Through April 19, Alex Rodriguez was 11 home runs shy of becoming the fourth player in major league history to club 700 lifetime homers, joining the elite ranks of Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
If and when Rodriguez reaches this lofty milestone, he will be the oldest player to accomplish the feat—Ruth was 39 years, 157 days old when he hit No. 700, Aaron was 39 years, 166 days and Bonds was 40 years, 55 days. Rodriguez is 40 and will turn 41 on July 27.
Albert Pujols' homer total stands at 562 and if the aging Angels first baseman/DH can match his 2015 homer total, he will become the ninth player in big league history to record 600 home runs. Adrian Beltre is the closest active player within reach of 500 career homers with his total of 415, followed by Miguel Cabrera's 409.
Trevor Story, the Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop, is one of only five major league players since 1900 to hit a home run in each of his team's first four games of a season. The first player to accomplish this feat was Hall of Fame Willie Mays in 1971.
Bob Kuenster worked as editor of Baseball Digest since 1987 and is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.