Alex Rodriguez is the all-time AL RBI champion. Sorta.

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The great thing about Alex Rodriguez commentary is how most commentators think everything he has accomplished is phony and suspect. Yet, when he actually does something that is sorta phony and suspect, he’s credited with it without much scrutiny!

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Yes, I agree that, per the record book A-Rod now has the all-time AL RBI record, with 1,995 RBI to 1,993 by the Iron Horse. But, as most of these articles mention in passing, Babe Ruth (a) has 1,992; and (b) played six seasons before RBI was an official stat. If you go to Baseball-Reference.com, there appear his unofficial RBI totals for 1914-1919, which amount to 224.

None of which matters. Records are what records are and our subjective consideration of them doesn’t much matter. Which is why, no matter what you think of Barry Bonds, he’s the all-time home run leader, for example.

But it is kind of odd that all of the people who like to insert their own subjective criteria when discounting the records of steroids guys haven’t thought to yell about how A-Rod’s RBI record is suspect as well. Especially given that the reason for discounting this accomplishment is far better, or at least far more objective and verifiable, than the reason they discount everything else he does.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.