- MICHAEL YOUNG
Young, a now-40-year-old MLB retiree, was known for his versatility. He spent much of his career as a second baseman, but was also an MLB All-Star five times as a shortstop, once as a third baseman, and once as a DHutility infielder.
Young began his career playing baseball at Bishop Amat Memorial High School and then attended college at University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1994 he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles but decided to return to college. Three years later, in the 1997 MLB draft, Young was taken 25th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays. After three minor-league seasons with the Bluebirds, was traded to the Texas Rangers where he made his MLB debut in 2000 and remained for the majority of his career until 2012. In 2013, the California native split the season between the Philadelphia Phillies and L.A. Dodgers before retiring in early 2014. Having his career year in 2003, the versatile Ranger was 3rd in the league in hits with 204, led all second basemen with a batting average of .306, and had a stellar fielding percentage of .987. Showing his versatility and consistency, Young also won the A.L. batting title in 2005 as a shortstop with an average of .331.
Since his retirement, Young has donated money to his alma mater, the University of California, in order to refurbish the school’s baseball field. He has also been running the Michael Young Family Hispanic Scholarship Program with his wife. Young has recently been recognized for his productive career, being inducted into the Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony in 2016.
- ALEX RODRIGUEZ
A-Rod is one of the most controversial players of the past twenty-five years. He has had a great career on the field, but has also had plenty of issues off of it.
Rodriguez had great numbers as a high school player at Westminster Christian School and, like many of the stars on this list, chose to forego college, signing with the Seattle Mariners who has selected him 1st overall in the 1993 MLB draft. He spent only three months in the minors before being called up to the show at the ripe old age of 18. After seven years in Seattle, A-Rod made a brief two-season pitstop in Texas with the Rangers before landing with the New York Yankees in 2004. He spent the most memorable years of his career in pinstripes before his diminishing abilities forced him to hang up his cleats in 2016. A-Rod has an incredible laundry list of accomplishments, including a World Series title, three A.L. MVP crowns, and 14 All-Star game appearances, but all of this is overshadowed by his negative off-field reputation. In 2013, it was revealed that A-Rod was involved in the Biogenesis PED scandal and he suffered the longest suspension in MLB history 162 games.
In the eight months since his retirement, Rodriguez has remained in the public’s eye. He worked with Fox Sports as an analyst during the 2016 playoffs and has recently announced a relationship with singer Jennifer Lopez.