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ABRONX, NY - AUGUST 4: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees celebrates after hitting his career home run number 500 during the game against the Kansas City Royals at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on August 4, 2007. The Yankees defeated the Royals 16-8. (Photo by Jason Szenes/MLB Photos via 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