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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout during Game Five of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on October 12, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 3-1 to win their best of five series three games to two. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez - The Highs and Lows

In his 19-year career Alex Rodriguez has been all of these things: Baseball's biggest star, the most hated player in the game, the guy with the richest contract, the youngest dude around, the player most likely to end up in the tabloid and, now, the face of baseball's performance-enhancing drug battle. A-Rod was suspended 211 games on Monday, a result of his ties to the Biogenesis scandal and his own sketchy history with PEDs.


He's a former No. 1 pick, a three-time MVP, a World Series winner and baseball's active home run leader — but also a guy who was benched in the playoffs, who infamously kissed himself in the mirror and who never did master how to avoid a mishap.


Here we examine the highs and lows of A-Rod's career, from the day he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners to the day Major League Baseball gave him the longest non-lifetime suspension in league history.  — Mike Oz, Big League Stew