160 Facts About Alex Rodriguez


Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez was born on July 27,1975, and nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman, businessman and philanthropist.

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

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Alex Rodriguez began his professional baseball career as one of the sport's most highly touted prospects, and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

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Alex Rodriguez was a 14-time All-Star, winning three American League Most Valuable Player Awards, 10 Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards.

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Alex Rodriguez is the career record holder for grand slams with 25.

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

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

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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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Alex Rodriguez played his final game in professional baseball on August 12,2016.

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In January 2018, ESPN announced that Alex Rodriguez would be joining the broadcast team of Sunday Night Baseball.

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In January 2017, CNBC announced Alex Rodriguez would be the host of the show Back In The Game, where he would help former athletes make a comeback in their personal lives; the first episode debuted on the network in March 2018.

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

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

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

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

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Alex Rodriguez signed a letter of intent to play baseball for University of Miami and was recruited by U of M to play quarterback for its football team.

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

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Alex Rodriguez played in 17 games for Jacksonville, then was promoted to the major leagues.

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

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Alex Rodriguez finished three points behind Gonzalez, matching the second closest AL MVP voting in history.

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Alex Rodriguez 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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Alex Rodriguez 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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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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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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Alex Rodriguez 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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Alex Rodriguez eventually signed with the Texas Rangers, who had fallen to last place in their division in 2000.

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Alex Rodriguez 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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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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Alex Rodriguez led the club in runs, hits, doubles, homers, RBI, slugging, and on-base percentage and was second in walks, stolen bases, and game-winning RBI while posting career highs for homers, RBI, and total bases.

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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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Alex Rodriguez followed the previous year with a major league-best 57 home runs, 142 RBIs and 389 total bases in 2002, becoming the first player to lead the majors in all three categories since 1984.

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Alex Rodriguez 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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Alex Rodriguez won the Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading MLB in homers that season.

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

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

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

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Alex Rodriguez 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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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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Alex Rodriguez had to switch uniform numbers; he had worn 3 his entire career, but the number was retired by the Yankees in honor of Babe Ruth.

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Alex Rodriguez 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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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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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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One of the most controversial plays of Alex Rodriguez's career occurred late in Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series.

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Alex Rodriguez became the first Yankee to win the American League home run title since Reggie Jackson in 1980.

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Alex Rodriguez 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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Alex Rodriguez established the franchise record for most home runs in a single season by a right-handed batter.

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Alex Rodriguez hit 26 home runs at Yankee Stadium in 2005, establishing the single-season club record for right-handed batters.

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Alex Rodriguez became the 11th major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

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Alex Rodriguez won his second AL MVP Award in three seasons, becoming the fifth player to win this award with two different teams, joining Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx, Frank Robinson and Barry Bonds.

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

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Alex Rodriguez's 2,000th hit, on July 21,2006 - six days prior to his 31st birthday - was his 450th home run.

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Alex Rodriguez became the second player in Major League history to record at least 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBIs in nine consecutive seasons, joining Foxx.

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Alex Rodriguez has commented that 2006 was his most difficult season as a professional.

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

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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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Alex Rodriguez began the season by becoming the ninth major leaguer—and first Yankee—to hit six home runs in the first seven games of the season.

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Alex Rodriguez became the first Yankee to hit seven home runs in the first ten games of the season.

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

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Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player ever to reach 500 home runs at 32 years, 8 days.

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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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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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Alex Rodriguez led MLB in home runs and won his third Babe Ruth Home Run Award.

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Alex Rodriguez 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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Alex Rodriguez had repeatedly stated during the 2007 season that he would like to remain a Yankee for the rest of his career.

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

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

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Alex Rodriguez 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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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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Alex Rodriguez's name appears on a government-sealed list of 104 major-league players who came up positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Alex Rodriguez did not immediately confirm the allegations, deferring at first to the players' union.

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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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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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The club's fortunes changed later in the month, when Alex Rodriguez fell into a slump that saw his batting average plummet as the Yankees fell to second place.

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On October 4,2009, during the final game of the season, Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs in the sixth inning that drove in seven runs, setting an American League record for most RBI by a batter in a single inning, and giving him his 12th consecutive season, 13 overall, of reaching 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, breaking a tie with Manny Ramirez, Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx for the most in MLB history.

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

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In Game 3, Alex Rodriguez hit what appeared to be a double off a camera perched atop the outfield wall, but after protest by Yankee manager Joe Girardi, the play was reviewed and ruled a home run.

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

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However, Alex Rodriguez denied through a representative that he ever participated in illegal poker games.

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An MLB Executive has said that if Alex Rodriguez was indeed proven guilty, he may face a suspension; MLB had warned Alex Rodriguez in 2005 not to participate in such games.

