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.

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soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. gtnyc

    he's going to go get another mural of himself as a centaur painted

    August 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony

    if you give me as much steroids as A-ROD I can hit 600 homeruns too... and win two academy awards... and find a cure for cancer before 2010 is over.

    im kind of embarrassed for the parents that let their kids applaud this phony.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. qwerty allstar

    man i read through so many comments, and people just gripe. THats all people do now days is gripe gripe gripe.......for what? I mean if youre not interested then dont look. If you read and you dont care then click the back or home button and youll be a-ok. I mean come on 10 mins after you read this article did it even matter? I didnt think so! dang people. To the ones who actually had something positive to say, thank you.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimo

      But I can't escape paying for his salary. He makes more in a few weeks than the average fan will in 30 years of slaving 9 to 5. All that money comes from product endorsements and from tv advertising not from fans in the stands so every time I buy beer or coke or whatever I am paying an entertainment tax to pay for guys like this who think they are God's gift but really don't contribute anything lasting to the world.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jvr

    This is not news. It's not exciting, I hate Alex Rodriguez and everything he stands for. I hate New York and their influence on the media because if A-Roid didn't play for the Yankees and was plaing in Kansas City or Pittsburgh this wouldn't be news at all. Horray CNN for wasting a breaking news on this schmuck

    August 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jose canseco

    way to go partner i told you roids work!

    August 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lauren

    oh people please stop hating. aren't we all sick and tired of the depressing news of late? ARod's 600th HR in no way takes away from the importance of what's going on in our world, but for a brief moment, 50,000+people in Yankee Stadium witnessed a moment in sports history and he gave the millions of baseball fans around the world something to cheer about. we'll be back to bickering and sparring and warring soon enough. lighten up!

    August 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony in Phoneix

      Sorry, I love baseball. And I hate steroids and what they have done to the game.

      August 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jvr

      It would be different if he hadn't cheated...this is just like everything else in the world today. Full of lies. This is in no way different, everyone that doesn't live in New York could care less to see him hit these homeruns.

      August 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. c

    Ridiculous. Why do we continue to celebrate when we know that the results are artificial? The whole game is now a fake. Depressing.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GetReal

    It's amazing how easy for you losers to tear down any accomplishment posted. More importantly, anyone who is a minority continues to be held to a different standard than "your american heroes". If you're going to place an asterik next to the guys mentioned, why not Babe Ruth. He admitted to being drunk for most games and rarely could play without getting hammered, i guess that was his "performance enhancement" drug of choice. If the pitchers are using (i.e. Roger Clemens) then I guess no one really has an advantage. Try posting something positive once in a while. None of you know these guys personally, so before you judge their character on whether they're a good person or not, you should make sure your "house" is in order first.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jvr

      Sure Babe Ruth was drunk, but how could that have helped his performance in any way, shape, or form? My "house" is in order you dope. Nobody compares themselves to Alex Rodriguez, but everyone knows he cheated the game and has cheated at life. How is he being held to a different standard? He's a Latin American who had signed the biggest contract in sports history. I will not feel sorry for this loser, and I will not be called a racist because I think he cheated. You sir are an awful debater

      August 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Omnipotent

    While 600 is a milestone in baseball it is not front page news for the world or even the U.S. While I understand needing something to divert our attention from the constant business failings and depressing news it should not come in the form of over paid celebrities and sports superstars. These things should be posted in the sports section where they belong, just because someone in a sport achieves a milestone does not mean it should be top of all news or of the program, unless it is a sports program. News of Pakistan flooding, means more to the world, news of children in the US starving, means more to the world, and of course sports mean a lot to the world as well but they are not necessary, and they are not NEWS they are sports recaps. News is defined as a report of a recent event; intelligence; information. While this is a recent event it is a sporting event there is a section for that. It is in no one intelligence based a caveman could hit a round object moving quickly with a stick and they did, it was called clubbing an animal or hunting. While it is information, it is useless information, you can not do anything with it save maybe someday in the distant future answer some $500 Jeopardy question on the youngest player to hit 600 home runs. Other than that it's useless. I know plenty of other professions, a teacher, just as an example that do way more complex thought than standing still and swinging at an object, striking it and then running fast to another object before the stricken object gets there. If only we paid people for what they contribute to society, the people who teach others to be more intelligent and make better choices would be (and should be) our REAL celebrities and superstars. You want to see something truly exciting get involved in the lives of children and educate them and be there for them not for your sports teams and your newest reality TV shows.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Says who? Says you? Who cares? People dig it so they write it. Just 'cuz you're not one of them means the world needs to change on your behalf? You're part of the problem.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cris

      The fact is however, people aren't going to pay to watch a teacher give her 600th math test. I would also bet the thousands of people who support families because of MLB and minor leauge stadiums across the country are glad it's a business and not just a game.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Omnipotent

      What I am saying is that our priorities are not straight, baseball Major or minor would not support anyone if we did not value it so highly, there would be no need for it to support families if a teachers wage could do it or even a bank teller or a salesman or any other job that doesn't make at least 50k+ per year. You know what could support many families $36 million/year could support 720 families given each 50k per year for those not up on math $36,000,000/$50,000=720 feel free to verify with your calculator. this gross overpayment to someone who hits a ball with a bat is what is wrong not the fact that people enjoy watching it. People enjoy watching car accidents on the highways and america's funniest home videos, the emergency service workers and the towing service workers were not paid 36 million a piece for the entertainment they provided, the guy who jumped off the roof and fractured his leg in 3 places also did not. It is fine to find it baseball/sports/movies entertaining, but to pay them more than our educators and military and emergency workers is not, and this is not just my opinion this my friend is a fact.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Wilson

    Tainted 600. 156 of those home runs came from the Texas Rangers and he has already admitted taking steriods during that time. Selig needs to take those 156 home runs away for admittingly cheating.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jamie

    This isn't news, seriously. He is a known cheater. On the field and off the field he doesn't play by the rules. He will never be in the hall of fame nor will his other juice brothers. If your children think this man is a hero or an idol, than you have failed them miserably. May he go away quickly and hopefully karma will step in and prevent him from hitting 700.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carol

    so how many homers do you subtract from 600 for his cheating steroid use?

    August 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Question #8

      That was an original thought! Duh!

      August 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Wilson

      156 home runs..when he was with the Rangers.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Benny

    Go A-Rod! But the Yankees still suck. Sorry.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John M

    Of course, there was a problem going form 599 to 600. He had to wait until the yankees were at home. Waste of time.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kerry

    Blah, blah, blah – go Yanks

    August 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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