Alex RodriguezBy Cross Jumper Alex Rodriguez is one of the best Major League Baseball players to ever go through the league.  He has set records up and down the stat sheets. He played 22 years for the Mariners, Rangers, and Yankees. A-Rod was born in 1975 in New York, but his parents were Dominican.  When he was four he moved with his family to the Dominican Republic. When he was seven they moved back to the US to Miami, Florida. He grew up a Mets fan. His dad played in the Pros as a catcher. His dad taught him all about baseball.  Alex has two half brothers and one half sister. When he was young, his parents divorced and his dad left the family.  Alex grew to win high school championships, got Gatorade High School Player of the Year, and was invited to be one of the top USA players in high school. He had many colleges wanting him to play football and baseball for them, but he signed a contract for the Seattle Mariners to play professional baseball without going to college.  He was 18 years old. Alex Rodriguez was a great rookie. He was the rookie of the year, and he broke the most homers for a rookie shortstop ever. After a few years he got traded to the Texas Rangers where he was rising to be a star. He then became one of baseball’s most powerhouse hitters in the league, as well as best glove. He has won lots of awards.  He won two Golden Glove Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, three American League MVP awards, and is a 14-time All Star.  Alex played shortstop for the Rangers for years.  Then the Yankees third basemen went down with a leg injury and A-Rod got traded to the Yankees. It was a change for him because he was used to playing shortstop, but he was still one of the best and most powerful, hitters in baseball. Alex settled there for the rest of his career making his mark in the MLB. Alex Rodriguez was once married to Cynthia Scurtis and they have two daughters. They were married for six years and then got divorced. In A-Rod’s career he had taken strength enhancing steroids to help him perform better and make him stronger. He was suspended for one season.  He came back and played for three more years and then retired.