Alex Rodriguez Through the Years on and off the Field

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Through the Years on and off the Field

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    There is no question that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is one of the most controversial figures in the history of baseball. For every triumph that A-Rod has accomplished over the course of his career, there have been just as many failures.

    Rodriguez is currently embroiled in controversy that involves the Miami Biogenesis clinic. According to Bill Madden, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O'Keeffe and Roger Rubin via the New York Daily News, A-Rod will reportedly be suspended this week, and his punishment is expected to be much more severe than a 50-game ban.   

    In addition to that, Rodriguez is trying to work his way back into action as he has missed the entire MLB season with hip and quad injuries. He is set to start a second round of rehab and could be ready to return to the Yankee lineup a week later, according to Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand of, but it remains to be seen if he'll make it that far.

    With A-Rod's future as a Yankee and a Major League Baseball player very much in question, now is as good a time as any to reflect on the 38-year-old's MLB career.

    Rodriguez is a 14-time All-Star, three-time MVP Award winner and a World Series champion, but his 19-year career has been tainted due to his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs.

    In addition, he's had a fair share of embarrassing moments on and off the field from questionable plays to questionable decisions in his personal life.      

    Few players in recent memory have been photographed more than A-Rod, so here is a pictorial look at his transformation as a player and a person over the past two decades.  

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Drafted by Seattle Mariners (1993)

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Makes Major League Debut (1994)

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    Robbed of AL MVP Award After Breakout Season (1996)

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      Starts First All-Star Game, Ending Cal Ripken Jr.'s 13-Season Streak (1997)

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        Joins Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco in 40-40 Club (1998)

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          Signs 10-Year, $252 Million Deal with Texas Rangers (2001)

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            Moves Cal Ripken Jr. to Shortstop in All-Star Game (2001)

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              Wins First AL MVP (2003)

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                Traded to New York Yankees (2004)

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                  Comes to Blows with Jason Varitek (2004)

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                    Slaps Ball Out of Bronson Arroyo's Glove in ALCS (2004)

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                      Wins Two More AL MVPs (2005, 2007)

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                        Signs 10-Year, $275 Million Deal with New York Yankees (2007)

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                          Divorces Cynthia Rodriguez, Mother of His Two Children (2007)

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                            Rumored Relationship with Madonna Comes to Light (2008)

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                              Questionable Photo Shoot Released (2009)

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                                Admits PED Use in Interview with Peter Gammons (2009)

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                                  Admits PED Use in Press Conference (2009)

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                                    Begins Seeing Actress Kate Hudson (2009)

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                                      Celebrates World Series Championship (2009)

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                                        Hits 600th Career Home Run (2010)

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                                          Courtship with Cameron Diaz Made Public After Super Bowl Sighting (2011)

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                                            Starts Dating Former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson (2011)

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                                              Postseason Struggles Lead to Multiple Benchings (2012)

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                                                Implicated in the Biogenesis Scandal (2013)

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                                                  Rehabs Surgically Repaired Hip with Charleston RiverDogs (2013)

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