Alex Rodriguez passes Ken Griffey Jr., now 5th on homer list

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Alex Rodriguez launched his 631st career homer over the Green Monster on Friday, moving him past Ken Griffey Jr. on the all-time list:

1. Barry Bonds – 762
2. Hank Aaron – 755
3. Babe Ruth – 714
4. Willie Mays – 660
5. Alex Rodriguez – 631
6. Ken Griffey Jr. – 630
7. Sammy Sosa – 609
8. Jim Thome – 604
9. Frank Robinson – 586
10. Mark McGwire – 583

The homer was A-Rod’s second of 2012. He’ll need 30 more in order to overtake Mays this year. Rodriguez finished with 30 exactly in both 2009 and 2010 and 16 in 99 games last season, so Mays’ mark may be another year away.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.