Albert Pujols is one of the greatest hitters of all time, a force at the plate who amassed three MVP awards and two World Series titles.
Now, nearing the end of his incredible career, he is about to add a rare honor to his collection of achievements.
Pujols is two home runs away from becoming the fourth member of the 700 HR club, joining Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. It’s been something of a late-career renaissance for Pujols: His return to the St. Louis Cardinals for what he says is his final season has sparked his best offensive year in more than a decade. He is hitting .265/.338/.530, and has hit 19 home runs in just 94 games. If he decides to play for one more season, there’s a good chance he could even pass Ruth for third on the all-time home run list.
However, one thing at a time. We’ll be tracking Pujols’ chase for 700 here.
Thursday, 4:10 p.m. ET on SD (vs. Blake Snell)
Friday, 10:10 p.m. ET on LAD (vs. Andrew Heaney)
Saturday, 9:10 p.m. ET on LAD (vs. Clayton Kershaw)
All-time home run list
Barry Bonds: 762
Hank Aaron: 755
Babe Ruth: 714
Alberto Pujols: 698
Alex Rodriguez: 696
Homerun No. 698
In the bottom of the sixth, Pujols hit a 427-foot home run to left field to help the Cardinals tie the game at four apiece. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, his 19 home runs this year are the second most in a single season by a player age 42 and older, breaking a tie with Carlton Fisk (1990 and 1991). Barry Bonds was 42 years old when he hit 28 home runs in 2007.
– MLB (@MLB) September 17, 2022
Homerun No. 697
Pujols moved into sole possession of fourth place Sunday on Chase De Jong’s two-run homer. With his 18th home run of the season, he now ties Carlton Fisk for second all-time by a player in his 42-and-older season.
PUJOLS IS IN SOLE POSSESSION OF 4TH ALL TIME! pic.twitter.com/UMj2W6wjRp
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 11, 2022
Homerun No. 696
Pujols tied Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time home run list Saturday against the Pirates.
– MLB (@MLB) September 11, 2022
Homerun No. 695
On Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs, Pujols threw Brandon Hughes’ pitch out of the ballpark for his 695th career home run.
Albert Pujols is getting closer to history. pic.twitter.com/rk159I0O6h
– MLB (@MLB) September 4, 2022