13 on #13, A-Rod’s first 600

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August 4, 2010, 9:00 PM

13 Facts About No. 13

By BILL CHUCK
The New York Yankees

Alex Rodriguez has become the seventh player and the youngest member of the 600 Club. A-Rod joins Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630) and Sammy Sosa (609). Ruth had been the youngest to hit 600, reaching the mark in 1931 at 36 years, 196 days. Rodriguez is just eight days past his 35th birthday. Both Ruth and Rodriguez hit No. 600 wearing a Yankee uniform.

Here are 13 facts on No. 13:

1. Milestone homers:
• Rodriguez’s first homer, while with the Mariners, was off Tom Gordon of the Kansas City Royals on June 12, 1995.
• His 100th homer, while with the Mariners, was off Nerio Rodriguez of the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 12, 1998.
• His 200th homer, while with the Rangers, was off Jon Garland of the Chicago White Sox on May 12, 2001.
• His 300th homer, while with the Rangers, was off Ramon Ortiz of the then-Anaheim Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels) on April 2, 2003.
• His 400th homer, while with the Yankees, was off Jorge de la Rosa of the Milwaukee Brewers on June 8, 2005.
• His 500th homer, while with the Yankees, was off Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 4, 2007.
• His 600th homer, while with the Yankees, was off Shaun Marcum of the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 4, 2010.

2. Bartolo Colon, Ramon Ortiz, and David Wells are A-Rod’s favorite victims, each having given up eight gophers.

3. Rodriguez has had 55 multihomer games, hitting three in a game three times and never hitting four.

4. Rodriguez has 21 grand slams and 310 home runs with the bases empty.

5. He has hit 125 homers at Yankee Stadium (28 of which have been hit in the new stadium), the most of any ballpark. Rangers ballpark with his 96 homers is second on his list. He’s hit 60 at Safeco and 39 at the Kingdome; Angels Stadium is next with 37 homers.

6. He’s hit 255 as a Yankee, 189 as a Mariner and 156 as a Ranger. He’s the only player in baseball history with 150+ homers with three different teams.

7. Of his homers, 454 have been against righties, 146 against lefties.

8. Of his homers, 310 have been at home, 290 on the road.

9. His favorite team to hit homers against is the Angels, off whom he has hit 67.

10. He has hit two homers on 3-0 counts and 21 on 0-2 counts.

11. Three times in his career (in 1999, 2003 and 2007), Rodriguez homered in five consecutive games, his longest streaks.

12. Rodriguez has led the league in homers five times:
• 2001 –- 52 homers
• 2002 –- 57 homers
• 2003 –- 47 homers
• 2005 — 48 homers
• 2007 –- 54 homers

13. Rodriguez has hit 30 or more homers in 12 consecutive seasons. He has 17 this season.

Originally published in the NYTimes.com