Full name is Alexander Enmanuel Rodriguez...has two daughters, Natasha and Ella...signed by Fernando Arguelles...Graduated from Westminster Christian High School in Miami, Fla. in 1993...batted .419 with 17HR, 70RBI and 90SB in 100 games as team went 86-13-1...was first team prep All-American as a senior, hitting .505 with 9HR, 36RBI and 35SB (in 35 attempts) in 33 games...selected as the USA Baseball Junior "Player of the Year" and as Gatorade's "National Baseball Student Athlete of the Year"...was the first high school player to try out for Team USA in 1993 and also play with U.S. Junior National Squad that summer...Participated in Little League and American Legion programs...also played basketball and football in high school...his favorite players growing up were Keith Hernandez, Dale Murphy and Cal Ripken, Jr...Joined the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade in 1982 at the age of 7 and remained a member until the day he was drafted in 1993...since reaching the Major Leagues, has worked extensively with the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade, dedicating time, effort and resources toward its continued development...created the Alex Rodriguez Evening with the All-Stars in 1998 and has raised over $500,000 for the Club...has also served as a national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America...championed Campaign 3 p.m., which is the Boys & Girls Clubs national initiative to enroll every child in America in an after-school program...hosted a two-hour clinic at the Boys & Girls Club in November 2007 for approximately 85 kids aged 9-14 on a field named after him...In 2007, personally donated $500,000 to the Alex Rodriguez Learning Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade which opened in January 2010...the 8,000 square foot educational facility for the advancement of literacy, computer study and math, includes three separate classrooms, a computer technology lab and a research technology lab with 25 computers...an additional wing houses the teen center with a study hall with computers and a teen lounge with games, a big screen television and books...In January of 2003, donated $3.9 million to the University of Miami...the money was directed to construction costs for the remodeling of the baseball stadium, as well as scholarship money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade...one student from the Club will be awarded a four-year scholarship to the University each year...the scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity, so an unlimited number of children benefit from this donation...In 2005, donated $200,000 to the Children's Aid Society, a New York City-based children's advocacy and charity group...his donation supported the placement of therapists into schools located in Washington Heights-the neighborhood in which Alex was born...the donation funded the project for an entire school year... Donated $50,000 to the Dominican Republic branch of UNICEF in 2005...this donation fully funded five day-care centers outside of Santo Domingo...these five centers were able to purchase enough school supplies, food and personal hygiene products for one full year, with over 1,500 students benefiting from his contribution... Teamed up with hip-hop icon JAY Z on 11/15/06 to host a celebrity poker tournament with over $500,000 in proceeds going to charitable endeavors...co-hosted Family Fun Day at the Miami Seaquarium in January 2007 with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida...authored a children's picture book in February 2007, "Out of the Ballpark," published in English and Spanish...hosted a book signing at FAO Schwartz in Manhattan on 7/20/07 and read to a group of 9 year olds...participated in a Q & A session with Michael Kay for 500 kids from local community groups at Niketown in New York on 8/1/07...Received a 2007 Thurman Munson Award for his accomplishments on the field and his philanthropic work within the community...was also honored with the 2008 Sid Mercer Award, presented by the New York chapter of the BBWAA to their "Player of the Year"...was presented the Key to the City by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on 8/16/07 during an on-field, pregame ceremony in recognition of his 500th home run...Donated $250,000 towards the completion of the new Pediatric Outpatient Unit at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City in 2008, aimed at providing quality medical attention for local children who are not covered by insurance...participated in the opening ceremony of the Alex Rodriguez Pediatric Outpatient Center on 6/30/10...also pledged another $250,000 over the next five years to fund the Community DentCare Network from the Columbia University College of Dentistry, sponsoring mobile vans in the Bronx and Washington Heights areas that provide dental care and education to those who cannot otherwise afford it...Was presented with a plaque by the United Youth Baseball League on 4/4/08 after donating $10,000 to the league to help pay for field fees, insurance and uniforms for the kids... spoke to 2,000 local Bronx kids about the importance of education in life at Macombs Dam Park, adjacent to Yankee Stadium in July 2008...held a hitting clinic at a youth sports complex in Mexico City in November 2008...Joined actor Richard Gere as Little League All-Star game coaches at Franz Sigel Park in the Bronx on 6/6/09...was a "Chef-for-a-Day" at El Nuevo Caridad Restaurant in Washington Heights in 2010 and '11, feeding nearly 50 neighborhood kids...played a community stickball game across the street from Yankee Stadium on 8/29/09...Collected donations from fans at the Yankees' 16th Annual Holiday Food Drive on 12/17/09 at Yankee Stadium...hosted six high-achieving students from the Bronx Preparatory Charter School ("Bronx Prep") for a private lunch at Yankee Stadium on 8/8/10...With several teammates, participated in an MLBPA Players Trust program to promote baseball to children on 5/8/15...as part of the event, coached children from the NYC Autism Charter School in a game at Harlem RBI's Field of Dreams.
Hit .250 (131-for-523) with 83R, 22 doubles, 33HR, 86RBI and a .842 OPS in 151 games (135 starts at DH, two at 3B, one at 1B) with the Yankees...reached the 30HR plateau for the first time since 2010 (30HR)...his 33HR were the sixth-most by a player in his age-39 season or older in Major League history, trailing Barry Bonds (45HR in 2004), Hank Aaron (40HR in 1973), David Ortiz (37HR in 2015), Steve Finley (36HR in 2004) and Darrell Evans (34 in 1987)...Collected 11RBI over the Yankees' first 10 games (4/6-17)...according to Elias, became the oldest player in team history to record at least 10RBI in his first 10 games of a season, surpassing Babe Ruth, who had 10RBI in his first 10 games of 1933 at age 38...Was 1-for-2 with 1BB in 4/6 Opening Day loss vs. Toronto, his first game since 9/25/13 vs. Tampa Bay...singled in the fifth for his first hit since 9/22/13 vs. San Francisco...hit seventh, his lowest spot in the starting lineup of a regular season game since batting eighth for Seattle on 5/7/96 vs. Minnesota... Made his first career appearance at 1B in 4/11 loss vs. Boston...Recorded his 61st career multi-HR game on 4/17 at Tampa Bay...according to Baseball-Reference, at age 39 years, 264 days, became the third-oldest Yankee with a multi-homer game since 1914...the only Yankees to do it at an older age were Raul Ibanez (twice: 9/22/12 vs. Oakland at age 40y, 112d and 5/8/12 vs. Tampa Bay at age 39y, 341d) and Enos Slaughter (7/19/59 vs. Chicago-AL at age 43y, 83d)...scored the 1,924th run of his career in the second inning, surpassing Derek Jeter for ninth place on Baseball's all-time list...Hit his 660th career home run on 5/1 at Boston, tying Willie Mays for fourth place on Baseball's all-time list...was a one-out, go-ahead, pinch-hit solo HR over the Green Monster off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning...marked his first career pinch-hit HR and just his second career pinch-hit (singled on 8/25/13 vs. Tampa Bay's Jamey Wright)...hit the HR on a 3-0 pitch, marking just the third such HR of his career (also 9/22/09 at Angels off Ervin Santana and 4/14/01 w/ Texas at Oakland off Barry Zito)...was the first Yankee to hit a go-ahead pinch-hit HR at Fenway Park since Johnny Blanchard in 1961...Hit his 661st career home run in the third inning of 5/7 win vs. Baltimore, surpassing Willie Mays (660) for sole possession of fourth place on Baseball's all-time home runs list...Recorded his 1,000th RBI as a Yankee with a ninth-inning solo HR in 5/14 loss at Tampa Bay...Hit safely in a season-high 11 straight games from 5/22-6/1, batting .400 (16-for-40), and 16 consecutive starts from 5/13-6/1 (.361, 22-for-61)...marked his longest overall hitting streak since a 13G streak from 7/19-9/9/12...Collected his 1,995th career RBI in 5/27 win vs. Kansas City, surpassing Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig for the all-time AL record and moving him into third place on the all-time Major League RBI list...Reached base safely four times in both 6/5 (4-for-5, 1R, 1 double, 1RBI) and 6/6 (0-for-1, 1R, 3BB, 1HP) wins vs. Los Angeles-AL...marked the 10th time in his career he reached base at least four times in consecutive games (first since 4/18 and 4/20/10)...his RBI single in the fifth inning on 6/5 gave him 1,997RBI in his career, surpassing Barry Bonds (1,996) for sole possession of second place on Baseball's all-time list behind only Hank Aaron (2,297)... also scored his 1,950th career run, surpassing Stan Musial (1,949) for sole possession of eighth place on Baseball's all-time list...recorded his 42nd career game of at least 4H and first since 5/22/11 vs. the Mets (also 4H)...Collected his 2,000th and 2,001st career RBI with a two-run HR in 6/13 loss at Baltimore, becoming only the second player in Major League history to reach the 2,000RBI plateau (also Hank Aaron-2,297)...Recorded his 3,000th career hit with a first-inning solo HR off Justin Verlander in 6/19 win vs. Detroit, becoming the 29th player all time to reach the 3,000-hits plateau...Became the second player to record his 3,000th career hit with the Yankees, joining Derek Jeter, who accomplished the feat on 7/9/11 vs. Tampa Bay... also joins Jeter as the only players to reach the plateau at Yankee Stadium - original or current...Joined Wade Boggs (8/7/99) and Derek Jeter (7/9/11) as the only players to homer for their 3,000th career hit...Of the 29 members of the 3,000-hit club, six have played for the Yankees: Alex Rodriguez (1,444 games, 1,535 hits), Derek Jeter (2,747 games, 3,465 hits), Dave Winfield (1,172 games, 1,300 hits), Wade Boggs (602 games, 702 hits), Rickey Henderson (596 games, 663 hits) and Paul Waner (10 games, 1 hit)...Became the 17th player to collect his 3,000th career hit at home...Of the 29 members of the 3,000-hit club, 15 collected all their hits while batting solely right-handed: Hank Aaron, Cap Anson, Craig Biggio, Roberto Clemente, Rickey Henderson, Derek Jeter, Al Kaline, Nap Lajoie, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Cal Ripken Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Honus Wagner, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount...According to Elias, Yankee Stadium (Alex Rodriguez in 2015 and Derek Jeter in 2011) joined Cleveland's League Park (Nap Lajoie in 1914 and Tris Speaker in 1925) as the only ballparks in which two players recorded their 3,000th Major League hit as players for the home team...Was the fourth player to record his 3,000th hit while facing a former or future Cy Young Award winner, joining Rod Carew (off Frank Viola), Dave Winfield (off Dennis Eckersley) and Derek Jeter (off David Price)...Had a go-ahead RBI in four straight games from 7/10-17, accomplishing the feat for the second time in 2015 (also 6/17-20)... entering the season, had just one such streak of at least 4G in his career (7/1-4/10)-credit: Elias...Hit solo HR, two-run HR and ninth-inning, game-tying solo HR and was 3-for-4 in 7/25 win at Minnesota...was his fifth career three-HR game (third as a Yankee), one shy of the Major League record (held by Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa), and first since 8/14/10 at KC...was the 29th time a Yankee hit at least 3HR in a game (first since Curtis Granderson on 4/29/12) and the third time for a DH (also Rodriguez on 8/14/10 and Cliff Johnson on 6/30/77 at Toronto)...at 39 years, 363 days old, became the fifth-oldest player ever to hit at least 3HR in a single game behind Stan Musial (41 years, 229 days), Jason Giambi (40, 131), Reggie Jackson (40, 123) and Babe Ruth (40, 108)...was his 62nd career multi-HR game and second of the season (also 4/17 at Tampa Bay)...Hit solo HR on his 40th birthday (7/27 win at Texas)...has homered six times on his birthday, the most in Major League history... according to Elias, became the fourth player in Major League history to homer both as a teenager and as a 40-year-old (also Rusty Staub, Gary Sheffield and Ty Cobb)...hit 23HR between his 39th and 40th birthdays, breaking Babe Ruth's record (22) for most home runs by a Yankees player at age 39-credit: Elias...Reached base five times and was 2-for-2 with 4R, 1 double, 1RBI and 3BB in 7/31 win at Chicago-AL...was only the second time in his career he had at least 5PA and reached base (via hit, walk or HBP) in all of them and scored as many as 4R (also 7/18/96 at California w/ Seattle)-credit: Elias...With his stolen base in 8/17 win vs. Minnesota, became the seventh Yankee age-40 or older since 1914 to steal a base (Paul Waner, Enos Slaughter, Bert Campaneris, Raul Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter)...In a pregame ceremony prior to the Yankees' win on 9/13 vs. Toronto, was recognized for reaching 3,000 career hits...was joined on the field by his mother, brother, sister and two daughters...Scored the 2,000th run of his career in 9/24 win vs. Chicago-AL...Hit solo HR and was 2-for-4 with 2R and 2BB in 9/30 loss vs. Boston...the homer marked his 1,265th RBI as a Yankee, tying Jorge Posada for 11th place on the franchise's all-time list...Went 0-for-4 in the Yankees' Wild Card Game loss vs. Houston on 10/6.
Did not play after being suspended by Major League Baseball on January 11, 2014 for the period that included 162 regular season games in the 2014 season, as well as the entire 2014 postseason.
Hit .244 (38-for-156) with 21R, 7 doubles, 7HR and 19RBI in 44 games (16 starts at DH, 27 at 3B) with the Yankees... Began the season on the 60-day disabled list from 2/13-8/5 recovering from left hip surgery performed on 1/16/13 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York… missed the first 110 team games of the year... Began a rehab assignment on 7/2… in 15 rehab games with Single-A Charleston (two games), Single-A Tampa (six games), Double-A Trenton (four games) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (three games), combined to bat .214 (9-for-42) with 6R, 1 double, 3HR, 10RBI and 6BB… was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps on 7/21 after undergoing an exam and MRI performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital… returned to Tampa for rest and treatment before beginning a second rehab assignment on 8/2 with Trenton... Made his season debut in 8/5 loss at Chicago-AL, starting at 3B and going 1-for-4… was returned from rehab and reinstated from the 60-day disabled list prior to the game... Collected his first career pinch-hit in 8/25 win at Tampa Bay, pinch-hitting for Chris Stewart in the 10th inning… prior to the single, was 0-for-14 as a pinch-hitter in his career... Hit his 650th career home run in 8/26 loss at Toronto... Hit his 24th career grand slam in 9/20 win vs. San Francisco off George Kontos (his first since 6/12/12 at Atlanta), surpassing Lou Gehrig (23) for most in Baseball history… was his 14th grand slam as a Yankee, breaking a tie with Joe DiMaggio (13) for sole possession of second place on the Yankees' all-time list behind Gehrig.
