Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod, is an American former professional baseball player. He is also a television analyst and businessman.
Stage Name: A-Rod
Full Name: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez
Birthday: July 27, 1975
Place of Origin: Manhattan, New York City
Sexual Orientation: Straight Male
Status: Single, engaged to Jennifer Lopez
Spouse: Divorced, Cynthia Scurtis
Profession: Former professional baseball, television analyst, and businessman
Total Net Worth: $350 million
Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975 in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan to Domican parents. His mother, Lourdes, and father, Victor, were immigrants. A-Rod has half siblings from his mother’s first marriage, Joe and Suzy.
A-Rod’s early years in life were spent in Dominican Republic. His parents decided to move to Dominican Republic when A-Rod was only 4 years old. Then they moved to Miami, Florida.
When A-Rod was a little boy, his father gave him a plastic bat and a rubber ball which he would practice every chance he got. He would play baseball with friends everyday when his family lived in Miami. He then joined the youth league baseball team. He also became part of the Boys and Girls Club leading the team to grab the National title. Growing up, A-Rod’s favorite baseball players were Dale Murphy, Keith Hernandez, and Cal Ripken Jr. The New York Mets is A-Rod’s favorite baseball team.
When A-Rod was a freshman, he went to Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School and he transferred to Westminster Christian School. In Westminster, he played shortstop in his baseball team in which he was a star.
Also, he was a quarterback in the football team. During his Junior years in Westminster, the school won the national championship, he was named as USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year, and he received the Junior Player of the Year and also, the National baseball Student-Athlete of the year with Gatorade. During his senior years, A-Rod was the first-team All American. A-Rod was a top prospect and attracted the attention of Major League Scouts even before he graduated High School.
In University of Miami, A-Rod wrote a letter of intent to play baseball and was then recruited to play quarterback for the football team. He was offered a baseball scholarship by University of Miami but turned it down. A-Rod then signed instead with the Seattle Mariners after being selected just by the age of 17 in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft.
A-Rod was married to Cynthia Scurtis. Then, on July 7, 2008, Cynthia filed for divorce citing emotional abandonment, extramarital affairs, and marital misconduct by A-Rod. A-Rod then responded that the marriage was irretrievably broken and requested that the allegations be stricken from court records.
He dated Jennifer Lopez in February 2017 and they announced their engagement in March 2019.
A-Rod got his debut as shortstop on July 8, 1994 at only 18 years old. He signed a 3 year contract with the Seattle Mariners for $1.3 million with an additional $1 million as signing bonus. He quickly climbed the minor league ranks and onto Seattle’s starting lineup. He won and broke many records. From 1994 to 1995, A-Rod played 65 games, notching 44 hits with a .224 batting average. He became a star player for the Seattle Mariners.
He left the Seattle Mariners in 2000 and signed a deal with the Texas Rangers which he played from 2001-2003. He signed a 10 year contract with the Rangers worth $252 million US dollars. His years with the Texas Rangers, A-Rod set many personal records. He was the AL MVP despite their team never having a winning season for three seasons.
A-Rod parted ways with the Rangers and played with the New York Yankees. Texas Rangers traded A-Rod for the second baseman Alfonso Soriano of the New York Yankees. A-Rod played third baseman because the popular Derek Jeter was the full-time shortstop. In 2005 and 2007, A-Rod became the AL MVP. He hit 500 homeruns making him the youngest player to do so.
In the Yankees 2009 postseason, he played some of his best in his career. A-Rod has 19 hits, 15 runs, 6 home runs and 18 RBIs (run batted in) in 15 games. The team was part of the World Series Championship over the Philadelphia Phillies.
A-Rod retired in 2017 from playing professional baseball officially.
In his career years, he was involved in the controversy regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs. A-Rod denied the allegations during an interview on 60 Minutes in 2007. Yet, he admitted in 2009 to using steroids from 2001 to 2003 while being with the Rangers. He made the headlines for having obtained performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida which is run by Bosch. Major League Baseball suspended him in August 2013 for 211 games and was reduced to 1626 games. While appealing to punishment, he was still allowed to play.
A-Rod became a media personality after retiring from playing professional baseball. He was a member of the ABC News Network, he was a broadcaster for Fox Sports 1, joined the broadcast team of Sunday Night Baseball, and he appeared on Shark Tank.
He appeared in advertisements such as Pepsi Cola commercial, Guitar Hero World Tour Commercial, Planters Super Bowl Commercial, and Presidente Beer Super Bowl Commercial.
A-Rod invested in several companies like technology, wellness, entertainment, and in real estate. He invested through his company, A-Rod Corp. A-Rod founded the A-Rod Corp in 1996. It is a holding company and began investments in 2003. He also founded a real estate development firm called Newport Property Construction.
Alex Rodriguez Total Net Worth
A-Rod is one of the biggest stars in baseball and has made a huge fortune from his baseball career.
He also earned from endorsements, and business ventures and investments. The professional baseball player, media personality, and businessman has an estimated net worth of $350 million.