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Congratulations, A-Rod

NEW YORK - AUGUST 04:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees holds the ball he used to hit his 600th career home run. Rodriguez hit a first inning two run home run against pitcher Shaun Marcum of the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Ron KaplanContributor IAugust 4, 2010

 

Of course, Alex Rodriguez has a shadow over him, thanks in no small part to Selena Robert, who wrote A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez . People will be talking about the validity of his records for a long time. Which is a shame, since so much of it came before he (allegedly) indulged in PEDs.

More on A-Rod from Sports Illustrated :

  • Joe Posnanski on how the increasing numbers have changed fans’ perceptions
  • Ben Reiter on how Alex is different at 600 than he was at 500
  • Cliff Corcoran on the who, what, and whens of Rodriguez’s home runs
  • And Tom Verducci on the “tainted” mark

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