Updated: 08/05/2013 6:57 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
A look at Alex Rodriguez's life in baseball.
Also watch video of Rodriguez speaking to the media after his suspension by MLB in the video box above.
NAME: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez.
BORN: July 27, 1975, in Washington Heights, N.Y.
Bats/Throws: R/R; Height: 6-foot-3; Weight: 225 pounds.
- Graduated Westminster Christian High School in Miami.
- First team prep All-American as a senior, hitting .505 with 9 HRs, 36 RBIs and 35 SBs in 33 games.
- Selected as the USA Baseball Junior "Player of the Year" and as Gatorade's "National Baseball Student Athlete of the Year."
- Was first high school player to try out for Team USA in 1993 and also play with U.S. Junior National Squad that summer.
- Drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1993.
MINOR LEAGUE CAREER
- 1994, played for Seattle's Triple-A affiliate, the Calgary Cannons. Had 37 hits, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs and a .311 batting average in 32 games.
- 1995, played for Seattle's Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers. Had 77 hits, 15 HRs, 45 RBIs and a .360 batting average in 54 games. Joined the major league roster for good in August.
MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER
- Played shortstop with the Seattle Mariners (1994-2000).
- Became a free agent and signed with the Texas Rangers (2001-03) for the most lucrative contract in sports history: a 10-year deal worth $252 million.
- Traded to the New York Yankees (2004-13) for second baseman Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named (Joaquin Arias) on Feb. 15, 2004. Moved from shortstop to third base. Agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees in December 2007. The contract broke his previous record of $252 million.
Home Runs: 647 (ranks 5th all-time).
RBIs: 1,950 (6th).
Runs: 1,898 (9th).
Slugging Percentage: .560 (17th).
Hits: 2,901 (37th).
Batting Average: .300.
AL Most Valuable Player (2003, 2005, 2007).
AL Silver Slugger Award (shortstop: 1996, 1998-2003); (third base: 2005, 2007, 2008).
AL Gold Glove Award (2002, 2003).
AL All-Star (1996-98, 2000-08, 2010-11).
AL Home Run Title (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007).
AL Runs Leader (1996, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007).
AL Total Bases Leader (1996, 2001, 2002, 2007).
AL RBI Title (2002, 2007).
AL Slugging Percentage Leader (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008).
AL Batting Title (1996).
AL Hits Leader (1998).
AL Extra-Base Hits Leader (2001).
- Youngest player to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939.
- Youngest player to hit 600 home runs, besting Babe Ruth's record by more than a year.
- Has 14 100-RBI seasons, more than any other player in history.
2008: strained right quadriceps.
2009: right hip surgery.
2010: strained left calf.
2011: right knee surgery.
2012: broken left hand.
2013: left hip surgery.
- Admitted in 2009 to using performance-enhancing drugs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03.
- Suspended through the 2014 season by Major League Baseball on Monday for "his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances" over several years. MLB also said he was punished "for 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."
- Said he plans to appeal Monday's suspension, which takes effect Thursday. An appeal keeps him eligible to play until a ruling by the arbitrator, which is not expected until November or December. If the entire suspension is upheld, 211 regular-season games in all, he would lose $30 million to $33 million in salary.
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