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Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975 in New York, New York), commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is a Dominican-American baseball infielder. He is the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees, after having played shortstop for the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners.

He has often been cited as among the best all-around players currently in baseball. Rodriguez is also known for signing the richest contract in sports history, a 10-year, $252 million deal, negotiated by prominent sports agent Scott Boras.

Rodriguez is the youngest player ever to hit his 500th home run, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939.

In 2003, his last season with Texas, Rodriguez led the American League in home runs, runs scored, and slugging percentage, and won his second consecutive Gold Glove Award. He also led the league in fewest at bats per home run (12.9) and became the youngest player to hit 300 homers.

One of the most controversial plays of Rodriguez's career occurred late in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS (American League Championship Series). With one out and Derek Jeter on first base in the bottom of the eighth inning, Rodriguez hit a slow roller between the pitcher's mound and the first base line. Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo fielded the ball and ran towards Rodriguez to apply a tag. As Arroyo reached towards him, Rodriguez swatted at his glove, knocking the ball loose. As the ball rolled away, Jeter scored all the way from first as Rodriguez took second on the play, which was initially ruled an error on Arroyo. However, the umpires quickly huddled, then ruled that Rodriguez was out for interference. Jeter was sent back to first base, his run nullified. The Yankees wound up losing 4-2. Rodriguez's behavior, perceived as unprofessional, inspired much derision from Red Sox fans.

Due to the unsuccessful nature of the Yankees 2005 and 2006 postseasons and Rodriguez's sub .200 batting average in both of the series, Rodriguez has drawn much criticism in the New York area. Because of the Yankees' successful history, he is often compared unfavorably to other Yankees greats who have performed exceptionally well in the postseason, such as Reggie Jackson.

In May 2006, Rodriguez responded to the criticism directed at him, saying:“"I could care less. In my career, I've been hearing it for a long time. It will never stop until you win five or six World Series in a row, and hit a Joe Carter home run. I've done a lot of special things in this game, and for none of that to be considered clutch, it's an injustice. I don't take anything personally; I enjoy it, it motivates me and I think it's comical. I think anyone that drives in over 130 runs numerous times in his career, it's impossible not to be clutch."”

In 2005, The Sporting News published an update of its 1999 book Baseball's 100 Greatest Players. Rodriguez did not make the original edition, but for the 2005 update, with his career totals considerably higher, he was ranked at Number 70.

2 Derek Jeter | 11 Doug Mientkiewicz | 13 Alex Rodriguez | 14 Wilson Betemit | 17 Shelley Duncan | 18 Johnny Damon | 20 Jorge Posada | 22 Roger Clemens | 24 Robinson Canó | 25 Jason Giambi | 26 José Molina | 28 Melky Cabrera | 35 Mike Mussina | 40 Chien-Ming Wang | 41 Jose Veras | 42 Mariano Rivera | 46 Andy Pettitte | 48 Kyle Farnsworth | 52 Luis Vizcaíno | 53 Bobby Abreu | 55 Hideki Matsui | 60 Ross Ohlendorf | 62 Joba Chamberlain | 64 Bronson Sardinha | 65 Phil Hughes


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