Alex Rodriguez Says Daughter Natasha Is 'Just Like' Him: 'She's Very Routine Oriented' (Exclusive)

The former baseball player's daughter is getting ready to finish her first year of college

Kevin Mazur/WireImage Alex Rodriguez and daughter Natasha.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage Alex Rodriguez and daughter Natasha.

Alex Rodriguez's daughter Natasha is his mini-me!

In an exclusive conversation with PEOPLE tied to his partnership with Lysol, the former New York Yankees player, 48, shares how his older daughter Natasha is just like him.

Noting that Natasha, 19, is "feeling more centered" as she nears the end of her freshman year of college, Rodriguez says, "She has a sense of friends and which bus to take, as well as her gym and which Starbucks [to go to]."

"So she's very much like me. She's very routine oriented," he adds. "I feel like she's in a good place right now."

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<p>Derek White/Getty</p> Alex Rodriguez.

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Alex Rodriguez.

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Natasha is currently a student at the University of Michigan. Her famous father dropped her off for her first year of college back in August 2023.

"Left my heart in Michigan 💙💛 Dropping off @thenatasharodriguez at college was one of the hardest, but most proud moments of being a father," Rodriguez captioned a series of photos with Natasha from campus at the time.

Now, as she nears the end of her first year as a college student, Rodriguez tells PEOPLE that Natasha has found her niche.

"She's in the musical theater program. ... She's doing fantastic, she's really happy," he says. "She's really excited because [the play she's in is] bilingual, and she gets to sing a little bit in English and Spanish."

<p>Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty</p> Alex Rodriguez with daughters Natasha and Ella in 2015.

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Alex Rodriguez with daughters Natasha and Ella in 2015.

Still, despite seeing his daughter thrive in her college environment as a young adult, Rodriguez says it has been a hard adjustment living without her.

"I've had her home for 18 years, and we're very close," he explains. "The distance is hard because it's from Miami to Michigan."

"And I know she's 19, but as a parent, you always feel like they're your little babies, and you worry more, and you don't have as much control," he continues.

"So it's been hard, but I'm doing better lately," adds Rodriguez, who also shares daughter Ella, 15, with ex Cynthia Scurtis.

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With Natasha away at college and learning how to live on her own, Rodriguez tells PEOPLE he's been able to teach his oldest child many things — including how to do her laundry — which is where his partnership with Lysol comes in.

"Doing her laundry in the laundry room has been a little bit of a bonding thing for both of us," the MLB on Fox co-host says.

Rodriguez stars in a new campaign video for Lysol, titled "The Lost Bet," in which he takes on a new role as an equipment manager and learns how to utilize Lysol Laundry Sanitizer (which kills 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria) to rid locker room clothes of their stinky smells.

"I thought that was pretty cool, because playing for so many years, we can get pretty stinky," the athlete says with a laugh. "The equipment managers are some of the most unsung heroes in an organization because they do all the dirty work — no pun intended."

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