Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975) is an American Major League Baseball third baseman of Dominican parentage. Nicknamed “A-Rod”, he currently plays third base for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.
Rodriguez is considered one of the best all-around baseball players of all time. He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939.
In December 2007, Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract. This contract was the richest contract in baseball history (breaking his previous record of $252 million).
Rodriguez was born in the Washington Heights section of New York City to a Dominican family. When he was four, Rodriguez and his parents moved to the Dominican Republic, then to Miami, Florida. Rodriguez’s favorite baseball players when he was growing up were Keith Hernandez, Dale Murphy, and Cal Ripken.