In the eighth inning of Tuesday's eventual win over the Braves, Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees mashed a clutch grand slam that tied the score. It happened to be Rodriguez's 23rd career grand slam, which tied him with Lou Gehrig atop the all-time list ...
That moment alone would make for a memorable season for Rodriguez, but it's possible that additional milestones are in store during the course of 2012.
For instance, Rodriguez needs just 11 more home runs to become just the fourth player of all-time to reach 650. Eleven more after that (unlikely this season but certainly possible), and he'll pass Willie Mays and move into fourth place.
A-Rod also has an outside shot at getting to 2,000 RBI, of which he's presently 78 shy. He'll also likely overtake Gehrig for 10th place on the career runs scored list, and he'll likely play his 2,500th game. The top 10 of the total-bases list is another likelihood. Rodriguez notched his 500th career double earlier this season, and he'll shortly move into the top 50 all-time on the two-baggers list. While 3,000 hits is, barring a miracle, out of reach this season, A-Rod is presently at 2,837 and making his way toward that hallowed mark.
In other words and to no one's surprise: Yes, Alex Rodriguez is one of the all-time greats. He's still a useful player at this stage of his career (.276/.368/.436 after Tuesday night), and he's also in hailing distance of many different flavors of history.
Love him or hate him, he's been one hell of ballplayer for almost two decades.
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