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Alex Rodriguez’s 2,000th career strikeout goes uncelebrated

Jul 24, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

I don’t get it; there really should have been a ceremony.

Alex Rodriguez became just the fifth player in major league history to strike out 2,000 times when he went down swinging against Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning tonight.

Rodriguez clearly looked the video board after the strikeout, obviously expecting at least some sort of an announcement. Particularly since the event happened in Seattle. It really was quite surprising the Mariners didn’t set off fireworks or release some doves or something.

A-Rod overtook Jose Canseco for fifth place on the all-time strikeout list earlier this year, though he currently has Adam Dunn gaining ground on him there. He’s just four strikeouts away from moving into fourth place:

1. Reggie Jackson – 2,597
2. Jim Thome – 2,530
3. Sammy Sosa – 2,306
4. Andres Galarraga – 2,003
5. Alex Rodriguez – 2,000
6. Adam Dunn – 1,953
7. Jose Canseco – 1,942
8. Willie Stargell – 1,936
9. Mike Cameron – 1,901
10. Mike Schmidt – 1,883

A-Rod recorded the first 616 of his strikeouts with the Mariners. He fanned 379 times for the Rangers, and he’s now at 1,005 strikeouts with the Yankees. Considering that he’s signed for five more years after this one, he has a shot to eventually replace Reggie atop the strikeout list if he can stay relatively healthy. He averaged 116 strikeouts per season from his first full year in 1996 through 2011.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    i think Dunn is trying to catch Ryan

    • jon623 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      Ryan….? Who?

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM


    • cur68 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      What? You make less and less sense all the time ‘harry. Stop sniffing glue.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        better stick with hockey cur or better yet nascar!! Even you can follow that sport, im positive on that! and take proudly with ya

  2. zzalapski - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    You have to be pretty good to strike out 2,000 times.

  3. crnvic847 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Adam Dunn may catch Reggie this year if he keeps going at the pace he’s at this year.

  4. cheers4ablumpkin - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    What Bout mark Reynolds?

  5. norvturnersneck - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Dunn should catch him by seasons end and be in 4th all by himself. In 2014 he should pass Reggie.

  6. orakpownd - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    You have to be good enough to be in the league long enough to do that.. sometimes…just sayin

  7. joebuckiscreepy - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    This is almost like a really mediocre Onion headline…

    • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      Good one.

      Best Onion baseball headline:

      Gary Sheffield Joins 230 Untainted Home Run Club,10140/

      This was of course when he hit his 500th HR

  8. uspoika - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    another pointless article from this guy that contributes no significant news whatsoever.

    • Gonzo - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      Swing and a miss. Struck him out. USPOIKA goes down swinging at a ball thrown into the dugout.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      Hey, you Edward R. Murrow wannabe…

      If you’re OH SO disgusted with the “lowbrow” nature of this blog, and then what the hell are you still doing here reading the stories?

      The key feature of HBT is “irreverence”…we all love baseball here, but we don’t it, or anything else really, too seriously.

      There’s a great little community of regulars here who are whip-smart and are capable of making me spit coffee all over my monitor with a single well-delivered one-liner.

      There are plenty of other baseball sites out there that offer the kind of rigid, staid commentary which you clearly prefer, but spare us your arrogant, high and mighty criticisms.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Yeah…what Aces said.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      If only there was some way that you could see who wrote it…you know…before you actually clicked on the link…like a byline or something on the HBT front page…so you can avoid his posts…

      Hey Craig, Aaron, DJ, Drew, Matthew and Bob, why don’t you look into this for us? Maybe have the writer’s name somewhere on there or something.

  9. aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Congratulations, Alex.

  10. sawxalicious - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Harry’s talking about Nolan Ryan. I thought it was clever….

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:17 AM

      Me too. 5,714, and your grandchildren will not see it broken.

  11. hushbrother - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    Based on a per-game average though you’d have to say Dunn is the strikeout-ingest player of all time. He’s gotten his nearly 2,000 K’s in just over ten years’ time.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Good point Hush. A little trivia. Adam Dunn hit the farthest ball ever hit anywhere in the world.
      He was at Victory field in Indianapolis playing in the Triple A homerun derby.
      The dude hit one out of the park and on the adjacent street (West Street).
      A guy in a car with N. Carolina plates was driving down the street…stopped his car…picked up the ball and drove off.
      I guarantee you noone has every hit a ball from Indianapolis all the way to N. Carolina.

  12. poprox13 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Here’s hoping for 2000 more Alex!!!!!!!!!!

  13. vallewho - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    This (and future prospects) should make Reggie very happy.

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