Alex Rodriguez asks his fans for help with his health problems
Former New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez has taken to social media site Instagram to ask his fans for help with his medical condition. The former TV presenter-turned-slugger shared with his fans that his eyesight was deteriorating somewhat.
“I was known for my eyesight, 20/10, 20/15. Now I wake up in the morning, I can’t read my text. I can’t see my email. I don’t even know if I I have a Blackberry or an iPhone. So two questions, number one, can you identify yourself? And number two, any suggestions? What should I do to fix my eyes?”
The message came days before Alex Rodriguez, who, along with New York Yankees play-by-play commentator Michael Kay, will appear on ESPN2’s “Sunday Night Baseball” alternative shows. Rodriguez, who previously worked at FOX Sports as a studio analyst, had a notable stint on the show with Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas and David Ortiz.
In a follow-up Instagram post, it looked like A-Rod had fixed his eyesight issues.
“Okay, I read your posts… I’m going to use these bad boys for a while and see if it helps. What do you think? #newglasses”
With a fun and fruitful time with FOX Sports and ESPN as a desk and studio analyst, it will be interesting to know what more Alex Rodriguez would bring to ESPN2 now that he’s been assigned to play commentary. That’s pretty much what Peyton and Eli Manning do on Monday Night Football.
Career Highlights of Alex Rodriguez
One of the most polarizing figures in all of baseball, Alex Rodriguez has found himself in too much controversy throughout his long and arguably outstanding career. The Manhattan-born slugger was chosen as the first overall pick in 1993 by the Seattle Mariners. On July 8, 1994, he made his Major League debut as a shortstop. He had a tenure fulfilled in Seattle making multiple all-star appearances, winning the Silver Slugger Awards and capturing the MLB Batting title for the AL in 1996.
A-Rod then took his talents to Texas when he signed with the Rangers in 2001. He went on to sign what was the most lucrative contract in all of baseball at that time, a $252 million contract over 10 years. It was in the Lone Star State that Rodriguez first won his MVP award, winning it in 2003. He also won his only two Gold Glove awards while playing shortstop for the Rangers.
His next and final stop would be in the Bronx when the Texas Rangers traded him to the New York Yankees on Feb. 15, 2004. Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias went the other way. He moved to third base this time to replace injured Aaron Boone and because Derek Jeter was playing shortstop. He would spend 13 seasons with the Yankees and win a World Series title in 2009.
Alex Rodriguez would end his playing career in 2016 and his achievements in the game were nothing short of impressive. He was 14 time All-Star, 3 time AL MVP, 10 time Silver Slugger Awardee, 5 time AL home run leader, 4 time AL Hank Aaron Awardee, 2 time Gold Glove Awardee, 2 time MLB RBI leader, fourth in the all-time home run list, won an AL batting title and a World Series title. All of these accolades, however, are overshadowed by controversies on and off the pitch. He once attempted to opt out of his contract during his time with the Yankees. He was involved in several PED scandals, including one that suspended him for 162 games. And several other issues outside of his baseball career. It made him one of the most polarizing personalities in all of baseball to date.
He then started his career as a media personality when he appeared as a guest judge in 2017 on the reality show “Shark Tank”. He then signed a deal with ABC news and appeared on ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America.” Rodriguez then found his feet on more familiar ground when he worked as a studio analyst for Fox Sports. He shared the office with Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas and Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz. The quartet won back-to-back Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Show, and Rodriguez himself was nominated in 2019 for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Event Analyst.
He then switched networks in 2018 when he signed with ESPN as an analyst for Sunday Night Baseball, along with Matt Vasgersian and Buster Olney.