Alex Rodriguez hit his Major League leading 30th home run yesterday as the New York Yankees spanked the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 12-0. In addition to his home runs, Rodriguez also increased his MLB leading RBI count to 86, 11 ahead of Vladimir Guerrero. With his .317 average, 101 hits, 79 runs scored and 9 stolen bases, Rodriguez easily clinched the top fantasy spot for the first half of the year.
Initially drafted somewhere between 2-4 (depending on the combination of Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and Johan Santana), Rodriguez is trying to prove that he belongs as the top player in baseball. “I just couldn’t believe it when people drafted Pujols or Reyes over me. I mean c’mon, how many other great first basemen and shortstops are there out there? Clearly I am the best third baseman and overall player in the game.”
In addition to being the #1 fantasy player, Rodriguez was also the top vote-getter for the annual Major League Baseball All-Star game, to be played tomorrow night in San Francisco. Rumors are rampant throughout baseball that Rodriguez could be a Giant next year after he opts out of his current contract with the Yankees, which happens to be the biggest in baseball history. Whoever does sign the three-time MVP will have quite a marketing push ahead of them, as Rodriguez continues his ascent up the all-time home run list. He is currently in 22nd place with 494 home runs at the age of 31.