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



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12 Dec 2000: Newly signed Texas Ranger Alex Rodriguez, center, is introduced to the media by club owner Tom Hicks, right, and Rodriguez' agent Scott Boras during a press conference at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Gary Barber/ALLSPORT
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12 Dec 2000: Newly signed Texas Ranger Alex Rodriguez, center, is introduced to the media by club owner Tom Hicks, right, and Rodriguez' agent Scott Boras during a press conference at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Gary Barber/ALLSPORT
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CHICAGO - AUGUST 24: Short stop Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Texas Rangers takes off his helmut during the game against the Chicago White Sox on August 24, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Rangers defeated the White Sox 5-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO - AUGUST 24: Short stop Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Texas Rangers takes off his helmut during the game against the Chicago White Sox on August 24, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Rangers defeated the White Sox 5-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
YUNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 17: Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees' newest multimillion-dollar player - and last year's MVP - speaks at his introduction to New York at a Yankee Stadium news conference. "I still feel like someone's going to pinch me and wake me up," he said. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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YUNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 17: Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees' newest multimillion-dollar player - and last year's MVP - speaks at his introduction to New York at a Yankee Stadium news conference. "I still feel like someone's going to pinch me and wake me up," he said. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 19: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees heads into first base as Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo tries to tag him, during the eighth inning of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. Umpires ruled that Rodriguez was out because he batted the ball away from Arroyo. Doug Mienkiewicz of the Sox is at right. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 19: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees heads into first base as Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo tries to tag him, during the eighth inning of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. Umpires ruled that Rodriguez was out because he batted the ball away from Arroyo. Doug Mienkiewicz of the Sox is at right. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE - JUNE 8: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees follows the flight of his 400th career home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning, against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 8, 2005 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rodriguez is the 40th player to reach 400 home runs and the youngest in MLB history at 29 years and 316 days. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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MILWAUKEE - JUNE 8: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees follows the flight of his 400th career home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning, against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 8, 2005 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rodriguez is the 40th player to reach 400 home runs and the youngest in MLB history at 29 years and 316 days. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
2BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 3: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees bats during the American League Division Series (ALDS) game #1 against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on October 3, 2006. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 8-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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2BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 3: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees bats during the American League Division Series (ALDS) game #1 against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on October 3, 2006. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 8-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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)
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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)
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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 08: American League Division Series. Game-4.New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. during first inning action at Yankee Stadium. Edit 2. Yankees Alex Rodriguez in dugout. (Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 08: American League Division Series. Game-4.New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. during first inning action at Yankee Stadium. Edit 2. Yankees Alex Rodriguez in dugout. (Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - JULY 07: Daily News front page dated July 7, 2008, Headline: DIVORCE!, A-Rod's wife claims she can't stand his cheating ways, He hires Shaq's lawyer as she says 'no reconciliation', Alex Rodriguez and Cynthia Rodriguez (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - JULY 07: Daily News front page dated July 7, 2008, Headline: DIVORCE!, A-Rod's wife claims she can't stand his cheating ways, He hires Shaq's lawyer as she says 'no reconciliation', Alex Rodriguez and Cynthia Rodriguez (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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!UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 20: Daily News front page dated February 20, 2009, Headline: A-ROD & THE SHADY TRAINER, Trainer Angel Presinal - Cousin Yuri Sucart, Star's close pal has been banned by baseball bigs, Rihanna's shocking abuse pic (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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!UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 20: Daily News front page dated February 20, 2009, Headline: A-ROD & THE SHADY TRAINER, Trainer Angel Presinal - Cousin Yuri Sucart, Star's close pal has been banned by baseball bigs, Rihanna's shocking abuse pic (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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9NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees holds up the World Series trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
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9NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees holds up the World Series trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
*ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice against the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 16, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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*ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice against the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 16, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
9BRONX, NY - AUGUST 4: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting career home run #600 during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on August 4, 2010. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 5-1. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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9BRONX, NY - AUGUST 4: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting career home run #600 during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on August 4, 2010. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 5-1. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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)
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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)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels during the home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels during the home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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)
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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)
ZDETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees walsk off the field back to the dugout after he grounded out in the top of the 9th inning against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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ZDETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees walsk off the field back to the dugout after he grounded out in the top of the 9th inning against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 05: External view of Biogenesis of America, where professional athletes were alleged to have received steroid treatments, on June 5, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Troy Rizzo/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 05: External view of Biogenesis of America, where professional athletes were alleged to have received steroid treatments, on June 5, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Troy Rizzo/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 10: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers watches his team play against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 10, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Brewers defeated the Marlins 6-1. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 10: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers watches his team play against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 10, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Brewers defeated the Marlins 6-1. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
jCHARLESTON, SC - JULY 02: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankess speaks to the media before his game for the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park on July 2, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Yankees cleared Rodriguez to play in the minor leagues starting today after he underwent hip surgery in January. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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jCHARLESTON, SC - JULY 02: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankess speaks to the media before his game for the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park on July 2, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Yankees cleared Rodriguez to play in the minor leagues starting today after he underwent hip surgery in January. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 24: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees during play against the Minnesota Twins on September 24, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 24: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees during play against the Minnesota Twins on September 24, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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