It's been a long and interesting road for Alex Rodriguez, once one of the most highly touted prospects in all of baseball and now a member of both the 600 home run club and the 3,000 hit club.
Born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, Rodriguez grew up a fan of the New York Mets, likely never imagining he would later become one of the most recognizable members of the Mets' crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees.
In Miami, Fla., where he attended high school, A-Rod became the first ever player his age to try out for the United States national baseball team. He signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Miami, but never actually went, as he was instead selected in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners.
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Alex Rodriguez speaks during a news conference on August 7, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Rodriguez announced that he will play his final major league game on Friday, August 12 and then assume a position with the Yankees as a special advisor and instructor. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
1994: Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Marinbers poses for a 1994 season portrait. Alex Rodriguez played for the Seattle Mariners from 1994-2000. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 21: Seattle Mariners shortstop Alex Rodriguez (L) waits for the late throw as Chicago White Sox runner Lance Johnson (R) dives for second base to avoid a double play in the first inning 21 June at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Sox batter Tim Raines was tagged out at first base on the play. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)
16 Jul 1996: Short stop Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners talks to a teammate in the dugout following an at-bat in the Mariners 12-5 loss to the Oakland A's at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/Allsport
USA - OCTOBER 23: Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners poses for a photo on October 23, 1996. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
6 Mar 1998: Infielder Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners in action during a spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers at the Maryvale Sports Complex in Maryvale, Arizona. The Mariners defeated the Brewers 18-3. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsoh
BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 1: Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Seattle Mariners looks on during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 1, 1998 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, : Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners slides safely across home plate to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning of play with the Texas Rangers 02 July 1999, at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Texas went on to win the game 7-6. AFP PHOTO/PAUL BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 11: Nomar Garciaparra #5 of the Boston Red Sox, Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Seattle Mariners and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees pose for a photo before the 71st MLB All-Star Game at Turner Field on Tuesday, July 11, 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, UNITED STATES: Seattle Mariner Alex Rodriguez hugs a teammate in the locker room after their 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Angels, and their clinchin of the AL Wildcard playoff birth 01 October 2000 at Edison Field in Anaheim, CA. AFP Photo Scott Nelson (Photo credit should read Scott Nelson/AFP/Getty Images)
12 Dec 2000: Alex Rodriguez talks during a press conference after being signed to the Texas Rangers at The Ball Park in Arlington, Texas.Mandatory Credit: Gary Barber /Allsport
13 May 2001: Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Texas Rangers swings at the ball during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Rangers 6-3.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
ARLINGTON, UNITED STATES: Texas Rangers' shortstop Alex Rodriguez (L) tags out Jermaine Dye of the Kansas City Royals (R) in a rundown in early action at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, 31 May 2001. The Royals beat the Rangers 8-2. AFP PHOTO/Paul BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
26 Sep 2001: Shortstop Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Texas Rangers watches his two-run homer leave the yard against the Seattle Mariners at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Rodriguez set a recod for most home runs in a season by a shortstop with his 49th, which also leads the American League. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/ALLSPORT
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Alex Rodriguez (R) tries on his new New York Yankees cap given to him by Yankees Manager Joe Torre during a press conference at Yankee Stadium in New York 17 February, 2004 to formally announce him to the team. Rodriguez, a shortstop who likely will move to third base, was traded to the Yankees from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later. Rodriguez has a guaranteed contract for 189 million USD over the next seven years. AFP PHOTO /Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - APRIL 8: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees points to the crowd during batting practice before the Yankees home opener against the Chicago White Sox on April 8, 2004 at the Yankees Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 24: Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek trade blows in the 3rd inning that precipitated a bench clearing brawl between the two teams. Both players were ejected from the game. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 19: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees heads into first base as Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo tries to tag him, during the eighth inning of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. Umpires ruled that Rodriguez was out because he batted the ball away from Arroyo. Doug Mienkiewicz of the Sox is at right. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, center, reacts after he was called out for interferring the Boston Red Sox defense in Game Six of the American League Championship Series, Tuesday, October 19, 2004 in Bronx, New York. The Red Sox won 4-2. (Photo by Jim Rogash/WireImage)
