I've been writing this since October 2012, long before the Biogenesis PED scandal.
Countdown to Opening Day - 7: Major milestones loom amid A-Rod's return to baseball
by Dan Toman 3h ago thescore.com
Sometimes it's easy to forget Alex Rodriguez is one of the best baseball players of all time...
this spring ... lead New York Yankees regulars in OBP, SLG, OPS and homers...
A-Rod is closing in on three major milestones:
3,000 hits (needs 61) ... A-Rod might need about 400 PAs or 80 games to find green 61 more times
2,000 RBIs (needs 31)
This knucklehead omitted 2,000 Runs scored (needs 81).
61 hits in 400 PA? If 350 AB, A-Rod would have .174 BA and be benched. Where do they come up with this stuff?
In 2014 Derek Jeter had 634 (570 SS) PA, 581 (521 SS) AB.
A-Rod should bat that much as DH. He's in great shape. I think the year off let his body rest, more than Jeter who kept trying and failing to play in 2013.
People will applaud when A-Rod reaches the milestones, home or road.
Alex Rodriguez: reachable milestones in 2013 worth $$$? Thursday, October 18, 2012
Alex Rodriguez can easily reach these milestones in 2013:
- 2,000 RBI: needs 50
- 3,000 Hits: needs 99.
More difficult but possible would be 2,000 runs; Rodriguez needs 102, which he has not achieved since 2008.
These are huge accomplishments. Most teams would relish having a player reach even one of these. To have a player reach two in the same season would be special. Three would be extra special.