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Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez
Rodriguez with the Yankees
MLB Player information
NameAlex Rodriguez
PositionThird baseman
MLB debutJuly 8, 1994 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average.302
Home runs629
Runs batted in1893
Stolen Bases305
*Seattle Mariners (1994 2000) *Texas Rangers (2001 2003) *New York Yankees (2004 present)
*14× All-Star (1996 1998, 2000 2008, 2010, 2011) *10× Silver Slugger Award winner (1996, 1998 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008) *4× AL Hank Aaron Award winner (2001 2003, 2007) *3× AL MVP (2003, 2005, 2007) *2× Gold Glove Award winner (2002, 2003) *World Series champion (2009)

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Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975) is an American professional baseball third baseman with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. Known popularly by his nickname A-Rod, he previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.

Rodriguez is considered one of the best all-around baseball players of all time. He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting Babe Ruth's record by over a year. Rodriguez has fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any player in history. On September 24, 2010, Rodriguez hit two home runs, surpassing Sammy Sosa's mark of 609 HRs, and became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent.

In December 2007, Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract. This contract was the richest contract in baseball history (breaking his previous record of $252 million).

In February 2009, after previously denying use of performance-enhancing drugs, including during a 2007 interview with Katie Couric on 60 Minutes, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, saying he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers due to what he called "an enormous amount of pressure" to perform.

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