Alex Rodriguez
Birthdate 07/27/1975
Death Date
Debut Year 1994
Year of Induction
Teams Mariners, Rangers, Yankees
Positions Designated Hitter, Shortstop, Third Base

Alex Rodriguez was drafted by the Seattle Mariners #1 overall in the 1993 MLB draft and made his big league debut at the age of eighteen.

In the collection:

Scouting report of 18-year-old Alex Rodriguez signed by A-Rod

Scouting report of 18-year-old Alex Rodriguez signed by A-Rod

In the collection is am autographed scouting report for Alex Rodrigez from August, 1994. It was an 18-year old A-Rod who Dodger scout Nate Oliver assesses as a future superstar. Oliver writes, “Alex has great body, strong good looking kid on a 6’3” frame. He has good instincts for a young kid. He possess a very strong accurate arm. Along with very good
Ed Hickox called balls and strikes for both Alex Rodriguez' 1st and 3,000th MLB hits

Ed Hickox called balls and strikes for both Alex Rodriguez' 1st and 3,000th MLB hits

Ed Hickox broke in as a Major League umpire in 1990. Since then he’s been on the field for some of baseball’s most memorable moments. Hickox was behind the plate on July 9, 1994 at Fenway Park when an 18-year old Alex Rodriguez singled to the left side of the infield for his first big le

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

June 18th, 2014

(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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