Following his 22+ season career as a major league baseball player, Alex Rodriguez has transitioned into a new role within the sport and visited USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Wednesday to discuss what it is like to hang the cleats up and move on. The 3x American League MVP spoke with Journalism Director Willow Bay in front of a forum of nearly 100 students, faculty and staff about his relationship to the media as a player and how he views the topic in his role now as an on-air personality for FOX Sports.
Rodriguez, who hit 696 home runs during his career, also served one of the longest suspensions in MLB history (162 games) for his use with performance enhancing drugs. He spoke about learning from that mistake and being able to use it as a catalyst to not only promote himself in a better light, but use it as a teaching tool for younger players he mentors in his role as an advisor for the New York Yankees and his two daughters.
Rodriguez retired from playing on August 7, 2016 as a member of the Yankees with over 3,000 hits, 14 All-Star Game selections and a 2009 World Series ring.