When Alex Rodriguez launched a two-run homer to right-center field in the New York Yankees’ 7-6 win over the Twins on Saturday, he crept closer to an illustrious milestone that has flown under the radar thus far in 2016.
The ball soared over the wall, bringing the Yankee slugger to 695 career home runs. With that, he is five homers short of the exclusive 700-home run club that has been a talk of his entire career.
Since A-Rod’s prime, a major discussion and debate regarded whether he would become baseball’s all-time home run king. Once on pace to shatter the mark (762), injuries and sidetracks have stopped the aging star from that ultimate achievement.
However, 700 was never out of the equation. Each round number he reached brought him closer to the inevitable clip and the eventual surpassing of the iconic Babe Ruth at 714.
Currently 40 years of age, set to turn 41 in July, Rodriguez is poised to become the fourth man – Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds – in baseball history to jack 700 baseballs out the park in a single longevous career.
With the inconsistencies of A-Rod and the Yankees as a whole thus far this season, the milestone has not been a major subject of discussion. It was known entering the campaign that he sat at 687, but it has taken some time to start sniffing the mark.
The major question moving forward will be how long it will take for him to reach 700 once and for all.