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A-Rod passes Mark McGwire on all-time home run list

Apr 17, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

A-Rod home run.jpgAlex Rodriguez connected for his 584th career home run during the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday afternoon against the Rangers, passing Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth place on the all-time home run list.

Rodriguez, who turns 35 in July, was homerless in his first 41 at-bats to begin the year, his longest such home run drought to start a season since needing 48 bats to hit his first major league home run as a 19-year-old in 1995.

Should Rodriguez avoid the disabled list, it’s not unreasonable to expect he will surpass Frank Robinson (7th place — 586 home runs) and Sammy Sosa (6th place — 609 home runs) this season, leaving him just outside the top-five all-time.

Speaking of history, Jim Thome launched his 566th career home run in a 6-5 win over the Royals on Saturday afternoon. He is currently 12th on the all-time home run list, breathing down the neck of Rafael Palmeiro (11th place — 569 home runs) and fellow Twinkie Harmon Killebrew (10th place — 573 home runs).

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Apr 17, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    This isn’t 1982. Minnesota isn’t the “Twinkies” now and hasn’t been for many years.
    Anyway, congratulations to A-Roid on passing McGroider. Regardless of how long he was “dirty”, it’s a great accomplishment. I say that as someone who can’t abide him.
    “Government thud”?

  2. yankeh8r - Apr 17, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    i refuse to support a roider and anyone who has in it his contract to be paid for records set – just shows it’s always been about stray-rod.
    but who the hell cares mcG’s recored was tainted already.

  3. Asifit - Apr 17, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    Mark McGuire’s ‘record’ of home runs hit as a cheater doesn’t count and should be taken out of the record books… to hell with the asterisk. Same as Bonds and everyone else who use(d) ‘roids to get an advantage over everyone else in the game. And while it’s handy to have Big Mac’s numbers there as something to measure A-Rod’s numbers against, measure against the guys that didn’t have the advantage and actually played the game when it had a little purity and parity.
    I don’t know what the solution to something like this is, but in my honest opinion, McGuire’s numbers aren’t really numbers, and yankeh8r, I agree… contracts are the only reason anyone plays ball anymore anyway.
    So who really cares, except the Yankees that refuse to acknowledge the elephant in the room.

  4. (Not That) Tom - Apr 18, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    It’s McGwire…if you’re going to spew nonsensical righteous indignation and expect people to take you seriously, at least spell the man’s name correctly.

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