Hit .272 (126-for-463) with 74 R, 17 doubles, 1 triple, 18 HRs, 57 RBIs and 51 BB in 122 games (81 starts at 3B and 38 starts at DH) with the Yankees in 2012...marked his fewest RBIs in a full season in his career...Was 13-for-14 in stolen base attempts in 2012, marking his most single-season steals since 2009 (14)...was successful in 13 straight stolen base attempts from 5/13/11-7/6/12...Made his 16th career Opening Day roster...made his eighth Opening Day start at 3B after making eight Opening Day starts at SS, becoming the first player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to make at least eight Opening Day starts at both 3B and SS-credit: Elias...is the only active player to make at least eight Opening Day starts at two different positions in their career and one of four players since 1920 to do so (also Ernie Banks - nine at 1B and eight at SS; Rod Carew - nine at 1B and nine at 2B; and Robin Yount - 10 at SS and eight in CF)-credit: Elias...was his eighth Opening Day start at 3B with Derek Jeter at SS (2004-08, '10-12), extending their record for most starts by a SS/3B combo in franchise history...are the first SS/3B combo to start together for the same team on eight different Opening Days since the Dodgers' Ron Cey and Bill Russell (1974-76, '78-82)-credit: Elias...Elias also notes they became the second pair of teammates in the last 56 years (since 1957) to start a season opener at SS and 3B both age 36 or older...the only other teammates to do so over the same span were Larry Bowa and Ron Cey for the 1984 Cubs...Was 2-for-3 with 2 R, 1 double and 2 BB in 4/6 Opening Day loss at Tampa Bay...has hit safely in all eight Opening Days he has played with the Yankees (2004-08, '10-12), batting .424 (14-for-33) with 5 doubles, 2 HRs and 9 RBIs during the stretch...only Lou Gehrig has a longer Opening Day hit streak as a Yankee (12 straight from 1926-37)...has hit safely in nine straight openers in which he was on the active Opening Day roster dating back to 2003 (w/ Texas) and has at least 1 H in his first game played in each of the last 10 seasons, including 2009 when he debuted on 5/8 at Baltimore and hit a HR on the first pitch he saw...his current nine-game Opening Day hitting streak is the second-longest current streak among active players behind Colorado's Todd Helton, who has hit safely in each of his last 13 Opening Days (2000-12)-credit: Elias...Scored his 1,830th career run in 4/16 loss vs. Minnesota, tying Frank Robinson for 13th place on baseball's all-time runs scored list...was also his 821st run as a Yankee, surpassing Wally Pipp (820) for sole possession of 19th place on the franchise's all-time list...surpassed Robinson in 4/19 win vs. Minnesota...Hit his 631st career home run in 4/20 win at Boston, surpassing Ken Griffey, Jr. (630) for sole possession of fifth place on baseball's all-time home runs list...Hit his 288th home run as a Yankee in 4/27 win vs. Detroit, surpassing Bernie Williams (287) for sole possession of sixth place on the Yankees' all-time list...Drove in his 1,904th career run in 4/29 win vs. Detroit, surpassing Willie Mays (1,903) for sole possession of eighth place on baseball's all-time RBIs list...Did not record an RBI over a nine-game stretch from 5/8-16, his longest such stretch since 5/9-18/07 (also 9 G)...Scored his 1,845th career run in 5/14 win at Baltimore, surpassing Craig Biggio (1,844) for 12th place on baseball's all-time runs scored list...Hit his 500th career double in 5/21 loss vs. Kansas City...snapped a career-high-tying 0-for-16 stretch with runners on base with his first-inning single with Cano on first base-credit: Elias...Reached base safely in 22 straight games from 5/21-6/16, his longest such stretch since 9/18/06-4/27/07 (31 G)...Recorded his 60th career multi-HR game (56th two-HR game) in 5/23 win vs. Kansas City...snapped a 52-AB homerless stretch with his first-inning HR (dating back to 5/6 at Kansas City)...had just 2 HRs over his previous 103 ABs entering the game...His eighth-inning RBI in 6/10 win vs. the Mets was the 1,918th of his career, surpassing Eddie Murray (1,917) for seventh place on baseball's all-time RBIs list...Hit game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning in 6/12 win at Atlanta...was his 23rd career grand slam, tying Lou Gehrig for the most in baseball history...was his 13th grand slam as a Yankee, surpassing Babe Ruth (12) and tying Joe DiMaggio (13) for second place on the club's bll-time list (behind Gehrig's 23)...Scored the 1,860th run of his career in 6/18 win vs. Atlanta, surpassing Mel Ott (1,859) for sole possession of 11th place on baseball's all-time runs scored list...Recorded his 1,925th career RBI with a solo HR in 6/20 loss vs. Atlanta, surpassing Jimmie Foxx (1,924) for sole possession of sixth place on baseball's all-time list...Hit safely in a season-high 13 straight games from 7/19-9/9, batting .347 (17-for-49) with 12 R, 4 doubles, 3 HRs and 9 RBIs over the stretch...was his longest streak since opening the 2007 season hitting safely in his first 18 G...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list from 7/25-9/3 with a left fifth metacarpal fracture (missed 36 team games)...suffered the injury after being hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch in the eighth inning on 7/24...made two rehab starts (1-3B/1-DH) with Single-A Tampa on 8/31 and 9/1, going 0-for-7 with 1 R and 1 BB...Batted .261 (29-for-111) with 20 R, 3 doubles, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs and 13 BBs from his return from the DL on 9/3 through the end of the season...Reached his 37th birthday (on 7/27) with 644 HRs, the most ever for a player prior to their 37th birthday...his 1,928 RBIs were second-most prior to turning 37, trailing only Lou Gehrig (1,994)...Played in his 2,500th career game in 9/6 loss at Baltimore...became the fourth active player to reach the mark, joining teammate Derek Jeter (who did so earlier in 2012), Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome...with 2,876 hits and 1,185 extra-base hits, only two other players tallied as many hits and extra-base hits through their first 2,500 games: Stan Musial (3,176 H, 1,233 extra-base hits) and Hank Aaron (3,044 H, 1,200 extra-base hits)...Hit his 300th home run as a Yankee in 9/7 win at Baltimore...Scored his 1,883rd career run in 9/8 loss at Baltimore, surpassing Tris Speaker (1,882) for sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time list...Scored his 1,889th career run on a two-run HR in 9/14 loss vs. Tampa Bay, surpassing Lou Gehrig (1,888) for sole possession of ninth place on baseball's all-time list...Surpassed Zack Wheat (2,884) for sole possession of 27th place on baseball's all-time hits list with his 2,885th career hit in 9/15 win vs. Tampa Bay...Scored his 1,889th career run in 9/14 loss vs. Tampa Bay, surpassing Lou Gehrig (1,888) for sole possession of ninth place on baseball's all-time runs scored list...Went 11 games without driving in a run from 9/19 (Game 2)-9/30...tied the second-longest such streak of his career (also 11 G from 7/2-15/97) behind only a 13-game stretch without an RBI from 6/3-17/03...Drove in his 1,950th career run with a sacrifice fly in 10/1 win vs. Boston, tying Stan Musial for fifth place on the all-time list...Snapped a career-high 67-AB stretch without an extra-base hit with his fifth-inning double in 10/3 win vs. Boston (credit: Elias)...was his first extra-base hit since a home run on 9/14 vs. Tampa Bay...Went 3-for-25 (.120) combined in postseason play (ALDS win vs. Baltimore and ALCS loss vs. Detroit).
Hit .276 (103-for-373) with 67R, 21 doubles, 16HR, 62RBI and 47BB in 99 games (87 starts at 3B and 10 at DH)with the Yankees in 2011...marked his fewest runs, hits, home runs and RBI in a full season in his career...Extended his Opening Day hitting streak to eight straight games (2003-08, '10-11) in 3/31 win vs. Detroit, going1-for-2 with 1R, 1 double and 2BB...made his 15th career Opening Day roster...was his seventh Opening Daystart at 3B after making eight Opening Day starts at SS...joined Manny Ramirez (seven O.D. starts in RF and ninein LF) as the only then-active players to make at least seven Opening Day starts at two different positions intheir career...became the first player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to make at least seven Opening Day startsat 3B and eight at SS -- credit: Elias...was his seventh Opening Day start at 3B with Derek Jeter at SS, surpassingBucky Dent and Graig Nettles (six) and Frank Crosettiand Red Rolfe (six) for the most such starts in franchisehistory...became the first SS/3B combo to start together seven times for the same team since Ozzie Guillenand Robin Ventura for Chicago-AL from 1990-96 and Barry Larkin and Chris Sabo for Cincinnati from 1988-93and '96 (credit: Elias)...Reached base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) in each of his first 16 games of the season (3/31-4/25)...Missed two games (4/17 and 4/19) with low back and oblique stiffness...was removed in the seventh inningof 4/16 win vs. Texas with the injury...Hit grand slam and was 2-for-5 with 2R, 1 double and 6RBI in 4/23 win at Baltimore...was his 22nd career grandslam, surpassing Manny Ramirez for sole possession of second place on Baseball's all-time list (trailing onlyLou Gehrig-23GS)...was his 14th career game of at least 6RBI , tying Gehrig for most all time-credit: Elias...Pinch-ran for Chavez in the fourth inning of 5/5 loss at Detroit, going 2-for-2 with 2R...marked his fourthcareer pinch-running appearance and first since 6/19/95 at Chicago-AL (w/ Seattle) when he pinch-ran forTino Martinez in the ninth inning...was also his first career run scored as a pinch runner...Snapped an eight-game stretch without an RBI in 5/8 winat Texas, his longest such streak since a nine-game spanfrom 5/9-18/07...Snapped a 65AB homerless stretch (dating to 4/23at Baltimore) with a solo HR in 5/12 loss vs. KansasCity...marked the third-longest single season stretch ofhis career behind a 96AB stretch from 6/11-8/26/11 and a72AB span from 7/19-8/7/09...Collected his 59th career multi-HR game (55th two-HRcontest) in 5/17 win at Tampa Bay...was his 26th multihomergame as a Yankee, the fifth-most in franchisehistory (Ruth-68, Mantle-46, Gehrig-43 and DiMaggio-35)...Hit two-run HR and was 1-for-4 in 6/4 win at Los Angeles-AL...was his 68th career HR vs. the Angels, the most byany player ever vs. the Angels...Hit his eighth career HR off Tim Wakefield in 6/8 loss vs.Boston...matches his most against any pitcher in his career(also 8HR off Bartolo Colon, Ramon Ortiz and David Wells)...Hit solo HR and was 2-for-4 with 2R, 1 double, 2RBI and1BB in 6/10 win vs. Cleveland before being removed for PR(Nunez) in the seventh...the home run was hit to the leftof the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, clearing the 22-foot tallroll-up door that sits 25 feet behind the outfield wall...Batted .383 (23-for-60) with 11R, 5 doubles and 10RBI over a 15-game stretch from 6/18-7/6, collecting 10multi-hit games over the span...recorded a hit in seven straight AB with RISP from 6/18-26...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 7/14 (retroactive to 7/8)...underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair ameniscus tear in his right knee at the University of Miami(Fla.) on 7/11...surgery was performed by Dr. Lee Kaplan...Participated in a simulated game on 8/14 at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., collecting 4Hin 13AB with 2 doubles and 3K...began a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa, and made two appearanceswith the team on 8/12-13 at Dunedin, going 2-for-6 with 2R, 1 double, 1HR, 2RBI , 1BB and 3K in two starts as theDH...hit solo HR to left-center field on his first swing of his first rehab appearance on 8/12...was transferredto Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from 8/16-17, combining to go 2-for-5 with 1RBI and 2BB (2GS at 3B)...Was returned from rehab and reinstated from the 15-day D.L.on 8/21 (missed 38 team games...batted .191 (13-for-68) with14R, 2 doubles, 3HR and 10RBI in 19 games through the endof the season following his D.L. stint, also battling a sprainedleft thumb injury...Missed two games (8/23-24) with a sprained left thumb (injuryoccurred in 8/21 win at Minnesota, his first game back fromthe D.L.)...returned to play for three games from 8/25-28(Game 1) before missing six additional games from 8/28(Game 2)-9/2 with the injury...missed six more games withlingering soreness in his left thumb from 9/10-16...Hit solo HR and was 1-for-4 in 8/26 loss at Baltimore...snappeda 96AB homerless stretch (dating back to 6/11)...marked hislongest streak of homerless at-bats since the first 102AB of hisMajor League career-credit: Elias...Scored his 1,817th career run in the first inning of9/5 winvs. Baltimore, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski(1,816) for solepossession of 15th place on Baseball's all-time runs scoredlist...scored his 1,822nd run in 9/19 win vs. Minnesota,surpassing Eddie Collins for 14th place all-time...Hit three-run HR-the 629th of his career -- and was 2-for-4in 9/17 loss at Toronto, batting fifth in the order for the firsttime since 9/6/06 at Kansas City...Was scratched from the starting lineup with right kneestiffness in the Yankees' final regular season game on 9/28...Went 2-for-18 (.111) with 3RBI and 4BB in the Yankees' five-gameALDS loss vs. Detroit...Batted .388 (19-for-49) with 9R, 7 doubles, 6HR and 15RBI in18 spring training games...led the team in doubles, homeruns and total bases (44)...recorded a hit in each of his first 13spring training games (2/26-3/20)...had at least 1RBI in eightstraight games from 3/9-21 and in 10 of his final 12 games.
