Sunday, April 24, 2011

Alex Rodriguez and Lou Gehrig

A-Rod photo by Getty Images
At this point in his career, every (hit, home run, RBI or run scored) for Alex Rodriguez may come with one or more historical implication as A-Rod is now rubbing elbows with the immortals of the game.

Yesterday, the New York Yankees routed the Baltimore Orioles 15-3 as A-Rod went 2 for 5 with 6 RBI, including a grand slam home run. With his 6-RBI performance, A-Rod now has 14 games in his career where he's had 6 or more RBIs tying him with the immortal Lou Gehrig for the most 6-RBI games in major league history.

His grand slam was also the 22nd of his career breaking a tie with the recently-retired Manny Ramirez (21 grand slams) and taking sole possession of second place on the all-time list. Gehrig holds the major league record with 23 career grand slam home runs. So it's just a matter of time before A-Rod, once again, ties another of Gehrig's legendary records.

With A-Rod we can go on and on because his assault on almost every single career batting record has officially started as his numbers have now entered into hallowed grounds. His 6 RBIs gave him 1847 for his career moving him past Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski (1844) for 12th place on the all-time list. The career RBI-record holder is Hank Aaron with 2297. At his current pace, if he stays healthy, A-Rod should pass Aaron in 2014.

As for the career home run record, by 2015, A-Rod (618 HR) should be challenging Barry Bonds' record of 762 and he may have a shot-- get this-- at Japanese legend Sadaharu Oh's professional world record of 868 home runs. Whoa!

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Amazing, to say the least!

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