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Alex Rodriguez blasts career home run No. 598

Jul 18, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez hit his 598th career home run on Sunday in the Yankees’ 9-5 victory over the Rays.  He sits squarely in seventh place on the all-time home run list, just behind Sammy Sosa and right in front of Frank Robinson:

1. Barry Bonds (762)
2. Hank Aaron (755)
3. Babe Ruth (714)
4. Willie Mays (660)
5. Ken Griffey (630)
6. Sammy Sosa (609)
7. Alex Rodriguez (598)
8. Frank Robinson (586)
9. Mark McGwire (583)
10. Jim Thome (574)
11. Harmon Killebrew (573)

A-Rod is just two home runs shy of the 600-home run club, which only has six members currently.  He’s batting .272/.347/.488 this season with 15 homers and 73 RBI.  It’s been a down year power-wise, but, like him or not, Rodriguez is still contributing and still making history.

  1. Professor Longnose - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    The question is, “Is he having an off year powerwise, or is this his new regular level of play?” At 25 home runs a year, he’s going to have to hang around a long time to catch Bonds.

  2. RedLeg15 - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, & Arod.. all have more than one thing in common. I don’t know why there is not equal treatment for these four guys. Bonds is a Leper but the other 3 are in most peoples eyes somewhat forgiven. I am in no way supporting Bonds. I just find it odd.

  3. Md23Rewls - Jul 18, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    I think he’ll end up with more than twenty-five this year. I’ll put him at 31. As for whether this is just who he is at this point, that’s possible. I’m not sure. His swing has just been a bit off, but I don’t think he’s lost any bat speed. The Yankees still have a long way to go on his contract, so he’ll certainly have the chance to go for Bonds unless he falls off a cliff.

  4. jde - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa are all looked at as cheats, but Bonds gets it a little worse because of his attitude toward the media. Arod is fortunate enough to still be playing, so his admission is sort of buried underneath his recent accomplishments. Not saying whether this is right or wrong, just how i see it.

  5. RedLeg15 - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    I see your point. But do we as Fans know how long Bonds was using? Sure we saw his transformation. Compare B.B. in his first few years in Pittsburgh v.s. A-Rod’s first years in Seattle. The Physical changes are both their downfall. Sure It could be natural. We know the real deal though.

  6. beezo - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    Bonds still denies he ever took PEDS, same with sosa as far as I know. Arod and mcgwire admitted it, so they are atleast somewhat forgiven. Look at history, everyboody who has admitted to PED use has been pretty much forgiven: pettite, giambi, and those who havent,:clemens, bonds, manny… are still criticized in the media. You’re not fooling anybody, man up already.

  7. Duck Fallas - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Bonds, McGwire, Sosa and A-Rod shouldn’t even be acknowledged on that list. It’s just despicable.

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