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Alex Rodriguez joins 2,000 strikeout club

Alex Rodriguez laments one of his 2,000 career strikeouts earlier this season against Tampa Bay. Kim Klement-US Presswire

The latest big news from the Yankees beat is the loss of star third baseman Alex Rodriguez to a fractured hand.

He suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch from Felix Hernandez during the Yankees’ 4-2 loss in Seattle and is expected to miss six to eight weeks of action. It’s obviously terrible news for the Yankees, who currently have the best record in the major leagues. It’s also disappointing for fans who enjoy watching one of the best players in baseball history ply his trade.

Lost in the larger news story, however, was the fact that A-Rod reached another milestone in his storied career Tuesday by joining the 2,000 strikeout club.

Rodriguez is just the fifth member of the elite fraternity, so Playbook suggests that the Yankees properly salute the feat when he returns from the disabled list. Here are some suggestions:

  • JumboTron message from MLB’s career strikeout leader, Reggie Jackson. Whoops.

  • In lieu of Jackson, present a video message from Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome, who ranks second on the career list.

  • Presentation of game-used corked bat by Sammy Sosa, who ranks third on the career list.

  • Presentation of a pony keg and a bucket of fried chicken by John Lackey, who’s struck out A-Rod 25 times – most by any opponent.

  • Retire the letter K alongside the franchise’s list of legendary retired numbers.

  • Present him with an actual golden sombrero.

  • Drop him to eighth in the batting order and call it a day.