Harvey Araton of the NY Times has a wonderful piece out today on where Alex Rodriguez stands relative to Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and the rest of the home run greats of the game. Not only does he speak about where he stands quantifiably, he brings A-Rod's age and social perception as being a PED user into the mix when taking a total view of his accomplishments to date and where he might end up.
Since Rodriguez was drafted No. 1 overall in 1993, he has been heralded as the best player ever, admitted to steroids, shed his playoff albatross and inched closer to the title of home run king. Yet for whatever reason, Rodriguez cannot seem to escape the bizarre and controversial stories that seem to follow him on and off the field.
Check out this interactive multi-media timeline of A-Rod's on and off the field career created by some of Araton's colleagues.
I think many people assume at this point that he will hit at least another 163 HR's breaking Bonds' record. As Araton puts it,
"But how will Rodriguez get there - in a slugging frenzy, like Bonds, or as a 40-something designated hitter, hanging on as much for the record as for his paycheck?"
Araton's colleagues have also put together an unbelievable interactive multi-media presentation that lets you graphically look at every player in Major League Baseball who has 250 HR's or more in relation to everyone else. You can look at the presentation by age or by season.
Alex Rodriguez became the seventh and youngest player to reach 600 home runs yesterday. Whether you love him or hate him, you are witnessing history with each HR he hits. As for his legacy, that's up to each of us individually to decide.
Check out the link to the interactive multi-media displays. They really puts things into perspective. - Mike Cardano
Mike is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball & Xtra Point Football
P.S. - Next up for Derek Jeter, 3,000 hits as he continues his assault on Pete Rose's record of 4,256 hits. Derek came into the year in 49th place at 2,747. He has 125 hits so far this year with 1/3 of the season left to go. That places him at 2,872 just one hit behind Babe Ruth for 39th place and would move him up 10 spots on the year. If he remains healthy, Derek should comfortably get to 3,000 sometime in the first half of next year.
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