August 6th, 2013
03:11 PM ET

Yankees Slugger’s Strike-Out From Grace

Of the 13 baseball players handed multiple game suspensions by Major League Baseball, Alex Rodriguez received the largest: 211 games.

The other players were only banned for 50 games.

Long in the spotlight as a larger-than-life-figure—both on and off and the field, A-Rod has taken a dramatic fall from grace for a player once thought to be the best in the game.

“He made his major league debut at 18,” CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

“Blockbuster stats followed, landing him the most lucrative contract in MLB history, a $252 million dollar deal with the Texas Rangers.”

Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated says, "Money was important to him and all the trappings that money could bring."

“In 2003, he was traded to baseball's most celebrated franchise, the New York Yankees,” Turner says.

Square in the center of the media spotlight, he even graced the cover of fashion magazines.

"He's seen back then to be kind of a golden boy. In the years to follow he took advantage of everything the city has to offer," Reiter says.

After all, money was no object. In 2007, the slugger signed another monster contract for $275 million dollars.

“But it was A-Rod's off-field activities that landed him in the tabloids,” Turner reports. “His wife Cynthia filed for divorce in 2008, citing Rodriguez's extra-marital affairs.”

“Alex Rodriguez' divorce from his wife Cynthia was really one of the first cracks in this golden boy façade,” Reiter says.

“Now, with a looming 211-game suspension,” Turner says, “baseball's golden boy has become a cautionary tale.”

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