Albert Pujols became the fourth member of the 700 club on Friday night in Los Angeles.
The St. Louis Cardinal great Albert Pujols joined the elite club of baseball greats who hit 700 or more home runs in their careers on Friday night.
Yahoo News writes:
Albert Pujols became a legend in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform. He rejuvenated his career at Dodger Stadium last season. Now he’s made history in both.
Pujols, who took fourth position on the MLB homer list when he passed Alex Rodriguez’s 696, is also the first player born outside the United States to reach the milestone.
Albert Pujols became the fourth member of the 700 home run club on Friday night, and he did so in emphatic fashion, launching two home runs in front of a packed Dodger Stadium crowd.
The first homer — a 434-foot, two-run blast to left field — came off Dodgers left-hander Andrew Heaney in the third inning. The second one was a three-run shot in the fourth off righty Phil Bickford. By that point the St. Louis Cardinals held a 5-0 lead, and Pujols had driven in all of his team’s runs.
Upon crossing home plate, Pujols raced to the backstop to embrace Adrian Beltre, his longtime rival and one of his closest friends. Shortly thereafter, he found Yadier Molina and wrapped him in an emphatic hug.
Pujols, winding down the final season of a Hall of Fame career, joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth in the 700 home run club. He is the only one among them to hit Nos. 699 and 700 on the same night. Pujols now has 2,208 RBIs for his career, only six away from tying Ruth for the second-most all-time.
It’s fitting, perhaps, that the 42-year-old designated hitter accomplished an incredible milestone here, at Dodger Stadium, the place that he has often said played a big part in energizing him to play one final season in 2022.
What a great career.
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What a great hitter.
ALBERT PUJOLS HITS NUMBER 700!
PUJOLS JOINS BARRY BONDS, HANK AARON AND BABE RUTH IN THE 700 CLUB! pic.twitter.com/bW7wqNN9py
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