MLB – Albert Pujols Joins Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron in Exclusive 700 HR Club

Pujols hit two home runs against his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, to reach the rare milestone. With his 700th homer run, Pujols became the first foreign-born player to join the 700 HR Club.

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols made history last night when he became only the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit 700 home runs. Pujols joined Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Barry Bonds as the only members of the super-exclusive club.

Judge recently tied Babe Ruth with his 60th home run the other night. He needs one more to tie Maris and two more to seize the AL record.

It’s been an exciting MB season this year, especially for home run hitters. Aaron Judge from the New York Yankees is chasing the American League single-season home run record. Roger Maris set the AL record during his epic 1961 season with the New York Yankees, a year when he broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in the final game of the regular season (note: the Yankees played one tie game which was later made up, and hence took 163 games to achieve 162 decisions.)

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Hollywood Ending for Pujols

Pujols started his career with the St. Louis Cardinals and played 11 seasons with the Red Birds before signing a lucrative free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels. After ten seasons with the Angels, the team released him after his career stalled. He was not ready to retire, and the Los Angeles Dodgers gave him a chance to continue to revitalize his career and rekindle his passion for the game.

At age 42, Pujols returned to St. Louis to play a swan-song season with his original team. He announced that 2022 would be his final season in the big leagues before he retired. A lot of naysayers thought Pujols was washed up and had no shot at reaching 700 home runs.

MLB – Albert Pujols Joins Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron in Exclusive 700 HR Club

Pujols was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, where he developed the love of the game. When his family moved to Missouri, Pujols excelled as an all-state baseball player before entering the 1999 MLB Draft. The Cardinals selected him in the 13th round with the 402nd overall pick.

If the Dodgers didn’t give me that opportunity, I don’t think I would be sitting here today or you would have seen history tonight, said Pujols in a post-game press conference.

Pujols proved all the haters were wrong with 21 home runs in 101 games this season. He’s slashing at .265/.338/.530 and posting his best statistical season in six years.

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