A 22-year MLB veteran and one of the most prolific offensive players in the history of the league, Alex Rodriguez is an MLB Analyst for FOX Sports, working alongside Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas and Pete Rose. In his versatile role with FOX, Rodriguez is involved with nearly all aspects of the network’s MLB coverage as an analyst both in studio and in the broadcast booth. Rodriguez, Burkhardt, Thomas and Rose helped lead FOX Sports to the Emmy Award for Outstanding Studio Show – Limited Run during the network’s coverage of the 2016 postseason.
A BASEBALL LIFE
Recognized as an elite athlete from his early days, Rodriguez attended high school at Westminster Christian School where split time as a star shortstop on the baseball team and captain of the football team. His junior year, Westminster won the high school national championship with Rodriguez leading the way with a .419 batting average and 90 stolen bases. A first-team prep All-American as a senior, he was selected the USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year and was named Gatorade’s national baseball student-athlete of the year in addition to becoming the first high school player ever to try out for the United States National Baseball Team. The University of Miami recruited Rodriguez to play both baseball and football, but he declined, electing to enter the MLB Draft, where he was the likely first overall pick.
FROM ALEX TO A-ROD
Shortly after being taken with the first overall selection by the Seattle Mariners in the 1993 MLB Draft, Rodriguez made his Major League debut in July of 1994 at 18 years, 11 months, and 11 days of age. Just the third 18-year-old Major League shortstop since 1900 and the youngest position player in Seattle history, he wasted no time establishing himself as an elite professional player. By 1996, Rodriguez led the American League with a .358 batting average – the highest for a right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio – and was the youngest shortstop in MLB All-Star Game history. By the time of his retirement in 2016, Rodriguez amassed 14 All-Star Game selections, three AL MVPs, 10 Silver Slugger Awards and a World Series championship. He also ranks fourth on the all-time home runs list with 696 and is one of 30 players in MLB history in the 3,000 hits club.
Given name Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez … has two daughters, Natasha and Ella … Is an avid University of Miami fan, having donated $3.9 million to renovate the university’s baseball stadium, now named Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field) … is also an honorary alumnus of the University of Miami and sits on its Board of Trustees … buys and collects art in his free time, and is an investor of the eSports team “NRG eSports.”