Alex Rodriguez

August 4, 2010 by Post Team 

Alex RodriguezAlex Rodriguez, [Los Angeles Times] New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez became the seventh – and youngest – player in Major League history to reach 600 career home runs Wednesday, exactly three years after hit his 500th.

600th of Rodriguez was shot first inning against the Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum that scored Derek Jeter and went into the net at the Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.

It took 46 at-bats between his 599th and 600th home runs – more than double the time it took any other member of the 600-homer club – but at 35 years and eight days, Rodriguez is still the youngest player to reach the milestone, 188 days a year younger than Babe Ruth was when he hit his 600th.

In terms of total at-bats, Rodriguez is the fourth fastest to reach the mark, doing so in his 8689 second at-bat, behind Ruth (6921), Barry Bonds (8211) and Sammy Sosa (8637) .

Rodriguez has nine home runs to tie Sosa in the list of all time.

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