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2009 Season: .263 AVG, 17 HR, 50 RBI, 35 R, .419 OBP%, .562 SLUG%
Career (2099 Games): .305 AVG, 570 HR, 1656 RBI, 1640 R, .390 OBP%, .578 SLUG%
If there is one player in the past 15 years who has done more to show us how great, and vulnerable, a pro athlete can be, it's without question Alex Rodriguez.
The awards and achievements are unreal. They include 12 All-Star selections, 10 Silver Slugger Awards, four AL Hank Aaron Awards, three AL MVPs, two Gold Gloves, five-time AL Runs Leader, four-time AL Total Bases Leader, five-time AL Home Run Title, two-time AL RBI Title, two-time AL OPS Leader, four-time AL Slugging Percentage Leader, 1996 AL Batting Title, 1996 AL Doubles Leader, 1998 AL Hits Leader, 2001 AL Extra-Base Hits Leader, the fastest to 500 home runs, the most home runs by a shortstop, and the most home runs in Yankee history by a right-handed batter.
The thing with A-Rod is that vulnerable side of him as well. He is considered one of the least clutch postseason players of all time. He faced a nasty divorce with his wife due to speculation that he was seeing women on the road and having a romance with, of all people, Madonna.
He is now having issues with his hip and the idea of being tired and needing days off, then being seen out with his new love Kate Hudson at 2:30 in the morning in Miami.
Then of course, A-Rod admitted to using steroids, but as all of you know, I already took one steroid guy in Brian Roberts and will have to stay with the fact that since so many people used them at that time, the playing field, in my opinion, wasn't as tilted as we all think it was.
The player with the largest contract in American sports history and the player with the most tabloid headlines in New York since Reggie Jackson, Alex Rodriguez has done it all.
Both good and bad.
Alex Rodriguez is the best player wearing the number 13
Also Considered: Tampa Bay Rays LF Carl Crawford