Alex Rodriguez could be implicated in every single MLB PED scandal for the next three years, but he still is going to finish his career as the first player to hit more than 762 home runs. Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron‘s illustrious 755 home run mark in 2007, and Bonds’ record will surely be broken in the coming years.
The New York Yankees are stuck with Rodriguez for at least the next four years because they owe him $118 million from now until 2017. As long as New York allows Rodriguez to come to the ballpark every day, he is going to break Bonds’ home run record.
Rodriguez currently has 647 dingers to his name and at age 37, it’s unfair to call him washed-up just yet. For instance, in his last healthy season, Rodriguez blasted 30 home runs in just 137 regular season games. If A-Rod can salvage 2013 and smash a hypothetical 13 bombs, then the Yankees third basemen will only have 102 home runs between him and Bonds.
If A-Rod can hit just 20 home runs a year from 2014 to 2017, the third basemen will have a mere 23 home runs left until he surpasses the current HR King.
Listen, veteran players usually find a home even when they pass their prime, and some team is bound to sign Rodriguez during his chase towards the crown. Purists across the sport are praying that Rodriguez never hits another home run, but I’m going out on a limb and saying the 115 home runs that are in his way will be hit before A-Rod hangs up his cleats.