Hit .270 (141-for-522) with 74R, 29 doubles, 30HR and125RBI in 137 games (122 starts at 3B, 12 at DH) with theYankees....ranked second in the Majors in RBI....had 16game-winning RBI, tied with Chicago-AL's Paul Konerkoand Toronto's Vernon Wells for most such RBI in theAL....led the Majors with 4.18 AB/RBI....13 of his 30HR(43.3%) tied the game or gave the Yankees the lead....58of his 125RBI (46.4%) either tied the game or gave theYankees the lead. ... Had a Major League-leading 48RBI in the seventh inning or later, 20 of which tied the game or put the teamahead....hit four go-ahead home runs in the seventh inning or later and has nine such homers since the startof 2009. ... Played in 137 games and drove in 125 runs....since RBI became an official statistic in 1920, only nine players (12occasions) have recorded more RBI while playing 137G or fewer, including just two Yankees-Babe Ruth in 1929(154RBI) and '32 (137) and Joe DiMaggio in 1939 (126) and '40 (133). ... Matched his career high with 11 sacri. ce . ies (also 2000 w/Seattle). ... Was 9-for-20 (.450) with 3HR and a Major League-leading 34RBI with the bases loaded....tied for most grandslams in the Majors in 2010 and marked the fourth time in his career he hit at least three grand slams in a season(also 1996, '99 and 2007)....according to Elias, matches Jimmie Foxx (1932, '34, '38 and '40) as the only playerswith at least four seasons with three-or-more grand slams....became the third Yankee to hit three grand slamsbefore the All-Star break (also Lou Gehrig - four in 1934; and Don Mattingly - three in 1987). ... Committed just two errors over his . nal 81 games (80 starts) at 3B beginning on 5/27....made 5E in his first43 games of the season (4/4-5/26)....went 45 straight games (44 starts) at third base without making an errorfrom 7/17-9/28, marking the third-longest errorless stretch at 3B in his career (46 games from 5/30-7/23/07and 61 games from 6/23-9/1/05)....ranked fourth amongall Major League third basemen with a .976 fieldingpercentage....only Jhonny Peralta (5E) and Placido Polanco(5E) committed fewer errors than Rodriguez (7E) amongMajor Leaguers with at least 100G at 3B. ... Made his 14th career Opening Day roster....was his sixthOpening Day start at 3B after making eight Opening Daystarts at SS....joined Manny Ramirez (seven Opening Daystarts in RF and eight in LF) as the only active players tomake at least six Opening Day starts at two di. erentpositions in their career....the last player to do so atboth SS and 3B was Cal Ripken Jr. (credit: Elias SportsBureau)....also made his sixth Opening Day start at 3Bwith Derek Jeter at SS, matching Bucky Dent and GraigNettles (six) and Frank Crosetti and Red Rolfe (six) formost such starts in franchise history. ... Hit just 2HR in April, his lowest home run total of his careerfor a calendar month (min. 70AB). ... Reached the 1,000-hit plateau as a Yankee with hissecond-inning single off Wade Davis in 4/10 win at TampaBay....became the 39th player to reach the plateau with theYankees and first since Jorge Posada on 8/20/05 at the White Sox....had 966H with Seattle (1994-2000) and 569with Texas (2001-03), becoming the second player to have 1,000H with other team(s) prior to getting 1,000 withthe Yankees, joining Dave Win. eld (1,134 w/ San Diego from 1973-80; and 1,300 w/ the Yankees from 1981-88,'90)-credit: Elias.Hit his 584th career home run in 4/17 win vs. Texas, surpassing Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth placeon Baseball's all-time list....the home run also snapped a 41AB homerless stretch to begin the season, his longestsuch stretch to begin a campaign since 1995 when he homered in his 49th at-bat and third-longest of his career(did not homer in 54AB in 1994 rookie season).Snapped an 0-for-19 stretch with a first-inning double in 4/30win vs. Chicago-AL, his longest hitless stretch since a careerhigh-tying 0-for-21 from 7/25-8/2/07. ... Did not record an RBI over a seven-game stretch from 5/20-27,marking his longest drought without driving in a run since anine-game span from 5/9-18/07. ... Did not play in four games from 6/11-15 (hip flexor tendinitis). ... Hit game-winning two-run HR in the eighth in 7/1 win vs.Seattle....was his 250th as a Yankee in his 963rd game withthe Yankees....according to Elias, the only player to reach the250-homer plateau with the Yankees in fewer games was BabeRuth (774th game). ... Had 70RBI prior to the All-Star break for the seventh time inhis career, tying Ted Williams for the most such seasons inMajor League history....no other player has done it six times(credit: Elias). ... Collected a Major League-best 31RBI in July, marking his most RBIin a calendar month since September 2007 (also 31RBI)....was hisfourth 30RBI month as a Yankee (also April and June 2007-both34RBI), the most such months by a Yankee since Mickey Mantle(July 1952, May 1956, June 1957 and June 1961). ... Hit first-inning, two-run HR-the 600th HR of his career-in8/4 win vs. Toronto, becoming the seventh player in MajorLeague history to reach the plateau....at 35 years, 8 days old,became the youngest player ever to hit his 600th career HR,surpassing Babe Ruth (36 years, 196 days)....the home runcame in his 2,267th career game, trailing only Ruth (2,044) forfewest games needed to reach the mark....joined Ruth (600thHR on 8/21/31 at St. Louis) as the only players to hit his 600thcareer homer as a Yankee....came exactly three years to the dayafter he hit his 500th home run (8/4/07 vs. Kansas City, o. KyleDavies)....snapped a 46AB homerless stretch and an 0-for-17stretch overall with the homer....hit .196 (9-for-46) with 3 doublesand 8RBI between his 599th and 600th home runs (7/22-8/3). ... Stole his 300th career base in the sixth inning of 8/8 win at Boston. ... Hit three home runs (solo-HR and two two-run HRs) in 8/14 win atKansas City, going 4-for-5....hit the three homers in consecutiveplate appearances off three different pitchers (a span of fivepitches)....was his fourth career three-homer game and firstsince 4/26/05 vs. Los Angeles-AL. ... Missed three games from 8/17-19 with tightness in his left calfand was placed on the 15-day disabled from 8/21-9/5 with theinjury (missed 14 team games).Hit 9HR with 28RBI in 25 games over the remainder of the seasonafter being reinstated from the disabled list on 9/5, ranking third in the Majors in home runs and second in RBIover the stretch. ... Was named the MLB "AL Player of the Month" for September (.309, 25-for-81, 15R, 9HR and 26RBI in 22 games). ... Hit solo HR in the sixth and two-run HR in the seventh and was 2-for-4 with 1BB in 9/24 loss vs. Boston....werehis 609th and 610th career home runs, tying and surpassing Sammy Sosa (609) for sole possession of sixth placeall-time....was his 58th career multi-HR game (54th two-homer game) and fourth in 2010. ... Appeared in all nine postseason games, reaching base in eight of the contests (.219, 7-for-32, 5R, 2 doubles,3RBI and 4BB).
Hit .286 (127-for-444) with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 30HR, 100RBI and 14SB in 124 games (113 starts at 3B, nine atDH) with the Yankees... missed 28 team games at the beginning of the season due to injury... became the12th player all time to reach 30HR and 100RBI in a season in which he played fewer than 125G, first sinceManny Ramirez in 2002...The Yankees went 90-44 (.672) following his return from the disabled list on 5/8, marking the best winningpercentage in the Majors over the stretch... ranked second in the American League in RBI and tied for secondin the AL in home runs after coming off the D.L., trailing only teammate Mark Teixeira... the Yankees recordsince 2004 with Alex Rodriguez in the lineup: 538-353 (.604); without Rodriguez, 41-40 (.506)...Was involved in scoring or driving in the game-winning or tying run in six of the Yankees' 15 "walk-off" inningsin 2009 (two game-ending home runs, one game-tying home run, two game-winning runs scored and hita pop-up resulting in a two-run "walk-off" error vs. the Mets)... batted .310 (18-for-58) with 8HR and 21RBI in"close and late" situations, tying for second-most HRin the Majors in such situations...According to Elias, 15 of his 30HR either tied the gameor put the team ahead... had 12HR in the seventhinning or later, seven of which tied the game or putthe Yankees ahead... 51 of his 100RBI tied the gameor put the team ahead, tying for second in the AL with29 go-ahead RBI... had 33RBI in the seventh inning orlater, 15 of which tied the game or put the team ahead...Became the third Yankee to reach the 100RBI plateauin fewer than 125 games in a season (also JoeDiMaggio in 1939 and Bill Dickey in 1936)...Was placed on the 15-day D.L. from 4/4-5/8 (retroactiveto 3/27)... missed 28 team games... underwentarthroscopic surgery on 3/9 to repair his right hiplabrum, remove an impingement in the joint anddrain a cyst in the hip... the procedure was performedby Dr. Marc Philippon at the Vail Valley Surgery Centerin Vail, Colo... the cyst and tear were discoveredduring an MRI taken on 2/28... cyst was originallydrained on 3/5...In 44 overall plate appearances during rehabassignment from 4/30-5/7, was 7-for-36 (.194) with3HR, 8BB and 8K... reported to Tampa on 4/13 tocontinue his rehab program... in four spring traininggames prior to the surgery, hit .429 (3-for-7) with 2doubles, 1HR and 5RBI... was selected to participatein the World Baseball Classic with Team DominicanRepublic, but was unable to play (hip surgery)...Missed the Opening Day active roster for the first timesince 1995, snapping a stretch of 13 straight OpeningDay starts...Hit three-run HR on his first pitch seen of the seasonand was 1-for-4 in 5/8 win at Baltimore... becamethe first Yankee to homer on the first pitch of his firstplate appearance of a season since Andy Phillips on9/26/04 at Boston, in the first PA of his Major Leaguecareer... was the second time that Rodriguez hit a HRin his first AB of a season (also 2006)...Seven of his first 10 hits after returning from the disabled list on 5/8 were home runs... according to the EliasSports Bureau, was the first Yankee in franchise history to collect 7HR within his first 10H of the season...Homered on four straight days from 5/16-19, marking the eighth time in his career he homered in at least fourconsecutive games, most among active players... according to Elias, his five streaks of four straight gameswith a HR as a Yankee tie him with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Yogi Berra for the most in franchise history...Both Rodriguez and Teixeira each hit 4HR over a four-game span from 5/16-19, becoming the first pair ofYankees teammates since 1977 (Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent) to each hit at least 4HR over the same fourgamespan-credit: Elias Sports Bureau...Hit 6HR on the Yankees' 10-game homestand from 5/15-24, matching his most HR hit during any homestandin his Major League career (third time)...Was 1-for-5 with 1 double in 6/12 win vs. the Mets... was the final batter of the game, coming to bat with tworunners on and two outs and reaching base on Luis Castillo's fielding error (missed Rodriguez pop-up to2B)... both Yankees runners on base scored for the seventh "walk-off" win of the season... marked the Yankeesfirst "walk-off" win on an error since 7/7/03 vs. Boston, when Hideki Matsui scored on Todd Walker's throwingerror...Reached the 14-year anniversary of his first HR (TomGordon on 6/12/95 w/ Seattle vs. Kansas City) with 561homers... according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his career totalof within 14 years of hitting his first were most all time... thenext-highest home run totals as of the 14th anniversary oftheir first were Mark McGwire (552) and Sammy Sosa (539)...Hit two-run HR-the 564th of his career to surpass ReggieJackson for 11th place on Baseball's all-time list-in 6/26 winat the Mets...Hit two-run "walk-off" HR in the 15th inning of 8/7 win vs.Boston, becoming the fifth player in Baseball history to hit a"walk-off" HR in the 15th inning or later to break a scorelesstie, joining Old Hoss Radbourn in 1882 w/ Providence (18thinning), Earl Averill in 1935 w/ Cleveland (15th inning), WillieMays in 1963 w/ San Francisco (16th inning) and Adrian Garrettin 1975 w/ Chicago-NL (16th inning)-credit: Elias SportsBureau... was his ninth career extra-inning HR...The homer snapped a single-season career-high 72ABhomerless stretch dating back to 7/19 (third-longest of hiscareer)...Two games later, hit the go-ahead solo-HR in the seventh in 8/9win vs. Boston... according to the Elias Sports Bureau, becamethe first player in Major League history to snap scoreless tiesby hitting home runs in the seventh inning or later twice inone series...Recorded his 2,500th hit with a fifth-inning single in 9/2 winat Baltimore, becoming the 78th player all time to reach thehit total... according to the Elias Sports Bureau - at the age of34 years, 37 days old - became the third-youngest player toreach the 2,500H plateau in the Expansion era, behind HankAaron (33 years, 127 days) and Robin Yount (33 years, 289days)... among active players, only teammate Derek Jeter(1,999G) collected his 2,500th hit in fewer games than him(2,141G)...Was ejected for the fifth time in his career - and first since7/24/04 at Boston - in the middle of the fifth by Marty Fosterfor arguing balls and strikes in 9/13 win vs. Baltimore...Tied his career high with 3SB in 9/26 win vs. Boston, going3-for-3 with 3R, 1 double and 1HR (also 6/24/98 w/ Seattle atSan Diego)... became just the fifth player in the last 50 yearsto collect at least 1HR, 4RBI and 3SB in 9/26 win vs. Boston,joining Edgar Rentaria (6/28/03), Mike Cameron (5/16/02),Davey Lopes (4/7/78) and Bert Campaneris (6/12/65)...Homered twice in the sixth inning of the Yankees regularseason finale win at Tampa Bay on 10/4, with a three-runhome run and a grand slam... the 7RBI marked the most in asingle inning by an American Leaguer... became the secondplayer in the modern era (since 1900) to drive in seven-or-moreruns in an inning (also Fernando Tatis-8RBI on 4/23/99 vs.Los Angeles-NL)... became just the third player in the last 55years (since 1955) to collect at least 7RBI in a season finale,joining Philadelphia's Dick Allen (7RBI in 1968) and Minnesota'sKirby Puckett (7RBI in 1994 on the day before the strike tookeffect)... became the 10th player since 1900 to hit two home runs in one inning, one of which was a grandslam... was the second time in his career he has homered twice in the same inning (also 9/5/07 vs. Seattle),marking the sixth time a Yankee has homered twice in the same frame and becoming the first Yankee toaccomplish the feat twice in pinstripes...Became the first player to homer on his first pitch and last pitch of a season since Detroit's Craig Paquette in2000 (credit: Elias)...Hit .365 (19-for-52) with 15R, 5 doubles, 6HR and 18RBI in the postseason, leading the team in average,runs, home runs, RBI and tying for tops in doubles... hit three game-tying HR in the seventh inning or laterin the 2009 postseason, the most such HR ever for a player in their postseason career (credit: Elias)... hitninth-inning, two-run home run (off Joe Nathan) to tie game in Game 2 win of ALDS vs. Minnesota and solo HR (off Carl Pavano) to tie game in seventh inning ofGame 3 ALDS clincher at Minnesota... tied the gamewith a solo HR (off Brian Fuentes) in the 11th inningof ALCS Game 2 win vs. Los Angeles-AL... matchedBernie Williams (6HR in 1996) for the most HR in asingle postseason in franchise history, and was 1HRshy of tying the AL record (7-ANA Troy Glaus-2002and TB B.J. Upton-2008)... his solo HR on 10/31/09 inGame 4 of World Series at Philadelphia became thefirst playoff homer to be reviewed by video replay...Drove in a run in 11 games and set a franchiserecord with 18RBI, falling one RBI shy of the all-timepostseason record shared by Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1997,CLE), Scott Spiezio (2002, ANA) and David Ortiz (2004,BOS)... eight of his RBI tied the game or put the Yankeesahead... drove in at least one run in eight straightplayoff games from 10/8/07 (ALDS Game 4)-10/20/09(ALCS Game 4), matching the all-time record, (also LouGehrig and Ryan Howard)... joined Boston's David Ortiz(2004) as the only two players to record three gametyingor go-ahead RBI hits in the ninth inning or laterin a single postseason...Collected 11 extra-base hits in the 2009 playoffs, tyingsix others - including teammate Hideki Matsui (2004) -for most in a single postseason (credit: Elias)... washit by a pitch three times in the World Series, tyingPittsburgh's Max Carey (1925) and teammate MarkTeixeira (2009) for the all-time record...Won the Babe Ruth Award from the New York Chapterof the Baseball Writers Association of America as thepostseason MVP.
