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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Alex Rodriguez joins 2,000 strikeout club

By Thomas Neumann

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez laments one of his 2,000 career strikeouts earlier this season against Tampa Bay.
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: