Watch: A-Rod passes Barry Bonds for second on all-time RBIs list
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit career RBI 1,997 Friday and passed Barry Bonds for sole possession of second place on Major League Baseball's all-time RBIs list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Rodriguez roped a 2–2 pitch from Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver into right field to score Brett Gardner and give New York a 5–0 lead.
Baseball-Reference, which counts RBIs recorded before 1920 when they were unofficially kept by a sports writer from the New York Press named Ernie Lanigan, offers a different view of Rodriguez's precise all-time RBIs standing.
A player in the late 1800s for the Chicago White Stockings, Cap Anson, had 2,075 RBIs according to Baseball-Reference, while Babe Ruth had 2,214.
If one were to count Ruth and Anson's records, Rodriguez's RBI Friday would have put him into fourth place, not second, all time.
Regardless of the exact ranking of the milestone, you can check out the hit and the run scored that moved Rodriguez indisputably past Bonds, below:
The Yankees went on to beat the Angels 8–7, withstanding a six-run rally by Los Angeles in the ninth inning.