Hit .302 (154-for-510) with 104R, 33 doubles, 35HR, 103RBI and 18SB in 138 games withthe Yankees in 2008 (131 starts at 3B, seven at DH)... played in his fewest games since1999 (129), missing 24 team games, four more than the total number of games (20)he missed over the previous seven seasons combined (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...Led the American League with a .573 sluggingpercentage, ranked third with 35HR and a 14.6 AB/HR ratio, fourth with 14HBP, tied for fifth with 104R,fifth with a .392 on-base percentage, seventh with a.316 average vs. right-handed pitchers and a .339 daybatting average, tied for eighth with 103RBI, ninth witha 5.0 AB/RBI ratio and 10th with a .324 home battingaverage... finished eighth in AL MVP voting...Ranks 12th on Baseball's all-time list with 553 careerhomers, behind Reggie Jackson (11th place - 563career HR)... in 2008, passed Hall of Famers Ted Williams(521), Willie McCovey (521), Jimmie Foxx (534), MickeyMantle (536) and Mike Schmidt (548)... ranks 11th onthe Yankees' all-time list with 208 career homers inpinstripes...Reached 30 home runs for the 11th consecutive seasonand 12th time in his career... only two players havehit at least 30HR in more consecutive seasons: BarryBonds (13) and Jimmie Foxx (12)... is tied with JimmieFoxx for the fifth-most 30-homer seasons all-timebehind Hank Aaron (15), Bonds (14), Mike Schmidt(13) and Babe Ruth (13)... according to the Elias SportsBureau, only two players have hit more home runsover a span of 11 seasons than Rodriguez (489, 1998-2008)-Babe Ruth (516, 1920-30) and Sammy Sosa(504, 1994-2004)... reached the 20HR plateau for the13th consecutive season, tied with six other players for the ninth-longest streakin Major League history behind Hank Aaron (20), Babe Ruth (16), Barry Bonds (15),Chipper Jones (14), Eddie Mathews (14), Rafael Palmeiro (14), Mike Schmidt (14) andManny Ramirez (14)-credit: Elias Sports Bureau...Became the first player in Major League history to hit 35 home runs in 11 straightseasons, surpassing Sammy Sosa (10 straight from 1995-2004)... recorded at least35HR and 100RBI for the 12th different season (1996; '98-2008), passing Babe Ruth (11seasons - 1920-21; '23-24; '26-32) for the most such years in Major League history...Extended his Major League records with his 11th consecutive season (and 12th seasonoverall) with at least 35HR, 100R and 100RBI...Reached the 100RBI and 100R plateaus for the 11th consecutive season (since 1998), trailing only Lou Gehrigall time (13 straight seasons from 1926-38)... scored 100R for the 13th consecutive season, joining Hank Aaron(13, 1955-67) and Gehrig (13, 1926-38) as the only players in Baseball history to accomplish the feat... Rodriguez'streak of 11 consecutive seasons with at least 30HR and 100RBI is second all time to Jimmie Foxx' 12 (1929-40)...Is one of five players all time with 400 doubles, 400HR and 250SB, joining Barry Bonds (601/762/514), WillieMays (523/660/338), Andre Dawson (503/448/314) and Gary Sheffield (454/499/251)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, recorded his fourth consecutive season (2005-08) of hitting 20-or-morehome runs at Yankee Stadium... only Babe Ruth (six straight seasons) had a longer such stretch in originalYankee Stadium history (1926-31)... batted .324 (60-for-185) with 17HR and 47RBI in his last 50 games at YankeeStadium beginning 6/7...Over the last 10 seasons (1999-2008), leads the Major Leagues with 1,222R, 447HR and 1,254RBI, ranks thirdwith 1,529 games played and fourth with 5,790AB... over the last five seasons (2004-08), leads the Majorswith 596R and 208HR and ranks second with 616RBI...Played in 431 career games at Yankee Stadium, marking the fifth-highest total among New York City-bornplayers, behind Lou Gehrig (1,080), Phil Rizzuto (825), Joe Pepitone (525) and Snuffy Stirnweiss (442), accordingto the Elias Sports Bureau...Was named to his 12th All-Star team, marking his 11th selection via the fan vote and fifth overall selection asa third baseman... tallied the most votes in the Majors (3,934,518) for the second straight season, becomingthe first back-to-back leader since Ichiro Suzuki (three seasons, 2001-03)... was 0-for-2 in the 15-inning ALvictory on 7/15 at Yankee Stadium, starting at 3B...Following the season, was named to the 2008 Sporting News AL All-Star team, which was selected by a panelof 41 general managers and assistant general managers from both leagues... also earned his 10th careerSilver Slugger Award...Made his fifth straight Opening Day start at 3B for the Yankees-the 13th OD start of his career-and was2-for-3 with 1R, 1 double, 1RBI and 1BB in 4/1 win vs. Toronto... started his fifth straight Opening Day at thirdbase with Derek Jeter at shortstop, becoming the first pair of Yankees to start on the left side of the infieldin five consecutive years since Graig Nettles and Bucky Dent started six consecutive from 1977-82...Was 0-for-4 in 4/8 loss at Kansas City, striking out a career-high-tying four times for the fourth time in hiscareer (third as a Yankee, first since 8/25/06 at Los Angeles-AL)...Recorded his 400th career double in 4/15 win at Tampa Bay, going 1-for-5 with 1R and 1 double...Was placed on the 15-day D.L. from 4/30-5/20 with a strained right quadriceps (missed 16 team games, Yankeeswere 6-10)... was his first stint on the disabled list since 7/8-24/00 (w/ Seattle) when he missed 15 games witha right knee strain... originally injured his quad running out a ground ball on 4/20 at Baltimore... missedthree games from 4/22-24 (spent three days from 4/21-23 in Miami, Fla., welcoming the birth of his seconddaughter, Ella Alexander, on 4/21)... returned to the lineup on 4/25 and played in four games before beingremoved for PH (Damon) in the eighth inning of 4/28 win at Cleveland (left game with discomfort in his rightquad)...Played in two extended spring training games in Florida (5/12 and 5/17), going 3-for-10 with 2R, 1HR and1BB... also played in a simulated game on 5/18, going 5-for-15 with 1HR and 5BB (72 total pitches from fourdifferent pitchers)...In his final 114 games of the season after returning from the D.L. on 5/20, hit .305 (128-for-419) with 90R, 26doubles, 31HR, 92RBI, 59BB and 17SB... the Yankees were 68-46 (.596) over the stretch as he led the AL inhome runs and ranked third in runs and RBI... was the third-highest winning percentage in the AL followinghis return...Hit two-run HR on 5/20 vs. Baltimore and solo-HR on 5/21 vs. Baltimore, becoming the first player to homerin each of his first two games after spending at least three weeks on the D.L. since Chris Richard from 7/31-8/1/02 with Baltimore (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his career total of 528 homers through 6/12/2008 were the most for anyplayer within 13 years of hitting his first HR (hit his first Major League homer off Tom Gordon on 6/12/95 w/Seattle vs. Kansas City)...Hit exactly one home run in four straight games from 6/14-18... according to Elias, it marked the seventh timein his career he homered in four-or-more straight games, matching Jim Thome and Albert Pujols for mostamong active Major Leaguers...Grounded into four double plays in the final three games of a four-game series at Texas from 8/5-7, tying hiscareer high for consecutive games with a GDP... had 4GDP in his first 92 games of the season prior to theseries...Hit game-winning solo-HR in the 12th-his 200th homer as a Yankee-and was 1-for-6 on 8/12 atMinnesota... according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the home run was the seventh extra-inning homer of his career... became the 15th player in franchise history toreach 200 home runs with the Yankees, including twoothers who did it within the previous month: DerekJeter (7/12) and Jason Giambi (8/9)... according to theElias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time that any setof teammates on one club accomplished the feat in thesame season... Elias also notes that Rodriguez becamethe second-fastest Yankee to reach 200HR, doing so in729 games with the club (Babe Ruth reached 200HRwith the Yankees in 586 games)...Grounded into 11 double plays in the month of August,the most in a single month in franchise history sinceGDPs were first recorded in the American League in1939 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)... over the last 20seasons, the only other player to hit into as many GDPsin one calendar month was Jose Guillen (11 in August2007 with Seattle)...His solo-HR on 9/2 at Tampa Bay was the 1,000th extrabasehit of his career, coming at the age of 33 years,37 days... according to the Elias Sports Bureau, onlyJimmie Foxx (32 years, 294 days on 8/13/40) reachedthe milestone at a younger age...Was scratched from the lineup before 9/13 Game 1 lossvs. Tampa Bay (stiff neck)...Hit grand-slam-HR and was 2-for-4 with 2R and 1double in 9/14 win vs. Tampa Bay, marking his 17thcareer grand slam (second among active players behindManny Ramirez-20) and first since 9/25/07 at TampaBay... according to Elias, became the first Yankeescleanup hitter to hit a grand slam after the first threebatters of the game reached base since Mel Hall on6/24/89 at Kansas City and the first such Yankee at YankeeStadium since Dave Winfield on 7/16/84 vs. Texas...Did not play in three of the team's final five games from9/24-28.
Established career-highs with 143 runs and 156 RBI while hitting .314 (183-for-583) with 54HR and 24SB in 158 games with the Yankees in 2007 (154 starts at third base, four starts at designated hitter)...Led the Majors in runs, home runs and runs batted in...since RBIs became an official category in 1920, only three players (none in the past 50 years) have complied a season with the outright Major-League lead in each of those categories: Babe Ruth (three times: 1920-'21, 1926), Ted Williams (1942-Triple Crown) and Mickey Mantle (1956-Triple Crown)-credit Elias Sports Bureau...Led the Major Leagues with a .645 slugging percentage and 1RBI every 3.7 at-bats and tied for the lead with three grand slams...Led the American League with 376 total bases, ranked second with 85 extra-base hits, 21HBP and 1HR per 10.8AB, fourth with a .422 on-base percentage, tied for fourth with nine sacrifice flies, seventh with a .326 road batting average and a .340 day average, tied for seventh with 95BB and eighth with a .327 average vs. right-handed pitching...Hit .463 (19-for-41) with 8HR, 21RBI, 9BB and 7K in the ninth inning of games in 2007...hit .143 (5-for-35) with 3 HR, 5 RBI and 13 K in 2006...Was tied with Philadelphia's Ryan Howard and Houston's Lance Berkman for the Major League lead with 22 home runs that tied the game or put his team ahead...Has 518 career home runs for sole possession of 17th place on Baseball's all-time list (Ted Williams and Willie McCovey are tied for 15th with 521HR)...Is the fifth player in Major-League history to have 140R, 50HR and 150RBI in a season, joining Sammy Sosa (2001), Jimmie Foxx (1932), Hack Wilson (1930) and Babe Ruth (1921, '27)...Is the only player in Major League history to record at least 140R, 50HR, 150RBI and 20SB in a single season...With 54HR, established the Yankees franchise record for most home runs by a right-handed batter...were the most by any Yankee player since Roger Maris (61HR in 1961) and were tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in franchise history...Has hit at least 50HR in three separate seasons (54 in 2007; 57 in 2002; 52 in 2001), becoming the fourth player in Major League history to have more than two seasons with 50 home runs: Babe Ruth, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa each did it four times (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, is only the fourth player to post two seasons of at least 50HR, 130R and 130RBI (2001, 2007)...Babe Ruth accomplished the feat four times; Jimmie Foxx and Sammy Sosa both did it twice...Is the only player in Major-League history to reach 35HR, 100R and 100RBI in 10 consecutive seasons (1998-2007)...Jimmie Foxx accomplished the feat in nine straight seasons from 1932-1940...Hit 52HR from the third-base position in 2007 (two as DH), establishing the Major League record for most home runs in a single-season by a third baseman...surpassed Mike Schmidt (48 in 1980 with Philadelphia) and Adrian Beltre (48 in 2004 with Los Angeles-NL)...Finished with 26 HR at home in 2007, tying his own record (established in 2005) for the most home runs in a single-season at Yankee Stadium by a right-handed batter...Hit 28 home runs on the road this season...only four Yankees have hit more road homers in a single-season: Babe Ruth in 1927 (32), Roger Maris in 1961 (31), Mickey Mantle in 1961 (30) and Jason Giambi in 2003 (29)...Has hit 173 home runs in his four seasons with the Yankees (2004-'07)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only player to hit more homers for the Yankees over a four-season span was Babe Ruth, whose highest four-year total was 209 (1927-30)...Has hit 40 or more home runs in eight seasons, tying Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Harmon Killebrew for second-most in Major League history...Babe Ruth hit 40HR in 11 different seasons...His 156RBI were the second-highest single-season total by a right-handed hitter in franchise history behind only Joe DiMaggio's 167 in 1937...the total also ranks 10th on the Yankees all-time single-season list and are the most in the American League since Manny Ramirez in 1999 with Cleveland (165 RBI)...Drove in 111 runs in his final 105 games of the season...His 143 runs scored were the highest single-season total in the American League since the Yankees' Rickey Henderson scored 146 runs in 1985 and was the second-highest single-season total by a Yankee since 1939 (Red Rolfe - 139R)...Is the first Yankee to record multiple seasons of at least 130RBI (2005, 2007) since Joe DiMaggio accomplished the feat in 1937, '38, '40 and '48 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...Over the last 10 seasons (1998-2007), leads the Major Leagues with 1,241 runs, 454HR and 1275 RBI...over the same span, ranks fourth with 1,815 hits...Over the last five seasons (2003-2007), leads the Major Leagues with 220HR and ranks second with 631RBI and 616 runs...Has driven in 1040 runs over the last eight seasons (2000-07)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the third-most for any active player over any eight-season span...Sammy Sosa had 1043 (1995-2002) and Manny Ramirez had 1042 (1998-2005)...Has both scored and driven in at least 100 runs in each of his last 10 seasons (1998-2007), marking the second longest streak of its kind in Major League history (Lou Gehrig accomplished the feat in 13 straight seasons from 1926-38). Credit: Elias Sports Bureau...Has six seasons of 40HR and 120RBI, the second most in Major League history, behind only Babe Ruth (11)...Is the only player in Major League history to compile at least 35HR and 100RBI in 10 consecutive seasons (1998-2007)...joins Babe Ruth as the only players in Baseball history with 35HR and 100RBI in 11 separate seasons...is one of only two players in Major League history to compile at least 30HR and 100RBI in 10 straight seasons (Jimmie Foxx, 12 straight seasons, 1929-40)...is one of only two players in Major League history to hit 35HR in 10 consecutive seasons (also Sammy Sosa, 10 straight seasons, 1995-2004)...Has scored at least 100 runs in 12 consecutive seasons (1996-2007), becoming only the fourth player in Major League history to accomplish the feat...Hank Aaron (1955-67) and Lou Gehrig (1926-38) scored 100 runs in 13 straight seasons and Willie Mays (1954-65) did it in 12 straight seasons...Drove in 100 runs through the club's first 99 games of the season...