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kNEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates the Tigers 3-2 win as Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out for the games final out during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/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