- NAME: Alex Rodriguez
- OCCUPATION: Baseball Player
- BIRTH DATE: July 27, 1975 (Age: 38)
- Did You Know?: Alex Rodriguez owns a Mercedes dealership in the Houston, Texas, area.
- Did You Know?: Alex Rodriguez received the longest sentence drug-related sentence in MLB history, setting the record at a reduced suspension of 162 games.
- EDUCATION: Westminster Christian High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez
- Nickname: A-Rod
- AKA: Alexander Rodriguez
- AKA: Alex Rodriguez
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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In 2007, American baseball player Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league baseball history to hit 500 career home runs.
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In 2007, New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league baseball history to hit 500 career home runs.
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In anticipation of an announcement, Rodriguez's representatives attempted to negotiate a possible settlement with Major League Baseball that would not result in a lifetime ban. Although the repercussions of his alleged steroid use have yet to come down, Rodriguez's lawyer has already confirmed that he will fight any discipline—whether a ban or suspension—that is given to him for the allegations.
On August 5, 2013, Rodriguez got the news he had been dreading. The league's commissioner, Bud Selig,
announced in a statement to the press that Rodriguez would be suspended for 211 games without pay. This suspension would bench him for the rest of the 2013 season and the 2014 season as well. The penalty covers both Rodriguez's drug use and "for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner's investigation," according to ABC News. Rodriguez appealed his suspension on August 7—he is allowed to play while the suspension is appealed—with the arbitration hearing taking place on September 30, 2013.
Rodriguez filed two lawsuits in relation to his athletic career soon after beginning his appeal. On October 3, 2013, he filed a lawsuit against MLB and Selig, alleging that they "engaged in tortious and egregious conduct with one and only one goal... to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez." The allegation stems from Rodriguez's extended suspension of 211 games, whereas 12 other players involved in the doping scandal received a suspension of 50 games each. The following day, Rodriguez also filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Christopher Ahmad—Yankees team physician—and the New York Presbyterian Hospital.
On January 11, 2014, MLB arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled that Rodriguez remain suspended for the 2014 regular season—the season amounts to a reduced suspension of 162 games. In response, Rodriguez filed yet another lawsuit against Horowitz and the players union to overturn his suspension. Rodriguez claims that Horwitz "refused to entertain evidence that was pertinent and material to the outcome of the arbitration," and that the union failed in its "duty of fair representation."
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