Have no fear, MLB fans — Alex Rodriguez is on the road to recovery and could be playing at a minor league ballpark near you. With just a few weeks until A-Rod is back in the New York Yankees lineup, it’s time to set some realistic and not-so realistic expectations for the steroid-accused slugger.
At 37 years old, Rodriguez will have to prove that he can perform at a high level once again as he has missed 195 regular season games in the last three years combined. However, even if we grant A-Rod good health for the rest of his career will he be able to eclipse Barry Bonds‘ MLB record of 762 career home runs? Whether you despise Rodriguez or think he is the best third baseman of all time, you still have to watch closely to see if he is going to make history this season.
One hundred fifteen home runs may not seem like a lot, but given Rodriguez’s latest bouts with injury the mountain might be too steep for No. 13 to climb. Besides, 2010 was the last time that the Yankees’ infielder clubbed more than 16 home runs in a season. On the other hand, if A-Rod can salvage 2013 and smash a hypothetical 10 bombs, then the Yankees’ third basemen will only have 105 home runs between he and Bonds.
Perhaps A-Roid hits just 20 home runs a year from 2014 to 2017, the third baseman will have a mere 23 home runs left until he surpasses the current HR King. It won’t be easy, but to say that Rodriguez isn’t knocking at the door is totally ignorant.