Alex Rodriguez's roller-coaster MLB career

Alex Rodriguez's 10 years with the New York Yankees alone has been a roller-coaster ride, from his feud with teammate Derek Jeter to poor playoff performances to his 211-game suspension for alleged doping, and will probably be remembered more for controversy than success.

Milestones, World Series title, doping allegations among highs, lows

The career of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been filled with highs and lows, including a World Series celebration in 2009, left, and his reported relationship with Tony Bosch, founder of Biogenesis, the alleged performance-enhancing distribution clinic. (Associated Press/

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.