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December 21, 2012

Homes of Baseball’s Top Players for 2012

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Alex Rodriguez's Home - Miami Beach, FL

Team: New York Yankees third baseman

Status: Owner-occupied

It's been a busy year for A-Rod, and not just with the ladies. The biggest deals have been in real estate, including his October 2011 move into his sleek modern house in north Miami Beach (above). A-Rod bought the waterfront lot in 2010 and was on the scene, along with former squeeze Cameron Diaz, during construction of the Todd Michael Glaser-designed property. The house cost about $24 million, which is about what the All-Star third baseman collects each year as baseball's highest-paid player. But just like he split from Diaz and took up with former pro wrestler Torrie Wilson, one big real estate deal wasn't enough for the Miami native. In his adopted town of New York, Rodriguez was said to be heading to The Rushmore, a spanking new condo building on Riverside Blvd. on the Upper West Side real estate market. But less than a year after buying the 5-bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, full-floor unit for $5.5 million, the slugger put it on the market for $8 million and has attracted a buyer. In fact, there's speculation that A-Rod's ownership in the condo building helped to sell other units. All of this proves that whether he's flipping the baseball for a double-play on the diamond or flipping apartments -- or girlfriends, A-Rod has lived up to his dream to be a powerful player in many fields.

Ryan Howard's Home -- Bellaire Beach, FL

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman

Status: Construction set to begin April 2012

Phillies' slugger Ryan Howard has hit some thunderous homers in his MVP career, but he really belted one out of the park in July 2011 with his plan to build "Casa Del Howard" in the tiny Gulf Coast town of Belleair Beach. Howard's house, set for groundbreaking just after Opening Day, will keep him close to the Phillies' spring training facilities and is expected to coast $23 million. Even though Howard's plans are for a house about half the size of Derek Jeter's Gulf Coast mansion, Howard outdistanced Jeter when it was announced at a Belleair Beach planning board meeting that Casa Del Howard would include a lazy river. After all, why have a pool when you can have a lazy river? The town amended building codes to accommodate the 3-year-plus construction schedule, making it clear they want Howard as a neighbor — and on their tax rolls. Howard bought the one-acre, waterfront lot for $3.5 million in February 2011, had the home razed and cleared the way for his compound (photo above).

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