I’m sure it’s no surprise to any intelligent follower of baseball on Planet Earth, but the Yankee player that fans most love to hate …
Will retire after next season when his current contract runs out.
So, does A-Rod have chances at more milestones? Let’s look at his career on B-Ref.
He’s 28 HRs behind the Babe for third all time. Should get that, barring injury. Not likely to get the 69 to pass Aaron, let alone 76 for Bonds.
On sabermetrics, he needs 5 career WAR, B-Ref version, to be 10th among position players.
On counting stats? Just 243 total bases, very reachable, puts him past Bonds for fourth all time. Another 90 passes Mays and he has an outside shot at Musial. Eighth in runs scored, he’ll likely pass Mays, with a shot at Ruth and Rose. Fifth in RBIs, he’ll pass Cap Anson with an outside shot at Ruth.
Meanwhile, another player starts his retirement tour now. Per an ESPN brief:
First leg of David Ortiz’s farewell tour will take place Monday in Fort Myers. Red Sox announce he will be honored before final home spring-training game, with ’34’ painted on field and pregame ceremony.
Ready for some Sawks-Yankee action, eh?
Finally, in Forbes’ annual team valuation, the Pinstripes are first (surprise) and Boston third. The Dollars of LA hold second. Giants, Cubs, Mets and Cards are 4-7.
The Forbes piece is worth a read by itself. On the second page, it talks about the future of MLB Advanced Media (whose revenue is equally shared by the 30 teams) and other things. And, it lays out continued appreciation in team values, etc., which all mean …
Contra a certain other site …
Baseball is NOT Dying!