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Alex Rodriguez: In pursuit of 600 home runs

With his game-winning home run on Thursday, Alex Rodriguez goes into today with 595. Unless he suffers a career-ending injury, A-Rod will soon become the seventh player to hit 600 home runs.

Barry Bonds 762

Hank Aaron 755

Babe Ruth 714

Willie Mays 660

Ken Griffey Jr. 630

Sammy Sosa 609

In case you're wondering, A-Rod's contract bonuses for milestone home runs don't kick in until and if he gets to 660. He gets $6 million when the 660th leaves the yard.

Other $6 million home run for A-Rod:

-- 714

-- 755

-- 762

-- 763

If he gets all five, he will make an extra $30 million.

Will it cheapen the home run chase? You bet it will. Check back in a few years. It's gonna be a huge deal that he is getting this money. And not in a good way.


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