In an oddly serendipitous moment earlier today, I learned that Mark McGuire was retiring from his baseball career as I was reviewing this old thread related to major league baseball’s unapproachable records.
Many years ago, I was sure that Mike Schmidt would join Aaron, Ruth and Mays on the far side of 600. He did not.
Four years ago, I was sure that Big Mac would join the 600 career home run club. He did not.
Barry Bonds is close to 600. I guess we’ll have to see.
Ken Griffey, Jr. started hot out of the box early in his career. I guess we’ll have to see.
In short, fellow dopers, many have approached the 600 Mark; only three have crossed that threshold. It is The True Standard for sluggers. While others have met and surpassed other milestones (such as consecutive games played, most career hits, most single season stolen bases, most career stolen bases, 300+ games won by a pitcher, 60 and/or 70+ home runs in a season, etc.), the 600 club has an exclusivity that I, for one, find fascinating.
As for my predictions
Will Bonds reach it? Yes, probably.
Will Griffey the Younger reach it? No. He will not.
Will Sammy Sosa reach it? Definately!! You can take that to the bank!!!
But then again, I said the same about Mike Schmidt.