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Alex Rodriguez hits home run No. 600

Updated, 2:16 p.m.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has hit his 600th home run, becoming, at 35, the youngest baseball player to reach 600.

Rodriguez homered, with Derek Jeter on base, to straightaway center field on a 2-0 pitch from Toronto Blue Jays righthander Shaun Marcum in the first inning of the game at Yankees Stadium.

Rodriguez, who hit his 500th home run three years ago today, is the seventh baseball player with 600 homers. Ahead of him are: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa (A-Rod's next target with 609).

The homer broke a 12-game homerless streak for Rodriguez, who has 17 for the season.

Reaching the 600 mark is not without controversy for Rodriguez -- and not because, in his latest tabloid back-page episode he drew an "A-WOL" headline for missing the Yankees' team photo on Tuesday. He admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs when he played for the Texas Rangers. He reportedly also was a patient of Dr. Anthony Galea, a Toronto doctor who is under investigation for distribution of human growth hormone to athletes.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 4, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
Categories:  MLB  
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Our long national nightmare is finally over.

Posted by: js_edit | August 4, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Yay! The success of steroids shines again!

Posted by: jollyroger2 | August 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Which guy in the news annoys you more: ARod, Haynesworth, Favre?

Posted by: Cindy Boren | August 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I think I speak for many who have affection for baseball at all levels. We all esteem those who played using only those physical attributes and skills that did not come from *better life through chemistry*. Number 600 means no more to me than number one ore number 601 for Mr. Rodriguez. No one I know was holding his/her breath nor are any parties planned in my world.

Posted by: sauerkraut | August 4, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: kmp1 | August 4, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Favre. Cindy instead of having this blog basically be the wire reports how about you post something different. Like how Deadspin is reporting Favre sent Jen Sterger nude pictures of himself.

Or would that be too difficult for you?

Posted by: JDP_ | August 4, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

congrats a-rod.. check out video!

Posted by: lt11234 | August 4, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

It seems like the records of Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron, and Willy Mays, should be separated from the others. We know what their records mean, but we don't know what the records of the likes of Bonds, Griffey, Sosa, and ARod mean. Maybe there should be a hitter's allotment of steroids in a given season now based on the average amount these guys used in a season, and then we can put the records of Bonds et al. in context with what happens after that.

Posted by: captn_ahab | August 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: SeattXpat | August 4, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I'd put them, in order of annoying...

1. Favre
2. Haynesworth
3. A-Rod

Favre annoys me the most, I guess, because I used to have a lot of respect for him. He was a guy you could root for even if you didn't like his team. But the past few years, he's just become the offseason drama queen.

Haynesworth is coming close to that level, but he'll need a couple more years of meaningless offseason drama if he wants to take the top spot.

A-Rod is just another @ss who plays for the Yankees. They're a dime a dozen.

Posted by: js_edit | August 4, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to PEDs, HGH, et al, NONE of the recent "records" mean a thing to me.

All these overpaid, doped-up clowns can go to hell.

Posted by: 809212876 | August 4, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

A-Rod was hitting 40 homers a year when he was with Seattle and Junior and he was a skinny guy then - Bonds didn't start putting out the power numbers until he did the Steroids - and Bonds was thin until the Steroids made him into superman - A Rod was always more of a power hitter than Barry.

Posted by: agapn9 | August 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

LMAO SeattXpat! Very clever. But give the guy a break: he didn't inhale!

Babe Ruth is tainted too. He achieved his exploits with the assistance of hot dogs, beer and many women.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | August 4, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

But not even Hank Aaron compares to Ruth because they changed the rules to count more balls as home runs after Ruth retired. Historians of baseball say Ruth would have hit l00 homers - his 60 homer year if they were playing by today's rules.

Posted by: agapn9 | August 4, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This puts me in mind of Ricky Henderson's utterly joyless pursuit of the stolen base record. Just a grim, grinding slog. Sometimes "watching history happen" doesn't really add up to anything worth seeing.

On the "most annoying" front, let me know when Favre schedules a one-hour prime time television special to announce his decision on whether and where he'll be playing this fall.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 4, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

- A Rod was always more of a power hitter than Barry.

Yep. He's an annoying, egotistical guy, or so it seems, but he's got a pretty, classic swing and is a pleasure to watch. He's a genuinely gifted athlete.

That being said, I'd still pick Jeter over him if I had a choice between the two on a team.

Posted by: mooncusser | August 4, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

As Bond made his way through the yacht to Greco, taking by bodyguards and servants-Bond coverage will have more than a hundred “no corner of context” to keep killing the bad guy was just clearly the best parts of The Club Bizarre would make their way into the blood from stone. Alex Rodriguez

Posted by: susan166 | August 4, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

How did I just learn about this blogs launch today?! Nate don't hate on Ricky the dude had style, so much style that it wasted!

Posted by: chrislarry | August 4, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"Sometimes "watching history happen" doesn't really add up to anything worth seeing."

I've coined a new term to describe this phenomenon -- "baseball".

Posted by: daggar | August 4, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

ChRis LaRrY! Finally! I've been wondering where you were. I feel much better now.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | August 5, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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