Alex Rodriguez Hits Career Home Run #600

Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 home runs with a 1st inning, 2 run shot off of Shaun Marcum of the Toronto Blue Jays today.

Rodriguez is the seventh player in baseball history to reach 600 career home runs, only trailing Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa on the all-time list.

Congrats to Rodriguez on this achievement. Now, let’s see if he can catch Bonds.

Speaking of which…do we need to bring up the steroid issue? Should an “*” be put next to Arod’s name? How about the rest of the sluggers in the Steroid Era.

I hate to bring it up as Rodriguez hits this milestone, but you know that it will be discussed.

How does ARod fit into the Hall of Fame picture? Does he deserve a spot more than a player like Pete Rose who bet on baseball (don’t get me started on this topic as I always have, and always will believe that Rose deserves a spot in Cooperstown).

The home run king will always be Hank Aaron, in my opinion.

Guys like Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, in my mind, are the top three on the list and we won’t see anyone in our generation knock them out, no matter what statistics show.

Statistics don’t include performance enhancing drugs and that is an unfair advantage that players had during the Steroid Era. Some got caught, some didn’t. But everyone knew it was happening and only now are we seeing how much of an effect it had on baseball as a whole.

I do feel bad for those players who didn’t because they will always be lumped into the category with the McGwire’s, Sosa’s and Canseco’s. I really wish that I could have lived and seen some of the all-time greats of baseball’s Golden Era play. What a thrill that must have been!

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One Comment on “Alex Rodriguez Hits Career Home Run #600”

  1. Chris Ross Says:

    It really was about time that A-Rod hit his 600th as it was almost getting to the point of being sad. With that said, I’m always rooting against A-Rod not just cuz of personality but also the fact that he used steroids. Is there any way we can really know that he didn’t use for much longer period of time. Look how his numbers have dipped. Bonds started racking up the homers after age 35 and now A-Rod is declining majorly. Age or steroids? Combo? I just can’t cheer for anyone caught using performance enhancing drugs, but that’s just my opinion. Also, you think you could check out my post on this a while ago when I thought he was about to hit his 600th cuz I would love to hear your thoughts.

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