MLB history: The eclectic 300-300 club

NEW YORK - CIRCA 1967: Outfielder Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the New York Mets during an Major League Baseball game circa 1967 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Mays played for the Giants from 1951-72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1967: Outfielder Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the New York Mets during an Major League Baseball game circa 1967 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Mays played for the Giants from 1951-72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Alex Rodriguez

During his heyday, Alex Rodriguez was one of the premier power-speed threats in the game. But one has to wonder how legitimate his numbers were.

He did not waste any time in reaching the 300 home run plateau, doing so in just his eighth full season in the majors. On April 2, 2003, in just the third game of the season, Rodriguez belted that milestone homer against the Angels. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Rodriguez took deep to center for a three run homer, cutting the Angels lead to 5-4 in an eventual 11-5 loss for Texas.

His 300th career steal took longer to accomplish. The one time 40-40 man had stopped running as much as the years went on, stealing only four bases in 2010. One of them, on August 14, was the one needed to hit that milestone, as he swiped third with two out in the top of the second against Sean O’Sullivan and Jason Kendall.

But his numbers are tainted due to his PED use. Rodriguez was suspended twice for PEDs, and had even attempted to sue Major League Baseball, claiming that he was the subject of a witch hunt. Those suspensions will likely keep Rodriguez out of the Hall, although his overall numbers would make him worthy.

However, those numbers are tainted, as is his place in the 300-300 club. Even with a player such as Barry Bonds in the fraternity, Alex Rodriguez may be the most controversial member.