Alex Rodriguez joins the 3,000-hit club with a home run off of Justin Verlander

51 Comments

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.

MLBPA proposes 114-game season, playoff expansion to MLB

LG Patterson/MLB via Getty Images
1 Comment

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.

If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.

Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.