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Biography of Alex Rodriguez [Age, Height, Family, Wife, Net Worth & Salary]

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Alex Rodriguez is a former baseball shortstop who played in Major League Baseball. Many know the athlete by his nickname, A-rod. He has played for many prominent teams.

Moreover, he started his career with the Seattle Mariners. He also played for Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

Correspondingly, the former MLB player is the 2009 World Series Champion with the Yankees. Furthermore, he was the American League’s Most Valuable Player three times.

He is also an All-Star fourteen times. Besides that, he is a very successful businessman.

Former Yankee Player Alex Rodriguez With His fiancé Jennifer Lopez

He is the founder of a holding company called A-Rod Corp. He has invested in several well-known technology companies, real estate, and entertainment through the company.

Rodriguez has also served as an analyst for FOX Sports, ESPN and starred in many advertisements.

If all this information doesn’t jog your memory, you may recognize the baseball player as the fiancé of Jennifer Lopez. Yes, he is the singer’s supportive, loving, and dashing future husband. The pair’s relationship has received a lot of media attention.

Before getting into details about the former Yankee’s life and career, here are some quick facts about him.

Quick Facts

Full Name Alexander Enmanuel Rodriguez
Birth Date July 27, 1975
Birth Place Manhattan, New York City, the United States
Nick Name A-rod
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity Dominican
Education Westminster Christian School
Horoscope Leo
Father’s Name Victor Rodriguez
Mother’s Name Lourdes Rodriguez
Siblings Three; Joe Dunand, Suzy Dunand, and Victor Rodriguez
Age 46 years old
Height 6 feet 3 inches
Weight 229 lbs (104 kg)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Hazel
Build Athletic
Profession MLB Player
Former Team New York Yankees
Position Shortstop, Third Baseman
Active Years 1994 – 2016
Marital Status Engaged
Partner/Spouse Jennifer Lopez
Kids Two; Natasha and Ella
Net Worth $350 million
Social Media InstagramTwitter
Last Update May, 2022

Alex Rodriguez | Early Life, Family, and Education

Alex Rodriguez was born in Manhattan, New York City, the United States. His parents are Victor Rodriguez and Lourdes Rodriguez.

Furthermore, his father was a former baseball player in his hometown, the Dominican Republic. He was also a big fan of the New York Mets.

Victor’s drive and love for the game attracted Alex to baseball. Moreover, the father often taught young Rodriguez to hit and catch. He owned and worked at a shoe store in Manhattan before they moved to the Dominican Republic.

After three years, they relocated to Miami, where the MLB player attended Westminster Christian High School. However, the athlete’s parents divorced a few years later. Then he was solely raised by his mother.

A-rod With His Mother Lourdes And Maternal Half-Siblings Joe And Suzy

The former shortstop grew up alongside his older half-siblings Joe Dunand and Suzy Dunand. Alex’s mother worked two jobs to keep the family of four afloat.

Lourdes was a secretary at the local immigration office and also waited tables at a restaurant.

The successful athlete credits his mother for his work ethic. Besides that, Rodriguez also has an older half-brother Victor Rodriguez Jr. who served in the United States Air Force.

In school, his coach served as a fatherly figure for him and encouraged him to pursue baseball.

Correspondingly, he was an exceptional baseball player. He had many college offers while in school.

Although he committed to join the University of Miami to play collegiate baseball, he entered the 1993 MLB Draft. The Seattle Mariners drafted him in the first round.

Alex Rodriguez | Age, Height, and Weight

The businessman player recently turned 45 years old. As a former athlete, he takes excellent care of his health and diet.

Young Alex Rodriguez

Moreover, he works out daily. Rodriguez is quite fit and healthy for a guy in his mid-40s. Besides that, he is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 229 lbs, i.e., 104 kg.

Alex Rodriguez | Baseball And Other Career

MLB Career

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners drafted Rodriguez as the first pick overall in the 1993 MLB Draft. He did not attend college and got straight into the league after high school.

Hence, he was one of the youngest players in the Seattle team’s history. Shortly after, Alex showed the team his true potential.

Alex Rodriguez Playing For The Seattle Mariners

He was one of the first shortstops in the franchise and American League history to win a batting title.

A-rod also won the Silver Slugger Award four times while playing with the Mariners. Furthermore, the athlete was the Players Choice AL Player of the Year.

