The upcoming season brings us a bunch of milestones on thehorizon for both the National League
and the American League
. That said, there’s one guy out there that isa walking milestone tracker.
The New York Yankees superstar has been creeping up all-timegreatest lists for a while now and beginning next week, he continues hisassault.1997
Alex Rodriguez needs just ten RBI to move into tenth place onthe all-time list. Should he reach 104RBI and get to 1997 for his career, he’ll surpass Barry Bonds and be behindjust Hank Aaron (2297), Babe Ruth (2213) and Cap Anson (2075). Not a bad jump for a 36-year-old.660
Assuming he can bounce back from his 2011 injuries, A-Rodwill have a legit chance of passing Willie Mays and become fourth all-time onthe home run list. Rodriguez enters theseason with 629 homers, one behind Ken Griffey Jr. and a mere 31 behind Mays’660.500
In addition to his home-run and RBI milestones, thethree-time MVP needs just five doubles to reach 500 for his career. When hehits that mark, he would become just the fifth player ever with 600 home runsand 500 doubles, joining the impressive company of Hank Aaron (755 home runs/624 doubles), Barry Bonds (762/601),Willie Mays (660/523) and Babe Ruth (714/506).88
A milestone that no one talks about is A-Rod’s place on theall-time strikeout list. Dude enters theseason seventh all-time with 1917 whiffs. With 88 Ks, he’ll reach 2004…and end the season fourth all-time.65
Alex Rodriguez starts 2012 15th
all-time with1824 runs scored. After he crosses theplate for the 65th
time, Rodriguez will leapfrog into tenth placeall-time.40
2011 saw Alex Rodriguez with a career low 37 extra basehits. With 40 extra base hits, he’ll moveinto 6th
And because it’s already been announced that the Yankeesthirdbaseman will be at WrestleMania 28 this Sunday, it warrants mention thathis girlfriend, former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson, will be making her fourthWrestleMania appearance. She appeared inthe ring three times (at WrestleMania XX, 22 and XXV…yes, that’s what they’recalled), but this year, she’ll be ringside in Miami live blogging the event.