It’s estimated that Alex Rodriguez, a former Major League Baseball player who now works as a sports broadcaster, is worth $350 million. Most people remember Alex Rodriguez from his stint as a player for the New York Yankees. From 2004 until 2017, he was a member of the New York Yankees’ roster.
Career Earning of Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez earned a little over $475 million in salary, bonuses, and endorsements during his professional career. In retirement, Alex is still making millions of dollars a year. To date, he has made about $650 million in his professional career.
He was born in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood on July 27, 1975. He was born to Dominican immigrants Victor and Lourdes. Joe and Suzy are his half-siblings from his mother’s previous marriage. The family relocated to the Dominican Republic and Miami, Florida, when Alex was four years old. Alex’s father used to buy him a toy baseball bat and a rubber ball when he was a kid. Little A-Rod used every opportunity to work on his swing. In Miami, Alex grew up playing baseball with friends every day until he was accepted into a young baseball club. Alex’s life revolved on baseball rather quickly. Upon joining the Boys & Girls Club, he coached a national championship-winning squad. In his youth, Keith Hernandez was one of his favorite players with Dale Murphy and Cal Ripken Jr. As a fan of Major League Baseball, the New York Mets were his go-to club.
For his freshman year, Rodriguez attended Christopher Columbus High School in Miami. He changed schools to Westminster Christian School, where he excelled as a shortstop and quarterback. Rodriguez slugged.419 with 90 stolen bases in 100 games of high school baseball. He was voted Gatorade’s National Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year and USA Baseball’s Junior Player of the Year during his junior year at Westminster. He earned a first-team All-American his senior year. Baseball scouts from the major leagues had their eye on Alex before he had even graduated from high school. To this day, no high school baseball player has ever tried out for the United States national team.
Rodriguez was the best baseball prospect in the nation when he graduated from high school. University of Miami (Florida) recruited him to play quarterback for the football team, thus he signed his letter of intent. Instead of accepting a scholarship from Miami, he chose to join with the Seattle Mariners, who had drafted him first overall in the 1993 amateur draught. He was 17 years old at the time of the incident.
Career of Alex Rodriguez
In February of 1994, Rodriguez arrived to spring training. On July 8, 1994, he made his professional debut as a starting shortstop. Baseball has had fewer than a dozen 18-year-old shortstops, all of whom played in the major leagues. Alex Rodriguez was a standout player for the Seattle Mariners until he left the organization in 2000 to join the Texas Rangers as a free agent. From 2001 to 2003, Rodriguez was a member of the Rangers. Even though the Rangers finished last in the AL Western Division at this period, he established several personal records. As a member of a club that finished in last place, A-Rod was the league’s most valuable player.
To make room for Derek Jeter at shortstop, Rodriguez was moved to the Yankees and made a third baseman, since Jeter was already the team’s primary shortstop. Rodriguez won the American League MVP award twice while playing for the New York Yankees, in 2005 and 2007. In 2007, he became the youngest player in history to smash 500 home runs. Rodriguez won his lone World Series championship with the Yankees in 2009, the first year of their new stadium and the year they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies. In the latter stages of his career, because to hip and knee issues, Rodriguez was relegated to the role of designated hitter. On August 12, 2016, he played his last professional baseball game. Baseball player Alex Rodriguez announced his retirement from the sport in 2017.
Rodriguez went on to a career in the media once his playing days were over. He has worked on Fox Sports 1, Shark Tank, and ABC News, among other places. Sunday Night Baseball will have A-Rod as a guest announcer beginning in January 2018, when ESPN made the announcement.
Controversies of Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez denied taking performance-enhancing drugs in a 60 Minutes interview in 2007. During his time with the Rangers from 2001 to 2003, he acknowledged to using performance-enhancing drugs. He made news in 2013 while recuperating from a hip injury by fighting with club management about his recovery and for having reportedly gotten performance-enhancing drugs in the Biogenesis baseball controversy. However, he was permitted to continue to play while appealing his suspension in August 2013. It would have been the longest non-lifetime punishment in MLB history had the initial penalty been maintained. This year he was suspended for 162 games after an arbitrator decided to lower the punishment.
In 2002, Rodriguez tied the knot with Cynthia Scurtis. They first met at a Miami gym. They welcomed their first child, a girl named Natasha Alexander, into the world on that fateful day in 2004. Ella Alexander was born on April 21st, 2008, and she is the couple’s second child. According to Cynthia’s petition, she and her children were abandoned emotionally by their husband, who also had adulterous encounters and other marital indiscretions. After receiving the file, Rodriguez reacted to it by stating that his marriage was “irreparably damaged” and requesting that the claims of his indiscretions be removed from court records.
Alex and Jennifer Lopez started dating in February of this year. A-Rod and JLo confirmed their engagement in March 2019. Compared to Alex, Jennifer has a wealth of $400 million, which makes her $50 million more wealthy. They had a combined wealth of $750 million at the time of this writing.
Highlights of Compensation and Earnings
Alex made $441 million in baseball salaries alone throughout his career. Compared to his peers, his endorsement income was much lower at “just” $40 million. Derek Jeter, on the other hand, retired in 2014 with a net worth of $400 million (salary AND endorsements). Derek’s endorsements accounted for around $130 million of the $400 million. A-Rod used to be king of the sponsorship world, but his most lucrative deals dried up once he admitted to using steroids.
Several of his contracts were the richest in sports history at the time. He was making $33 million a year at the height of his career. In 2000, he signed a $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers, which at the time was the richest in sports history. The $196 million NBA contract signed by Kevin Garnett at the time was more than quadrupled by this deal. With a new 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees in 2007, Rodriguez extended his record for the most paid baseball contract.