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June 01, 2020

Alex Rodriguez's Baseball Career — A Glimpse into the Best and Worst Moments of J-Lo's Fiancé

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Over his 22-year career, baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez won three MVP awards and hit almost 700 homers. His reputation, however, tainted through his link to performance-enhancing drugs.

Alex made his Major League Baseball debut with the Seattle Mariners at age 18, according to Biography. He is blessed with great all-around capacity. 

During his times with the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, Alex turned into a grand slam champ and a three-time MVP. 

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PLAYING HIS LAST GAME

Alex drew judgment for his postseason battles. For the entire 2014, he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.

In August 2016, Alex played his last game. He completed among the untouched pioneers in home runs, RBIs, and runs scored. He then commenced a broadcasting career.

Alex was born Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez on July 27, 1975, in New York, New York, as reported by CNN. His father, Victor Rodriguez, is a shoe salesman and baseball player. His mother, Lourdes Rodriguez, is an automotive plant worker.

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PICKED NUMBER ONE

When he was four years old, Alex's family moved from New York to the Dominican Republic. Then they moved to Miami when he was in the fourth grade. His father left when Alex was nine, and his mother reared her three kids as a single parent.

Alex bounced out of his high-school career in Miami as apparently the most highly sought-after prospect in history, as reported by The Guardian. He is picked number one overall by Seattle in the 1993 draft.

Continued investigations painted a distressing viewpoint for Alex, regardless of his denials.

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FOUND HIMSELF UNDER FIRE

Somewhat more than a year later, he's up in the bigs, getting his first hit on July 8, 1994. He's not yet a regular, though, and the beginning of his 647 career homers won't take off his bat for almost another season. 

Alex, however, discovered himself under fire in early 2013. He's already on the disabled list after hip surgery at the time. He confronted new claims of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to Biography.

Continued investigations painted a distressing viewpoint for Alex, regardless of his denials. In November 2014, The Miami Herald reported that Alex had really admitted he had used performance-enhancing drugs from 2010 to 2012 to federal agents.

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On February 17, 2015, Alex released a hand-written apology. He took "full responsibility for the mistakes that led to [his] suspension for the 2014 season," according to CNN.

On August 7, 2016, Alex announced that he would play in his final major league game on August 12 at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

After the game, Alex was released from his player contract. He then became an excellent guide and educator with the Yankees through December 31, 2017. 

On March 7, 2017, Alex was hired by Fox Sports as a full-time MLB analyst. He joined the ESPN broadcast team for MLB Sunday Night Baseball on January 23, 2018.

Previously married to Cynthia Scurtis from 2002 to 2008, Alex has been dating multi-talented artist Jennifer Lopez since February 2017. In March 2019, they announced their engagement.

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