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

soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. N

    All you haters better be careful what you say, A-Rod may just go on a roid-rage all over your a**es. ;)

    August 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gtnyc

    cheaters like A-Roid should be tarred and feathered

    August 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fred L. Fraud

    That equals about 14 legit homeruns, heh?

    August 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Never heard of him, watch football, college and pro.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    Who cares?????

    August 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. michael

    this sport is in real trouble although it has survived all kind of scandels from gambeling to drugs greed etc: it is boring
    games go on for ever the anouncers all sound the same players dont care about the fans only a few teams compete and once body altering drugs entered the picture what ever purity this sport had apple pie and all of that is gone.
    i could go on and on but to honor #13 for hitting 600 home runs well its a good number he and his lot has been bad luck for the game .

    August 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kardiac

    @Droan....it takes a dull mind to find baseball dull

    August 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • DROAN

      6 mins of action ,on average per game, is boring...sorry

      August 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    I love how everyone is complaining that this is not news and yet they are clicking and posting on it anyway.

    You can always scroll down a bit and read about stuff posted hours ago. Not too hard, is it folks?

    August 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoodie

      I love the people who come on these boards and post about other people's posts and nothing else.

      At least most people on here are expressing their opinions about the topic, which is exactly what these comment boards are for. You're a tool...

      August 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. carnivalboy

    This is a case where it really was better "back in the day". I saw Willie Mays hit a number of home runs at Shea Stadium and there's never been anything like it for me. One of them was an inside-the-park job that I would bet is better than any of the six hundred that what's his name has hit. Oh, and the great Mays also did a climb-the-wall catch over his shoulder that day, going at a full run that was first horizontal and then vertical. Given all the background details (and no need to go into them), A Rod would need to hit around a thousand before I'll put him w/in shouting distance of Willie, Hank, Babe or any of the other true legends.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Susan Lewis

    WAY TO GO A-DUDE!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. karen

    This is not a milestone, considering he admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. He should be
    ashamed of himself.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Josh

    Wow, all of you Baseball, Yankee and A-Rod haters. For people who dont like any of the three, why would you even read this, comment and feel that everyone cares what you think. And for Keith, you are not to bright are you, did your mom drop you on your head when you where a child, or are you just this dumb naturally. If the Yankees buy their championships and dont use talent like the rest of them, then Jeter, Cano, A Rod, Tex, Swisher and the rest of them dont have talent, they are just a bunch of over paid average joes, but since they are over paided then they can produce...And for all the people who think Hank Aaron or anyone else before the 80's didnt use steriods, do you pay attention...Several players from the 60's and 70's came out and said steriods where being used along with cocaine, and playing drunk. The game as come along way, and just like anything it is not perfect. But lets see;
    Football-Shootings/Steriods
    Basketball-Shootings
    Baseball-Steriods
    Hockey-Who really cares its hockey
    I think I will go with Baseball, and besides its all entertainment folks, less we forget.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • CBC

      Thank you!!

      August 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TLB

    How many of those HRs were done while he was on steroids? Sorry I'm not impressed Ster-Rod.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ernest E Felder Jr

    This is spectacle and embarrassment to game of baseball A-Rod has nothing to boast about. 250-300 Homeruns he hit were during his steriod induced years-Texas Rangers–to get that big contract with New York. You want honesty, integrity, and hard work to be the ethics your kids and grandkids see in these sports Heroes. A-Rod had the money and a high powered PR team to try to put a positive fascade over a most tragic American Story–the staining of Baseball by the use of enhancement drug-illegal drugs. Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Palmeiro...should all be treated alike-ignore them, banned them and their phoney stats from baseball and the Hall of Fame. Is A-Rod better than Pete Rose?–because he plays in New York get him preferential treatment? Rose did his time–A-Rod needs to do his. No, money do not buy integrity and fair sportmanship. He and the other imposters should never be in the Hall of Fame-even if he hit 600 more.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. EddieInRI

    So this means they may actually save this series and not get swept by the BLUE JAYS?!

    Right now they're where they belong in the division – behind Tampa Bay. And to think that the Rays don't need to buy a championship...

    August 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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