Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975 in the Washington Heights section of New York City. When Rodriguez was four his family moved to the Dominican Republic and them to Miami, Florida.
Rodriguez attended Westminster Christian High School in Miami. He was a budding baseball star at his high school. Rodriguez signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Miami. However, Rodriguez turned down the baseball scholarship and never played college baseball. Instead, Rodriguez signed with the Seattle Mariners after he was chosen in the first round of the amateur draft at the young age of 17.
Rodriguez was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1993. In 1994, Rodriguez did his playing with Seattle’s AAA affiliate, the Calgary Cannons. On July 8, 1994, Rodriguez made his major league debut at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. At 18 years old, Rodriguez was just the third major league short stop since 1900. His first major league hit came the following day in Boston. He hit a single in Fenway Park. Rodriguez played for the Mariners full time beginning the next season. He played with Seattle from 1994-2000. From 2001-2003, Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers. Since 2004 Rodriguez, who is commonly called, A-Rod, had played for the New York Yankees.
Rodriguez has had a very successful career. He is the youngest player to hit 500 and then 600 home runs, besting Babe Ruth’s record. Rodriguez has fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other baseball player in history. In 2010, Rodriguez surpassed Sammy Sosa’s mark of 609 home runs. This made Rodriguez the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent.
In 2007, Rodriguez and the Yankees signed a 10 year $275 million contract. This is the richest contract in major league baseball history.
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