Will Alex Rodriguez Surpass Babe Ruth on the All-Time Home Run List in 2016?

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016
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Alex Rodriguez Love him or hate him, Alex Rodriguez has always had the propensity to hit home runs and lots of them.

The often maligned Rodriguez is closing in on an historic accomplishment, one that he could even conquer in 2016. The slugger needs 27 round trippers to tie Babe Ruth for 3rd on the All-Time Home Run list with 714.

A-Rod rejuvenated his career and his social standing with the Yankees faithful last season, a year removed from his suspension for performance enhancing drugs. The 40-year blasted 33 home runs in a comeback performance for the ages.

Now the question remains, Will the baseball gods bestow another season of power and health on the ageing 21-year MLB veteran?

Prior to last season Rodriguez had not eclipsed the 20 home run plateau since his 2010 campaign where he connected for 30. However, the Yankees are primarily using A-Rod as a designated hitter at this point in his career. The former third-basemen only saw action in 4 games at the hot corner and 2 games at 1st base respectively last season. The reduced work-load paid dividends reducing the wear and tear on the slugger’s body which in all probability precipitated the power surge.

Rodriguez who is notoriously “Public Enemy #1” in any ballpark but the Bronx, will be afforded the opportunity to scrawl his name in the record books with some very elite company should he find a way to muscle 27 pitches out of the yard this summer.

At the commencement of last season the thought of catching and eclipsing Ruth for third place seemed insurmountable. A seemingly daunting task for even the biggest Rodriguez supporter to swallow.

In a recent interview with Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, Rodriguez discussed the possibility of catching Ruth “Overwhelming”. “When you start playing baseball at 9 years old, you never think about tying anybody, let alone a guy like Babe Ruth,”

The 14-time All-Star is to be paid $21 million for the final two years of his pact with the Yankees which would take his to the end of the 2017 season. He also has $30 million in marketing performance bonuses for achieving home run milestones 660 through to 763, some of which he has already attained. It is difficult to fathom Rodriguez not being able to catch Ruth before the conclusion of his contract which in all likelihood will be the end of his MLB career.

Whether you are a fan of #13 or not, you have to respect the skills and longevity he has been able to attain throughout his career.

Despite the steroids and the scandals, there is a place for Alex Rodriguez in the record books regardless if the BBWAA writers don’t agree on Cooperstown.

Look for 13 to go to 3rd in 2016.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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