Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975 in New York City) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) third baseman for the New York Yankees. Known to fans as A-Rod, Rodriguez is widely considered as one of the best players in baseball history. Teams he has played on in his career are the Seattle Mariners (1994-2000), Texas Rangers (2001-2003) and New York Yankees (2004-). Some of his accomplishments as a player include being a ten time All Star player, two time AL MVP (2003, 2005), two time Gold Glove award winner (2002, 2003) and the youngest player to hit 500 home runs. He is also only one of four players in MLB history to have over 40 home runs and stolen bases in a season (1998). In 2006, he was one of baseball's highest paid players with a $25,680,727.00 salary. He entered professional baseball at the age of 18 in 1993 when he was drafted in the first round (first pick overall) of the 1993 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
In an interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons that aired on February 9, 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs (PED) when he played for the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003. Said Rodriguez, "I did take a banned substance. And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful." He claimed he was too young to understand what he was doing.
Although numerous PED revelations have come before Rodriguez's, it was a very damaging incident to the MLB because Rodriguez was viewed to be the savior of the league in that he was projected to cleanly break the all-time home-run record of Barry Bonds', a suspected steroid user currently on trial for perjury.
A controversy regarding the PED revelation is the conduct of both the players' union and the federal agents who seized the test samples. The sample that tested positive for PED was part of an anonymous testing in 2003 which took place to decide, based on the percentage of players taking PEDs at the time, whether random testing should be implemented in the future. However, the test results were not destroyed as agreed upon by the MLB and the player's union and were later confiscated by federal agents. Furthermore, out of the 104 names that tested positive, only Rodriguez's name has been leaked.