Who is Alex Rodriguez?

Born Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez on the 27th July 1975, in Washington Heights, New York City USA, he is a now-retired baseball shortstop and third baseman, one of the most successful players to ever grace the baseball stadia across the US. During his 22 year-long career, Alex played for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, set numerous records, and won a number of prestigious awards, including 10 Silver Slugger Awards, and meantime becoming the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. Since leaving the field, Alex has become a special advisor to the Yankees owner, Hal Steinbrenner, and can also be seen on several sports shows, such as “Sunday Night Baseball”.

Why Did Alex Rodriguez Retire from Baseball?

Starting in 2011, Alex became injury prone, having numerous problems with his hip and undergoing complex surgery several times which obviously resulting in a decline in his performance. During these years, Alex was also a part of the Biogenesis scandal in baseball, which saw him suspended from the league. In his last two professional years, his numbers were nowhere near his previous statistics, and so he decided to retire.

Alex Rodriguez Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Education

Alex, of Dominican ancestry, is the son of Lourdes and Victor Rodriguez; he grew up with his two older half-siblings named Joe and Suzy, who are from his mother’s first marriage. During his early years, the Rodriguez family moved a lot, spending time in the Dominican Republic even, and then living in Miami, Florida. He went to Christopher Columbus High School, but eventually transferred to Westminster Christian School. During his high school years, Alex was a star of his baseball team, playing as a shortstop, while he was also a member of the football team, playing at quarterback. He won the national championship with his high school in his junior year, and in his senior year, Alex posted some big numbers, including hitting a .505 average, in addition to nine home runs, 36 runs batted in (RBIs), and 35 stolen bases in 35 attempts in just 33 games. Before he entered the MLB Draft, Alex signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Miami, but he decided to turn down the scholarship offer from the university, and instead signed with the Seattle Mariners, who drafted him in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft when he was still just 17.

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Career Beginnings

The Mariners signed Alex to a three -year deal worth $1.3 million, in addition to a $1 million signing bonus. He spent a season in the minor leagues, playing for the Appleton Foxes and Jacksonville Suns, before he was promoted to the major league. Alex played for the Mariners until 2000, building a name for himself in the sport and being considered one of the top prospects. He was the MLB batting champion for the 1996 season, but the team still struggled to achieve any major result. After the Mariners, Alex joined the Texas Rangers on a 10-year deal worth $252 million, which at the time was the most lucrative contract. He played for the Rangers until 2003, when he was traded to the New York Yankees, his time with the Rangers being quite beneficial for Alex, not just financially, but also career-wise, as he secured 10 All-Star appearances, and also won his first AL MVP Award, then his first and second Golden Glove Awards, and was the AL home run leader.

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New York Yankees

Alex played for the Yankees until the end of his career; he continued with great games, such that in 2007 he received a new, record contract, worth $275 million over ten years. He won the World Series with the Yankees in 2009, which was his first and only title, but then his performance started declining, and besides 2010 and 2011 All-Star appearances, Alex didn’t have much success from then on.

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Steroids Use and Suspension

Throughout his career, Alex faced numerous controversies, mostly for claims that he used unauthorized steroids for better performance, ie performance-enhancing drugs. At first, he denied those allegations, but in 2014 he was suspended for 211 games, due to his use of Human Growth Hormone and Testosterone.

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Retirement and Life Outside Baseball

Alex officially retired in 2016, and since then has been serving as a special advisor to Hal Steinbrenner, but has also become a television personality, in addition to which he has engaged in sports shows, and appeared in several reality TV shows, such as “Shark Tank” (2017-2018). He has been involved in charity work too, donating close to $4 million to the University of Miami for the renovation of their baseball stadium, which was then renamed to “Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field”. Although he didn’t attend the university, he became their honorary alumnus in 2004, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees.

Do You Know How Rich Alex Rodriguez Is?

During his career, Alex signed two of the most lucrative contracts in sports history, becoming the highest paid baseball player. In addition, his wealth benefited from several endorsement deals, such as with Pepsi Cola, and he can be seen in a commercial for Guitar Hero World Tour, next to Kobe Bryant, Tony Hawk, Michael Phelps. So, have you ever wondered how rich Alex Rodriguez is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Rodriguez’ net worth is as high as $300 million, pretty impressive don’t you think?

Do You Know About Alex’ Personal Life, Affairs, Marriage, Ex-Wife Cynthia Scurtis, Children, Divorce?

When it comes to Alex’ personal life, it is as controversial as his career; he was married to Cynthia Scurtis from 2002 to 2008, and the couple welcomed two children, Natasha Alexander, and Ella Alexander before Cynthia filed for divorce in July 2008, claiming that her husband had several extramarital affairs and had emotionally abandoned her and their children. During their marriage, Alex was linked to several women from show business, including Madonna but who denied all allegations of any romantic relationship. However, since 2017, Alex has been in a relationship with singer and actress Jennifer Lopez.

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Internet Popularity

The A-Rod, the nickname that stuck with him throughout his career, has become quite popular on social media platforms, especially Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. His official Instagram page has close to two million followers, with whom he has shared pictures of himself with his girlfriend and also with his children. On Twitter Alex has 1.2 million followers, with whom he has shared his interests and opinions, such as on the young Atlanta Braves team, among many other posts. You can find Alex on Facebook as well, on which he already has more than 1.5 million followers.

So, if you aren’t already a fan of this successful if somewhat controversial sportsman, then this is a perfect opportunity for you to become one – just skip over to his official pages.

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