In all the years of professional baseball only 28 players have made it to the magical 3,000 hit mark. Alex Rodriguez now becomes number 29 on the list after he hit a homerun in the first inning tonight at Yankee Stadium.


Rodriguez is now just the second Yankee ever to record 3,000 hits after Derek Jeter accomplished the feat four years ago.

ESPN Stats and Info pointed out that Rodriguez is one of only three players to have hit a home run for his 3,000th hit.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, all but three players in the 3,000-hit club have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, although that list is almost certain to shrink to two players when Jeter becomes eligible in 2020. The other two are all-time hit leader Pete Rose and former Texas Rangers slugger Rafael Palmeiro, each of whom purveys stigmatized resumes.

Regardless how you feel about AROD, he just made history and that itself is pretty damn cool. Tomorrow is another day to hate him if you want, but 3,000 hits is still a huge milestone.