Alex Rodriguez is arguably today's most complete player. In 1996, he led the American League in hitting in his first full season in the majors with a .358 batting average and 141 runs scored. In 1998 he became the third player ever with 40 HRs and 40 steals in one season. He has hit at least 40 homers each of the last five years (1998-2002). Alex "AROD" Rodriguez hand signed this official MLB baseball. Steiner Sports and MLB Authenticated.