This Day in Yankees History: A-Rod becomes 11th player in MLB history to drive in more than ten runs in one game

Alex Rodriguez's career will forever carry a dark cloud over it.  Despite winning 3 MVPs and carrying the 2009 Yankees to a World Series title, Yankees fans all know that A-Rod’s legacy is tarnished due to scandals and suspensions.  Some of his individual game career accomplishments often go forgotten as a result.  One such accomplishment came when A-Rod became the 11th MLB player to drive in more than ten runs over the course of one game.  The league record of 12, which still stands to this day, is shared by Jim Bottomley (set in 1924) and Mark Whiten (tied in 1993).

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A-Rod achieved this notable feat by hitting three home runs in his first three at-bats during this game, against Bartolo Colon and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  A-Rod's career numbers against Bartolo Colon were already gaudy, but this evening was his crowning achievement.  The Yankees went on to win the game by a score of 12-4.

Outstanding offensive feats were not uncommon for A-Rod during the 2005 season. Over 162 games he logged 194 hits, 48 home runs and a whopping 130 RBIs while also leading the lead in runs scored with 124.  He went on to earn a trip to the All-Star Game and win the AL-MVP and Silver Slugger awards with a .610 slugging, 1.031 OPS and 173 OPS+, all of which led the American League.

Another interesting statistic to this story: according to a 2014 report, A-Rod claims his only PED usage as a member of the Yankees took place between 2010 and 2012 – which if true, means that this masterful MVP campaign was accomplished without the aid of any illegal substances.  Of course when it comes to Alex Rodriguez, we'll probably never know the whole truth.

Article by: Mary Grace Donaldson


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