Alex Rodriguez through the years
The early years
Born July 27, 1975, in the Washington Heights area of New York City, Alex Rodriguez moved several times as a child. At age four he moved with his family to the Dominican Republic and by the fifth grade they had moved again to Miami.
Rodriguez attended Westminster Christian School in Flordia where he won a national championship his junior year. Rodriguez was voted 1st team All-American in both his junior and senior years. As a senior he was selected as USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year and Gatorade's National Baseball Student Player of the Year.
June 3, 1993
As a senior in high school Alex Rodriguez had commited to play baseball at the University of Miami. He later withdrew that commitment when he was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the first overall selection in the 1993 MLB amateur draft.
First contract (1993)
After being selected by the Mariners, Rodriguez signed his first contract. The deal was worth $1.3 million over three years.
Major league debut (1994)
After playing with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate Calgary Cannons, Alex Rodriguez made his major league debut on July 8, 1994, against the Boston Red Sox. He was only the third 18-year-old shortstop to play in the majors since 1900.
The next day, Rodriguez recorded his first major league hit when he singled off Red Sox pitcher Sergio Valdez. He was 2-for-4 in the game and recorded a stolen base.
The home runs begin (1995)
Rodriguez went back and forth between the Seattle Mariners and the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers for most of the 1995 season.
On June 12, 1995, A-Rod hit his first major league home run in a game against the Royals. The monumental homer came against Kanasas City pitcher Tom Gordon.
All-Star debut (1996)
In his first full season in the big leagues, Alex Rodriguez turned heads.
With 141 runs, 215 hits, 36 home runs and 123 RBIs, A-Rod made his first All-Star team and won the AL batting title.
He also won his first Silver Slugger Award, recognizing him as the best hitting shortstop in the American League and was The Sporting News Major League Player of the Year.
The cycle (1997)
On June 5,1997, Rodriguez became the fifth youngest player to hit for the cycle in a game against the Lions.
Rodriguez recorded a home run in the first, hit a single in the fourth, tripled in the eigth and doubled in the ninth.
All-Star starter (1997)
In 1997, Alex Rodriguez made his first start in an All-Star game.
Here he is pictured at the game with his American League teammates (L-R) Roberto Alomar, Joey Cora and Edgar Martinez.
40-40 Club (1998)
In 1998, Alex Rodriguez became the third member of the prestigious 40-40 club joining José Canseco (1988) and Barry Bonds (1996).
Rodriguez had 42 home runs and 46 stolen bases in the 1998 season. Canseco and Bonds both had 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases in their qualifying seasons.
In 2006, Alfonso Soriano, a player included in the trade that sent Rodriguez to the Yankees, joined A-Rod in the 40-40 club with 46 home runs and 41 stolen bases.
With 123 runs, 213 hits, 42 home runs, 46 stolen bases and 124 RBIs, 1998 was a steller season for A-Rod.
His play earned him a second Silver Slugger Award (AL-SS), his third consecutive All-Star bid and Mariners Player of the Year recognition.
Rodriguez was also voted as the Players Choice AL Player of the Year in 1998.
100th career steal (1999)
On June 1, 1999, Alex Rodriguez recorded his 100th career steal.
Despite missing 32 games with a knee injury, Rodriguez was again recognized with an AL Silver Slugger Award (SS) for the 1999 season.
Last year in Seattle (2000)
With another season that saw Rodriguez hit more than 40 home runs (41), A-Rod was once again an All-Star. He won another AL Silver Slugger Award (SS) and was selected as the Mariners Player of the Year.
Everything is bigger in Texas (2000)
On Dec. 11, 2000, Alex Rodriguez made history when he signed the biggest contract in professional sports history up to that point.
Rodriguez decided to leave Seattle as a free agent and headed to Arlington where he inked a 10-year, $252 million contract with the Rangers.
1000th career hit (2001)
On May 5, 2001, Alex Rodriguez recorded his 1000th career hit in a game against the Chicago White Sox.
A-Rod had 201 hits and 52 home runs in the 2001 season, making him the first player to have 50 homers and 200 hits in a season since 1932.
Disgruntled fans (2001)
Rodriguez's 52nd and final home run of the 2001 season came on Oct. 4 in Seattle.
Despite being named an All-Star and receiving the AL Hank Aaron Award, Rodriguez was met with disgruntled Mariners fans at Safeco Field, many of whom saw the shortstop as greedy and overrated.
A-Rod received yet another AL Silver Slugger Award (SS) in 2001.
Homers, homers and more homers (2002)
Alex Rodriguez started the season off right when he hit nine home runs in April of 2002. A-Rod would go on to hit 57 home runs that season, the sixth most in AL history and the most in all of Major League Baseball that season.
He was recognized with the Babe Ruth Home Run Award, an AL Silver Slugger Award (SS), the AL Hank Aaron Award and his first Gold Glove Award for outstanding defense.
Rodriguez also made his sixth All-Star team.
Rodriguez married Cynthia Scurtis, whom he had met at a gym in Miami, in 2002. The couple's marriage was plagued by rumors of A-Rod's extramarital activity.
The lone Ranger (2003)
On April 2, 2003, Rodriguez hits a three-run home run against the Angels (the play pictured here) and becomes the youngest player to reach 300 career home runs.
On Sept. 12, 2003, Rodriguez became the second youngest player to score 1,000 runs.
A-Rod was awared his second consecutive Golden Glove Award and the Babe Ruth Home Run Award. He was also named All-Star, won another Silver Slugger Award (AL-SS) and the AL Hank Aaron Award.
Rodriguez was named the 2003 AL Most Valuable Player despite the fact that the Rangers finished last in the AL West with a 71-91 record.
