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Alex Rodriguez ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on all-time homer list with 630

Apr 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season off Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, moving into a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list with 630 career homers.

The homer also snapped a career-long RBI drought for Rodriguez, who failed to drive in a run in any of the Yankees’ first six games. And now, just like that, he has an .827 OPS that’s right in line with his 2010 and 2011 production.

The Yankees went on to win their home opener 5-0.

Next up for Rodriguez on the all-time homer list? Well, it’ll be a while before he moves up another spot:

Barry Bonds        762
Hank Aaron         755
Babe Ruth          714
Willie Mays        660
Ken Griffey Jr.    630
Sammy Sosa         609
Jim Thome          604

During the past three seasons Rodriguez has averaged 32 homers per 150 games, so he’ll need to stay healthy and avoid any further decline to potentially move past Willie Mays by the end of the year.

  1. unlost1 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM


  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    This is not an era where we really care about this list anymore. It’s broken too many hearts!

    • natstowngreg - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      Excellent point. Barry Bonds ruined the homer record.

  3. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    This seems like as good a time as any to remind people that Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the greatest baseball players to ever grace us with his talent. And to post this video of his swing. Goddamn is that a beautiful swing.

    • cltjump - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      Had to.

  4. moagecu - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    And griffey did it roid free.

    • cosanostra71 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I’m not sure I understand all the thumbs down. Has Griffey been accused or proven of using steroids and I just completely missed it?

      • rudwo - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        Because you can’t be sure of anyone in the steroid era.

  5. mdpickles - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    The DH and Steroids have devalued homeruns.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      Steroids yes, DH no. Bonds played in the NL. A-Rod has played SS and 3B.

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    If Griff would have stayed healthy the last half of his career he would broken Aarons record.

  7. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Awful lot of old folks with damn kids need to get off my lawn signs in here.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      That’s for goddam sure, church. Leave ARod Alone!

  8. nflfollower - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    People ripped griff for failing to stay healthy in the latter part of his career….at the time questioning his work ethic in the offseason. Turns out his peers were staying healthy and extending their careers with PED’s, while griffey was doing it the right way.

    • ezthinking - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      … so we all assume.

    • jwbiii - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Or maybe he was suffering from the soft tissue injuries we are warned about in the anti-steroid PSAs.

  9. yankeesfanlen - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    We’ll be up with Willie this year.

  10. aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Why are people here so touchy on the subject of steroids (all the thumbs down)?

    I mean, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the all-time HR list HAS been devalued by people like Sosa, Bonds and A-Rod. It’s not as big and illustrious a deal as it used to be, unfortunately.

    I just think it sucks for the game that there’s so much cynicism now.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      It’s possible. It’s also possible that some people don’t hold the(se) record(s) like they are the sports version of the ten commandments. Records are made to be broken. Also, it’s hilarious watching some people (not all) wade through the drug issue bemoaning steroids and the impact on the game but at the same time ignoring all the other factors that have helped/hurt players throughout the game (steroids, amphetamines, color barrier, war, etc…)

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:13 AM

        Good points.

        I mean, really, how can you honestly compare Babe Ruth’s record to a modern player?

        The technology used to manufacture baseballs and bats has changed. Uniforms have changed. Cleats have changed. Stadiums have changed. Players now pay close attention to their nutrition and work out cardiovascularly and with weights on a regular basis.

        And even though it’s true that records are made to be broken, part of me wishes that Hank Aaron was still the career home run king.

  11. seattlerogueburner - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Griffey JR was a class act. It’s really heartwarming to live in the city of Seattle knowing we have housed some of the greatest athletes to play the game. Have the Mariners won a pennant? No, but we had Griffey, Edger Martinez, Jay Buhner and Randy Johnson. All classy gentlemen without any accusations of roids or drug problems or crime. Have the Seahawks won a super bowl? No, but Matt Hasselbeck was here 10 years without any criminal history. Just a great person. For a great city.

    Go Seattle. One of the few classy sports cities around.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Edger Martinez…. All classy gentlemen without any accusations of roids or drug problems or crime


    • rpb1234 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Randy Johnson …. Classy? You are out of ur mind.

  12. mariner425 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I would love to see how well arod’s knee would be holding up, if he had to play 7+ years on the old Kingdome astro “concrete” like griffey did. If not for that damn surface griffey has a realistic chance at the record. Although we would have been stuck with Bonds for longer.

  13. michiganhockey11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    He might be tied, but Griffey Jr. never took steroids. If Jr would have been healthy for a longer stretch in his career, he would have more than Bonds.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      And if my grandmother had balls, she’d be my grandfather.

      • cltjump - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

        These are getting old.

  14. sabatimus - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    I was gonna say “wait for it”, but nobody did ;p

  15. aronmantoo - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    He was a juicer so I’m not impressed.

  16. beavertonsteve - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM


  17. jbraxton3rd - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Congratulations cheater.

  18. savocabol1 - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    A Rod has and always will be a cheater. His records are all tainted. A Rod supporters have seemed to just gloss over this issue like it is no big deal. There is a reason why he hit so many home runs….he was juicing, how impressive it that?

    Haters gonna hate, but the truth is A Rod’s record should include an ” * “

    • Kevin S. - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Actually, I just don’t consider it relevant. A-Rod cheated, at a time when baseball didn’t give a rat’s ass about that type of cheating. I’ll consider putting an asterik on A-Rod’s records when you go through and stick an asterik on every player who scuffed balls, put Vaseline on balls, took greenies, corked bats, or stole signs from center field. If you got caught cheating, you got suspended. And that was it. Why should one particular type of cheating be any different?

      • Kevin S. - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        Apparently, I don’t know how to spell ‘asterisk.’

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        I believe it’s spelled Posnanski.

        As to the op, bonds took roids, Aaron and Mays took amphetamines, Ruth only played against whites. Where’s the line where the playing field was clean?

      • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:57 AM

        Ha! The Posterisk is a specific application of the asterisk. :-p

  19. droopyyydog1 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    How is that possible I thought Bud stripped him of the 200 or so he hit while juiced with the Rangers ? Oh thats right Bud is a stooge…

  20. sasquash20 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Gayrod sucks! He is the slimiest POS out there. Griffey was better all around, and did it right. A lot of the games Griffey missed were due to diving into walls after fly balls.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      Yeah, no

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