Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, popularly known by his nickname, the A-rod, is a professional baseball league player who stands at third. In the MLB, Rodriguez plays for the New York Yankees and has always been in the news for both is on-field as well as off-field activities. The third base man is now 38 years of age, and one of the biggest star players who is currently on pitch. In his career he has made quite a number of records and holds many titles to his name. One of the most promising careers, Alex started with his MLB debut in the year 1994, playing for the Seattle Mariners.
Ever since then he has been a designated hitter, shortstop and third base man. After the Mariners, he had a short two-year spell with the Texas Rangers, until he joined the Yankees in 2004. Always showing up in the news, Alex Rodriguez was in the media for quite a few controversial stories as well, involving both his expensive contracts, and allegations of his use of anabolic steroids to enhance performance. Being a World Series champion, A-Rod has silenced his critics over and over again with his excellent game.
Statistics and Career Highlights
With three AL MVP titles and a batting average of 0.300, he has earned the Babe Ruth Award which he received in the year 2009, the same year he was champ. Till date he has made 2,938 hits and 654 home runs in total. 1,919 runs and 322 stolen bases is quite a record to try and match up to. He has rightfully earned his Homerun Club title and still has time to move up in the records ladder. Alex has won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award two years in a row in 2002 and 2003.
Early Days and the Rise of a Young Mets Fan
Well known in the baseball world, the superstar was born in Washington Heights in New York City. He has moved around quite a bit as a kid within the borders of the States. Even as a child, Rodriguez was a big fan of the Mets, and he continues to like them to this day. From quite a tender age he has been pursuing a career in baseball, and in high school he was the national baseball athlete student of the year, sponsored by Gatorade. Even then he made a whopping 505 runs with a total of nine home runs and 35 steals in the same number of tries.
Rodriguez was considered the top prospect in the country because he was the youngest person ever to make it to the Team USA try outs in 1993, when he was still in high school. As a huge admirer of Babe Ruth, Alexander Rodriguez had worn the number three on his back his entire life until he joined the Yankees in 2004. They have given up the number three to honor Ruth. Instead of three, Alex now adorns the number 13, and it seems that the number has brought him only good fortune as he rose to join Ruth and Jimmie Foxx in the Hall of Fame.