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Alex Rodriguez passes Ken Griffey Jr., now 5th on homer list

Apr 20, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez launched his 631st career homer over the Green Monster on Friday, moving him past Ken Griffey Jr. on the all-time list:

1. Barry Bonds – 762
2. Hank Aaron – 755
3. Babe Ruth – 714
4. Willie Mays – 660
5. Alex Rodriguez – 631
6. Ken Griffey Jr. – 630
7. Sammy Sosa – 609
8. Jim Thome – 604
9. Frank Robinson – 586
10. Mark McGwire – 583

The homer was A-Rod’s second of 2012. He’ll need 30 more in order to overtake Mays this year. Rodriguez finished with 30 exactly in both 2009 and 2010 and 16 in 99 games last season, so Mays’ mark may be another year away.

  1. scatterbrian - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Eight of the top 14 on the career home run list were All-Stars in 1998 alone, including five starters. Fitting that game was played in Colorado…

  2. buffalomafia - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    How old is A-Rod? Who thinks he will pass Barry Bonds?

    • scatterbrian - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      He’ll turn 37 in July, and he’s 132 shy of passing Bonds. Definitely doable, but it all comes down to health.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I don’t know how history will treat A-Rod in retrospect, but as a Yankee fan, I cheer every home run he hits because they can all aid the Yankees win. I hope to see many more of them.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    A shame.

  5. charlutes - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I refuse to accept A Rod over Mays. I just can’t. Its such an elite top 4. I could barely accept it when Bonds passed all the old time guys on that list. This is hard…I’m glad A Rod wasn’t on the all time team and Mays was. That makes it easier.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Why can’t you accept it? Or is this another veiled steroid/PED issue?

      • sasquash20 - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Steroids that is why, oh and the fact that he originally lied about steroids. Sorry if I have no respect for this cheater.

    • ezthinking - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Funny how mlb.com has Bonds on the All-Century team. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/mlb_history_moreinfo.jsp

  6. chrism516 - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    4 of the top 10 are roiders.

    • scatterbrian - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      Those same four hit against pitchers who were “roiders”. A couple of them also used amphetamines, and one played strictly against white players. It’s all part of baseball’s historical narrative.

  7. yankeesfanlen - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    ARod will pass Willie Mays on September 12th vs. Red Sox probably in the 2nd inning.

    • ditto65 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      You rock, Len.

  8. Gordon - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    You mean he’s 5th*

  9. jlovenotjlo - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    I care much more about Big Jim Thome passing up Sosa. Same era, you’ve got one loved the hell out of ‘roids and disgustingly morphed his body in the process head to head with the nicest, cleanest ballplayer of our generation.

    If Jim mashes enough to pass up Griffey, too, it will make him the greatest (clean) home run hitter of this era. Good luck big guy.

  10. tork006 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I refuse to accept Bonds as a legit home run hitter. Not only did he “roid” he lied to us, the fan!!! His selfish attitude, arrogance, and immature behavior toward fans makes him a lowly has been. Please do not put his name anywhere near Aaron’s, May’s or Ruth’s home run accomplishments. What a laugh to think anybody woud accept his hits as legit. The main reason he is not acknowledged is that he is a liar, a proven liar with my tax dollars!!!!

    • ezthinking - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      Kind of like Aaron and Mays’ greenies or Ruth’s legal cocaine and morphine. Oh, and they had ‘roids in the ’50-60′s. SI did about 10 articles on how juiced up athletes of the day were. The Mexico Olympics was about the most drugged up affair you could find. Hell, they started doing gender testing the drug use was so out of hand.

      • sasquash20 - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Actually no not even close. Steroids help you way more then grennies ever did. To compare the two in my opinion is just dumb. And one would figure “legal coke” and morphine wouldn’t help at all but actually hurt your production.

  11. quonce - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Doesn’t count.

    *

  12. buffalomafia - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    I bet Bonds still juices?! He still looks huge the last time he was in SF!

  13. droopyyydog1 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Find it hard to accept this since he admitted to using PED’s in Texas so by taking about 150 HR’s away from him he hasn’t broken 500 yet. As for the amphetamine argument that doesn’t hold water since ALL the players used them not just a select few. Also speed just keeps you awake, it doesn’t help you turn 350 ft outs into 380 ft home runs !! They cheated, McGuire, Sosa, Bonds, ARoid and should be treated as cheaters, put an asterisk next to all of them and let it be known that they all achieved success while cheating the game and the fans.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      As for the amphetamine argument that doesn’t hold water since ALL the players used them not just a select few

      So by staying awake and being more alert than his teammates, you could say that taking the drugs enhanced his performance?

      So thanks for proving our point.

      • sasquash20 - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        It does help but not anywhere near the amount that steroids do. It is not even close.

    • bigharold - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      “Find it hard to accept this since he admitted to using PED’s in Texas so by taking about 150 HR’s …”

      So he loses EVERY HR he hit in Texas? That makes absolutely no sense.

      “As for the amphetamine argument that doesn’t hold water since ALL the players used them not just a select few.”

      And, .. a lot of pitchers used PEDs too. Unless you can state unequivocally and conclusively that he wasn’t facing pitchers using PEDs your argument doesn’t hold water either.

      Like it or not, A-Rod, Bonds, McGwire et al are part of the “steroid era” as is every other player from the late 80s to the mid 2000s.

      You’ll have to employ your own asterisk.

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