Now Serving: #600. The Pitchers Behind the Number.
Alex Rodriguez joined an elite group of men who have hit 600 in baseball history. Congratulations A-Rod!
Unfortunately, Shaun Marcum joined an exclusive group as well. For every 600th home run that's hit, someone has to serve it up. Here are the men who became famous by throwing the ball that ended up in Cooperstown.
7. Shaun Marcum
Shaun Marcum served up #600 to Alex Rodriguez. Marcum, considered to be the ace of the Blue Jays staff, has 34 career wins in parts of five big league seasons, alll with Toronto. It was the 13th home run he gave up this year and his 75th all time.
Marcum missed all of 2009 after undergoing successful Tommy John surgery.
6. Mark Hendrickson
Mark Hendrickson, then of the Florida Marlins, served up home run #600 to Ken Griffey, Jr.
Hendrickson, currently active with the Orioles, has pitched for Toronto, Los Angeles (NL), Florida and Tampa Bay. His career record is 57-72 and this his 9th season in Major League Baseball.
5. Jason Marquis
Jason Marquis, then with the Cubs, served up #600 to Sammy Sosa in 2007. Ironically, it was Sosa's first ever home run against the Cubs and it came during an Interleague game.
Marquis has a career record of 94-86 with the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Rockies and Nationals. He's a former Silver Slugger winner and won a World Series ring with the Cardnials in 2006.
Of note, this will be this first season of Marquis' career that he has not made the postseason.
4. Kip Wells
Kip Wells, shown here with Washington, served up Barry Bonds' 600th home run. Wells, who was pitching for Pittsburgh at the time, has also suited up for the White Sox, Rangers, Cardinals, Rockies, Royals and Reds. He has a career record of 67-99. His best season was in 2003 when he went 10-9 and had a 3.28 ERA.
Wells currently pitches with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.
3. Gaylord Perry
Gaylord Perry, shown here at his Hall of Fame induction, is the only Hall of Famer on this list. He served up #600 to Hank Aaron on April 27, 1971. Perry was pitching for the Giants on that fateful day. He's also pitched for the Indians, Rangers, Padres, Yankees, Braves, Mariners and Royals. He has 314 career wins and over 3500 strikeouts, won a Cy Young in each league and pitched a no-hitter.
Ironically, the man playing CF for the Giants that day was the last player before Aaron to hit 600 home runs: Willie Mays.
2. Mike Corkins
Mike Corkins spent six seasons with the San Diego Padres. On Sept., 22, 1969, he gave up Willie Mays' 600th home run, becoming only the second Major Leaguer to ever give up someone's 600th home run. Corkins finished his career with a 19-28 record with 9 saves. He also hit .202 with 5 home runs in his short career.
1. George Blaeholder
Babe Ruth's 600th career home run was his 35th of 1931. He hit off of George Blaeholder of the St. Louis Browns in Sportsman Park.
Blaeholder pitched for the Browns, Athletics and Indians in an 11 year career. His lifetime record is 104-125 with a 4.54 ERA. In 1932, he went 14-14 with 16 complete games, his only season that didn;t have more losses than wins.
Come back in a couple of seasons when there'll be a Now Serving #700 list, which will include such names as Jake Peavy, Ken Brett, Tommy Bridges, and a player to be named later.
If A-Rod can get there...