Before the start of the regular season of the Major League Baseball, or MLB, there were reports that the New York Yankees were looking at legal arguments that will allow them to deny Alex Rodriguez’s $6 million bonus as part of a marketing agreement between the two sides back in 2007.
On Friday night, Rodriguez tied Willie Mays’ record of 660 homeruns. “A-Rod” homered on a pitch from Boston Red Sox’s Junichi Tazawa and joined Mays as the fourth in the all-time list for total homeruns in a career. However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said publicly that the club does not intend to pay Rodriguez an extra $6 million for the feat.
"We have the right but not the obligation to do something, and that's it," Cashman said to ESPN. "We're going to follow the contract as we follow all contracts, so there is no dispute, from our perspective."
The main argument for the Yankees deciding not to pay Rodriguez the $6 million bonus is because “A-Rod” admitted and was punished for his illegal performance-enhancing drugs, or PED use.
Rodriguez has currently no comment on the said dispute but admitted that the feat is special for him personally.
"I hit that one good," Rodriguez said to ESPN after matching Mays’ record. "Anytime you're sandwiched between Willie Mays and Babe Ruth, it's special. This whole thing has been kinda like a dream."
Mays also congratulated Rodriguez for tying him in the all-time list.
"Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on his 660th home run," Mays said in an official statement. "Milestones in baseball are meant to be broken and I wish him continued success throughout his career."
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