New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th home run against the Toronto Blue Jays off Shaun Marcum Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at Yankee Stadium, making him the youngest in history to join the 600 Club.
A-Rod’s 600th homer comes exactly three years to the day after his 500th HR. Rodriguez is the seventh player in MLB history to be a part of the 600 Club, joining baseball greats Barry Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630) and Sammy Sosa (609). 35-year-old Alex Rodriguez is now the youngest member of the club, taking the title from Babe Ruth, who was 36-years-old when he hit his 600th home run in 1931. Being so young, A-Rod is ahead of pace and many are already looking to the next big milestone of 700 home runs. The only players to reach the 700 mark in MLB history are Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
A-Rod hit his 599th home run Thursday, July 22, against the Kansas City Royals. It took him 46 at-bats to hit his 600th home run after he hit number 599.
Despite A-Rod’s accomplishment of joining the 600 Club today, not everyone is celebrating. Some feel it hasn’t been rightfully earned after he admitted in 2009 that he had used steroids while playing for the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003, where he hit 156 of his 600 home runs.