Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (July 27, 1975-) logged over 100 plate-appearance during the 1995 Major League Baseball strike-shortened campaign, though playing in only 48 games, thereby eliminating his chance of capturing the 1996 Rookie of the Year honor as he led the American League with a .358 batting average, 141 runs scored, 54 doubles and 379 total bases. He batted .44 points higher than winner Derek Jeter. The Seattle Mariners drafted Alex with the Number 1 overall pick of the 1993 MLB June Amateur Draft and he debuted only one year later, finally remaining the in the big leagues in 1995. A-Rod joined the already potent Mariners lineup that included heavy hitting Ken Griffey, Jr., Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Tino Martinez. A-Rod has been the model of consistency and efficiency as he has led the American League once in batting average, at-bats, hits and doubles, led twice in RBI, three times in games, four times in slugging percentage and total bases and five times home runs and runs scored. Alex has won ten Silver Slugger awards, four Hank Aaron Awards, two American League Gold Gloves and is a 14-time All-Star Game selection. He began his career in Seattle (1994-2000) and then signed the most lucrative deal in Major League history, $252M, with the Texas Rangers (2001-2003) in what would turn out to be one of the largest financial blunders in MLB history.
In 2004, the Rangers traded Alex to the New York Yankees where has was converted to a third baseman plays alongside Derek Jeter on the left side of the infield. Alex Rodriguez, though he has produced slightly less than earlier in his career due in part to injuries, was named the American League Most Valuable Player three times, including twice with the Yankees, and reach a career pinnacle in 2009 helping lead the Yankees to the 2009 World Series title over the Philadelphia Phillies. He has posted a .973 career fielding percentage with 2,764 putouts, 5,679 assists, 1,058 double plays and 234 errors in 8,677 chances. Through the 2013 season, A-Rod has batted .299 with 2,939 hits including 519 doubles and 654 home runs, scored 1,919 runs, stole 322 bases and has driven in 1,969 runs over his 21-year career. As of the conclusion of the 2014 season, Alex stood fifth on the all-time home runs list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (660). However, on May 1, 2015 he tied Mays with 660 dingers and six days later took over sole possession of fourth place with his 661st career home run. In August 2013, A-Rod was suspended for a record 211 games for his affiliation with the Biogenesis scandal and his suspected use of performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. A-Rod appealed the verdict and the suspension was reduced to 162 games, which kept him off the field for the 2014 season. Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees to play the full 2015 season, but decided to retire from the game in August 2016. He stepped off the playing field, and soon after assumed a position as a special advisor in the Yankees front office.