Alex Rodriguez Bio Box

A look at Alex Rodriguez’s life in baseball:

NAME: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez.

BORN: July 27, 1975, in Washington Heights, N.Y.

Bats/Throws: R/R; Height: 6-foot-3; Weight: 225 pounds.

HIGH SCHOOL

– Graduated Westminster Christian High School in Miami.

– First team prep All-American as a senior, hitting .505 with 9

HRs, 36 RBIs and 35 SBs in 33 games.

– Selected as the USA Baseball Junior ”Player of the Year” and

as Gatorade’s ”National Baseball Student Athlete of the

Year.”

– Was first high school player to try out for Team USA in 1993

and also play with U.S. Junior National Squad that summer.

– Drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1993.

MINOR LEAGUE CAREER

– 1994, played for Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate, the Calgary

Cannons. Had 37 hits, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs and a .311 batting average in

32 games.

– 1995, played for Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma

Rainiers. Had 77 hits, 15 HRs, 45 RBIs and a .360 batting average

in 54 games. Joined the major league roster for good in August.

MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER

– Played shortstop with the Seattle Mariners (1994-2000).

– Became a free agent and signed with the Texas Rangers

(2001-03) for the most lucrative contract in sports history: a

10-year deal worth $252 million.

– Traded to the New York Yankees (2004-13) for second baseman

Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named (Joaquin Arias) on Feb.

15, 2004. Moved from shortstop to third base. Agreed to a 10-year,

$275 million contract with the Yankees in December 2007. The

contract broke his previous record of $252 million.

CAREER STATISTICS

Home Runs: 647 (ranks 5th all-time).

RBIs: 1,950 (6th).

Runs: 1,898 (9th).

Slugging Percentage: .560 (17th).

Hits: 2,901 (37th).

Batting Average: .300.

AWARDS

AL Most Valuable Player (2003, 2005, 2007).

AL Silver Slugger Award (shortstop: 1996, 1998-2003); (third

base: 2005, 2007, 2008).

AL Gold Glove Award (2002, 2003).

AL All-Star (1996-98, 2000-08, 2010-11).

ACHIEVEMENTS

AL Home Run Title (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007).

AL Runs Leader (1996, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007).

AL Total Bases Leader (1996, 2001, 2002, 2007).

AL RBI Title (2002, 2007).

AL Slugging Percentage Leader (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008).

AL Batting Title (1996).

AL Hits Leader (1998).

AL Extra-Base Hits Leader (2001).

MILESTONES

– Youngest player to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record

Jimmie Foxx set in 1939.

– Youngest player to hit 600 home runs, besting Babe Ruth’s

record by more than a year.

– Has 14 100-RBI seasons, more than any other player in

history.

INJURIES

2008: strained right quadriceps.

2009: right hip surgery.

2010: strained left calf.

2011: right knee surgery.

2012: broken left hand.

2013: left hip surgery.

PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS

– Admitted in 2009 to using performance-enhancing drugs while

with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03.

– Suspended through the 2014 season by Major League Baseball on

Monday for ”his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited

performance-enhancing substances” over several years. MLB also

said he was punished ”for attempting to cover up his violations of

the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct

and frustrate the office of the commissioner’s investigation.”

– Said he plans to appeal Monday’s suspension, which takes

effect Thursday. An appeal keeps him eligible to play until a

ruling by the arbitrator, which is not expected until November or

December. If the entire suspension is upheld, 211 regular-season

games in all, he would lose $30 million to $33 million in

salary.