After Alex Rodriguez's announcement that his time as a player for the New York Yankees is coming to an end, we look back at some of the most definitive moments of his MLB career.
APDavid J. Phillip
10. A-Rod’s first home run
After playing in 17 games for the Seattle Mariners in 1994, Rodriguez found the range on his first dinger in 1995 against the Royals’ Tom Gordon -- the father of Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. And yeah: Alex Rodriguez has been in the majors since 1994. Think about that.
9. The Slap
It wasn’t his greatest moment, but A-Rod’s slapping of Bronson Arroyo’s arm on the base path in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS remains an unforgettable example of the absurd lengths he’d go to in order to win.
ASSOCIATED PRESSAMY SANCETTA
8. 2003 MVP Award
The first of three, and Rodriguez’s only MVP outside New York.
ASSOCIATED PRESSTONY GUTIERREZ
7. A-Rod signs 10-year, $275 million contract extension
Somehow, Rodriguez's groundbreaking 10-year, $275 million contract extension he signed with the Yankees in December of 2007 is the least spectacular of the mega contract deals signed in his career.
ASSOCIATED PRESSTONY GUTIERREZ
6. A-Rod’s 2005 MVP explosion
On April 26, 2005, Rodriguez teed off on the Angels with a three home run, 10 RBI performance -- a shelling that heralded what would be a second MVP award for the Yankees third baseman.
5. His 3,000th hit
Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit couldn’t have come in grander form: a home run to right field that, unfortunately, ended up in the hands of pro ball hawk Zack Hample. Womp womp.
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4. The bombshell $252 million Rangers contract
The $252 million contract Rodriguez signed with the Texas Rangers in 2000 broke the mold for sports contracts at large, doubling up the next richest athlete contract ever signed up to that point (Kevin Garnett’s six-year, $126 million deal with the Timberwolves). No one anticipated the Rangers shelling out how they did for the 25-year-old superstar. “It’s an extraordinary contract for an extraordinary player,” said New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips.
ASSOCIATED PRESSJIM MONE
3. Alex Rodriguez’s 600th home run
In August of 2010, Rodriguez laced his 600th home run, piecing a solo shot against the Toronto Blue Jays. Security guard Frankie Babilonia retrieved the ball and gave it to Rodriguez, who gave Babilonia a signed bat in return.
ASSOCIATED PRESSAmy Sancetta
2, The Biogenesis suspension
It’s a part of Rodriguez’s history, and it will be part of any legacy discussion involving his name and the pantheon of MLB greatness: Rodriguez’s 211-game (later reduced to 162 games) suspension in 2014. Rodriguez later admitted to the DEA that he used testosterone cream, testosterone gummies and HGH provided by Anthony Bosch of the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Florida.
1. The 2009 World Series run
After years of postseason struggles in New York, Rodriguez finally proved he could come through in the clutch during the Yankees’ 2009 World Series run. Arguably his most important moment? A two-run homer against the Minnesota Twins in Game 2 of the ALDS -- a belt that helped the Yankees come back from a 3-1 deficit and take the game 4-3. From there Rodriguez went on to silence his doubters (sort of) and help the Yankees beat the Phillies in six games.