Alex Rodriguez Passes Mays for Fourth on MLB Home Run List

Alex Rodriguez hit his 661th home run to pass Willie Mays for fourth place on Major League Baseball’s career list.

Rodriguez reached the milestone in the third inning of the New York Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium Thursday night.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said May 2 that Rodriguez wouldn’t get a $6 million bonus for tying Mays. Rodriguez, 39, entered the season with 654 homers after missing last year because of a doping ban.

Rodriguez’s bonus plan is in addition to the 10-year, $275 million contract he signed with the Yankees in 2007. He’s also meant to get $6 million each for matching Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755), as well as another $6 million each for tying and passing Barry Bonds’s record of 762 home runs.

The New York Daily News has reported that the Yankees will argue in arbitration that Rodriguez is no longer entitled to the bonuses because of the drug ban. It is up to the club to declare Rodriguez’s accomplishments “milestones,” the newspaper said.

Rodriguez’s contract includes a base salary of $21 million for 2015.

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