August 4th, 2010
01:43 PM ET

Alex Rodriguez hits milestone 600th home run

Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 600 career home runs on Wednesday.

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has hit his 600th career home run - a two-run blast in the first inning against Toronto Blue Jays.

The homer, which landed on the net on top of monument park in Yankee Stadium, makes A-Rod the youngest and the seventh player to join the 600 club.

The milestone was a long-awaited one - with 46 at-bats between his 599th and 600th home runs.

Rodriguez now joins the elite company of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa.

SI.com: 600 Club gallery

SI.com: A-Rod at 600 different from A-Rod at 500

SI.com: Milestone not what it used to be

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  1. Ray

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jack Noble

    Big Deal

    He sold out a long time ago

    August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. CK

    Pretty much a non story actually.

    Roids, Yankees, and Arod. 3 of the most tired subjects in the world of sports outside of Brett Farve. Congratulations on being lumped in with that sideshow.

    Until the Yankees can stop buying championships, Baseball will continue its long downward decline into an old-man-watched sport.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Chris

    Sooo, A-Rod might be on 'roids...Pitchers are probably on them as well.. so I'd say it's a pretty good accomplishment :)

    August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ken

    So what

    August 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Albert E

    I thought I was reading CNN not SI. Very disappointing CNN. This is "breaking news". You need T. Turner at the helm.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Val

    Snoresville. Who gives a crap? Professional athletes today take so many drugs to enhance and inflate their abilities that benchmarks like these just aren't impressive anymore.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Pat

    STEROIDS

    August 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Guy

    Who really cares about any more of A-Rods homers? He is a steroid user and cheated so how many of his home runs were actually hit while he was juicing it? And because of this why has his 600th home run received so much attention? Oh I know, this is the new world we live in where morals and ethics don't matter anymore. I certainly don't want to be part of this culture.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. David

    ***************************************************ASTERISK***********************************************
    All I have to say

    August 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pitt Cairn

      Probably the best comment here.

      August 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lanienyc

    Good for ARod! For all the haters out there, perhaps you should just admit you wished he was on your team or that you team had won 27 World Championships. I imagine there must be many green (with envy) faces posting away. Enjoy.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CK

      How many of those 27 were bought??

      Most of them.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Guest

    I heard that homerun ball was worth $100,000. I would have loved to see the fans go after that one.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wow

      Did you read the story...

      The homer, which landed on the net on top of monument park in Yankee Stadium!

      August 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Wow, did you read my comment? I "Would" have "loved" to see the fans go after that one, meaning had they had the chance it would have been something to see.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      It's probably a good thing it landed where it landed.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pitt Cairn

      That's the irony. The ol' Babe used performance inhibitors (beer and hot dogs), and he still got over 700 HRs. Many sports commentators speculated that the ball wasn't going to be worth all that much due to the tainted record.

      August 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    Too bad he couldn't hit it when the team needed it !! Tampa Bay #1 !!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. NYYFan4Life

    Congratulations to A-ROD !! Next Stop for # 13 – The Elite 700 HR Club !! Then 763 to Break the Record and 800-HR before retirement !! LET'S GO A-ROD, LET'S GO !! LET'S GO YANKEES, LET'S GO !! 27- AND SOON TO BE 28-TIME WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS !!

    August 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Keltner

    ROIDS

    August 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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