He may be out of the Major League Baseball spotlight, but Alex Rodriguez still has plenty to celebrate.
Specifically, the retired New York Yankees slugger will soon celebrate his 43rd birthday on July 27. Notably, his birthday comes just days after his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez marked her 49th birthday, with Rodriguez wishing her ‘all the happiness she deserves’ in a recent Instagram post.
But just who is Alex Rodriguez? Here’s all you need to know about the retired baseball star, including his net worth and relationship with Lopez.
Former New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez retired in 2016 after playing for 22 seasons
Who is Alex Rodriguez?
Alex Rodriguez is a retired professional Major League Baseball player.
He was born in New York City on July 27, 1975.
The son of Dominican immigrants, his family relocated to the Dominican Republic when he was four years old before later returning to the United States and settling in Miami, Florida. He excelled in baseball in high school, ultimately being regarded as the top prospect in the entire country.
At just 17 years old, he was drafted as the top overall pick in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
Rodriguez made his Major League Baseball debut with the team in 1994 at just 18 years old, later winning the batting championship and placing second in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1996.
After the 2000 season, he signed a record-breaking contract with the Texas Rangers and continued his reign as one of the top young players in the league, winning the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 2003.
Just prior to the start of the 2004 season, he was traded to the New York Yankees and won two additional American League Most Valuable Player Awards in 2005 and 2007, also leading the American League in home runs both seasons and the entire league in RBIs in 2007.
In 2007, he signed another lucrative contract with the Yankees and later led them to World Series glory in the 2009 season when they dethroned the reigning Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
At the height of his success, Rodriguez’s career was nearly felled by the Biogenesis scandal, in which he and other Major League Baseball players allegedly obtained performance-enhancing drugs banned by the league from the now-defunct company Biogenesis of America.
The league responded by suspending him for 211 games, though the punishment was later reduced to 162 games, causing him to miss the entire 2014 season.
Rodriguez returned to professional baseball in 2015, notching his 3,000th hit while also hitting 33 home runs and driving in 86 runs total that season. He played his final game on August 12, 2016 and immediately retired from playing professional baseball.
Since retiring, Rodriguez has worked as a broadcaster on Fox Sports and ESPN while also appearing on TV shows like Shark Tank and Back in the Game.
Over the course of his professional baseball career, Rodriguez has earned many accolades, including three Most Valuable Player Awards and 14 All-Star selections.
How old is Alex Rodriguez?
Alex Rodriguez is 42 years old, though he will soon be turning 43 on July 27.
He was born on July 27, 1975.
What is Alex Rodriguez’s net worth?
According to Bankrate, Alex Rodriguez’s net worth is believed to be approximately $300 million (£228 million).
How does Alex Rodriguez make his money?
Most of Rodriguez’s staggering wealth is mostly derived from his record-shattering Major League Baseball contracts.
After signing with the Seattle Mariners for $1.3 million (£988,065) in 1993, he later signed a $252 million (£191.2 million) contract with the Texas Rangers after the 2000 Major League Baseball season, the most lucrative professional sports contract in history at that time. Notably, the contract was also packed with incentives, including an additional $500,000 (£379,500) for winning a Most Valuable Player Award.
After joining the New York Yankees in 2004, he signed a new contract with the team upon the expiration of his record-breaking contract in 2007, with his new deal totaling a whopping $275 million (£208.7 million) over ten years.
Per Forbes, Rodriguez has raked in an eye-popping $480 million (£364.2 million) in overall career earnings.
Unlike former New York Yankees teammate Derek Jeter, Rodriguez has earned the bulk of his wealth through his record contracts as opposed to endorsement deals, though he was still able to earn $35 million (£26.5 million) from endorsement deals, memorabilia and appearances over the course of his career, including sponsorship deals with major brands like Nike, Louisville Slugger, Rawlings, PepsiCo, Giorgio Armani, Radio Shack and others.
Although his role in the Biogenesis steroid scandal late in his career caused many brands to see him as a pariah of sorts, he still reportedly raked in approximately $3 million (£2.2 million) annually in off-field earnings at the height of his career.
In addition, Rodriguez formerly owned a Mercedes-Benz automobile dealership in League City, Texas and is an investor for the esports team NRG Esports. He is also reportedly an avid art collector and buyer.
Who is Alex Rodriguez’s wife?
Rodriguez is not currently married, though he has been in a relationship with Jennifer Lopez since early 2017.
Previously, he was married to Cynthia Scurtis from 2002 to 2008.
The retired baseball star has also garnered attention for reportedly dating other celebrities in the past, including Madonna, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz and Demi Moore.
Rodriguez also has two children: Ella, born in 2008 and Natasha, born in 2004.
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez
Rodriguez and Lopez have reportedly been dating since February 2017. They made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2017 Met Gala in New York City held on May 1, 2017.
According to People, Lopez revealed that the couple’s anniversary is on February 3.
‘We’ve been together for one year today I don’t want to get all mushy or anything, but baby, this song’s for you. I love you,’ she said before performing her new song Us at a concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In an October 2017 interview with Vanity Fair, Rodriguez spoke of how their similarities have helped them bond since starting their relationship.
‘We are very much twins. We’re both Leos, we’re both from New York, we’re both Latino and about 20 other things,’ he said.
Since dating, the celebrity couple has also reportedly worked closely together on philanthropic projects, vacationed in Paris and spent Christmas 2017 together in Miami, Florida.