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

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Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters on June 12,2012, which tied Lou Gehrig for the most in MLB history.

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

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On January 16,2013, Alex Rodriguez underwent arthroscopic surgery in his hip to repair a torn labrum.

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

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Alex Rodriguez played his first rehab assignment game on July 2,2013, with the Yankees Class-A Low affiliate, the Charleston RiverDogs.

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Two days prior to his scheduled promotion to the major league roster, Alex Rodriguez sustained a new injury, as an MRI later revealed a Grade 1 quad strain, delaying his return and forcing him to continue rehabilitating in the minor leagues.

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

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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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Yankees team president Randy Levine expressed negative comments towards Alex Rodriguez, saying that he would "feel happy if Alex Rodriguez never played again".

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Later in the top of the sixth inning, Alex Rodriguez encountered Dempster again, hitting a 442-foot home run to straightaway center.

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

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Alex Rodriguez played his first game after his suspension on opening day against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

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

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Alex Rodriguez reached 30+ home runs for the 15th time in his career, tying Aaron for the most 30-home-run seasons in history.

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However, for much of the season, Alex Rodriguez notably struggled to adequately produce, enduring prolonged slumps as his role dwindled from everyday designated hitter to pinch hitter.

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In January 2017, Alex Rodriguez's spokesman said that he would not play for any other team in the coming year, and would remain a "special advisor" to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.

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

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Alex Rodriguez was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Event Analyst in 2019.

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

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Alex Rodriguez became the host of the show Back in the Game with the first episode debuting on CNBC in March 2018.

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In July 2020, it was announced that Alex Rodriguez would be part of the judging panel for the Forbes' Next 1000 list, a franchise which focuses on entrepreneurs from marginalized communities.

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

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Alex Rodriguez was featured in a 2010 Pepsi Cola commercial as a truck driver in a fleet of delivery trucks simulating players in a baseball game.

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

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Alex Rodriguez appeared in the 2020 Superbowl Hard Rock ad which featured Jennifer Lopez.

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

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Much of the criticism regarding Alex Rodriguez focuses on his alleged inability to produce hits in clutch situations.

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However, after his performance in the 2009 postseason, Alex Rodriguez started receiving many positive comparisons to Reggie Jackson, even being selected as "Mr October" by Jackson and USA Today.

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In February 2009, Selena Roberts and David Epstein of Sports Illustrated reported that Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for two anabolic steroids, testosterone and Primobolan, during his 2003 season playing for the Texas Rangers, the same season in which he captured his first American League Most Valuable Player award, broke 300 career home runs, and earned one of his ten Silver Slugger Awards.

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Alex Rodriguez said he was never told that he was among the 104 players who tested positive, only that a tip came in August 2004 from Gene Orza of the MLBPA that he "may or may not have" failed his 2003 test.

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Alex Rodriguez absolved the players' union of any blame for leaking his positive test results, saying he alone was responsible for his mistakes.

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Alex Rodriguez said he did not know whether he was using the drug properly or whether it was safe.

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Alex Rodriguez said he would become a spokesperson for the Taylor Hooton foundation, which educates young people about the dangers of steroid use.

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Alex Rodriguez has since spoken at schools about the dangers of steroids.

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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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Alex Rodriguez reportedly received HGH from Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida, run by Bosch.

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Alex Rodriguez was one of 13 players suspended for their roles in the scandal.

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

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However, since Alex Rodriguez was allowed to play during the appeal process, this effectively reduced the suspension to 162 games – the entirety of the 2014 regular-season schedule.

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Alex Rodriguez subsequently issued a statement saying he would be challenging the decision in federal court.

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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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In July 2014, Alex Rodriguez was in fact sued by his lawyers for $380,000 in unpaid legal fees.

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In November 2014, it was revealed that back in January Alex Rodriguez had admitted to the Drug Enforcement Administration that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.

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

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

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

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

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Alex Rodriguez invested in Density, a technology company specializing in people counting.

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Alex Rodriguez became the new chairman of Presidente, a Dominican beer company owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev in January 2020.

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Alex Rodriguez partnered with Barstool Sports in 2018 to co-create The Corp Podcast with Dan Katz aka Barstool Big Cat.

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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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Alex Rodriguez next heard from him on the day of the 1993 MLB draft.

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Alex Rodriguez's nephew, Joe Dunand, is a professional baseball player.

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

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Alex Rodriguez 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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Alex Rodriguez had previously been named an "honorary alumnus" of the university in 2004.

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

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Alex Rodriguez is a member of the Paley Center for Media's board of trustees.

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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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