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the first player to reach the 100-RBI mark in fewer than 100 "team games" into a season since 1999, when Manny Ramirez did so in Cleveland's 93rd game...no Yankee player collected 100RBI in 100-or-fewer games since 1937, when both Joe DiMaggio (91 games) and Lou Gehrig (96 games) did so...According to Elias, became the fifth player in the last 57 years (1951-2007) to drive in 100 runs within his team's first 100 games of a season, joining Duke Snider (1955 Dodgers), Tommy Davis (1962 Dodgers), Juan Gonzalez (1998 Rangers) and Manny Ramirez (1999 Indians)...Was elected to the 2007 American League All-Star Team, the 11th All-Star selection of his career (1996-98; 2000-07)...was the first time he led the All-Star balloting (3,890,515 votes)...started at 3B and went 1-for-3 in the 7/10 American League win...Was named American League "Player of the Week" three times in 2007 (4/2-9, 6/4-10 and 9/3-9)...has now received 13 "Player of the Week" honors in his career (five as a Yankee)...Is one of three players in Major League history to record at least 500 career home runs and 250 stolen bases (also Willie Mays and Barry Bonds)...His 24 stolen bases are the most for any player from the cleanup spot in the batting order since Preston Wilson stole 36 bases from that spot for the 2000 Marlins...Hit two-run HR (#1)-his third career Opening Day home run and second as a Yankee-and was 2-for-5 with 2R and 1SB in 4/2 win vs. Tampa Bay...was his fourth straight Opening Day start at 3B for the Yankees, the 12th Opening Day start of his career...Hit two-run HR (#2) and "walk-off" grand slam (#3) in the ninth, and was 3-for-4 with 4R, 1 double and 1BB in 4/7 win vs. Baltimore...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other players in franchise history have hit a game-ending grand slam with the Yankees trailing when they came to the plate: Jason Giambi on 5/27/02 vs. Minnesota and Babe Ruth in 1925...the homer also marked only the eighth time in franchise history that the Yankees have won a game with a "walk-off" grand slam and the first since Giambi in 2002...was his third career "walk-off" grand slam (also on 7/27/02 w/ Texas vs. Oakland and 7/31/03 w/ Texas vs. Boston) and sixth career "walk-off" home run (third as a Yankee, last on 6/28/06 vs. Atlanta)...the grand slam was the 14th of his career and first since 7/2/06 vs. NY Mets...Is one of only three players in Major League history to have three career "walk-off" grand slams, joining the St. Louis Browns' Vern Stevens (1946, '49 and '50) and the Philadelphia Phillies' Cy Williams (one in 1924 and two in 1926)...Became the first player in Major League history to hit as many as 6HR while driving in at least 15 runs through his team's first seven games of a season (Credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, became only the second player in A.L. history to hit six home runs through his team's first seven games, joining Ken Griffey, Jr. (1997)...a total of eight players in Major League history have accomplished the feat, including Luis Gonzalez (2001), Larry Walker (1997), Lou Brock (1967), Willie Mays (1964), Dolph Camilli (1935) and Gabby Hartnett (1925)...Mike Schmidt is the only player in Major League with more homers at the seven-game juncture of a season (seven in 1976)...Drove in 16 runs in his first eight games of the season (4/2-11), the most RBI for any A.L. player through his club's first eight games of a season since Minnesota's Brant Alyea in 1970 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the first player in Yankees history (and the only Major Leaguer in the last 50 years) to collect an extra-base hit in each of his team's first eight games of a season...his streak of 11 straight regular-season games with an extra base hit (dating back to 2006) was the longest for any player in franchise history, breaking the mark of 10 straight games shared by Don Mattingly (1987) and Paul O'Neill (2001)...Became the first player in Yankees franchise history to hit 7HR in the team's first 10 games of the season and 8HR in the first 12 games...Hit 12HR in the first 15 games of the season, joining Mike Schmidt (12HR in the first 15 games of 1976) as the fastest players in Major League history to reach 12 home runs...Drove in 31 runs in the first 16 games of the season, the most over any 16-game span since Sammy Sosa had 32 in May/June 1998...Hit three-run "walk-off" HR (#10) in the ninth-his third home run in three games-and was 1-for-5 in 4/19 win vs. Cleveland...was his second "walk-off" home run of the season (also 4/7 vs. Baltimore) and seventh of his career (fourth as a Yankee)...according to Elias, became the fourth player in Major League history to hit two "walk-off" home runs so early in the season (through his team's first 14 games), joining Pat Burrell (nine games in 2002), Robin Yount (12 games in 1991) and Tommy Henrich (12 games in 1949)...is only the third player in Yankees history to hit a pair of "walk-off" homers within a span of five home games at any point in a season, joining Babe Ruth (August 1922) and Claudell Washington (September 1988) who each hit two "walk-off" home runs in three-game spans...became the first player in American League history to hit 10 home runs in his team's first 14 games of the season...Had at least one extra-base hit in each of his first eight games of the season and 15 of his first 16...drove in at least one run in seven of his first eight games and 14 of his first 16 while scoring at least one run in 13 of his first 15 games...In his 18th game, became the fastest player in Major League history to reach 14 home runs to begin a season (previous record was held by Albert Pujols, who hit 14HR in the first 24 games of 2006)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two players hit more than 14HR over an 18-game span for their team at any point during a season: Sammy Sosa in 1998 (16) and Barry Bonds in 2001 (15)...three others also hit 14 over a period of 18 games (Rudy York, 1937 Tigers; Albert Belle, 1995 Indians and Mark McGwire, 1998 Cardinals)...Hit solo-HR (#13) and two-run HR (#14) and was 4-for-5 with 4R in 4/23 loss at Tampa Bay...was his third multi-HR game in a 15-game span (also 4/20 at Boston and 4/7 vs. Baltimore)...Began the season with an 18-game hitting streak, the longest hitting streak by an American League player to start a season since George Brett hit safely in the first 19 games of the 1983 season...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the past 40 years, only five players have fashioned a longer hitting streak to begin a season than Rodriguez did this year: Joe Torre, St. Louis in 1971 (22G); Ron LeFlore, Detroit 1976 (30); Steve Garvey, L.A. in 1978 (21); George Brett and Edgar Renteria, Atlanta 2006 (23)...dating back to 2006, Rodriguez hit safely in a career-high 23 straight games...Was named the American League "Player of the Month" for April, hitting .355 (33-for-93) and leading the Majors with 14HR and 34RBI in 23 games...he tied the mark for most home runs hit in April (also Albert Pujols in 2006) and finished 1RBI shy of Juan Gonzalez' Major League record in April (35), set in 1998 with Texas...also had seven doubles and 27R while posting a .415 on-base percentage and an .882 slugging percentage...With 14HR, fell 1HR shy of tying a career high for any calendar month of his career (15HR with Texas in August 2003)...established a single-month career high with 34RBI (previous high was 31RBI with Texas in August 2003)...Became the first Yankee with at least 14HR and 34RBI in any calendar month since Roger Maris in June of 1961 (15HR, 35RBI)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Yankees with as many as 15 home runs in a calendar month were Babe Ruth, who did it four times (17 in September 1927; 15 in May 1928, August 1929 and June 1930), Joe DiMaggio (15 in July 1937) and Mickey Mantle (16 in May 1956)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other players in Major League history have had 12HR and 30RBI by the end of April - Albert Pujols (14, 32) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (13, 30)...Hit two-run HR (#18)-his third in as many games-and was 1-for-3 with 2BB in 5/21 win vs. Boston...became the third player in franchise history to hit as many as 18 home runs through the team's first 43 games of a season (Mickey Mantle had 20 homers through the first 43 games in 1956; Babe Ruth had 19HR at that juncture in both 1928 and 1930)...homered in three consecutive games after fashioning two separate streaks of four consecutive games with a home run during April...Went 47 consecutive games without committing an error from 5/30-7/23...it was the longest errorless streak by a Yankees third baseman since Rodriguez went 61 straight games without an error from 6/23-9/1/05...Hit game-winning solo-HR (#20) in the ninth and was 2-for-5 with 2RBI in 6/3 win at Boston...was his second ninth-inning, game-winning home run at Fenway Park since joining the Yankees (also 7/14/05 off Curt Schilling)...over the last 20 years, only two other Yankees have hit a game-winning homer in the ninth inning at Fenway: Bernie Williams and Alfonso Soriano (one each in 2001)...has hit 20 or more homers in each of his last 12 seasons...Hit grand slam (#22) in the ninth-his third ninth-inning homer of the road trip-and was 2-for-4 with 1IBB in 6/7 win at Chicago...was his second grand slam of the season (also in the ninth inning on 4/7 vs. Baltimore) and 15th of his career...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the second player in Yankees history to hit two grand slams in the ninth inning or later in the same season...the other was Darryl Strawberry in 1998 (both as a pinch-hitter)...Drove in 18 runs over the first 10 days of June, matching the most over that span for any Major Leaguer in the last 57 seasons...since 1951, the only other players with 18RBI from June 1-10 were Mike Schmidt in 1974 and Keith Moreland in 1987 (Credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the first Yankee since Mickey Mantle in 1956 to both score and drive in 50 runs through the team's first 56 games of a season...Hit game-tying solo-HR (#28) in the ninth-his seventh ninth-inning home run of the season-and collected four hits for the second consecutive game for the first time since 4/27-29/03 (w/ Texas) in 6/23 loss at San Francisco, going 4-for-6 with 3R, 1 double, 1BB and 1SB...was 4-for-4 with 1R, 1 double, 2RBI and 1BB in 6/22 win at San Francisco...the last Yankee to collect four or more hits in consecutive games was Bernie Williams on 8/15-16/02...Stole the 250th base of his career on 6/23 at San Francisco...is one of 20 active Major Leaguers to reach the 250 stolen base plateau...Was named the American League "Player of the Month" for June, his second "Player of the Month" Award this season, his fifth as a Yankee and ninth of his career-the most among American Leaguers...led in the American League with 28R, 9HR, 34RBI, a .773 slugging percentage and a .496 on-base percentage, while ranking fourth with a .402BA...his 34RBI in June tied his personal best for any calendar month of his career, which he set earlier this year (34RBI in April)...were the most by any Yankee in June since Roger Maris (35RBI) in 1961...Hit .402 (39-for-97) with 9HR and 34RBI in June...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one active major leaguer has ever reached those levels in batting average, home runs and RBI in any calendar month: Luis Gonzalez with Arizona in June 2001 (.417, 12HR, 35RBI)...no Yankee had posted calendar-month numbers in each of those three categories in over 50 years...the last to do it was Mickey Mantle, who batted .414 with 16HR and 35RBI in May 1956...In 18 Interleague games in 2007, hit .406 (26-for-64) with 23R, 8HR and 23RBI...his 8HR tied Ken Griffey, Jr. for the most interleague home runs this season...Missed his first game of the season in 7/5 win vs. Minnesota (strained left hamstring)...was the only Yankee to start each of the first 81 games of 2007...Set personal highs for home runs (30) and RBI (86) before the All-Star break...his previous bests were 27HR (1998 and 2002) and 78RBI (2000)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lou Gehrig (90 in 1934) is the only player in franchise history to have as many RBI at the break...was the first Yankee to lead the Major Leagues in home runs at the All-Star break since Roger Maris in 1961 (33HR)...Led the Major Leagues with 79R, 30HR and 86RBI at the All-Star break...became the first player to accomplish this feat since the Yankees' Mickey Mantle in 1956 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...On 7/12 at Tampa Bay-his 557th game with the Yankees-became the 27th player to hit at least 150 home runs for the club...according to Elias, the only player to reach that milestone for the Yankees in fewer games were Babe Ruth (411 games) and Roger Maris (508)...Was 2-for-5 with 1R and 1RBI in 8/2 loss vs. the White Sox, snapping a career-high-tying 0-for-21 stretch since hitting his 499th career home run on 7/25 at Kansas City (was also 0-for-21 with Texas in 2002)...Hit three-run HR (#36) in the first inning-the 500th of his career-and was 3-for-4 with 3R, 1BB and 1SB in 8/4 win vs. Kansas City...became the 22nd player in Major League history to reach the 500-HR plateau...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the youngest player to reach 500 home runs (32 years, 8 days), surpassing Jimmie Foxx (32 years, 338 days)...became the third player to hit their 500th home run as a Yankee (also Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle) and only the second to hit their 500th at Yankee Stadium (Mantle on 5/14/67 off Baltimore's Stu Miller)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, is one of only two players with at least 500 career HR to have hit 100 or more with three different teams (Seattle-189; Yankees-173: Texas-156), joining Reggie Jackson (Oakland-269; Yankees-144; California-123)...Went 28AB between home runs #499 and #500...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, tied Mickey Mantle for the third-longest homerless streak between #499 and #500 (Jimmie Foxx-61AB, Harmon Killebrew-43AB)...Hit two two-run HRs (#38 and 39) and was 2-for-5 in 8/11 win at Cleveland...homered in five of six games vs. Cleveland this season (6HR total) with 13RBI...His 44HR were the most for a Yankee through the end of August since 1961, when Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle began September with 51 and 48 home runs, respectively (Credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...Hit solo-HR (#47) and two-run HR (#48) in the seventh inning and was 2-for-3 with 1BB in 9/5 win vs. Seattle...hit two home runs in the same inning for the first time in his career and became the fourth Yankee to accomplish the feat (first since Cliff Johnson on 6/30/77 at Toronto - 8th inning)...Hit two-run HR (#50) and solo-HR (#51) and was 2-for-3 with 1BB and 1HP in 9/8 win at Kansas City before being removed for PR (Duncan) in the eighth...was his eighth multi-HR game of the season (all 2HR) and the 52nd of his career (48 two-homer games)...Hit two-run HR (#52) and was 2-for-5 with 2R in 9/9 win at Kansas City, homering in his fifth consecutive game (7HR overall) from 9/4-9/9, tying a career high (also 8/11-16/99 and 8/17-21/03)...was the first Yankee to homer in five straight games since Tino Martinez did so from 5/7-11/05...joined Albert Pujols (5) as the only Major Leaguers to homer in at least five straight games in 2007...Had multiple hits in seven consecutive games from 9/3-11, batting .556 (15-for-27) with 10R, 7HR and 11RBI during the stretch...Hit grand slam (#53)-snapping a season-long stretch of 55 homerless at-bats-and was 1-for-4 with 1IBB in 9/25 loss at Tampa Bay...was his third grand slam of the season and 16th of his career, tying him for eighth place on Baseball's all-time list and second among active players behind only Manny Ramirez' 20...On 9/28 at Baltimore, became the second player in Major League history (since RBI became an official statistic in 1920) to reach 1,500 career runs and 1,500 career RBI in the same game...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Houston's Jeff Bagwell reached both milestones on 9/18/04 vs. Milwaukee...became the third-youngest player to reach 1,500 career RBI, behind Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig (Credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...hit his 54th and final home run of the season in the game, going 3-for-54 Hit .348 (63-for-182) with 44R, 18HR and 48RBI in his final 50 games of the season since hitting his 500th home run on 8/4.
