Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez joined the 3,000-hit club on Friday with an opposite field home run against Justin Verlander. He got his 3,001st hit, passing Roberto Clemente to move into 28th place on baseball’s all-time hit list, in style as well.
With runners on first and third in the third inning, Rodriguez drove a 1-1 fastball from Ian Krol to left field for a no-doubt three run home run. He’s knocked in five runs thus far in the contest as the Yankees currently lead 10-0 as of this writing. Rodriguez now has 668 home runs in his career along with 2,009 RBI. On the season, he’s hitting .279/.381/.527 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI.
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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.