Fans want to see the hero win and the bad-guy lose in epic fashion. Unfortunately for baseball fans, the reemergence of Alex Rodriguez after a yearlong drug suspension has supported the latter narrative. On the year, Rodriguez is batting .268 with 12 homeruns and a .526 slugging percentage—all impressive numbers for someone nearing the age of forty. Yet, many fans hoped Rodriguez’s would falter in his return. A demotion to the minors or suffering career-ending injury were the preferred outcomes to usher in his retirement.
Instead Rodrigues has thrived this season. TechCrunch reports that to add insult to injury, his 2015 campaign has him set to break multiple records. He is on the verge of his 3,000 hit and is steadily climbing up the all-time homerun leader-board—he has 666 currently. Just this last week, Rodriguez became only the second player to hit 2,000 RBIs—Hank Aaron being the only other player to achieve this feat.
While playing the villain this season, Rodriguez has been able to help the Yankees stay competitive in the American League East. Only time will tell if his numbers will hold up over the year but with each hit, homerun and RBI, he further etches his name into the record books.