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May 18, 2009

Welcome to the 300 Club, Pudge

Nearly lost in the hype surrounding Mustache May (by the is YOURS coming?) is that fact that Ivan Rodriguez surpassed a milestone last night. Back in March, we mentioned "Pudge" as one of the many who were going for milestones this season and last night, he circled the bases for his 300th career home run.

"It's nice," said the catcher. "To be in 18 years in my career, to get to 300 and have the career that I've had and to be able to stay healthy pretty much my entire career, to be able to reach these kind of goals is very nice."

"It's a tremendous accomplishment, the man's a Hall of Famer," Lance Berkman added. "He's been around a long time, and that's a lot of home runs."

Rodriguez has hit 293 of his 300 homers as a catcher, good for seventh among backstops on the all-time list. He's 20 games away from tying the other "Pudge", Carlton Fisk, for the record for all-time games caught. Sunday marked the veteran's 2,206th game behind the plate.

Check out video of the monumental home run HERE. Thanks YouTube!

BallHype: hype it up!

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