Continued to display his multi-dimensional talents in his third season with the Yankees, hitting .290 (166-for-572) with 113R, 35HR, 121RBI and 15SB in 154 games (148 starts at third base, three starts at designated hitter)...ranked fourth in the American League with 121 runs batted in, fifth with 113 runs scored and a .340 average versus lefthanders, seventh with 139 strikeouts, eighth with 90 walks, tied for eighth with 35 home runs and ninth with 1RBI every 4.7 at bats...was elected to the 2006 American League All-Star Team, the 10th All-Star selection of his career (1996-'98; 2000-'06)...started at 3b and was 0-for-2 in the American League's 3-2 victory on 7/11...Over the last 10 seasons (1997-2006), leads the majors with 423 HR and 1,198 runs...over the same span, ranks second with 1,808 hits and 1,203 RBI...over the last five seasons (2002-2006), leads the Major Leagues with 223 HR and ranks second with 617RBI and 598 runs...is one of only two players in Major-League history to compile at least 35 HR, 100 runs and 100 RBI in nine consecutive seasons (1998-2006)...Jimmie Foxx accomplished the feat in nine straight seasons from 1932-1940 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...has both scored and driven in at least 100 runs in each of his last nine seasons (1998-2006), matching Jimmie Foxx (1932-'40) for the second longest streak of that kind in Major-League history (Lou Gehrig accomplished the feat in 13 straight seasons from 1926-'38)...Has scored at least 100 runs in 11 consecutive seasons (1996-2006), becoming only the fourth player in Major-League history to accomplish the feat...Hank Aaron (1955-'67) and Lou Gehrig (1926-'38) scored 100 runs in 13 straight seasons and Willie Mays (1954-'65) did it in 12 straight seasons...has driven in at least 100 runs in nine straight seasons (1998-2006) and 10 times in his career...has 464 career home runs for sole possession of 29th place on Baseball's all-time list (Dave Winfield is 28th with 465)...In 4/3 Opening-Day win at Oakland, hit the 12th grand slam of his career and the first since 4/26/05 vs. LAA...was also the fourth grand slam by a Yankee on Opening Day (also Russ Derry on 4/17/45 vs. Boston; Bobby Murcer on 4/9/81 vs. Texas; and Alfonso Soriano on 3/31/03 at Toronto)...became the 56th Yankee to hit a home run on Opening Day...Made his third straight Opening-Day start at 3B for the Yankees and the 11th OD start of his career...hit two-run HR (#12) and solo-HR (#13) and scored a season-high four runs in 5/27 win vs. Kansas City...was named American League "Player of the Month" for May...reached base safely in 25 of 28 games during the month, batted .330 (36-for-109) with 8HR while tying Boston's David Ortiz and Cleveland's Travis Hafner for the AL lead with 28 RBI...finished the month with a nine-game hitting streak...was his seventh career "Player of the Month" Award and the second consecutive year he has won for the month of May...the honor was his third as a member of the Yankees...Missed two games (6/2-3) at Baltimore with stomach disorder...hit two-run "walk-off" home run (#16) in the 12th inning and was 2-for-5 with 3RBI and 1BB in 6/28 win vs. Atlanta...was the fifth "walk-off" home run of his career and first since 8/4/04 vs. Oakland...it was also the first by a Yankee to end an extra-inning game when trailing since 5/17/02 when Jason Giambi hit a 14th inning grand slam to give the Yankees a 13-12 win vs. Minnesota...the home run was also the 100th home run of his career as a Yankee, and-according to the Elias Sports Bureau-he became only the third player in Major-League history to record at least 100 home runs with three different teams (189HR with Seattle, 156 with Texas and 119 with the Yankees), joining Reggie Jackson (269HR with K.C./Oakland A's, 144 with the Yankees and 123 with California) and Darrell Evans (131HR with Atlanta, 142 with San Francisco and 141 with Detroit)...became the 34th player to reach the 100HR plateau with the Yankees...Hit grand slam HR (#18)-his second grand slam of the season and 13th of his career-and a three-run HR (#19) and was 3-for-5 with 3R and a season-high 7RBI in 7/2 win vs. NY Mets...in 7/17 win vs. Seattle, committed three errors in a single game for the first time in his career...had previously committed two errors in a single game nine times (four times with Seattle, three times with Texas and twice with the Yankees)...the last Yankee to commit three errors in a game was 1b Nick Johnson on 9/10/03 vs. Detroit...six days shy of his 31st birthday, he became-according to the Elias Sports Bureau-only the eighth player in Major-League history to accumulate 2,000 hits before age 31...he joined Ty Cobb (29), Rogers Hornsby (29), Met Ott (30), Hank Aaron (30), Joe Medwick (30), Jimmie Foxx (30) and Robin Yount (30)...Recorded 2,000th career Major-League hit-and 450th home run-with a three-run HR in the third inning of 7/21 loss at Toronto...at 30 years, 359 days old, became the youngest player in Major-League history to reach the 450 mark on 7/21 at Toronto (Ken Griffey Jr. was 31 years, 261 days old when he hit his 450th career home run on 8/9/01)...Equaled a single-game career high with four strikeouts (now done three times) in 8/25 loss at the Los Angeles Angels...also struck out four times on 6/22/95-with Seattle-at Chicago and on 7/22/06 at Toronto...was named the American League "Player of the Week" for the week of 8/28-9/3...during the period, hit .375 (9-for-24) with a 1.042 slugging percentage, 5 HR, 11 RBI and 25 total bases...is the 10th overall Player of the Week Award (first in 2006)...hit solo-HR (#30) and three-run HR (#31) and was 3-for-5 with 5RBI in 9/3 win vs. Minnesota...was his fourth multi-home-run game of the season and second in the last three games (also 9/1 vs. Minnesota)...also hit five home runs in four game span...was the 44th multi-home-run game of his career (41 two-home-run games and three three-home-run games)...missed two games (9/9-10 at Baltimore) with stomach virus...made only two errors in his final 34 games at third base (8/19-9/30) after making nine over his previous 31 games (7/17-8/18)...hit .071 (1-for-14) in four Division Series games vs. Detroit.
Capped an electric all-around season with his second American League Most Valuable Player award in the last three seasons...hit .321 (194-for-605), leading the American League with 124 R and 48 HR while driving in 130 runs in 162 games (161 starts at third base, one start at designated hitter)...became the first Yankee to win the American League home run title since Reggie Jackson (41) in 1980...Led the American League with a .610 slugging percentage, tied for the lead with 162 games played, ranked second with a .321 batting average, .351 home batting average, .421 on-base percentage, and 369 total bases, third with 91 walks, 139 strikeouts and a .327 average versus right-handed pitching, fourth with 130 RBI and 78 extra-base hits, tied for fifth with 16 HBP, tied for sixth with 194 hits, and tied for eighth with 53 multi-hit games...joined Willie Mays (New York Giants, 1955), Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants, 1993) and Larry Walker (Colorado Rockies, 1997) as the only players to hit .300 and to exceed 45 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season...Was elected to the 2005 American League All-Star Team, the ninth All-Star Selection of his career (1996-'98; 2000-'05)...started at third base and was 1-for-2 with 1R and 1BB...also earned his eighth career Louisville Slugger "Silver Slugger" Award...Established the franchise record for most home runs in a single season by a right-handed batter (broke Joe DiMaggio's mark of 46 in 1937)...his 48 home runs were the most by any Yankee since Roger Maris hit 61 and Mickey Mantle hit 54 in 1961...hit 47 home runs from the third base position (also hit 1HR as the designated hitter), establishing the American League record (surpassing Troy Glaus' 46 HR with Anaheim in 2000)...Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt (48 in 1980) and Los Angeles' Adrian Beltre (48 in 2004) share the Major League record for home runs in a single season from the third base position...hit 26 home runs at Yankee Stadium in 2005, establishing the single-season club record for right-handed batters (previously record was 19HR by Joe DiMaggio in 1937 and Gary Sheffield in 2004)...has hit at least 20 home runs at the All-Star break in each of the last six seasons (2000-'05), tying Mark McGwire (1995-2000) and Rafael Palmeiro (1998-2003) for the all-time record (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...reached the 100 run plateau for the 10th straight season (1996-2005)...with Hideki Matsui, became the first pair of Yankees to each play in every game in the same season since 1945, when Nick Etten and Snuffy Stirnweiss accomplished the feat for the second straight year (Credit: Elias Sports Bureau)...committed 12 errors in his second season at third base and only two over his last 91 games of the season...among third basemen with 400 or more chances, only the Rangers' Hank Blalock (11) had fewer errors...On 4/5 vs. Boston, became only the second player to hit a home run into the black "batter's-eye" section of remodeled Yankee Stadium (1976-2005) both as a Yankee and as an opponent, joining Tony Clark (with Detroit and the Yankees)...Rodriguez also hit a "batter's eye" home run with Seattle on 8/17/96...in 4/13 win at Boston, batted in fifth spot for first time since 9/27/97 vs. Oakland. 4 Hit two 2-run HRs and was 5-for-6 with 5R, 2 doubles and 6RBI in 4/18 win vs. Tampa Bay...the five hits tied his career high (fourth time, first since 4/27/03 vs. NY Yankees); his five runs tied a career high (second time, first since 4/16/00 vs. Toronto)...hit a three-run HR in the first inning (#5), a two-run HR in the third (#6) and a grand slam in the fourth (#7) and was 4-for-5 with a career-high 10RBI in 4/26 win vs. the Angels...it was the 38th multi-home game of his career and his second of the season (was his third three-home run game and first since 8/17/02-with Texas-vs. Toronto)...was the 11th grand slam of his career and the first since 7/31/03-with Texas-vs. Boston...became the 19th Yankee to hit three home runs in a single regular-season game and the first since Tony Clark on 8/28/04 at Toronto (now done 24 times)...His 10 RBI were the most by a Yankee since Tony Lazzeri established the franchise- and American League record with 11 in a 25-2 win at Philadelphia on 5/24/36 (the Major-League record for RBI in a single game is 12 by Jim Bottomley, St. Louis, on 9/16/24; and Mark Whiten, St. Louis, on 9/7/93)...became the 11th player in Major League history to drive in at least 10 runs in a game and the first since Boston's Nomar Garciaparra on 5/10/99 vs. Seattle...became the first player ever to accomplish the feat at Yankee Stadium...Became the first player to hit eight home runs at Yankee Stadium in April (in a single season)...the previous record was five (by Lou Gehrig in 1933 and Paul O'Neill in 2001)...was named co-winner of the American League's "Player of the Week" award (with Chicago White Sox pitcher Jon Garland) for the week ending 5/1...in six games, batted .429 (9-for-21) while leading the league with 5HR, 12RBI and a 1.190 slugging percentage...was his ninth career "Player of the Week" Award...reached base safely in 10 straight plate appearances from 5/26-29...had season-high 11-game hitting streak from 5/16-29, batting .500 (17-for-34) with 5HR and 15RBI during the streak...Was named the American League "Player of the Month" for May...in 27 games, batted .349 (30-for-86) with 8HR and 22RBI...led the league with a .513 OBP and 25BB while finishing third in slugging percentage (.686) and fourth in runs scored (23)...had his fourth multi-home-run game of the season in 6/8 win at Milwaukee, the 40th of his career (37th two-home-run game)...had gone 11 consecutive games without an RBI before hitting two-run, first-inning HR on 6/8, the second longest such streak in his career (went 13 straight games without an RBI with Texas in 2003)...the two home runs were the 399th and 400th home runs of his career...at 29 years, 316 days old, he became the youngest player in Major-League history to reach the 400 mark...also tied (with #399) and surpassed (with #400) Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline for sole possession of 40th place on the all-time list...Became the sixth player to hit his 400th home run as a Yankee, joining Babe Ruth (on 9/2/27 at Philadelphia), Lou Gehrig (on 7/10/36 vs. Cleveland), Mickey Mantle (on 9/10/62 at Detroit), Reggie Jackson (on 8/11/80 vs. Chicago) and Gary Sheffield (on 7/27/04 at Toronto)...his first-inning home run on 7/21 was his fourth in his last four at-bats against RHP Bartolo Colon...he has also hit four consecutive homers against Detroit's LHP Wil Ledezma...only one other player hit homers on four straight at- bats against any pitcher over the last seven seasons (1999-2005): Carlos Delgado, who hit five in a row off Jorge Sosa (2003-2004)--credit Elias Sports Bureau...Hit solo-HR (#38)-his second in as many games-and was 1-for-3 with 1HP in 8/26 win vs. Kansas City...his home run was his second "batter's eye" home run of the season (also 4/5 vs. Boston) and the third of his career (also on 8/17/96 with Seattle), tying Danny Tartabull and Bernie Williams for the most by any player...hit solo HR (#40)-his second HR in as many games-in 8/30 loss at Seattle to become only the second RH batter in franchise history to hit 40 or more home runs in a single season (Joe DiMaggio hit 46 in 1937)...was named American League "Player of the Month" for August...in 29 games, batted .324 (34-for-105) with a Major League leading 12 HR...the 12 HR were his highest total in any calendar month since hitting 15 in 8/03...Homered in three straight games (8/13-15) and in six of nine (8/7-15)...also homered in consecutive games four times in the month...drove in 24 runs and scored 22 runs while leading the league with a .733 slugging percentage and 77 total bases...was the sixth career "Player of the Month Award" and his second as a Yankee (also May, 2005)...went 61 consecutive games without committing an error (from 6/23-9/2)...it was the longest such streak by an American-League third baseman since Boston's John Valentin went 65 straight games without committing an error in 1998...hit solo-HR (#48) and was 4-for-5 with 2R and 1 double in AL East clinching win 10/1 at Boston...hit six home runs against the Red Sox in 2005, the most by any Yankee since Mickey Mantle hit six in 1964...hit .133 (2-for-15) with 6BB in five Division Series games versus the Angels.
In his first season with the Yankees, hit .286 (172-for-601) with 112R, 36HR, 106RBI and ateam-high 28SB in 155 games with the Yankees (155 starts at third base)...ranked fifth in the American Leaguewith 112 runs and 28 SB, was tied for sixth with 36HR, was ninth with 80 walks and ranked 10th with 308 totalbases...over the last five seasons leads the Major Leagues with633 RBI and 628 runs, ranks third with 233 HR and is sixth with916 hits...is one of only three players in Major-League historyto compile at least 35 home runs, 100 runs and 100 RBI inseven consecutive seasons (1998-2004)...he joins JimmieFoxx (nine straight seasons from 1932-1940) and Babe Ruth(seven straight from 1926-1932)...credit: Elias SportsBureau...has scored at least 100 runs in each of the last nineseasons (1996-2004), the longest such streak in the MajorLeagues since Hank Aaron did it in 13 straight seasons from1955-'67...it is the longest such streak in the American Leaguesince Mickey Mantle did it in nine straight seasons from 1953-'61...credit: Elias Sports Bureau...has driven in at least 100runs in eight straight seasons and nine times in his career...has381 career home runs, tying Albert Belle for 50th place on theall-time list...needs 1 home run to tie Frank Howard and Jim Rice (382) for 48th place...was elected to the 2004American-League All-Star Team, the eighth All-Star selection of his career (1996-'98; 2000-'04)...started at 3band was 1-for-3 with an RBI triple in the American-League's 9-4 win on 7/13...with three-run HR in 5/4 win atOakland, became the 70th player to reach 350 and, at 28 years, 282 days old, also became the youngest playerever to reach the 350 mark (previous youngest to reach 350 home runs was Ken Griffey Jr., who was 28years, 308 days old)...with his four runs batted in on 5/4, he reached 1,001 in his career to become the thirdyoungest player ever to reach the 1,000 plateau (behind only Met Ott, 27 years, 94 days; and Jimmie Foxx, 27years, 236 days)...reached base safely in 53 consecutive games from 4/18-6/18 (longest previous such streakwas 37 straight games from 4/6-6/22/99 w/ Seattle)...it was the longest such streak in the Major Leagues thisseason and the longest by a Yankee within a single season since Derek Jeter reached base safely in the first 53games of the 1999 season (Jeter reached base safely in 57 straight games from 9/24/98-6/5/99)...hit three-run 2005 YANKEESHR and two-run HR (#17, 18) and collected a season-high 5RBI in 6/22 win at Baltimore, his second multihome-run game of the season (also 5/15 vs. Seattle) and the 35th of his career...was successful in 17 straightstolen-base attempts from 4/20-6/29, the longest such streak of his career...had previously stolen 14 straightbases twice (1996-'97 and 2001-'02)...hit two solo home runs in 7/15 win at Detroit, his third multi-homergame of the season and the 36th of his career (now has 34 two-HR games and two three-HR games)...was 0-for-1 with 1R and 1HBP before being ejected (fighting) in the top of the third inning of 7/24 loss at Boston...was1-for-3 with solo HR, SF and 1BB in 7/27 win at Toronto-on his 29th birthday...had 369 career home runs before his29th birthday, the most of any Major-League player (KenGriffey Jr. is second with 350)...hit two-run HR-his thirdin as many games-in 8/1 win vs. Baltimore...hit two-runwalk-off HR (#29) in the 11th inning on 8/4 vs.Oakland...was his fourth career walk-off HR and first since7/31/03 (w/ Texas) vs. Boston...dropped his appeal of afour-game suspension-for his participation in a 7/24bench-clearing brawl at Boston-on 8/14...did not play in8/13 win at Seattle, missing his first game (and start) of theseason with a viral infection...hit solo-HR (#32)-his second in as many games--and collected a season-highfour hits, going 4-for-4 with 2R, 2RBI and 1BB in 8/29 win at Toronto...in 9/6 win vs. Tampa Bay, batted secondin the lineup for the first time since 10/2/99 (w/Seattle vs. Oakland) and was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, 3RBIand 1BB...remained second in the lineup for the remainder of the season, batting .301 (28-for-93) with 19R,3HR and 25RBI in 24 games...hit .320 (16-for-50) with 11R, 3HR and 8RBI in 11 postseason games...equaledthe single-game post-season record with five runs scored in Game Three of the ALCS at Boston.