BRONX, NY - APRIL 5: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees runs to catch a pop up against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Yankee Stadium on April 5, 2005 in Bronx, New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 12: Alex Rodriguez #13 of Team USA celebrates with teammates after his game winning single against Team Japan during the Round 2 Pool 2 Game of the World Baseball Classic at Angel Stadium on March 12, 2006 in Anaheim, California. USA defeated Japan 4-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 7: Third baseman Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees fields a ground ball during the game against the Texas Rangers at Ameriquest Field in Arlington on May 7, 2006 in Arlington, Texas. The Yankees defeated the Rangers 8-5. (Photo by John Williamson /MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez throws up his arms in celebration after hitting a three-run, walk-off homer to center in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Yanks to an 8-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks mounted a six-run comeback, capped by A-Rod's game-winner, with two outs in the ninth for the win. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 21: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees accepts the 2007 Babe Ruth Home Run Award from Julia Ruth Stevens, daughter of Babe Ruth, prior to the game against the Cincinnati Reds on June 21, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - MAY 22: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees fields the ball against the Baltimore Orioles during their game on May 22, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx Borough of New York (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 19: Photo day at New York Yankees Spring Training., 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez, (Photo by Ron Antonelli/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 16: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees bats against the Minnesota Twins on May 16, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Twins 6-4 in 11 innings. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrates after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees holds up the World Series trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees shows off his World Series ring to the media during a press conference after the Yankees home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees runs the bases after hitting his 600th career home run in the first inning against Shaun Marcum #28 (not pictured) of the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 23: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout prior to the start of the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 23, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 23: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees laughs during batting practice against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees in action against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on August 11, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 5-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: American baseball star Alex Rodriguez is seen outside MLB Offices on October 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 18: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees stands on the field prior to the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 4: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees laughs Yankees special advisor Lee Mazzilli as he waits in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees, prepares to pinch hit during the New York Mets Vs New York Yankees MLB regular season baseball game at Citi Field, Queens, New York. USA. 18th September 2015. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 09: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees enters the dugout before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Rodriguez spent seven years with the Mariners, with his major league starting debut coming in 1994 when he was just shy of 19 years old. When he became a free agent after the 2000 season, he chose to sign with the then-lowly Texas Rangers, where he spent the next three seasons.
After the 2003 season, Texas set out to trade Rodriguez and his massively expensive contract. Initially, the team agreed upon a trade with the Boston Red Sox, which was vetoed by the MLB Players Association -- creating one of the greatest what-ifs in recent baseball history.
In early 2004, Rodriguez was instead famously dealt to the Red Sox' most bitter rivals, the New York Yankees, where he switched positions from shortstop to third base, allowing him to play side-by-side with Derek Jeter. Rodriguez became an integral and contentious piece of the Yankees' roster for several years, especially in their rivalry with the Red Sox.
After a controversial few weeks in 2007, when Rodriguez nearly opted out of his contract with the Yankees, he ultimately agreed to a new contract that effectively would keep him in New York for the rest of his career.
In 2009, another controversy reared its ugly head, as Rodriguez's name showed up on a list of MLB players who had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He admitted that he had used steroids earlier in his career, but had ceased use after spring training in 2003. Later on in 2009, A-Rod would win his first and only World Series title when the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies.
Injuries and more scandals plagued Rodriguez over the next few years. He had several surgeries to address issues in his knees and hips, and the Yankees were accused of not handling the injuries properly. A-Rod was also allegedly seen partaking in illegal poker games during his rehabilitation.
In early 2013, Rodriguez's name was paired with a second steroid scandal, this time stemming from drugs supplied by the Biogenesis clinic. After an appeal, he was ultimately suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season.
Rodriguez returned to play for the Yankees for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, though mostly as a designated hitter and notably not producing at as high of a level as he once did. At a press conference on August 7, 2016, Rodriguez announced that he would be playing his final game that next Friday, on August 12, before joining the Yankees' front office as a special adviser.
A-Rod's final road series, notably, was at Fenway Park against the Red Sox, the team he nearly joined but instead terrorized for years. The notorious slugger finishes his career as a five-time American League home run leader, two-time Gold Glove Award winner, ten-time Silver Slugger, fourteen-time All-Star, three-time American League MVP and a 2009 World Series champion.