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American professional baseball third baseman

  • Alex Rodriguez is named Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez. He was born July 27, 1975 in New York City.
  • He is popular by his nickname A-Rod.
  • He plays for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball
  • He was born on July 27, 1975. Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez is his full name.
  • As a child, New York Mets is his favorite team.
  • Alex signed a contract for $252 million with the Rangers. The contract is regarded the highest in the sport history.
  • Alex played at Shortstop before becoming a Yankee.
  • Alex got $1.3 million when Seattle signed him in 1993. His first spending with the money is buying a Jeep Cherokee.
  • He was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1993.
  • He was also the first 18-year-old Major League player in 10 years, and the youngest position player in Seattle history.
  • In 1995, he was the youngest player in Major League Baseball.
  • He married Cynthia Scurtis in 2002 however they split in 2008. She cited "emotional abandonment" of her and their children, as well as "extra marital affairs and other marital misconduct" by her husband as the reason for the divorce.
  • In 2003, Rodriguez gave $3.9 million to the University of Miami to renovate its baseball stadium.
  • He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939.
  • He is the youngest to hit 600, besting Babe Ruth's record by over a year.
  • He has fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any player in history.
  • Surpassing Sammy Sosa's mark of 609 HRs, he became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent.
  • In December 2007, Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract. This contract was the richest contract in baseball history.
  • During an interview, he admitted to using steroids, saying he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers due to what he called "an enormous amount of pressure" to perform.
  • Prior to 2009, he was nicknamed "The Cooler" among some players because of the perceived tendency for teams to turn cold when he joins them and hot when he leaves.
  • Rodriguez buys and collects art.
  • In 2003, he gave $3.9 million to the University of Miami to renovate its baseball stadium.
  • He was featured in a Pepsi Cola commercial as a truck driver in a fleet of delivery trucks simulating players in a baseball game.
  • He is featured in a commercial for Guitar Hero World Tour.

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