Will A-Rod be the last Club 600 member?
At current rate, exclusive list may lock out future entrants
Club 600 used to be one of the most cliquish clubs in town, that little hideaway down a dark alley with no sign above the entrance and a burly bouncer blocking the door. The proprietor was a guy by the name of George Herman Ruth. He built the place in 1931.Membership at this club was limited. Extremely limited. Over the course of 40 years, only two other guys got in.
Over time, however, the secret got out, the membership expanded. In fact, in the past decade, it doubled. And on Wednesday, when Alex Rodriguez connected on No. 600 against the Blue Jays' Shaun Marcum, it swelled to seven. A-Rod's career home run total ascended to 600 so quickly that it's easy to take the tally for granted. But the truth is, in the wake of an era obviously impacted by performance-enhancing drugs, Club 600 might again attain the level of exclusivity it once possessed. After Ruth founded the club on his way to No. 714, Willie Mays joined in 1969 and wound up finishing with 660. Hank Aaron followed in 1971, en route to 755. For a long while, it was quiet. Then the door swung open and the horde came in. Barry Bonds in 2002. Sammy Sosa in '07. Ken Griffey Jr. in '08. And now, A-Rod. Four guys in eight years. Not a normal pace. But don't get used to this rate of progression. Only two active players, Jim Thome (577) and Manny Ramirez (554) are knocking on the 600 Club's door. And only one guy 30 or younger, Albert Pujols (392), is at least nearing the zip code.
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