Earned his first American League MVP Award, batting .298 (181-for-607) with 47 HR and 118RBI in 161 games...was tied for the Major League lead in home runs and finished first in the American Leaguein homers, runs (124), and slugging (.600)...ranked second in the league in RBI and total bases (364), placedthird in extra base hits (83), and was eighth in walks (87) and on-base percentage (.396)...made 158 starts atshort and one as the DH...was just the third player in the last 71 years to win three consecutive AL home runtitles and the fifth since 1954 to top the league in homers, runs, and slugging in the same year...won his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award...led all Major League shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage(8 E/699 TC), the highest figure in team history and a career best...fewest errors ever for a Texas qualifying shortstop and the fewest of career...led AL shortstops in double plays (111), tied for second in games (158), and placed third in putouts (227), assists (464), and total chances...longest errorless streak was 33 games from 6/1-7/9...selected to AL Silver Slugger team for fifth consecutive year and seventh time overall...won third consecutive AL Hank Aaron Award as league's top offensive player...his 47 homers tied Philadelphia's Jim Thome for the Major League lead...is first player to lead majors in home runs in consecutive seasons since Mark McGwire in 1998-99 and the second Ranger to accomplish the feat (Juan Gonzalez in 1992-93)...only other players to lead AL in homers in three consecutive years since 1932 were Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew (1962-64) and Ken Griffey, Jr. of Seattle (1997- 99)...has hit 40+ homers in each of last six seasons, matching Sammy Sosa (1998-2003) for second longest streak in Major League history behind Babe Ruth (7, 1926-32)...is one of nine players ever with six or more 40-homer campaigns...has 30+ homers seven times and 20 or more long balls in all eight full big league seasons...has the second most consecutive 20-homer seasons by a shortstop, two behind Cal Ripken (1982-91)...homered every 12.9 at-bats, the AL's top ratio...had three two-homer games (4/16 vs. Anaheim, 8/28 at Kansas City and 9/20 vs. Anaheim)...had 28 solo homers, 16 with a man aboard, and two 3-run blasts...connected for 10th career grand slam to win game in bottom of 11th inning on 7/31 vs. Boston, becoming the 11th player ever with at least two walk-off slams...tied club record with home runs in five consecutive games from 8/17-21, and went deep in four consecutive contests from 7/31-8/3...had 25 homers in last 62 games beginning 7/23...led the Majors and tied club mark for homers in a month with 15 in August...of that total, 14 came while playing shortstop, highest monthly total ever for a player at that position...established team mark for homers vs. an opponent with 11 against Anaheim...connected for 300th career home run off Ramon Ortiz on 4/2 at Anaheim at the age of 27 years, 249 days, becoming the youngest player to history to reach that milestone (79 days younger than Jimmie Foxx)...had 322 homers before turning 28, also the most ever...of 345 career homers, 344 have come at shortstop, one shy of the all-time record held by Cal Ripken, who played in 2,303 games with 8,934 at-bats at shortstop...homered as the DH on 8/31/03 vs. Minnesota...recorded fifth consecutive 100 RBI season and seventh of career...was second in the AL in go-ahead RBI (30) and tied for third in game-winning RBI (16), including three consecutive games, 8/17-19...drove in season-high six runs on 4/27 against New York Yankees...drove in 53 runs in last 54 games beginning 7/31...tied for the Major League lead with 31 RBI in August, his most ever in one month...had appeared in 546 consecutive games...the 25th longest streak in Major League history...before sitting out on 9/24 at Oakland...was first missed contest since 7/23/00 with starts in 542 of those games...had played in all 482 games since joining the Rangers, a club record for consecutive contests...became the 35th player in history to appear in 500 consecutive contests on 8/5 at New York...did not start due to bruised left knee on 6/7-8 vs. Montreal in San Juan but pinch-hit in both games...his .298 average ended a string of 3 consecutive .300 seasons...hit safely in 25 of 26 games from 7/27-8/22 with streaks of 12 (7/27-8/8) and 13 (8/10-22) contests, the latter the longest by a Ranger in 2003...tied club record and career-high with five hits on 4/27 vs. New York Yankees and followed with 4 hits on 4/29 in Toronto, the first Ranger ever with nine hits in consecutive games...batted .342 (13-for-38) with men on third...his 124 runs tied for third most in team history...was eighth consecutive season with 100+ runs scored, longest current streak among active players...became second youngest player ever to score 1,000 career runs at 28 years, 47 days on 9/12 vs. Oakland, topped only by the New York Giants Mel Ott, 27 years, 104 days in 1936...tied club record with four walks on 9/2 vs. Kansas City...was elected as starting shortstop for seventh time on AL All-Star team and played in sixth game...went 1-for-3 with a run in the game in Chicago...was Player's Choice Award as the American League's Outstanding Player...won the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Oscar Charleston (American League Most Valuable Player) and third consecutive Josh Gibson (American League Home Run Leader) Legacy Awards...selected as theAmerican League and Texas Rangers August Player of the Month.
Alex led the major leagues with 57 homers, 142 rbi, and 389 total bases, the 1st player to lead the majors in all 3 categories since Boston's Tony Armas in 1984. He also finished among the American League leaders in games (T1st, 162), runs (2nd, 125), slugging (3rd, .623), extra base hits (T3rd, 86), multi-hit games (T6th, 57), intentional walks (7th, 12), on-base percentage (8th, .392), hits (9th, 187), walks (9th, 87), and at bats (10th, 624). Starting 160 games at shortstop, he led the Rangers in all of those categories except walks and intentional walks (2nd to Rafael Palmeiro) while setting career bests for homers, rbi, and intentional walks...Alex had the 6th most home runs in A.L. history, the most since Roger Maris' league record 61 in 1961, and the most ever for a shortstop for the 2nd straight year. His post-season honors included his 1st Rawlings Gold Glove and his 2nd consecutive Rangers Player of the Year Award...In 2 seasons with the Rangers, Alex is batting .309 with 109 homers and 277 rbi while appearing in all 324 games. His 109 homers in 2001-02 are the most ever by an American League player in consecutive seasons.
Honors: Was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News in voting of the players...Became just the 7th player in the 67-year history of the TSN award to win more than once (1996), joining Ted Williams (5) and Barry Bonds, Sandy Koufax, Joe Morgan, Stan Musial, and Cal Ripken (2 each)...Was also named Major League Player of the Year by players in MLBPA Players Choice Award voting and by Baseball America...Won 2nd consecutive A.L. Hank Aaron Award as league's top offensive player as well as 2nd straight Josh Gibson Legacy Award from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) for winning the A.L. home run crown...Was also presented the Oscar Charleston Legacy Award by the NLBM as the A.L. mvp...Was the recipient of the Sid Mercer Award from the New York BBWAA Chapter as the majors' outstanding player and won the 1st annual Ted Williams Award for the big leagues' top hitter from the Boston BBWAA Chapter...Captured his 2nd consecutive Rangers Player of the Year Award...Finished 2nd in BBWAA A.L. MVP voting to Oakland's Miguel Tejada (21 1st place votes and 356 points) with 5 1st place votes and 254 points...Also finished 2nd to Juan Gonzalez in the 1996 voting...Was selected to A.L. Silver Slugger team for 5th straight year and 6th time overall...Was named as shortstop on Baseball America major league all-star team and A.L. all-star squad selected by The Sporting News...Was the A.L. Player of the Month for both July (.349, 12 hr, 27 rbi) and August (.339, 12 hr, 27 rbi), the 1st player to win that honor in consecutive months since Cleveland's Albert Belle in August and September, 1995...Was the Rangers player of the month in April, May, July, and August...Was named the A.L. player of the week for July 11-14 and Aug. 12-18 (shared with Bernie Williams)...Major League/A.L. Leader: Was 1st player to lead majors in homers and rbi since Detroit's Cecil Fielder in 1991...Was just the 3rd time a shortstop has ever led majors in homers, joining the Cubs' Ernie Banks in 1958 (47) and 1960 (41)...Only other times a shortstop has led his league in homers were both in the A.L.: Vern Stephens of the St. Louis Browns in 1945 (24) and Rodriguez in 2001 (52)...Was the 1st shortstop to lead the majors in rbi since Banks in both 1958 and 1959 and 6th all-time, also joining Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner in 1908 and Vern Stephens, then with the Boston Red Sox in 1949 and 1950 (tied both years)...Stephens (3 times, also with the Browns in 1944) is the only other shortstop to top the A.L. in rbi...Was 1st shortstop to lead majors in total bases since Ripken (368) in 1991...Led the A.L. in total bases for the 2nd straight year, the 1st player to do that since Belle in 1994 and 1995...Was 4th time a Ranger had lead the league in homers, joining Juan Gonzalez (1992 and 1993) and Rodriguez (2001)...Is Texas' 3rd A.L. champ in both rbi (Jeff Burroughs in 1974; Ruben Sierra in 1989) and total bases (Sierra in 1989; Rodriguez in 2001).
Batting: His .300 average was 19th highest in the A.L. and best among Texas qualifiers...Was his 3rd straight season at .300 or higher and his 6th in 7 full major league campaigns...His .309 average in 2 seasons with Texas is 2nd best in club history among players with at least 300 games behind Al Oliver (.319)...Went 1-18 in 1st 5 games of the year before batting .400 (28-70) over next 17 games, putting him at .330 on April 26...Hit .268 (49-183) over next 49 games, falling to .288 through June 21...Went hitless in 21 straight at bats, June 10-18, the longest drought of his career...Had a .366 (30-82) mark in next 21 games but an 0-14 in next 4 games put him at .294 on July 19...Batted .373 (57-153) in his next 38 contests, putting him at .317 at the end of August...Produced a .415 (44-106) average in the 1st 26 games of that stretch...Hit just .202 (21-104) in 28 games in September, the 5th lowest in the A.L. for the month...Doubled in season's final at bat in 9th inning on Sept. 29 vs. Oakland to give him a .300 average...Longest hitting streaks of the year were 11 games, Aug. 6-18, and 10 contests, May 9-19...Had 4 hits, Aug. 16 vs. Toronto...Led the A.L. and was 2nd in the majors with a .371 (52-140) average in day games...Was 6th in the league at .366 (56-153) with men in scoring position and had 7th highest average against righthanders at .320 (149-465)...Batted .323 (101-313) in Arlington and .277 (86-311) on the road.
2002 Notes: Tied club record with 4 walks, Sept. 19 at Seattle...Led club in strikeouts (122) and hit by pitch (10)...Tied for team lead in stolen bases (9), the fewest of his career in a full season...Was ejected twice, May 15 at Chicago and May 28 vs. Minnesota...Had been ejected just once previously in major league career, Aug. 9, 1997 vs. Chicago.
In his 1st season with Texas, Alex produced one of the top offensive seasons ever for a shortstop, leading the American League with 52 homers, 133 runs scored, and 393 total bases. He tied for the league lead in games (162) and extra base hits (87) and ranked 3rd in rbi (135), slugging (.622),and hit by pitches (16-tied). Alex was also among the A.L. leaders in hits (4th, 201), at bats (6th, 632), multi-hit games (6th, 55), sacrifice flies (T6th, 9), average (7th, .318), and on-base percentage (8th, .399)...He established Rangers club records for homers, runs, total bases, and hit by pitches, had the 2nd most extra base hits, and the 4th highest rbi total. Alex led the club in games, at bats, runs, hits, doubles (34), homers, rbi, slugging, and on-base percentage and was 2nd in walks (75), stolen bases (18), and game-winning rbi (14) while posting career highs for homers, rbi, and total bases. Alex started 161 games at shortstop and Aug. 4 as the dh, the only major league player to start all of his team's games in 2001...His accomplishments earned him the Rangers player of the year award from the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the BBWAA. Honors:
Was just the 2nd shortstop to ever be selected as Rangers player of the year, joining Toby Harrah in 1975...Won the 2001 A.L. Hank Aaron Award as league's top offensive player and was selected by major league players as A.L. Player of the Year in Players Choice Award voting...Received the Josh Gibson Legacy Award from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for winning the A.L. home run crown...Finished 6th in BBWAA A.L. MVP voting with 141 points...Selected to A.L. Silver Slugger team for 4th straight year and 5th time overall...Was named as shortstop on Baseball America major league all-star team and A.L. all-star squad selected by The Sporting News....Was the Rangers May player of the month...Was a 2-time selection as A.L. player of the week, April 9-15 and Sept. 17-23. League Leader:
Became just the 4th shortstop to ever lead his league in homers...Vern Stephens of the St. Louis Browns topped the A.L. with 24 in 1945, and the Cubs' Ernie Banks was the N.L. leader with 47 in 1958 and with 41 in 1960...Was just the 2nd A.L. player in last 34 seasons (beginning 1968) to lead the league in runs, homers, and total bases, the other Seattle's Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1997...Juan Gonzalez (1992 and 1993) is only other Ranger to top league in homers...Is Texas' 2nd A.L. champ in both runs (Rafael Palmeiro in 1993) and total bases (Ruben Sierra in 1989)...His total base figure was most ever for a major league shortstop. Batting:
His .318 average was 2nd highest of career to .358 in 1996...Hit .242 (8-33) with 2 rbi in season's 1st 9 games...Batted safely in next 12 contests at .400 (18-45), improving to .333, before producing a .220 (13-59) average in next 14 games...Hit .391 (52-133) in next 35 contests to go from .285 to .337 through June 21...Had a .255 (14-55) mark in next 17 games and was at .312 at the All-Star break.
Batted .325 (96-295) in 75 2nd half games...Hit safely in 14 of 1st 15 contests at .462 (24-52) and was at .332 on July 27...Had a .271 (46-170) mark in next 42 games, dropping to .313 on Sept. 10, before hitting .356 (26-73) in last 18 contests...Had 2nd 12-game hitting streak of the season, Sept. 21-Oct. 4.
