Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez joined the 3,000-hit club on Friday night against the Tigers when he hit a Justin Verlander offering to right-center for a solo home run in the first inning. Rodriguez is the 29th player to join the 3,000-hit club and is tied with Roberto Clemente on the all-time leaderboard.
With 61 more hits through the end of the season, Rodriguez could move into 21st all-time with 3,061 hits ahead of Craig Biggio. He would need to get 111 more hits to pass Dave Winfield at #20.
Rodriguez, 39, is batting .281/.386/.521 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI this season. He has 667 home runs and 2,004 RBI in his career spanning 21 seasons.
Baseball is an Olympic sport once again and USA Baseball begins the road to qualifying for the 2020 Games in just a couple of weeks. They’ll be doing it with a new manager, though, as current team USA manager Joe Girardi has stepped down from the role in order to concentrate on his quest to return to managing in the big leagues.
Girardi has interviewed for the Cubs job already and is candidate for the openings with the Mets and the Phillies. His stepping down from the Olympic job suggests that he thinks he stands a pretty good chance of getting one of the seven current openings around the game. Or, at the very least, that he wishes to show clubs with openings that he’s serious.
Girardi will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who was poised to be Girardi’s bench coach with Team USA.
The team begins training in Arizona on October 21. It begins playing qualifier games in early November in Mexico. Eventually, the 2020 Olympic Games will feature a six-nation field.