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Years Before Dominating MLB, Frustrated Alex Rodriguez Almost Ended His Baseball Career Even Before It Started

Published 09/22/2023, 10:30 AM EDT

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Many players have come and gone, but few remain a part of the sport’s history. Former New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez is also one such name. He played for over two decades and became a part of the MLB legacy. Although his aura continues to inspire many who take baseball as a sport, doubts surfaced in the athlete’s career, given that it’s a competitive sport. As a result, Rodriguez almost ended his baseball career.

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Rodriguez made his MLB debut at the age of 18. But they found it tough to contend with the expectations and had a difficult period in the clubhouse. They challenged him there, which brought frustration that almost made him change his thoughts and doubts about his choice. Years after retiring as a legend, Rodriguez opened up about incidents that could have changed the entire course of his life.

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Baseball is a challenging sport and demands a lot from athletes. Alex Rodriguez faced this test in his first MLB season with the Seattle Mariners after they sent him into the minors multiple times. Given that Alex wanted stability in his first season, it made him sad, and wanted to end it with a change.

Two years back, Rodriguez revealed it in a conversation with David Ortiz and Jared Carrabis. He said, “Yeah, so what happened was not the first time, but they sent me down five times in one year. And I said to Lou Piniella, I said, Look, I should be a freshman in college. Why am I going up and down five times? I’m never going to develop this way and just leave me down or leave me up but five times in one year was too much.”


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Because of this, Rodriguez thought of shifting his focus from baseball to football. But after getting wise words from his mother, A-Rod made a stronger comeback that helped him streamline his lost path to success.


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Rodriguez Became a Synonym for Comebacks

Alex Rodriguez is a name that has gone into the history books, all thanks to his legendary career. The former shortstop played for over two decades. The 14x All-Star participated in 2700 games and scored 2086 runs, averaging 0.285. Apart from that, he is also fifth in the all-timers of the league with 696 home runs. However, the road was never easy for him.

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Rodriguez had to go through tough periods in his career. It includes his slump and later his PED case that dented his MLB career. But the star player made comebacks from all and became a synonym for them.
But the story could have been entirely different had Rodriguez shifted to football. Isn’t it? What is your perspective on this? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by:

Saurabh Saini


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Even after having an engineering background, nothing stopped Saurabh Saini from following his passion and writing about sports. With a sound knowledge of American sports, Saurabh specializes in baseball. Before joining EssentiallySports, Saurabh has written around 800 articles spanning MLB, NFL, and NHL.
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Deepanshi Bajaj