Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, nicknamed "A-Rod", is a Dominican American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman.
A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base — the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in succession to score a run.
Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball or softball fielding position between second and third base, which is considered to be among the most demanding defensive positions.
The Schutzstaffel was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers' Party in Nazi Germany.
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He played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees.
Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington.
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Rodriguez was one of the sport's most highly touted prospects and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
During his 22-year career, Rodriguez has amassed a.297 batting average, 696 home runs, over 2,000 runs batted in, over 2,000 runs scored, and over 3,000 hits.
In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process.
A strike is a directed physical attack with either a part of the human body or with an inanimate object intended to cause blunt trauma or penetrating trauma upon an opponent.
A run batted in, plural runs batted in, is a statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored.
He is a 14-time All-Star and has won three American League Most Valuable Player Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards.
The Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to as the Gold Glove, is the award given annually to the Major League Baseball players judged to have exhibited superior individual fielding performances at each fielding position in both the National League and the American League, as voted by the managers and coaches in each league.
The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball.
In sports, a most valuable player award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best-performing player in an entire league, for a particular competition, or on a specific team.
Rodríguez is the career record holder for grand slams with 25.
However, he has led a highly controversial career due to signing two of the most lucrative sports contracts in history while incurring criticism from the media for his behavior and use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Performance-enhancing substances, also known as performance-enhancing drugs, are substances that are used to improve any form of activity performance in humans.
The Mariners selected Rodriguez first overall in the 1993 MLB draft, and he debuted in the major leagues the following year at the age of 18.
In 1996, he became the Mariners' starting shortstop and finished second in voting for the AL MVP Award.
Rodriguez's combination of power, speed, and defense made him a cornerstone of the franchise, but he left the team via free agency after the 2000 season to join the Rangers.
The 10-year, $252 million contract he signed was the richest in baseball history.
He played at a high level in his three years with Texas, highlighted by his first AL MVP Award win in 2003, but the team failed to make the playoffs during his tenure.
Prior to the 2004 season, Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees, for whom he converted to a third baseman due to incumbent shortstop Derek Jeter.
In his first four seasons with New York, he was twice more named AL MVP.
After opting out of his contract following the 2007 season, Rodriguez signed a new 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees, extending his record for the sport's most lucrative contract.
He became the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, reaching the milestone in 2007.
He won his first World Series in 2009, which was the first year of the new Yankee Stadium.
The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team.
Yankee Stadium is a stadium located in the Bronx, a borough of New York City.
The following year, he became the career leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent.
The term Hispanic broadly refers to the people, nations, and cultures that have a historical link to Spain.
In recent years, Rodriguez has been hampered by hip and knee injuries, which have caused him to exclusively become a designated hitter.
In baseball, the designated hitter rule is the common name for Major League Baseball Rule 5.11, adopted by the American League in 1973.
He played his final game as a Yankee on August 12, 2016.