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A-Rod on verge of joining baseball's 3,000-500 club

Barring a shocking and abrupt end to the career of Alex Rodriguez, he will become the fifth player to accumulate at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs in the majors. A-Rod notched a pair of hits Thursday night and now sits at 2,999 hits and 666 home runs.

Here's a look at the four men whom previously reached the 3,000-500 milestone, as well as a few who fell just short.

Hank AaronHammerin' Hank, the former home run king who capped his career with 755 blasts, created this unique club on May 17, 1970, the day he collected his 3,000th hit. He added another 771 after that, finishing third on the all-time list.

Willie Mays

Mays joined Aaron a little more than two months later, when on July 18 he crossed the 3,000-hit barrier. The Say Hey Kid had previously beaten Aaron to 500 home runs in 1965, nearly three years faster. Mays finished with 660 homers 3,283 hits.

Eddie Murray

The Hall of Famer never eclipsed 186 hits or 33 home runs in a season, but Murray's consistent production through age 40 pushed him to 3,255 hits and 504 homers. His 500th home run on Sept. 6, 1996, made him this club's third member.

Rafael Palmeiro

Palmeiro was nearing age 41 when he joined the 3,000 hit club on July 15, 2005, two years after his 500th home run. Barely two weeks later, he tested positive for violating baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.


Stan Musial: Stan the Man's incredible career with the Cardinals included the fourth-most hits ever

(3,630) and 475 home runs.

Frank Robinson: The only man to win MVP awards in both the AL and NL, Robinson finished with 586 homers and 2,943 hits.

Barry Bonds: Baseball's maligned home run king bashed 762 dingers over 22 years, but fell 65 hits short of 3,000.

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