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Alex Rodriguez embarking upon a career in motivational speaking?


Alex Rodriguez appears ready to move on from the world of baseball — to a certain extent — to embark upon a career in motivational speaking.

The former slugger recently signed on with Greater Talent Agency, an organization that coordinates appearances by high-profile individuals on the motivational speech circuit.

The presumably former ballplayer’s bio on the agency’s website is entitled, “Why Alex Rodriguez is Captivating Audiences,” even though it would seem unlikely that A-Rod has yet to deliver a speech for said agency.

The agency hails Rodriguez — whom the site notes as a “former baseball player” even though he hasn’t technically made his retirement official — as being “widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, with a 20 year career that includes 14 All-Star appearances and three American League MVP Awards and a World Championship in 2009 with the New York Yankees.”

The bio also notes Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of AROD Corp., a “private holding company with businesses in the U.S. and Latin America.” It goes on to tout A-Rod’s business acumen in running the organization.

Rodriguez is also hailed for his philanthropy, which has a “primary focus is the Boys and Girls Club where he spent his youth and where he has dedicated the last 20 years volunteering, supporting, and helping to create life-changing environments for at-risk youth and under-served communities.”

Interestingly — not to mention conveniently — the bio doesn’t mention that A-Rod was suspended the entire 2015 MLB season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

Rodriguez wouldn’t be the first person to reap significant financial rewards by using their name to segue into making inroads on the motivational speech circuit once their original career has come to an end. There’s also no reason to believe that not only will A-Rod excel in said role, he will be in high demand as well.

It merits noting that the bio does mention at the end that Rodriguez also “now serves as a senior adviser to Hal Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees.” This presumably means A-Rod’s speaking engagement schedule will have to work around his in-season duties with the Yankees.

[New York Post]