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HBT Daily: Can’t wait until A-Rod passes Willie Mays and gets $6 million!

Aug 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

If your head almost exploded at the sight of Alex Rodriguez taking the field in a major league baseball game last night, just wait until he passes Willie Mays on the all-time home run list and the Yankees have to pay him $6 million.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    ” wait until he passes Willie Mays on the all-time home run list and the Yankees have to pay him $6 million.” That probably won’t happen until the 2015 season the way it looks now and probably not until May or June of 2015 at the earliest.

    • Bob Loblaw - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      It could happen by the end of this year if he stays healthy and gets hot. HE only needs 13…doesn’t he get the $6 million for hitting his 660th HR? Are you telling me with two full healthy months you don’t think he can get 13? I wouldn’t bet against it.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        What I’m saying is the Yankees have 51 games left this season. The Yankees will have to occasionally give A-Rod a day off. Which means he will probably play in at most 40 to 45 games, probably closer to the 40 than 45. Which means he will have to average 1 HR for every 2.5 games about 1 HR for every 10 AB’s. While not impossible is very unlikely and yes I would bet against A-Rod reaching the Mays milestone.

      • largebill - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        A little rest due to age doesn’t necessarily reduce production.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        largebill actually it does even if the rest was just do to age. Less AB’s generally means less HR’s. But keep in mind A-Rod won’t be getting some days off because of his age. He’s missed numerous games just over the past 3 or 4 years due to fractures and lets not forget 2 major hip surgeries. Age is not the only thing catching up to A-Rod it’s all those injuries as well. And missing days not only for rest but because of his injury history will effect his power numbers.

    • gmsingh - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      It never occurred to me before that this whole thing is about saving the Yankees money.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Me neither, watching the Yankees cough up millions upon millions for A-Rod is great stuff. I feel like the Yankees knew the risk with PED’s and A-Rod when they extended him, and were just hoping he would not get caught.

    #Karma

    • autmorsautlibertas - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      You “feel” the Yankees knew the risk? Guilt by unfounded accusation? 18 “Thumbs Up”? What kind of ultra-maroons lurk on this message board?

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        You didn’t think A-Rod might be still cheating when he signed that extension? I felt like he was, and well, he was.

  3. Stiller43 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Wait, where was kay adams? Shes the only reason i watch these videos!!

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      What, Craig’s gleaming pate and Buddy Holly frames don’t do it for you?

      • cur68 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        He’s channeling Lex Luthor’s Mojo

  4. bosoxfan15 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Craig, your man-crush is way too obvious today.

  5. deefig - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Bench him before he hits the 660th and save $6million. Why throw good money after bad money!

    • nbjays - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Because that’s what the Yankees do.

  6. bluburt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Looks like ARod has $6 million reasons to be on the juice right now…

  7. aceshigh11 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    The only thing that would make it better is if Cashman and the Steinbrenner brothers were forced to present A-Rod with an oversized novelty check live on YES.

  8. joestemme - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Yankees deserve it. If they had any integrity they wouldn’t be playing him now during his appeal. Yes, they are abiding by the letter of the rules.
    But, there is a difference between obeying the law and doing the right thing. The Giants just last year didn’t allow Melky to play in the Playoffs and World Series even though he was eligible. And, they didn’t re-sign him.
    It’s called integrity, Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman, The Steinbrenners and the whole Yankee organization. Integrity. You don’t have it. You should pay the $6M bonus AND all of the rest of his contract.

    That would be justice.

    • anxovies - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      If Milwaukee had any integrity they wouldn’t have played Braun when he got off on a technicality. Nobody should have signed Manny. etc.

  9. Stiller43 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Joestemme,

    Uhh, melky was on a cheap-o deal, and they could easily rid themselves of him since be was going to FA right after the playoffs.

    The yanks are paying a-rod crazy dollars and are stuck with him 5 more years. Completely different situations.

    • joestemme - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      But, they COULD have played him in the Playoffs and World Series. He was a top hitter before his suspension, and the Giants’ line-up isn’t exactly murderer’s row. They did the right thing. The Yankees are doing the wrong thing.
      Period.

  10. shawndc04 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    As far as I’m concerned he could hit fifty more home runs and I would not consider him having passed Willie Mays.

  11. pisano - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    The Yankees won’t have to worry about that 6 mil. it just won’t happen.

    • Reflex - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      It probably won’t happen this season, but do you really think that with five years on his contract A-Rod won’t average at least three home runs per year? Even if you take 211 games out of his playing time, it still seems unlikely that he’d have less production than David Eckstein in the power department..

      He’s getting the six mil, one way or the other.

  12. edelmanfanclub - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    He has a better chance stealing 82 bases and joining Barry Bonds in the 400/400 Club

    Seriously…He isn’t going to hit 14 homeruns in the next two months. He’s 38, facing a huge suspension (which may lose the appeal), and coming off surgery. Look at his numbers in 2011 and 2012

    11: 99 GP, .276/.362/.461
    12: 122 GP, .272/.353/.430

    Someone who cant top .470 in SLG will not hit 14 HR by the end of this season, it just wont happen. I know he was hurt but the fact that he has a homerun once every 28.1 PAs since the start of 2011 is alarming. He’ll be 40 or 41 if he ever catches Mays. He can forget about Bonds, Aaron and Ruth though.

  13. retief1954 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    :) Ha! I can’t WAIT to see NYY have to pay this dude an extra $6M!

  14. kw27p - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Giradi has no sack!! What a stiff. Do the right thing and sit this guy down.

  15. jfk69 - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Cashman weighs in.
    Reporter..Do you think Alex will pass Mays this year?
    Yes it is possible and the Yankees will honor the contract. You must keep in mind Alex is one of our key players coming off a serious and career threatening injury and we will do all we can to keep him healthy. This might mean resting him on multiple days when Alex’s judgement on his own health might work against him Remember..It is just not about this year. We would like to keep Alex healthy for 2014 and beyond.
    Reporter follow up question
    Will his future LIKELY suspension come into play.
    Cash….STFU

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