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A-Rod passes Willie Mays on the career RBI list

Apr 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez had a couple of moderately boring RBIs yesterday — infield hit and a groundout — but they put him someplace interesting: ahead of Willie Mays on the all-time RBI list. Which is kind of neat even if you appreciate the flaws of RBI as a stat.

A-Rod now has 1904 career RBI, which is one ahead of Mays.  Above him are only seven other players: Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Jimmy Foxx and Eddie Murray. He should pass Murray, Foxx and Musial this season. If he finishes with 95 RBI this year he matches Ruth, so it’s certainly within reach if has some hot stretches and stays healthy.

Kind of crazy to think this, but given how much we have focused on Alex Rodriguez’s personal life, personal foibles and the general baloney that surrounds him, I think we’ve sort of forgot how amazing a baseball player he has been for the past 18 years or so.

UPDATE: Bad mistake on my part. Two bad mistakes, actually.  First: Cap Anson and Ty Cobb should both be listed above A-Rod on the career RBI list. Anson had 2075, Cobb 1938. I was wrong not to include them.

The second mistake: my not double checking it to begin with.  I knew A-Rod passed Mays because I read it in a game story over the weekend, but I saw the leaders list this morning on ESPN and lazily parroted that list rather than check Baseball-Reference.com or some other official place. Being wrong is one thing, being lazy is another, and that’s my bad.

  1. wlschneider09 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    “A-Rod now has 1904 career RBI, which is one ahead of Mays. Above him are only seven other players: Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Jimmy Foxx and Eddie Murray.”

    RBIs may be a flawed stat, but there seems to be a pretty strong correlation between high RBI totals and good players.

    • braddavery - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      I was going to say something along these lines. If RBI’s are a “flawed stat”, then why are there no mediocre to awful players at or near the top of the all-time RBI leaders.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Just a precautionary advisement- LEAVE AROD ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!
    We now continue with regular programming.

  3. aronmantoo - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Willie Mays had some wind blown homers he had no steroid blown homers…Shame Rod can’t say that

    • Tim's Neighbor - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      Shame Rod also doesn’t tend to write in run-on sentences.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    8. Alex Rodriguez* 1904

  5. Tim's Neighbor - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Wow. 1904 RBIs is a lot. It’s even more impressive when you consider that they all came in garbage time.

    • braddavery - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Minus the 6 RBI in 6 WS games to help the Yankees win the World Series.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Don’t people around here read advisories?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Trolls like easy targets.

  7. petey1999 - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    The other day I realized that it’s still fun to watch Jeter and Mo play, but not A-Rod. Curious.

    • daisycutter1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      That is curious. If you’re a Yankee fan, A-Rod’s recent opposite field HR against Verlander, for example, was a lot of fun to watch.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Yes, it’s far more exciting to watch a worse shortstop, both hitter and fielder, than the person playing to his right.

      • lazlosother - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        As a NY fan I can live with the fact that they may have the wrong HOFer at short, and given A-Rods health issues over the past few years, he probably shouldn’t be at short.

  8. illogic87 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    *

  9. nategearhart - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    What about Cobb and Anson?

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/RBI_career.shtml

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      weird, ESPN did it too

      http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/33317/a-rod-ties-mays-on-rbis-list

      • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        That’s a bad oversight on my and ESPN’s part. Mostly mine here, as I saw it mentioned over at ESPN and didn’t double check it myself. Gonna fix now.

      • jwbiii - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        You may want to check the spelling on Mr. Foxx’s first name, too.

    • ezthinking - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      I think ESPN stated RBI wasn’t an “official” stat before 1920. I’d research it, but no one is paying to so….

  10. quonce - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    *

  11. Innocent Bystander - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Shame that selfish Jeter took away an RBI chance when selfless A-Rod waived him home on the game winning wild pitch Friday night. Jeter…always thinking of himslef. A-Rod…always the team player.

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