MLB shortstop who began his career with the Chicago White Sox in 2008, earning the nickname The Cuban Missile.
He played his first seven years of professional baseball in Cuba, where he hit .335 and led the league in home runs.
He developed a reputation for swinging outside the strike zone, and striking out more than 10% of the time early in his career.
He was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He married Mildred Ramirez and he has a daughter named Alexa and a son named Alexei Jr.
He finished second to Evan Longoria for AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2008.