Rodriguez permanently joined the Major League roster in August and got his first taste of postseason play, albeit in just two at-bats.Again, he was the youngest player in Major League Baseball.He played at a high level in his three years with Texas, highlighted by his first AL MVP Award win in 2003, but the team failed to make the playoffs during his tenure.Prior to the 2004 season, Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees, for whom he converted to a third baseman, because Derek Jeter was already the Yankees full-time shortstop.When he was four years old, the family moved to the Dominican Republic, then to Miami, Florida.Growing up, Rodriguez's favorite baseball players were Keith Hernandez, Dale Murphy, and Cal Ripken Jr., and his favorite team was the New York Mets.
He played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees.
Toward the end of his career, Rodriguez was hampered by hip and knee injuries, which caused him to exclusively become a designated hitter.
He played his final game in professional baseball on August 12, 2016.
The Mariners optioned Rodriguez to the Calgary Cannons of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in August.
He connected for his first Major League home run off Kansas City's Tom Gordon on June 12.