If there has been one baseball player that has managed to accumulate both high praise and incredibly controversy it would be the New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez. He is loved by many and hated by just as many more. He is also a player who, at one time, was the highest paid in all of baseball, which probably contributed to his reputation as being both beloved, particularly for fans of the team he is on, and hated, particularly by those of the opponents of whatever team he is on.
Regardless of a fan’s feelings on the man whose name is often shortened to A Rod, the fact is that he is a driver baseball player. There is also no denying the statistics of his playing days that prove the man knows how to get results. He has amassed over 600 hundred home runs and his current home run stat stands at 629. He crossed the 600 home run mark in the 2011 season and hit looks as if he will continue to add to his total for 2012. The fact is that Rodriguez says he is pursuing nothing less than the all-time home run record for his career. Whether or not he reaches that, of course, remains to be seen.
Currently the all-time home run records is held by Barry Bonds. His record stands at 762. Of course, Bonds has been, and always was, more controversial than Rodriguez. And given the accusations of steroid use on the part of Bonds, the accusations and controversy over his holding of the record seems like something that will stand for some time.
Of course, Rodriguez has also been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. The fact remains that Alex Rodriguez continues to play, says that he is clean from the drug usage these days, and he continues to pound out home runs. As the 2012 season starts and Yankee fans get ready to cheer on A Rod, the question becomes, how many will he manage to hit in the new season? Of course, the season will need to be played in order to find that out.
Rodriguez has not only hit over 600 home runs, but he also has been an All Star 14 times. He also won the Hank Aaron Award for the American League four times. He has been the American League MVP three times and a Golden Glove winner twice. That means, regardless of how fans may feel about Alex Rodriguez, the fact remains that he has impressive stats and may end up achieving the goal he has dreamed of, of becoming the all time homerun champion.