Hit a season best .330 (35-106) in June...Had season high 4 hits, Sept. 19 vs. Oakland...Led the A.L. with a .361 (113-313) home average, ranked 6th with a .323 (162-501) mark versus righthanders, and was 7th with a .329 (48-146) average in day games...Hit .307 (46-150) with runners in scoring position. Games Played:
Joined Sierra (162 games in RF in 1989) as the only Rangers to ever start every game of a season...Marked 5th time that a Texas player has appeared in every contest...Has played in 225 consecutive games since last sitting out on July 23, 2000...Was one of 7 major leaguers to appear in each of team's games in 2001. 2001 Notes:
Produced the 7th 200-hit season in club history, 1st since 1991...Was the 4th player, 1st since 1932, with 50 homers and 200 hits in a season...Stole 18 bases in 21 tries (85.7%) and was safe on last 13 tries since being caught on July 12...Tied for 6th in A.L. in gidp (17) and was 11th in strikeouts (career high 131)...Led league in pitches seen (2,881)...Tied club record with 3 doubles, April 7 vs. Seattle...Singled for 1000th hit, May 5 vs. Chicago...Aug. 4 start at dh was 3rd of career with others coming on Sept. 27, 1997 vs. Oakland and Sept. 11, 1998 at Kansas City...Homered, doubled, and tripled in 1st 3 at bats on May 16 vs. Cleveland before reaching on error in final trip...Had singled in final trip on May 15.2001 AND MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER Career:
Among active major leaguers with 3,000 or more at bats, ranks 6th in slugging (.571) and 8th in batting (.311) (see charts on page 162)...Over last 5 seasons (1997-2001), is among the major league leaders in hits (6th, 908), homers (7th, 200), and rbi (7th, 586)....Is tied for 78th all-time in grand slams (8). Home Runs:
His 52 homers in 2001 were 5 more than previous club record and the most ever by a major league shortstop, surpassing Banks' mark of 47 in 1958...Were also the most ever for an infielder other than a 1st baseman, breaking Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt's record of 48 in 1980...Previous Senators/Rangers franchise record was 48 by Frank Howard in 1969 and previous club mark for a shortstop was 24 by Kevin Elster in 1996...Marked the 34th 50-homer season by 20 different players, the 17th in the A.L. and 1st since Griffey in 1998 (56)...Connected for his 50th homer on Sept. 28 at Anaheim at the age of 26 years, 64 days, the 6th youngest to ever reach that milestone...Became the 19th player with at least 4 40-homer seasons, the 9th to accomplish that in 4 or more consecutive years (1998-2001) (see charts on page 162)...Is one of just 3 shortstops in history to hit 40 homers in a season with Banks (5) and Rico Petrocelli (1)...Was his 5th 30-homer campaign, tying Banks for most ever by a shortstop...Ranks 3rd all-time among shortstops with 241 homers behind Cal Ripken (345) and Banks (277).
Hit 2 homers in a game 5 times, April 15 at Oakland, May 1 vs. Detroit, May 12 at Chicago, May 24 at Tampa Bay, and Aug. 17 at Toronto, giving him 20 career multi-homer games...Connected for 8th career grand slam, July 5 against Seattle...Tied for the A.L. lead with a club record 26 homers on the road and ranked 3rd in the A.L. with 26 blasts at home...Led the league and tied team record with 10 homers in April, tied for 2nd in A.L. with 10 homers in June, and topped the league with a team record 11 homers in September, his most ever in one month...Homered in 3 straight games on 3 occasions, April 13-15, Aug. 5-7, and Sept. 6-8... Hit season's longest homer at The Ballpark in Arlington, 441 feet on July 3 against Seattle...Connected for 200th career homer, May 12 at Chicago, at 25 years, 289 days old, the 5th youngest ever...Combined with 2nd baseman Mike Young (11) to hit 63 homers, most ever for a middle infield combination, one more than Rodriguez (42) and David Bell (20) had for Seattle in 1999.
Tied for 4th in A.L. in homers (41) in 2000...Led A.L. in road homers (28)...Connected for 150th career homer on April 7 at New York at 24 years, 8 months of age, tying for 4th youngest in history to reach that milestone...Homered 3 times on April 16 at Toronto, the 12th 3-homer game ever by a shortstop, 6th in the A.L....Tied Seattle club record for homers in a game...Set then A.L. record for homers by a shortstop with 42 in both 1998 and 1999...Ranked 5th in the A.L. in homers in 1999...Tied club record with 3 grand slams...Had team record 12 homers in July...Homered in 5 consecutive games, Aug. 11-16, tying 2nd longest streak in team history...Had A.L.'s 7th most homers in 1998...Hit 100th career homer on Aug. 12 at Toronto at 23 years, one month, the 4th youngest ever to reach that plateau.
Was one of 5 Mariners with 20+ homers in 1997 (23)...Hit 36 homers in 1996 at age 21, the 3rd youngest player in history with 35+ homers...Led the A.L. in grand slams (3), tying club record...Became just the 10th player in history to homer into centerfield bleachers at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 17. Runs Batted In:
Drove in 135 runs in 2001, the 5th most ever for a shortstop and most since Banks in 1959 (143)...Only other shortstop with more rbi in a season was Vern Stephens, who accomplished the feat in 3 straight years with the Red Sox from 1948-1950 (see chart on page 161)...Previous club mark for shortstop was 99 by Elster in 1996...Was his 4th straight and 5th overall 100-rbi season...Drove in 6 runs twice, April 14 at Oakland and May 12 in Chicago...Had 13 rbi in 3 games, April 13-15 at Oakland, including 11 in final 2 contests to fall one shy of Rangers' 2-game record...Drove in 12 runs in 5 games, May 12-17...Tied for A.L. lead with 28 rbi in May and drove in 26 runs in August.
Ranked 6th in A.L. in rbi (132) in 2000, 6th most ever for a shortstop...Led league in road rbi (81)...Connected for 500th career rbi, May 13 at Oakland...Drove in a career best 7 runs twice, April 16 at Toronto and Sept. 30 at Anaheim...Ranked 2nd on the club in rbi (111) in 1999...Had season high 5 rbi on 2 occasions...Had A.L.'s 5th most rbi (124) in 1998, 9th most ever for a shortstop at that time...Ranked 4th on club in rbi (84) in 1997...Was 8th in league in rbi (123) in 1996, the 3rd most ever for a Mariner at that time. Fielding:
Ranked 5th in the A.L. with a .976 (18 e/749 tc) fielding percentage in club record 161 games at short in 2001...Led A.L. shortstops in games and putouts (279), and was 2nd in assists (452), chances, and double plays (club record 118)...Tied career high for errors (1998)...Made 9 errors in 1st 52 games, then had a miscue in just one of next 77 contests (2 e on July 12)...Longest errorless span was 39 games, July 13-Aug. 23...Started 3rd triple play in Rangers' history, Aug. 6 at Boston.
Ranked 3rd among league shortstops with career high .986 percentage in 2000...Led A.L. in double plays (123) and was 2nd in putouts (243)...Had a 50-game errorless streak, May 14-July 7...Topped A.L. in total chances (731) in 1998 and had league's most errors (24) in 1997. Opponents:
Hit ,300 or better versus 11 of 18 opponents in 2001, led in A.L. by Tampa Bay at .429 (15-35)...Had career best 9 homers against Oakland, one shy of club record for most vs. a team in one season (Palmeiro, 10 vs. Seattle in 2001)...Also drove in 24 runs vs. the A's, his most ever against one team...Was 6-10 with 4 homers and 13 rbi in 3-game series in Oakland, April 13-15...Over last 3 seasons. Is hitting .381 (48-126) with 15 homers and 35 rbi against Minnesota and .375 (60-160) with 18 homers and 35 rbi vs. Anaheim...Is batting .370 (27-73) with 9 homers and 23 rbi vs. Toronto in 2000-2001 and is 6-10 against Colorado in each of those seasons...Average vs. Boston in last 4 seasons is .235 (32-136)...Is hitting .366 (60-164) with 15 homers and 35 rbi in career at Anaheim's Edison Field...Career bests are a .351 average against Minnesota, 25 homers vs. Anaheim, and 62 rbi against Oakland. All-Star Games:
Was selected as starting A.L. All-Star shortstop for 4th time in 2001 and played in 4th overall midsummer classic...Played 1st inning at 3rd base with Cal Ripken moving to short in July 10 game at Seattle...Spent next 4 innings at short and went 0-2 in game...Is 3-9 lifetime in 4 midsummer classics...Was selected to start in 2000 but could not play due to injury...Was 2-3 as starter in 1998 in Colorado, homering off Andy Ashby in 5th inning...Ended Ripken's string of 13 consecutive All-Star starts by being elected starter at short in 1997...Was 1-3 at Cleveland with 1st ASG hit, a single off Greg Maddux...Was 0-1 as a reserve in 1996 game at Philadelphia...At 20 years, 11 months, was youngest shortstop in ASG history and 15th youngest player overall. Post-Season:
Career post-season average is .340 (18-53) in 15 games...Had a .371 (13-35) average in 9 post-season games with Seattle in 2000...Went 4-13 with 2 rbi in 3-game Division Series against Chicago...Batted .409 (9-22) with 2 homers and 5 rbi in the 6-game loss to New York in the ALCS...Led Mariners in LCS average, runs (4), hits, homers, and rbi...Homered in Games 1 and 6, both at Yankee Stadium...Led Seattle regulars with a .313 (5-16) average in 4-game defeat to Baltimore in 1997 Division Series, homering in Game 1 at the Kingdome...Was on Seattle's 1995 post-season roster but appeared in just 2 games as a reserve.PREVIOUS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Seattle:
Has the 2nd highest batting average (.309) and slugging percentage (.561) in Mariners history among players with at least 300 games...Also ranks among M's all-time leaders in runs (4th, 627), homers (4th, 189), extra base hits (396), stolen bases (4th, 133), rbi (5th, 595), total bases (5th, 1753), hits (6th, 966), and doubles (6th, 194).
Was 2nd in the American League in runs scored (134) and ranked among the league leaders in homers (T4th, 41), sacrifice flies (T4th, 11), slugging (5th, .606), rbi (6th, 132), extra base hits (6th, 77), total bases (T6th, 336), on-base percentage (7th, .420), walks (10th, 100), and average (15th, .316)...Led Seattle in runs, total bases, homers, and sac flies...Set career highs for walks (100)...Joined Edgar Martinez (3 straight years from 1995-97) as the only Mariners to have a .300 average and 100 runs, rbi, and walks in one season...Started 148 games at short.
Was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America, finished 3rd in the BBWAA A.L. MVP voting, and was named Seattle's MVP by local BBWAA chapter...Was selected as shortstop on major league all-star teams by the Associated Press and Baseball America and on A.L. all-star squad by The Sporting News...Was named the A.L. player of the week, April 10-16...Sustained concussion while trying to break up double play on July 7 vs. Los Angeles...Also strained his right knee in the collision and was placed on 15-day disabled list on July 14 (retroactive to July 8)...Missed 13 games with the injury...Was activated on July 24...Had A.L's 3rd highest road average at .356 (103-289) and .370 (34-92) mark versus lefthanders was 4th best...Walked club record 5 times on April 23 vs. Kansas City and tied team mark with 5 runs scored, April 16 at Texas.
Started 129 games at short, the fewest of career...Was 2nd on club in runs (110), total bases (294), homers (42), and rbi (111)...Was 5th in league in homers (42) and 6th in slugging (.586)...Won A.L. Silver Slugger Award...Played in just 2 games before going on disabled list on April 7...Had surgery the following day to repair torn cartilage in left knee...Was activated on May 14 and homered in 1st bat that night vs. Kansas City...Missed 32 games with injury...Was at .315 at end of August before hitting .173 in September...Scored 15 runs in 6-game span, May 23-29...Recorded 100th career steal, June 1 vs. Baltimore.
With 42 homers and 46 stolen bases, joined Jose Canseco (1988) and Barry Bonds (1996) as only players in history with 40 homers and 40 steals in a single season...Led the A.L. in at bats (686), hits (213), and multi-hit games (64) and ranked among the league leaders in runs (3rd, 123), total bases (3rd, 384), extra base hits (82), rbi (5th, 124), and homers (7th)...Was 1st Mariner ever with 30+ homers and steals in a season...Tied A.L. record with 8 extra base hits over 3 games, April 18-20...Was selected as Players Choice A.L. Player of the Year and was Seattle's co-mvp with Ken Griffey...Finished 9th in BBWAA A.L. MVP balloting...Was named to Associated Press Major League All-Star Team and A.L. All-Star Club picked by The Sporting News...Won 2nd silver Slugger Award.
Tied for team lead in doubles (40) and ranked 3rd in hits (176) and total bases (291)...Hit for the cycle on June 5 at Detroit, with homer in the 1st, single in the 4th, triple in the 8th, and double in the 9th...Was 2nd Mariner to ever accomplish the feat and at 21 years, 10 months, was 5th youngest in history to do it...Was ejected for 1st time in career, Aug. 9 at Chicago...Started 140 games at short.
In 1st full major league season, was selected by both The Sporting News and Associated Press as the Major League Player of the Year...Finished 3 points behind Juan Gonzalez in BBWAA A.L. MVP voting, matching the 2nd closest A.L. MVP voting in history...Was Seattle's team mvp...Was A.L. batting champ with .358 average, highest for an A.L. righthanded batter since Joe DiMaggio (.381) in 1939...At 21 years, one month, was A.L.'s 3rd youngest batting leader ever behind Al Kaline (20) in 1955) and Ty Cobb (20) in 1907...Was 1st major league shortstop to win a batting title since Pittsburgh's Dick Groat in 1960 (.325) and 1st in A.L. since Cleveland's Lou Boudreau (.327) in 1944...Was 3rd highest batting average ever for a shortstop...Was consensus post-season all-star shortstop and won 1st A.L. Silver Slugger Award.
Also led A.L. in runs (141), total bases (379), and doubles (54) and ranked among the league leaders in hits (2nd, 215), extra base hits (2nd, 91), multi-hit games (3rd, 65), slugging (4th, .631), rbi (8th, 123), and on-base percentage (8th, .414)...Posted the highest totals ever for a shortstop in runs, hits, doubles, extra base hits, and slugging and tied most total bases...Established Seattle club records for average, runs, hits, doubles, and total bases...Was A.L. Player of the Month in August and won league player of the week awards for weeks ending Aug. 19 and Sept. 1...Hit in career high 20 straight games, Aug. 16-Sept. 4...Was on d.l. with pulled left hamstring from April 22-May 7.
Batted .232 in 48 games over 4 stints with Seattle, starting 38 games at short...Was with the Mariners from May 6-27; June 8-23; July 20-Aug. 15; and Aug. 31-end of season...Connected for 1st major league home run off Kansas City's Tom Gordon on June 12...Despite played in just 54 games at Tacoma, batted .360 and was named to Baseball America's class AAA all-star team...Was also selected as Pacific Coast League's most exciting player by that publication.
Advanced from class A Appleton to Seattle in 1st pro season at age 19...Hit a combined .300 (144-480) with 21 homers and 86 rbi in 131 games...Started season at Appleton, hitting .319 in 65 games...Went 2-4 in pro debut on April 8 at Quad City and hit 1st homer on April 24 vs. Fort Wayne...Was selected to play in Midwest League All-Star Game on June 20 but was promoted to Jacksonville on June 16...Also named to league's post-season all-star squad...Homered in 1st class AA at bat, June 16 against Port City...Played in just 17 games before joining Seattle on July 7.
Made major league debut as starting shortstop on June 8 in Boston at 18 years, 11 months, and 11 days of age, just the majors' 3rd 18-year-old shortstop since 1900 (Kansas City's Tony LaRussa in 1963 Milwaukee's Robin Yount in 1974)b&Was the majors' 1st 18-year-old player since Yankees pitcher Jose Rijo in 1984...Was youngest position player in Seattle history with pitcher Edwin Nunez (18-10-11 in 1982) the only younger player...Singled off Sergio Valdez for 1st hit on June 9 at Fenway Park...Started 17 games at short before option to Calgary for rest of season on Aug. 2...Played with Escogido in Dominican winter league.
Was the 1st player in the nation selected in the June free agent draft by Seattle...Signed with the Mariners on Aug. 30 and participated in Arizona Instructional League program.