Besides that, he assisted his team in the 2000 American League Champion Series. There he faced the legendary team, the New York Yankees. Although he set a career-high for walks, runs, and RBIs, the Yankees defeated the Mariners.

Texas Rangers

Following the defeat in the 2000 American League, the former shortstop became a free agent. The businessman signed one of the richest deals in baseball history, worth $252 million for ten years.

However, he expressed his regret over taking the deal years later. Furthermore, the baseballer wished he had listened to his agent and joined the New York Mets.

NEVERTHELESS, HE BECAME THE FIRST PLAYER TO ACE THE LEAGUE IN HOME RUNS (HR), RUNS BATTED IN (RBI), AND TOTAL BASES. HE ALSO WON THE BABE RUTH HOME RUN AWARD AND GOLD GLOVE AWARD TWICE AS A RANGER.

Besides that, he was the American League’s Most Valuable Player. The former Mariners parted ways with the Texas team in 2003 after the MLB Association vetoed his deal. After that, the Rangers traded him to the New York Yankees.

New York Yankees

The MLB player signed with the Yankees for $179 million that would pay him $67 million in salary. He also agreed to switch from shortstop to the third baseman as the legendary Derek Jeter was the Yankees shortstop.

Furthermore, he changed his jersey number from 3 to 13 as the Yankees’ 3 was retired in Babe Ruth’s honor.

The athlete won his second and third AL MVP Award in 2005 and 2007 as a Yankee. Moreover, he was an All-Star six times with the team. Alex also won his first and only series in 2009.

Alex Rodriguez While Playing For The Yankees

Likewise, he was the recipient of the Silver Slugger Award three times after joining the team.

However, he was also at the center of several controversies while playing for them. The athlete was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs and was involved in the Biogenesis scandal.

Correspondingly, he received several criticizations from fans and media for his performance from 2004 to 2007.

Many people called him ‘Mr. Cooler’ because whenever he joined a team, their performance turned cold, and as soon as he’d leave, they would do well again.

Media Personality And Analyst Career

After a long career with the Yankees, Alex chose to take a break in 2016 to spend some needed quality time with his family and friends.

Nevertheless, the former shortstop remained a close and special advisor to the Yankees owner. He then moved onto have a career in media.

The businessman appeared as a guest judge in the business reality television series Shark Tank.

Besides that, the former Yankee signed a deal with ABC News through which he served in GMA, Nightline, etc. Furthermore, he worked as an analyst for Fox Sports and ESPN.

During his tenure with Fox, Rodriguez was an Emmy nominee for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio, and Sports Events, Analyst.

Moreover, he hosted Back in the Game for the CNBC network. He also judged Forbes’ Next 1000 list.

Business

The MLB player is the founder of A-rod Corp. Through the company, he has invested in several companies.

Some of them are Vita Coco, Snapchat, Wheels Up, Wave, Petros Pace Finance, etc. Furthermore, he has funded startups, Acorn and Sonder Corp.

A-rod As Chairman Of Beverage Company Presidente

He has also invested in American professional esports organization NRG Esports, alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Jimmy Rollins.

The baseballer has also financed fitness studio TruFusion, beverage brand Dirty Lemon, and Dominican Beer Company Presidente.

Moreover, Alex has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to contribute to the Him and her company to provide affordable healthcare. Recently this year, he invested in a financial technology company called Nova Credit.

Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs

During Rodriguez’s play career, several rumors were swirling around about his potential drug use. Initially, the former athlete denied all the allegations.

Former MLB player Joe Canseco hinted to write about Alex in his next book about steroid use.

A-rod unreservedly denied all the allegations and stated that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

However, his statements quickly came back to haunt him. Sports Illustrated revealed that the player was one of 104 players who tested positive for drugs in 2003.

He was found to have anabolic steroids, testosterone, and Primobolan while playing for the Rangers. Since there were no penalties for drug violations, MLB took no strict actions against the players.

Eventually, the MLB shortstop admitted to using banned substances from 2001 to 2003. Nevertheless, he ensured that he was clean while playing for the Yankees. He blamed the substance abuse on his age and said that he was young and naive.

Biogenesis Scandal

Alex was also a huge face in the Biogenesis Scandal. An anti-aging clinic in America called Biogenesis was accused of injecting MLB players with Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

AS A RESULT, A-ROD BECAME ONE OF MANY BASEBALL PLAYERS WHO WERE SUSPENDED FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE 2014 SEASON.

