A-Rod donates bat from 2,000th-RBI game to Hall

The National Baseball Hall of Fame received a donation from Alex Rodriguez of the bat he used Saturday to record his 2,000th career run batted in. The bat will soon arrive in Cooperstown, N.Y., and be added to the museum’s collection. Within a few weeks, the bat will be on display in the museum’s Today’s Game exhibit.

“The Baseball Hall of Fame is the definitive repository for the game’s history,” Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said. “As records, achievements and compelling stories unfold on the field, we recount them in Cooperstown through the generosity of players, teams and fans who generously donate artifacts associated with those milestones to the museum. We extend our gratitude to Alex for donating the bat he used to record his 2,000th RBI to the museum.”

Rodriguez’s 2,000th and 2,001st career RBI came on the same swing when he homered off the Orioles’ Bud Norris in the sixth inning Saturday at Camden Yards, driving in teammate Chase Headley ahead of him. Rodriguez became just the second player to reach the 2,000-RBI plateau along with all-time record holder. The RBI did not become an official statistic until 1920. Historians studying old boxscores have credited Babe Ruth with 2,214 and Cap Anson with 2,075, but those figures are considered unofficial.

The Hall of Fame’s collection contains several artifacts from Rodriguez’s 21-year big league career, including:

A bat from his 2002 season with the Texas Rangers.
His helmet from his 500th career home run in 2007.
Spikes he wore in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series.
A road jersey worn during the 2009 season.
His spikes from his 600th career home run in 2010.
A home jersey on loan from Rodriguez from his 500th career double.

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