I’ve just been looking around at Yankee player stats to see which milestones could potentially be broken this season. This is what I came up with:
- Alex Rodriguez needs 17 home runs to reach 600 career HR, joining only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey Jr.
- Alex Rodriguez needs 117 runs scored to break 1,800 career; while passing Jimmie Foxx, Honus Wagner, Ted Williams, and Carl Yasztremski and moving him into 17th place on the all-time list. (117 may seem like a lot of runs scored for Alex, but he has broken that number 8 times in his career).
- Javier Vazquez needs 8 wins to reach 150 career
- CC Sabathia needs 14 wins to reach 150 career
- AJ Burnett needs 27 strikeouts to reach 1,500 career
- Jorge Posada needs 7 home runs to reach 250 career, and 46 runs batted in to reach 1,000 career
- Mark Teixiera needs 8 home runs to reach 250 career
- Robinson Cano needs 13 home runs to reach 100 career
- Mariano Rivera stands at 526 career saves, 65 behind active and all-time leader Trevor Hoffman (591). We’ll see how far Mo can go with the save count as his career begins to draw near.
Thoughts: Although none of these are substantial, besides Alex hitting 600 home runs, I think they’re good to be aware of. It’s interesting to watch players who are still on the younger side, like Sabathia and Teixeira, reach good milestones fairly on in their careers. I think every one of these can easily be passed, even Alex scoring 117 runs; because if he puts up the numbers everyone is expecting this season, it shouldn’t be a problem.
If I’m missing anything to look for, feel free to bring it up.