He went through a lengthy process of opposing the decision. Moreover, he took the matters to federal court with lawyer Joe Tacopina. Although Rodriguez appealed the decision from MLB, he later accepted his suspension.

Alex Rodriguez | Career Stats

Year
Team
GP
AB
HR
SB
OBP
SLG
Avg
2016
Yankees
65
225
9
3
.247
.351
.200
2015
Yankees
151
523
33
4
.356
.486
.250
2013
Yankees
44
156
7
4
.348
.423
.244
2012
Yankees
122
463
18
13
.353
.430
.272
2011
Yankees
99
373
16
4
.362
.461
.276
2010
Yankees
137
522
30
4
.341
.506
.270
2009
Yankees
124
444
30
14
.402
.532
.286
2008
Yankees
138
510
35
18
.392
.573
.302
2007
Yankees
158
583
54
24
.422
.645
.314
2006
Yankees
154
572
35
15
.392
.523
.290
2005
Yankees
162
605
48
21
.421
.610
.321
2004
Yankees
155
601
36
28
.375
.512
.286
2003
Rangers
161
607
47
17
.396
.600
.298
2002
Rangers
162
624
57
9
.392
.623
.300
2001
Rangers
162
632
52
18
.399
.622
.318
2000
Mariners
148
554
41
15
.420
.606
.316
1999
Mariners
129
502
42
21
.357
.586
.285
1998
Mariners
161
686
42
46
.360
.560
.310
1997
Mariners
141
587
23
29
.350
.496
.300
1996
Mariners
146
601
36
15
.414
.631
.358
1995
Mariners
48
142
5
4
.264
.408
.232
1994
Mariners
17
54
0
3
.241
.204
.204
Career
2,784
10,566
696
329
.380
.550
.295

Alex Rodriguez | Relationship And Kids

The former MLB player is in a relationship with Jennifer Lopez. She is well-known by her nickname J.Lo and is an actress, singer, and businesswoman. Furthermore, she is a fashion designer and businesswoman.

Alex Rodriguez With His Jennifer Lopez And Their Kids

The pair initially met at a baseball game where A-rod was playing for the Yankees. However, at the moment, Jennifer was married to her ex-husband Marc Anthony.

The couple met accidentally after twelve years at a restaurant. Shortly after, they started dating.

The two recently announced their engagement and are preparing for the Rodriguez-Lopez wedding. Besides that, the former athlete was married to Cynthia Scurtis.

They met at the gym. Together the former pair have two daughters named Natasha Alexander and Ella Alexander.

Alex Rodriguez | Net Worth And Salary

Through years of career in the Major Baseball League, the former shortstop has built an impressive wealth amount. He is the Major League’s all-time highest earner. 

HE EARNED ALMOST $441 MILLION FROM BASEBALL ALONE. ON TOP OF THAT, A-ROD EARNED OVER $40 MILLION FROM ENDORSEMENTS.

Moreover, he used to earn $33 million per year in salary at the peak of his career. Besides that, he had one of the largest contracts in the sports world, worth $252 million. The former athlete still earns a great deal from his investments and companies.

Alex Rodriguez | Social Media Presence

The former Yankee is quite active on social media platforms. He has an Instagram account with 3.9 million followers. Furthermore, you can quickly gather from his account that he is a family guy. He has a lot of photos of his kids and fiancé.

Besides that, he has posed for photos alongside legendary player LeBron James and lawmaker Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Moreover, he has a Twitter account with 1.2 million followers. He shares and tweets about a lot of baseball-related news.

Common Queries:

What years did Alex Rodriguez win MVP?

The former Ranger won the American League’s Most Valuable Player title three times in the entirety of his MLB career.

He won his first MVP title in 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers.

Thereafter he went on to win the title two more times while playing for the New York Yankees. He was the MVP in 2005 and 2007.

Is Alex Rodriguez Hispanic?

Yes, Alex is Hispanic. Although he was born in New York City, his parents are from the Dominican Republic.

The former athlete is quite proud of his Hispanic roots and of being a Latin. He makes a conscious effort to teach and pass on his culture to his children.

How many Home Runs does Alex Rodriguez have?

Alex, in total, has 696 Runs.

What Position did Alex Rodriguez Play?

Alex Plays for Shortstop, Designated hitter, Infielder.

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