Here’s Alex Rodriguez, a former New York Yankees outfielder who is tied for fifth in Major League Baseball history for most career hits. He was suspended for the entire 2014 season following an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Birthday date: July 27, 1975
Birth place: New York, New York
Birth name: Alexander Emmanuel Rodríguez
Father: Victor Rodriguez, shoe salesman and baseball player
Mother: Lourdes (Navarroa) Rodriguez, automotive factory worker
Marriage: Cynthia (Scurtis) Rodriguez (November 2, 2002-2008, divorced)
Kids: Ella and Natasha
Her family moved from New York to the Dominican Republic when Rodriguez was 4, and then moved to Miami when she was in the fourth grade.
The father left when Rodriguez was 9 years old, and the mother raised the three children as a single parent.
He wrote two children’s books, “Hit a Grand Slam” and “Out of the Ballpark.”
He has been romantically linked with celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez.
Rodriguez has the fourth most home runs of all time.
He is the 29th member of the 3,000 hit club.
Three-time American League MVP: 2003, 2005 and 2007.
It has been chosen All-Star Game 14 times.
All-time Grand Slam leader.
Ten-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
Two-time Gold Glove Award winner.
early 1990s – He attends Westminster Christian School in Miami.
June 1993 – MLB first overall draft pick, selected by the Seattle Mariners to play shortstop.
July 8, 1994 – Major League debut at shortstop with the Seattle Mariners. At the time, he was the youngest player to reach the majors since 1984.
1996 – He is invited to the All-Star Game for the first time.
August 12, 1998 – Hits 100th major league home run.
September 19, 1998 – Becomes the third player to enter the “40-40 Club” by hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in a season. That year he ends the season with 42 home runs and 46 stolen bases.
1999 – He has operated on his left knee.
December 2000 – He signs the largest contract ever in professional sports at the time, a 10-year, $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers.
October 2002 – Gives $3.9 million to the University of Miami baseball program. The Hurricanes’ renovated baseball stadium was later renamed Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
August 4, 2007 – He becomes the youngest player to hit 500 home runs.
November 2007 – At the time he signed the largest contract ever in American sports, a 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees.
December 2007 – In an interview with Katie Couric on “60 Minutes,” Rodriguez denies taking performance-enhancing drugs and says she’s not tempted to use them.
February 9, 2009 – Rodriguez has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers.
March 9, 2009 – He has operated on his right hip. He will join the New York Yankees about a month into the season, on May 8.
August 4, 2010 – Becomes the youngest player to hit 600 home runs.
July 2011 – He undergoes surgery on his right knee.
January 16, 2013 – He has arthroscopic surgery on his left hip.
January 31, 2013 – The Miami New Times reports a story that more than a dozen professional baseball players, including Rodriguez, and other athletes were named in records kept by the now-shuttered Biogenesis antiaging clinic in Miami over several years.
August 5, 2013 – Major League Baseball announced that Rodriguez will be suspended for 211 games during the 2014 season amid allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. Twelve other players are also suspended for 50 games.
August 7, 2013 – The MLB Players Association is filing a grievance on his behalf, appealing the suspension. Rodriguez is cleared to play while he appeals the sentence. He has been in the Yankees lineup since returning from injury on August 5th.
September 30, 2013 – An arbitration hearing to appeal Rodriguez’s suspension begins.
October 3, 2013 – He is filing a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court against MLB and commissioner Bud Selig, alleging that they “engaged in harmful and egregious conduct with the sole purpose of … destroying the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez.”
October 4, 2013 – Dr. Christopher Ahmad files medical malpractice lawsuit against Yankees team doctor and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Rodriguez dropped the case in 2014.
October 7, 2013 – MLB is filing a motion to move Rodriguez’s lawsuit from state court to federal court in hopes of dismissing the case.
November 20, 2013 – MLB Commissioner Selig walks out of an arbitration hearing after learning he won’t testify, and later said he’s done with what he calls a “farce” and an “excessive process.”
January 11, 2014 – Rodriguez officially loses his appeal and cuts his 211-game suspension to 162 games, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled. He will miss the 2014 MLB season.
February 7, 2014 – Drops the lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The suit called for the 162-game suspension to be lifted.
November 5, 2014 – The Miami Herald reported that Rodriguez privately admitted to using steroids in late January 2014 during a meeting with prosecutors and federal agents where he was granted immunity.
December 17, 2014 – Rodriguez faces a lawsuit filed by his former brother-in-law, Constantine Scurtis. In the complaint, the Scurtis allege that Rodriguez used their real estate partnership to commit fraud. A month later, Scurtis amends his complaint to include additional estimates, and asks the judge for $100 million in damages.
February 17, 2015 – He releases a handwritten apology, “taking full responsibility for the mistakes that have been made [his] Suspension for the 2014 season.’
May 7, 2015 – He hit his 661st home run, passing Willie Mays for fourth on baseball’s all-time home run list.
June 19, 2015 – The win hit 3,000 in a 7-2 rout of the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium.
August 7, 2016 – He announces that he will play his final major league game at Yankee Stadium on August 12th as the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Following the game, Rodriguez will opt out of his player contract and become a special consultant and instructor with the Yankees through December 31, 2017.
March 7, 2017 – Fox Sports has hired him as a full-time MLB analyst.
January 23, 2018 – Rodriguez joins the ESPN broadcast team for MLB Sunday Night Baseball.
March 9, 2019 – After dating for about two years, Rodriguez and singer and actress Jennifer Lopez announced their engagement via Instagram.
June-July 2020 – Rodriguez files a counterclaim against Scurtis alleging abuse of process and seeking a judgment for damages. Scurtis then moves to add a claim for damages to the case. Rodriguez appealed the request to Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal.
April 15, 2021 – Rodriguez and Lopez have announced their separation, ending their two-year engagement.
April 10, 2022 – Rodriguez and broadcaster and radio host Michael Kay debuted the new series “KayRod Cast” on ESPN2. It will air during Sunday night baseball games.
September 11, 2022 – Albert Pujols hits his 697th home run, moving ahead of Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time list.