Alex Rodriguez is an American baseball player, businessman, and philanthropist, with an estimated net worth of $350 million. He played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. He is one of the most respected players in the sport and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
|Full name||Alexandre Emmanuel Rodriguez|
|Date of Birth||July 27, 1975|
|Net value||$350 million|
Alex Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975 in New York City to Dominican immigrants Victor and Lourdes Rodriguez. His father played baseball for a team in the Dominican Republic and introduced him to the sport as a child. He attended Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and Westminster Christian School, where he was a star shortstop for the baseball team and played quarterback for the football team.
At Westminster, Alex won the national high school championship in his freshman year and was selected as American Junior Baseball Player of the Year and Gatorade National Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year. In 1993, Rodriguez became the first high school player to try out for the United States National Baseball Team.
Rodriguez signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Miami and was also drafted by U of M to play quarterback for their football team. Rodriguez turned down the baseball scholarship offer from U of M and never played college baseball, choosing instead to sign with the Seattle Mariners after being selected first overall in the 1993 entry draft at the 17 years old.
Alex Rodriguez began his professional baseball career as one of the sport’s most touted prospects. He was selected by the Seattle Mariners as the first overall selection in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional baseball debut as a minor league player with the Appleton Foxes in 1994.
Rodriguez made his major league debut the following year at the age of 18. In 1996, he became the starting shortstop for the Mariners, won the major league hitting title and finished second in voting for the AL MVP award. His 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 at the time. He played at a high level during 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, where he converted as a third baseman to accommodate their shortstop Derek Jeter. He was named the AL MVP in 2005 and 2007. He opted out of his contract after the 2007 season, then signed a new, 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees, breaking his own record for the most lucrative contract in the sport.
Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 500 home runs, reaching the milestone in 2007. He helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, which was Rodriguez’s only championship title. He became exclusively a designated hitter late in his career due to hip and knee injuries.
Honors and Distinctions
Alex Rodriguez is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. With a career batting average of .295, Rodriguez has amassed over 600 homers (696), over 2,000 RBIs (RBI), over 2,000 runs scored, over 3,000 hits and over 300 stolen bases, the only player in MLB history to achieve all of these feats.
He was also a 14-time All-Star, winning three American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, 10 Silver Slugger Awards and two Gold Glove Awards. Rodríguez is also the career record holder for Grand Slam tournaments with 25.
Alex Rodriguez net worth
Alex Rodriguez is the richest baseball player in the world, with an estimated net worth of $350 million.
He signed two of the most lucrative contracts in baseball history. His 10-year contract with Texas Ranger in 2000 was the most lucrative contract in sports history at the time, worth $252 million. The deal was worth $63 million more than baseball’s second-richest deal.
In 2007, Rodriguez signed another 10-year contract, worth $275 million, which would see him play until the age of 42. The contract also included various multi-million dollar incentives to achieve career milestones.
Apart from his successful baseball career, Alex Rodriguez is also a businessman and philanthropist. He is Chairman and CEO of A-Rod Corp and Presidente Beer. He is also a co-owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Rodriguez founded A-Rod Corp, a holding company, in 1996. Through the company, he has invested in a series of companies in the technology, real estate, wellness and entertainment sectors. .
In 2012, he founded Monument Capital Management which had acquired more than $700 million in real estate assets by 2019. According to Architectural Digest, the company owned more than 15,000 apartments in 13 states.