Alex Rodriguez's roller-coaster MLB career
Milestones, World Series title, doping allegations among highs, lows
New York Yankees fans who wanted Alex Rodriguez out of their sight will have to wait a little longer.
Major League Baseball on Monday did suspend Rodriguez and 12 other major league players connected to Biogenesis, the alleged performance-enhancing distribution clinic in Miami.
Rodriguez, who made his season debut Monday following off-season surgery on his left hip, was barred for the final two months of the regular season and the entire 2014 campaign — a total of 211 games — but can appeal within 72 hours which he plans to do. Rodriguez was allowed to play Monday and singled in four at-bats.
A-Rod's suspension is the longest doping penalty handed out by MLB, and he stands to lose about $36 million US.
In 2009, Rodriguez admitted to taking PEDs while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period beginning in 2001 but has denied any alleged relationship with Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch.
Rodriguez’s 10 years with the Yankees alone has been a roller-coaster ride, from his feud with teammate Derek Jeter to doping allegations to poor playoff performances, and will probably be remembered more for controversy than success.
Below is a Rodriguez timeline dating back to when he was drafted to the major leagues in 1993.
June 3, 1993: Seattle Mariners select Rodriguez No. 1 overall in baseball’s amateur draft.
Aug. 30, 1993: Rodriguez signs guaranteed three-year, $1.3-million US contract with Seattle that includes $1 million signing bonus.
July 8, 1994: At 18 years, 11 months, Rodriguez makes major league debut against Boston, 13 months after graduating from high school.
March 31, 1996: A 20-year-old Rodriguez wins starting shortstop job with Mariners and bats ninth in season opener.
July 8, 1996: Rodriguez makes cover of Sports Illustrated and labelled "the game’s next superstar."
July 9, 1996: Rodriguez plays in his first all-star game, going 0-for-1 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
July 27, 1996: A-Rod celebrates his 21st birthday by signing a four-year contract extension worth $10.5 million US.
October 1996: Finishes his first full season by leading the majors with a .358 batting average, the highest for a right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio (.381) in 1939.
July 8, 1997: Starts for the American League in the all-star game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland and has one hit in three at-bats.
Sept. 22, 1998: Sets the American League mark for home runs by a shortstop with 41, surpassing Boston’s Rico Petrocelli. Rodriguez ends the season with 42 homers.
Dec. 11, 2000: Signs a 10-year, $252 million free-agent contract with the Texas Rangers after hitting .316 with 41 home runs, 132 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases.
Sept. 28, 2001: Rodriguez becomes first shortstop to hit 50 home runs in a season, going deep 52 times.
April 30, 2002: At 26, A-Rod becomes second-youngest player to hit 250 home runs, reaching the milestone against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sept. 29, 2002: Finishes the season as the major league leader in home runs (career-high 57), runs batted in (career-high 142) and total bases (389). He became the first player to lead in those categories since Boston’s Tony Armas in 1984.
Dec. 15, 2007: Mitchell Report names 100 players as dopers but Rodriguez not on list.
Dec. 16, 2007: Rodriguez appears on 60 Minutes to say he’s never used performance-enhancing drugs.
Feb. 7, 2009: Sports Illustrated reports A-Rod tested positive for steroids under Major League Baseball’s anonymous survey testing in 2003.
Feb. 17, 2009: Confesses at news conference he used steroids in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
October 2009: Led New York Yankees to 27th World Series championship, hitting .365 with six home runs and 18 runs batted in during the post-season.
March 7, 2010: Toronto-based doctor Anthony Galea confirms he treated Rodriguez but insists he never provided human growth hormone.
October 2010, 2011, 2012: Posted playoff batting averages of .219, .111 and .120, respectively, and hasn’t homered since 2009 post-season.
April 14, 2012: Ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on all-time home run list with 630.
June 13, 2012: Moves into share of lead with Lou Gehrig for most career grand slams at 23.
Jan. 13, 2013: Linked to Tony Bosch, founder of biogenesis, the alleged performance-enhancing drug distribution clinic in Miami.
June 2013: Angers New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman by tweeting that his hip surgeon has cleared Rodriguez to play in rehab games.
June 2013: Hires Ryan Braun’s lawyer to represent him in baseball’s drug investigation.
July 2013: Fails to show up for scheduled rehabilitation game in minor leagues after meeting with MLB investigators to discuss possible connection with Biogenesis.
July 2013: Suffers Grade 1 quadriceps strain, delaying possible return to major leagues.
July 2013: Seeks second opinion on injured quadriceps without first notifying Yankees, violating the collective bargaining agreement.
July 2013: Pushes to be activated from disabled list following hip surgery but Yankees refuse.
Aug. 5, 2013: Suspended 211 games by Major League Baseball for his involvement in one of American sport's biggest doping scandals. Eligible to return for the 2015 season.
Aug. 5, 2013: Singles in four at-bats in season debut, an 8-1 loss to the hometown Chicago White Sox.