Upon signing with
Mariners, Alex visited Ken Griffey Jr. in Seattle. The two had dinner,
played video games and shared stories about being the top pick in the
When Alex made
his debut in 1994, he was the youngest player in the majors since Jose
Rijo in 1984. At 18, he became the youngest shortstop since Robin Yount
In 1995, Alex became
the youngest shortstop ever to play in a post-season game.
average in 1996 was the highest for an AL righty since Joe DiMaggio
hit .381 in 1939. It also was the highest batting average ever for a
player who began a season younger than age 21. The previous mark belonged
to Ty Cobb, who hit .350 in 1907.
In 1996, Alex became
the first AL shortstop to win a batting title since Lou Boudreau, in
1944. He was the first #9 hitter to do so. Bill Mueller of the Boston
Red Sox matched the feat in 2003.
Alex hit his 100th
career home run in August of 1998. Only three players in history reached
the century mark at a younger age: Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, and Eddie
In 2000, Alex joined
Edgar Martinez as the only other Mariner to hit .300, score 100 runs,
drive in 100 and walk 100 times in the same season.
home runs in 2001 were the most by an infielder other than a first baseman,
breaking Mike Schmidt's record of 48 in 1980. He also shattered the
Texas franchise mark (48 HRs by Frank Howard in 1969).
Alex tied Jim Thome
for the big-league lead with 47 homers in 2003. In turn, he became the
first player to top the majors in HRs in consecutive seasons since Mark
McGwire in 1998-99. His streak of 40+ homers in six straight seasons
matched Sammy Sosa (1998-2003) for second-longest in baseball history
behind Babe Ruth (seven, 1926-32).
In 2005, Alex hit
26 home runs in Yankee Stadium. This broke the record of 25 for righthanders
shared by Joe DiMaggio and Gary Sheffield. That year, Alex also became
the youngest player to hit 400 home runs.
Alex hit three
home runs off of Bartolo Colon in a 2005 game. His 10 RBIs on the day
were the second most in AL history behind Tony Lazzeri.
In July of 2006,
Alex rapped out his 2,000th hit. It was also his 450th home run.
In 2007, Alex joined
Vern Stephens and Cy Williams as the only major leaguers to have three
career walk-off grand slams.
Alex hit two homers
in 2007 as a DH. His 52 as a third baseman established a new mark for
In 2009, Alex passed Reggie Jackson for 11th place on the all-time home run list. His 564th round-tripper came in a Subway Series game against the Mets. A couple of weeks later he passed Rafael Palmeiro to move into the Top 10.
In 2009, Alex became the third Yankee in history to reach 100 RBIs while playing in fewer than 125 games. Bill Dickey and Joe DiMaggio were the first two. More than half of Alex’s RBIs in ’09 either tied the game or put the Yankees ahead.
Alex and Mark Teixeira each hit home runs over a four-game span in May of 2009. The last Yankee teammates to do that were Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent, in 1977.
Alex his .365 in the 2009 postseason. He belted six homers and drove in 18 runs.
Alex and Mark Teixeira were each hit by a pitch three times during the 2009 World Series. They tied a record set in 1925 by Max Carey of the Pirates.
Alex hit his 21st grand slam in 2010. The all-time record is held by Lou Gehrig, with 23.
In 2010, Alex broke Jimmie Foxx’s record when he produced his 13th straight 30-homer, 100-RBI season.
Alex is the third
player to win an MVP award with two American League teams.
Alex is the first
player to have 10 straight seasons of 35 homers, 100 runs and 100 RBIs.
Jimmie Foxx held the previous record with nine.
In 1998, Alex made
People’s 50 Most Beautiful People list.
Alex holds the
record for the most home runs hit by a player born in New York.
Alex and Willie
Mays share the record for the most steals (24) during a 50-home run
Alex was a big
baseball card collector as a kid. At one point, he had more than 200,000
cards in his possession.
Alex has a German
shepherd named Ripper in honor of Cal Ripken Jr.
of Miami renamed its baseball stadium in honor of Alex. He has donated
some $3 million to Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park.
When Alex married his former wife Cynthia, they were eager to avoid
a media crush. The couple held a small ceremony in Dallas and made sure it was one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
In Sports Illustrated’s
2004 swimsuit issue, Cynthia and Alex appeared together in a celebrity
In November of
2004, Alex and Cynthia had their first child, Natasha.
favorites are: golf and
basketball (sports to play and watch), Batman and Robin (cartoon characters),
“My Way” by Frank Sinatra (song), Eddie Murphy and Michael
Douglas (actor), Leonardo da Vinci (historic figure), The Rolling Stones
(band), Of Mice and Men (book), Cocoa Puffs (cereal), Camden
Yards (ballpark) and Armani (suit style).
In April of 2005,
Alex was credited with saving the life of 8-year-old Patrick McCarthy
when he pulled the youngster out of the way of a speeding truck in Boston.
In May of 2005,
Alex and Cynthia donated $200,000 to a children's mental health center
in Washington Heights.
Alex has an older
half-brother, Victor Rodriguez, who is an officer in the US Air Force.
In 2009, Alex and actress Kate Hudson began dating. They were introduced by Alex’s friend, Adam Modlin, a New York real estate agent. After they broke off their relationship, Alex began dating another actress, Cameron Diaz.
Heading into 2010, Alex was still owed $25 million in deferred payments by the Texas Rangers. Should the Rangers file for bankruptcy, he might only see 10 percent of that money.
Cito Gaston was in the dugout for Alex's 600th homer as Toronto's manager. He was in the dugout for Willie Mays's 600th homer as a reserve for the San Diego Padres in 1969.
A concession stand in Yankee Stadium that put commemorative t-shirts on sale after Alex's 600th homer sold out in two innings.
The Yankees have agreed to pay Alex $6 million when he equals the career home run marks of Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, He gets another $6 million when he becomes baseball's new all-time home run champion.