Alex Rodriguez's Miami years

  • Alex Rodriguez was a student at Westminster Christian School in Miami. In 1993, at age 17, he was drafted No. 1 overall to the Seattle Mariners. DAVID BERGMAN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Alex Rodriguez, the small boy front left, played with the Kendall Acres Corsairs in 7th grade. The future phenom started playing ball in the grassy sandlot at the Miami Boys & Girls Club. FILE PHOTO

  • Westminster Christian School players, from left: Mickey Lopez; Mandy Jacomino; and Alex Rodriguez pose in this May 5, 1992 file photo. HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD

  • Rich Hofman holds a bat given to him by Alex Rodriguez, the fallen Yankees' superstar who grew up in South Florida, July 18, 2013. Hofman coached Rodriguez when he attended high school at Westminster Christian School in South Dade. The bat was from Rodriguez's when he was a member of the Seattle Mariners team. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Alex Rodriguez, the fallen Yankees' superstar who grew up in South Florida, is shown with the Dodgers Tommy Lasorda, left, and his Westminister coach Rich Hofman. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Alex Rodriguez Educational Center at the Hank Kline Boys and Girls Club in Miami, which Rodriguez donated $1 million to help build. Rodriguez grew up playing ball at the club. Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald Staff

  • Rich Hofman with Alex Rodriguez, the fallen Yankees' superstar who grew up in South Florida, July 18, 2013. Hofman coached Rodriguez when he attended high school at Westminster Christian School in South Dade. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Alex Rodriguez is shown on the cover of Westminster Christian School baseball program. (third from the top) CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Kendall Heights apartment complex was where Alex Rodriguez lived when young. Alex Emmanuel Rodriguez started playing ball in the grassy sandlot at the the Miami boys and girls club. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This field was once a sandlot , at SW 24th Street, where Alex Rodriguez hung out, on a jungle gym, near this tree, watching the local Yankees play ball. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • At his mom's house in Miami, Thursday Nov.14, 1996, Alex Rodriguez, right, talks to his former high school coach Rich Hofman, left, from Westminster Christian School. Rodriguez took second place as the American League MVP. GASTON DE CARDENAS / EL NUEVO HERALD

  • In 1996, his breakout year with the Seattle Mariners, A-Rod talks to kids during a clinic at Westminster Christian School, where he studied. He went on to sign with the Rangers Dec. 11, 2001. A.Enrique Valentin / El Nuevo Herlad file

  • Westminster Christian baseball team members, from left: Hugo Bosque (15); Alex Rodriguez; Coach Rich Hofman (11); Steve Butler (holding hat); and Doug Mientkiewicz during the 1992 state championship game. The team, which went on to win the national championship, sent four players to the major leagues, said Coach Hofman. COURTESY OF RICH HOFMAN

  • Alex Rodriguez visits Westminster Christian School, his alma mater, Thursday night, December 11, 2003, for the ARod Basketball Classic, which he sponsors. Eight schools are competing. He poses with the Calusa Prep players. who were playing Highlands Christian Thursday night. CHUCK FADELY / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A-Rod joined the Yankees in 2004. During an ESPN interview on Feb. 9, 2009, he admitted to using steroids from 2001 to 2003 while with the Texas Rangers. The New York Post cover the next day refers to him as "A-Roid" and calls him a "liar" and a "cheat." New York Post