A Small Baseball Interlude

I hate to break this to East Coast sportswriters, but neither the Yankees nor Red Sox are in first place. You’d never know it but the no-name Tampa Bay Rays are in first, and the Angels are probably better than the Rays.
Yesterday was Alex Rodriguez’s 33rd birthday. He now has 539 home runs, which is 12th on the all-time list (for the record, I count Hank Aaron’s 755 as the record). When Hank Aaron turned 33 after the 1966 season he had a total of 442 home runs, so A-Rod is 97 ahead of Hammerin Hank. Of course, Aaron still pounded out 313 home runs over the next 10 years so A-Rod has his work cut out for him—he’s still only about 71% of the way there.
Here’s the list:
1. Aaron 755
2. Ruth 714
3. Mays 660
4. Sosa 609
5. Griffey 607
6. Robinson 586
7. McGwire 583
8. Killebrew 573
9. Palmeiro 569
10. Reggie 563
11. Schmidt 548
12. A-Rod 539
Finally, my poor Nats were shut out for the third time in the last four games, and the fifteenth time this season. Ugh!

Posted by on July 28th, 2008 at 10:11 am

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