Mays had 1,000 plus more at bats than Rodriguez has now. Rodriguez hit a 477 foot homer this season, so he still has the power.
But the Yankee owners have a beef with A-Rod over this specific issue, passing all time greats in career home runs.
A-Rod, just donate the bonus money to charity. Call out Levine and the Steinbrenner Kids. Thursday, January 29, 2015
Steinbrenner Kids: add tacky to dumb and lazy: trying to void A-Rod's bonus. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Is this driven by family hanger on Randy Levine, club president of the New York Yankees? ...
Motive: petty vindictiveness and self loathing that they gave A-Rod a new contract that they now regret.
The Yankees are now a ship of fools. Yankee fans will deliver that message when they support A-Rod as he achieves historic milestones in home runs and other totals, including 3,000 hits and 2,000 RBI, both of which he is now likely to reach this season. In fact I think even opposing fans will cheer if A-Rod does these things on the road.
What fools denigrate their own brand and product? Who devalues their biggest star?
Alex Rodriguez’s Quest Is Going, Going ... Unobserved
By BILLY WITZ APRIL 22, 2015 New York Times
DETROIT — The Yankees seem to have never met a moment they could not monetize...
Rodriguez, whose surprisingly successful return from a yearlong doping suspension has been the dominating story line of the Yankees’ young season, is nearing fourth place on baseball’s career home run list ... leaving him two home runs behind Willie Mays’s 660...
Not only are the Yankees declining to celebrate Rodriguez’s impending achievement, though, they are all but ignoring it.
Yankees officials refused to explain their handling of the situation, but it is widely understood in baseball that they are tiptoeing around a potential legal showdown with Rodriguez over a series of $6 million bonuses they do not want to pay him because of his use of performance-enhancing drugs...
If Rodriguez reaches 660 at Yankee Stadium — the team is returning home for six games, beginning Friday against the Mets — it could be particularly awkward...
How Yankees management will handle it is even less certain. Will there be an announcement on the scoreboard? Will the game be stopped to acknowledge Rodriguez’s achievement? Or will the moment pass as if it never happened? If the Yankees, caught between paying homage to their brand and the bottom line, fail to strike the proper tone, not to worry: With Rodriguez now 48 hits from 3,000 for his career, they may soon get another chance.
The ship of fools is sinking. Yankee TV ratings have plummeted down to a near tie with the Mets. See my previous post.