6. Alex Rodriguez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 27, 1975 in New York, NY USA
  • Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 08, 1994
  • Final Game: August 12, 2016
  • Silver Slugger - 1996
  • TSN All-Star - 1996
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1996
  • Silver Slugger - 1998
  • TSN All-Star - 1998
  • Silver Slugger - 1999
  • Silver Slugger - 2000
  • TSN All-Star - 2000
  • Hank Aaron Award - 2001
  • Silver Slugger - 2001
  • TSN All-Star - 2001
  • Gold Glove - 2002
  • Hank Aaron Award - 2002
  • Silver Slugger - 2002
  • TSN All-Star - 2002
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 2002
  • Gold Glove - 2003
  • Hank Aaron Award - 2003
  • Most Valuable Player - 2003
  • Silver Slugger - 2003
  • TSN All-Star - 2003
  • Most Valuable Player - 2005
  • Silver Slugger - 2005
  • TSN All-Star - 2005
  • Hank Aaron Award - 2007
  • Most Valuable Player - 2007
  • Silver Slugger - 2007
  • TSN All-Star - 2007
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 2007
  • Silver Slugger - 2008
  • Babe Ruth Award - 2009
 
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Alex Rodriguez only played with the Seattle Mariners until he was 25 years old, but he had already established himself as one of the most exciting players in the game.  Based on the mega-deal he signed with the Texas Rangers when the Shortstop left the Mariners, the consensus was that he was also one of the best.

A-Rod was the first overall pick in 1993, and he would see action as an 18-year old for the Mariners.  Seattle had something special, so they allowed him to spend more time in the minors to play every day, and in 1995, he was set to be their everyday Shortstop.  In that first full season in the Pacific Northwest, Rodriguez would lead the American League in Runs Scored (141), Doubles (54), and would win the Batting Title with a .358 Average.  Rodriguez was named an All-Star, won the Silver Slugger, and would blast 36 Home Runs.  He was also the runner-up for the MVP.

A-Rod regressed in 1997, though was still an All-Star with a .300 Batting Average with 23 Home Runs.  The young Shortstop had a much better 1998, leading the AL in Hits (213) and blasting 42 Home Runs with 124 RBIs.  Even more impressively, he would lead the AL in bWAR, and he was also a 40-40 player, as he swiped 46 bases.  Rodriguez again had 42 Home Runs in 1998, an even more astounding feat considering he only played in 129 Games.

Rodriguez had one more season with the Mariners, again with a 40 Home Run campaign (41), a first place finish in bWAR, and a third place finish in MVP voting.  This year would also be his fourth and final All-Star as a Mariner.

While Rodriguez is often criticized for lack of playoff success, in his three full series with the Mariners, he batted over .300 in each of them.  Overall as a Mariner, A-Rod had 189 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .309/.374/.561. 

As we know, he would become far more controversial, but was also a multi-time MVP, and based on advanced metrics, and he should have earned one in Seattle.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 1st Overall in the Amateur Draft 6/3/93.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers 1/26/01.
  • Games Played: 790
  • Notable Statistics: 627 Runs, 966 Hits, 194 Doubles, 13 Triples, 189 Home Runs, 595 Runs Batted In, 133 Stolen Bases, .309/.374/.561 Slash Line, 38.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1996, 1997, 1998 & 2000)

    Silver Slugger (1996, 1997, 1998 & 2000)

    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1998 & 2000)

    Highest Offensive bWAR (1996, 1998 & 2000)

    Highest Batting Average (1996)

    Most At Bats (1998)

    Most Plate Appearances (1998)

    Most Runs Scored (1996)

    Most Hits (1998)

    Most Total Bases (1996)

    Most Doubles (1996)

    Highest Power-Speed # (1997 & 1998)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1998)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (2000)
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