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August 4, 2010

A-Rod hits #600 and My Hopes for the All Time Record

MOBILE, AL - APRIL 14: Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron throws out the first pitch during pre-game ceremonies following the opening the Hank Aaron Museum at the Hank Aaron Stadium on April 14, 2010 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)

At long last, Alex Rodriguez has hit home run #600, and we’ll finally get to stop having our television coverage cut to Yankees games every time he freakin’ comes up to bat. At least, for a couple weeks, until he gets to 608 and on the precipice of surpassing Sammy Sosa.

Which, of course, brings to mind the ultimate record he’ll need to beat, and the tool who holds it. It rankles that Barry Bonds is the owner of that record, what with his steroids and his general tool-ery.

But, you know, the guy who holds the second place record is still around, and only eight home runs out of first.

So, here’s my plan: someone signs Hank Aaron for this season and the rest of next season to give him the chance to get those eight homers. It would have to be an AL team–at age 76, Aaron isn’t going to have much range–and probably one that loses a lot anyway, so that the other team can get up early and then be willing to serve up BP to Aaron in the late innings.

I think this is a great plan. Not only does everyone feel great about the record and the equal opportunity extended to the elderly, but ESPN gets tons of stuff to break into their regular coverage for.

Kansas City Royals, let’s make this happen.