A-Rod's ups and downs as a Yankee
Alex Rodriguez's time with the Yankees has had some very high peaks and some low valleys. Here is a timeline of A-Rod's career with the Yankees.
FEB. 15, 2004 | ALEX RODRIGUEZ TRADED TO YANKEES
After a failed deal between Texas and Boston to trade A-Rod, the Yankees swooped in. The Rangers wanted out of the most expensive contract in baseball history. Aaron Boone suffered an offseason knee injury, and the Yankees traded Alfonso Soriano for A-Rod. With the trade, A-Rod moved from shortstop to third base and changed his number from 3 to 13. In his first year. A-Rod batted .286 with 36 homers and 106 RBIs.
2004 ALCS | "THE SLAP"
Amid the Yankees' collapse after a 3-0 lead in the ALCS over the Red Sox, A-Rod swatted the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove after a slow grounder in the eighth inning of Game 6 and was called out for interference. Rodriguez hit just .258 in the series, capping an underwhelming first year in pinstripes.
APRIL 26, 2005 | 3 HOME RUNS, 10 RBIs
The 2005 season was more along the lines of what Yankees fans wanted from A-Rod. He got off to a quick start in April, highlighted by this night against Angels pitcher Bartolo Colón. A-Rod finished the season with a .321 average, 48 homers and 130 RBIs. It was his first MVP award with the Yanks and second of his career.
2006 POSTSEASON | DROPPED TO 8TH
A-Rod wasn't as dominant in 2006 (.290, 35 HR, 121 RBI) as he was in 2005, but his postseason struggles persisted. After hitting sixth in Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS and cleanup in Game 3, A-Rod was dropped to eighth in the order and hit a feeble .071 (1-for-14) in the series as the Yankees fell to the Tigers in four games.
FEBRUARY 2007 | FRIENDS OR FOES?
The relationship between A-Rod and Derek Jeter has always intrigued the fans and media. They were "blood brothers," in A-Rod's words, when they first entered the league. But that changed when A-Rod gave an interview to Esquire magazine in 2001 and said Jeter's "never had to lead" and that pitchers facing the Yankees don?t worry about Jeter. After that, their relationship deteriorated. A-Rod told reporters in 2007 spring training, "The reality is there?s been a change in the relationship over 14 years . . . You don?t have to go to dinner with a guy four, five times a week to do what you?re doing."
AUG. 4, 2007 | 500th HOME RUN
Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run against pitcher Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals. He become the youngest player to reach this milestone at 32 years, 8 days.
2007: A SEASON FOR THE AGES
The 2007 season was one of the best any Yankee has ever had. Rodriguez started with an unbelievable April, hitting six home runs in the first seven games. He even hit clutch home runs to win games. A-Rod ended the month with 14 homers and 34 RBIs. That set the tone for the rest of the season and his second MVP award as a Yankee. He finished 2007 batting .314 with 56 home runs and 156 RBIs, but just 4-for-15 with six strikeouts in the Yankees' four-game loss to Cleveland in the ALDS.
October 28, 2007 | OPTS OUT OF CONTRACT
Not only did Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras receive flack for opting out, but the announcement came in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the World Series between the Red Sox and Rockies. A-Rod realized the whole situation was a flop. That's when Rodriguez took over negotiations on his own and worked out a new 10-year, $275-million deal with the Yankees. The Boras-Rodriguez partnership ended within three years.
A-Rod put up productive numbers once again (.302, 35 HR, 103 RBIs) but hit just .258 after July as the Yankees' push for a playoff spot fell short and the team missed the postseason for the first time in Rodriguez's tenure in the Bronx.
MAY 3, 2009 | SELENA ROBERTS' BOOK
Hot off the steroid admittance by Rodriguez, Selena Roberts published a biography on the star. The book was titled "A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez." The book received much pre-release hype. Some shocking things found in the book are allegations that A-Rod used performance enhancers while with the Yankees and in high school. The book was never a best-seller. Rest easy, Alex.
MAY 8, 2009 | HOMERS ON FIRST PITCH AFTER INJURY
Alex Rodriguez returned from off-season hip surgery, and on the first pitch he saw from Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, he blasted it into the left-field bleachers at Camden Yards. Three-run homer, Yanks win 4-0. No better way to welcome yourself back to the sport.
OCTOBER 2009 | K-HUD AND A-ROD
Kate Hudson, and her whole family for that matter, became fixtures at Yankee games. Hudson began her relationship in May 2009 with Rodriguez. Throughout the entire postseason, Hudson was very visible at Yankee Stadium cheering on the Yankees and especially A-Rod. However, the couple ended their relationship in December 2009.
2009 POSTSEASON | BYE-BYE OCTOBER DEMONS
In his first four trips to the postseason with the Yankees, Rodriguez's bat was nowhere to be found. Dating from Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, A-Rod was 0-for-29 with runners in scoring position. That all changed in 2009 with two game-tying homers in the ALDS, one in the ALCS and six RBIs in the World Series as the Yanks ended their nine-year drought.
NOV. 6, 2009 | WORLD SERIES VICTORY PARADE
For the first time in nine years the Yankees were crowned world champions. Their 28th title was extra special as it was their first championship at the new Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez savored the moment -- the first championship of his career.
