Alex Rodriguez

Hot Corner, Hot Shot

From the Series USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

In 2010 Alex Rodriquez achieved a major milestone. He became the seventh person in Major League Baseball (MLB) history—and the youngest—to hit 600 home runs. The previous year had also been stellar—for both him and his New York Yankee team. As USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, “Rodriguez, baseball’s richest and perhaps greatest all-around player with three MVP awards, finally got his proudest possession—a World Series championship.”

Known as A-Rod, the baseball phenom was born in New York but grew up in Miami. In 1993, at age 18, he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners and earned his first All Star selection three years later. He joined the Texas Rangers in 2000. In Texas he slugged home runs, stole bases, and won awards. A-Rod was traded to the New York Yankees in 2004, where he switched from shortstop to third base. Find out how a skinny kid with big dreams became one of the highest paid and most successful players in the big leagues.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 8.3
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006130, YAN009000
Dewey 796.357'092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 980
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Serena Kappes

Serena Kappes is the author of several sports biographies.