseries about Jeter's life and career.

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58. Alex Rodriguez is featured in a commercial for Guitar Hero World Tour, where he plays the guitar along with athletes Tony Hawk on drums, Kobe Bryant on vocals, and Michael Phelps on guitar.

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59. In 2019, Alex Rodriguez was featured in a Planters Super Bowl commercial, where he is watching the game and about to snack on some kale chips but Mr Peanut drives in to stop him from eating kale and instead snack on some Peanuts.

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60. In 2020, Alex Rodriguez was featured in a Presidente beer Super Bowl commercial.

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61. In 2021, Alex Rodriguez teamed up with cosmetics company, Hims to launch a line of make-up for men, beginning with its first product - a concealer stick.

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62. In 2022, Alex Rodriguez appeared in a DirectTV commercial with Ortiz and former Mariners teammates Griffey Jr.

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63. Alex Rodriguez said he and a cousin bought an unidentified drug over-the-counter in the Dominican Republic, where it is "known on the streets as boli or bollee.

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64. For six months of the year, Alex Rodriguez injected himself twice monthly with "boli".

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65. On February 28, 2010, The New York Times reported that Alex Rodriguez received treatment from Canadian sports doctor Anthony Galea in March 2009.

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66. Almost immediately after the suspension was announced, Alex Rodriguez announced that he would appeal.

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67. On February 7, 2014, Alex Rodriguez announced that he was dropping his lawsuit and accepting his suspension for the 2014 season.

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68. Alex Rodriguez founded A-Rod Corp, a holding company, in 1996 and the company began making its first investments in 2003.

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69. In 2008, Alex Rodriguez founded Newport Property Construction, a real estate development firm.

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70. Alex Rodriguez partnered with Mark Mastrov in 2012 to create the Energy Fitness gym chain in Mexico City.

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71. Alex Rodriguez sold a Mercedes-Benz dealership in League City, Texas to Group 1 Automotive in 2014.

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72. Alex Rodriguez invested in NRG Esports alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Jimmy Rollins in 2016.

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73. Alex Rodriguez grew up with two half-siblings, Joe and Suzy, who were born in the Dominican Republic and are children from his mother's first marriage.

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74. Alex Rodriguez responded in court documents that the marriage was "irretrievably broken" but requested that allegations of his "extramarital affairs" be stricken from court records.

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75. Alex Rodriguez dated model, actress, and former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson beginning in late 2011 to 2015.

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76. Alex Rodriguez is a member of the University of Miami's board of trustees.

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77. Alex Rodriguez was included on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2022 when it was announced on November 22, 2021.

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