SPRING TRAINING 2010 | MORE UNWANTED ATTENTION
One year after admitting he took PEDs, A-Rod was back in the eye of the storm. It all started in March 2009 when Rodriguez was rehabbing from hip surgery. The New York Times reported that Rodriguez received treatment from Canadian doctor Anthony Galea. Galea said he only gave the star anti-inflammatory medication. The problem being associated with Galea? He was under investigation for distributing HGH to athletes.
JULY 13TH, 2010 | A-ROD WATCHES ALL-STAR GAME FROM THE BENCH
A-Rod wasn't voted by the fans to start the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, but the Yankees' third baseman was selected by his manager as a reserve. With the AL down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez was the lone player left on the bench. Manager Joe Girardi, however, kept him there. Girardi said he wasn't keeping Alex out because of injury, but days later added he was aware of a small injury to his right thumb.
AUG. 4, 2010 | A-ROD HITS NO. 600
After a 13-day wait, Alex Rodriguez joined elite company by crushing his 600th home run against Toronto's Shaun Marcum. After getting a hug from Derek Jeter, A-Rod took a curtain call before the adoring Yankee Stadium crowd. The ball landed in Monument Park, and was retrieved by a security guard named Frankie, who traded the ball for a signed A-Rod bat.
JULY 10, 2011 | A-ROD NEEDS KNEE SURGERY
Rodriguez battled knee problems since June and an MRI revealed a slight tear in the cartilage of his right knee. A-Rod opted for surgery and missed 39 games. That helped end a 13-year streak of at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs for Rodriguez.
OCT. 6, 2011 | RODRIGUEZ WRAPS UP 2011 WITH 2-FOR-18 POSTSEASON
An injury-plagued regular season hindered Rodriguez's production, including his lowest home run total (16), OPS (.823) and games played (99) in 17 seasons. Looking to replicate his playoff success in 2009 (.365 batting average, six home runs, 18 RBIs), Rodriguez fell on his face. He managed two base hits in 18 at-bats, scoring once and driving in three. The Yankees were done in five games against Detroit.
APRIL 20, 2012: A-ROD FIFTH ON HOME RUN LIST
Alex Rodriguez homered off Boston's Clay Buchholz in the fifth inning for his 631st career home run, moving him past former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on baseball's all-time list.
OCT. 10, 2012: A-ROD IS PINCH-HIT FOR IN ALDS
That's not the most painful part of it. The guy who pinch-hit for him, Raul Ibanez, is two years older than A-Rod and he hit a tying home run in the ninth and the winning homer in the 12th.
JAN. 29, 2013: A-ROD LINKED TO BOSCH
A report by the Miami New Times linked A-Rod to Anthony Bosch, a nutritionist who allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to star baseball players. According to the report, which cited documents from now-defunct anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, A-Rod purchased human growth hormone and testosterone cream from 2009 until 2012. A spokesman for A-Rod vehemently denied the report, saying A-Rod "was never treated by [Bosch] and he was never advised by him."
JUNE 25, 2013: A-ROD'S TWEET CAUSES CONTROVERSY
Rodriguez's tweet about the progress of his rehab from surgery lead to some frustration in the Yankees front office. A-Rod announced "Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news - the green light to play games again!" on his twitter account. When Brian Cashman received word of this tweet he was not happy. He responded by saying, "You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]. Alex should just shut the [expletive] up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now." |
AUG. 5, 2013: A-ROD SUSPENDED
Following a week of speculation, Major League Baseball suspended Alex Rodriguez for 211 games for his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs and the Biogenesis scandal. A statement issued by Major League Baseball said that Rodriguez was suspended under both the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement 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." Rodriguez said he would appeal the suspension and would play in the Yankees' scheduled game against the Chicago White Sox.
JAN. 11, 2014: SUSPENSION REDUCED
After a contentious arbitration process in which A-Rod stormed out in the final days and accused the process of being a "farce", arbitrator Frederic Horowitz reduced Rodriguez's suspension from 211 games to 162 plus the 2014 postseason. In a statement, A-Rod maintained that he did not use PEDs, and said that he would seek a federal judge's ruling on the case. |
2014: A YEAR OFF
In February 2014, A-Rod dropped his lawsuits against the MLB, commissioner Bud Selig and the players' union and accepted his season-long suspension while the Yankees missed the playoffs during Derek Jeter's final season.
2015: BACK AT IT
After issuing a hand-written apology in February to the fans, Rodriguez posted a first half that defied expectations his talents were on the decline and made history in the process. He surpassed Willie Mays on the all-time home run list and became the third player ever (and first since Derek Jeter) to homer for his 3,000th career hit. By the All-Star Break, A-Rod was hitting .278 with 18 home runs (second-best on the team) and 51 RBIs. Many considered his numbers to be All-Star worthy, although he did not make the AL roster.
After struggling in the 2016 season and getting limited playing time in July and August, the Yankees announced that they would unconditionally release Rodriguez after their Aug. 12 game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez will then sign a contract to take on a role as a special advisor and instructor with the Yankees through Dec. 31, 2017.