After being dragged into the story about Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez also homered against the Red Sox last night to tie Frank Robinson for seventh place on the all-time list with 586.
It was Rodriguez’s first homer in 61 at-bats and just his third of the season, but his next long ball will break the tie with Robinson and he also figures to pass Sammy Sosa by the end of the year: Here’s the current top 10:
Barry Bonds 762
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Ken Griffey Jr. 630
Sammy Sosa 609
Alex Rodriguez 586
Frank Robinson 586
Mark McGwire 583
Harmon Killebrew 573
Ken Griffey Jr. looks just about done, so he’s unlikely to pass Willie Mays for fourth place. Assuming that A-Rod ends up with at least 30 homers this year, he’d pass Sosa late in the season and then have Griffey and Mays in his sights for 2011. Also worth noting is that Jim Thome is four homers from tying Harmon Killebrew for 10th place and could also move past Mark McGwire and Robinson by season’s end.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter is not expected to retain his position with the club beyond the 2018 season, according to multiple reports from Jon Heyman of Fancred and Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. Nothing appears to be finalized just yet, however, and the Orioles have yet to address rumors of Showalter’s impending departure or news of a possible contract extension for general manager Dan Duquette.
Even so, it’s been a year of near-unprecedented disaster for the 62-year-old skipper, who helped lead the team to a 44-108 record prior to the outcome of Friday’s series opener against the Yankees. With the Orioles’ 108th loss — a 4-6 heartbreaker against the Blue Jays on Tuesday — they tied the 1937 St. Louis Browns for the second-most losses in a single season, eclipsed only by the 43-111 record of the 1939 Browns. As they have just 10 games remaining in the regular season, this year’s team has no chance of climbing out of last place in the AL East and may well finish with the worst record in the AL to boot.
While the Orioles’ missteps don’t bode well for Showalter’s future in Baltimore, he’s brought far more good than harm to the organization over the last eight and a half years. He assumed the managerial position from interim manager Juan Samuel in the middle of the team’s 2010 season and guided the club to five winning seasons and three postseason appearances in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Entering the 2018 season, his record sits at 666 wins and 677 losses, the winningest mark by any of the team’s skippers since Earl Weaver wrapped his 17-season run with the team in 1986. Whether the Orioles believe Showalter is capable of recovering from two consecutive losing seasons and returning the team to their former days of glory (and the occasional division title) remains to be seen, of course, though there’s plenty to recommend him as they prepare to advance a full-scale rebuild over the offseason.