Tests positive (2003)
Alex Rodriguez scored 124 runs, had 181 hits, hit 47 home runs,had 118 RBIs and recorded 17 stolen bases in 2003.
It is also believed that A-Rod tested positived for annabolic steroids, testosterone and primobolan in 2003.
In February of 2004, Alex Rodriguez waived his no-trade clause and was acquired by the New York Yankees. The Yankees sent Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later to the Rangers and Texas agreed to pay $67 million of the $179 million that remained on Rodriguez's contract.
Yankee tradition (2004)
After being traded to the Yankees, Rodriguez has to change his number from 3, which is retired by Babe Ruth, to 13. He must also switch positions from shortstop to third base because Yankee captain Derek Jeter played shortstop.
On May 4, 2004, Alex Rodriguez hit his 350th career home run. In the same game, he recorded his 1000th career RBI, becoming the third youngest player to reach that mark.
A-Rod was once again an All-Star in 2004.
Becoming a father
On Nov. 4, 2004, A-Rod became a father when his daughter Natasha Alexander (pictured with mother, Cynthia Rodriguez) was born.
On April 21, 2008, Cynthia gave birth to the couple's second child, Ella Alexander.
On June 8, 2005, Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 400 career home runs. His 400th HR came against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park and is pictured here.
Rodriguez was the American League MVP and an All-Star in 2005. He also won an AL Silver Slugger Award, his first at third base.
Six in seven (2007)
In the first seven games of the 2007 season, Alex Rodriguez hit six home runs.
Rodriguez also went on a 23-game hitting streak that ended on April 24, 2007.
Bronx Bomber (2007)
On July 12, 2007 Alex Rodriguez hit his 150th home run in Yankee pinstripes. He became the only player to hit 150 home runs for three different teams.
On Aug. 4, 2007 Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run, becoming the youngest player to reach 500.
New York state of mind (2007)
In 2007, Rodriguez won another AL Silver Slugger Award (3B), the AL Hank Aaron Award and the Babe Ruth Home Run Award. He was once again named an All-Star and was named the American League MVP.
In October of 2007, Rodriguez opted out of his $252 million contract with the Yankees, leaving behind the $72 million he would have earned. Despite early reports that the Yankees were uninterested in re-signing Rodriguez, the two sides agreed to a record-setting, 10-year, $275 million contract in December of 2007.
The Mitchell Report (2007)
On Dec. 13, 2007, the Mitchell Report was published. The report named Alex Rodriguez as one of the players who had used illegal preformance enhancing substances.
On Dec. 16, 2007, Rodriguez appeared on "60 Minutes" with his wife and denied ever having used steroids, HGH or any PEDs.
The day after appearing on "60 Minutes," Rodriguez signed the largest contract in professional sports to date.
After kissing on national television to ring in the new year, Alex Rodriguez and his wife Cynthia split in 2008.
Cynthia filed for divorce on July 7, 2008, citing extramarital affairs.
A-Rod has been linked to several high-profile women in the years since his divorce, including Madonna, Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz.
Injury and allegations (2009)
Prior to the start of the 2009 season, Alex Rodriguez underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, causing him to miss spring training and the first month of the season.
In February of 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez had tested positive for steroids in 2003.
Having denied past allegations, Rodriguez decides to come clean and admits to having used performance enhancing drugs during his time with the Rangers. However, Rodriguez denies ever having used PEDs during his time with the Yankees.
The Taylor Hooton Foundation (2009)
In August of 2009, Alex Rodriguez joined forces with the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate young athletes on the dangers of drug use and discourage them from using performance enhancing drugs.
On Aug. 5, 2013, the Taylor Hooton Foundation issued a statement cutting ties with Rodriguez.
World Series champions (2009)
The New York Yankees won the 2009 World Series. It was the first and only World Series title of Alex Rodriguez's career to date. Rodriguez was named the postseason MVP, winning the prestigous Babe Ruth Award.
More allegations, more home runs (2010)
In February of 2010, the New York Daily News reported that Rodriguez was linked to Tony Galea, a Canadian doctor facing charges for smuggling drugs into the United States.
On Aug. 4, 2010, Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th career home run, becoming the youngest player to reach 600.
Poker face (2011)
Rodriguez underwent surgery in 2011 to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
Later that year, allegations surfaced that Rodriguez had participated in illegal, underground poker games. A-Rod denied any involvement.
Grand slam (2012)
On June 12, 2012, Alex Rodriguez tied Lou Gehring's record for most career grand slams when he hit his 23rd (pictured here).
On July 24,2012, he was hit by a pitch and is placed on the DL.
In December of 2012, Rodriguez underwent surgery to repair his left hip, keeping him off the diamond for the the first half of the 2013 season.
Biogenesis begins (2013)
On June 4, 2013, ESPN reported that a number of players risk suspension having been connected to the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Flordia. Alex Rodriguez is among the players named.
Clashes with Cashman (2013)
In June of 2013, Rodriguez tweeted that he was healthy enough to play, prompting Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman to respond saying that A-Rod "should shut the (expletive) up."
Injury or not? (2013)
Rodriguez began his 2013 season with the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs and the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders but strained his quad just before he was set to return to the big leagues.
Rodriguez sought a second opinion, concluding that there is no injury. The Yankees then claimed that Rodriguez violated MLB policy by seeking a second opinion without the team's permission.
211 games (2013)
On Aug. 5, 2013, Major League Baseball issued a 211-game suspension to Alex Rodriguez for his involvement with the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Florida.
Rodriguez has appealed the suspension.
"A-Roid" plays on (2013)
After being issued a 211-game suspension earlier in the day, Alex Rodriguez made his 2013 major league debut as the Yankees took on the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Rodriguez had one hit in four at bats.