The file on Alex Rodriguez
Top prospect at 18
After signing a letter of intent to play for the University of Miami, top prospect Alex Rodriguez receives a phone call from the Seattle Mariners.
Drafted by Seattle
Selected first overall in the amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners, Rodriguez, 18, signed a five-year deal. Over the first three years of the deal A-Rod was guaranteed more than $1 million, the most ever for an amateur selection.
Rodriguez made his major league debut as the youngest starting shortstop in Seattle history on July 8, 1994 in Boston. In 1996, his first full season with the Mariners, Rodriguez posted the highest totals ever for a shortstop in runs, hits, doubles, extra base hits, and slugging. He established Seattle club records for average, runs, hits, doubles, and total bases, in a season that some statistical analysts consider the best ever by a shortstop.
Signed with Texas
A-Rod became a free agent after the 2000 season and signed a 10-year deal worth $252 million with the Texas Rangers. He led the MLB in home runs in 2002 and won his first Gold Glove Award and the Babe Ruth Home Run Award. His 109 home runs during the 2001-02 seasons are the most ever by an American League right-handed batter in consecutive seasons
In 2003 Rodriguez won his second Consecutive Gold Glove Award and became the youngest player to hit 300 home runs. He also led the American League in home runs for the third consecutive season while topping 40 home runs for the sixth consecutive season.
Texas drops Rodriguez
Texas sets out to remove A-Rod and his expensive contract after the 2003 season.
Traded to the New York Yankees
On Feb. 15, 2004 the Rangers traded Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias. Agreeing to move to third base due to Derek Jeter at shortstop, A-Rod also had to change jersey numbers. His No. 3 uniform was retired by the Yankees in honor of Babe Ruth, forcing A-Rod to take No. 13.
Home run No. 600
A-Rod hit his 600th career home run in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in 2010.
23rd career grand slam
In 2012 against the Braves, Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam to match Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig for the most in baseball history.
MLB suspends Rodriguez
After completing his rehab with the' Yankees Double A-affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, A-Rod was set to make his debut back with the Yankees on August 5. Despite MLB suspending A-Rod through 2014 under terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program before the game, the Yankees penciled him into their starting lineup since the slugger is set to appeal the punishment.
"I'm fighting for my life"
In a news conference before the Yankees play the White Socks A-Rod responds to questions on his suspension with " I'm fighting for my life, I have to defend myself. If I don't defend myself no one else will."
Playing in the 2013 season
On Aug. 11 Rodriguez hit his first home run of the 2013 season off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. With the solo-home run Rodriguez passed Stan Musial for No. 5 all time in career RBI. In 44 games, the Yankees third baseman batted .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs and 19 RBI.
On Oct. 3, 2013, Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against MLB and commissioner Bud Selig claiming that baseball officials held a 'witch hunt' against him. The following day he filed a suit against Yankees team doctor Chris Ahmad. After a lengthy arbitration process, Frederic Horowitz reduced the overall suspension to 162 games (including 2014 playoffs). In reaction, Rodriguez filed a suit against MLB and the MLB Players Association on Jan. 13, 2014. A-Rod officially dropped the suit and accepted his suspension on February 7, 2014.