MLB’s Albert Pujols joins the 700 home run club

Major League Baseball (MLB) player Albert Pujols finally did it.

According to Fox News, Pujols just hit his 699th and 700th career home runs, putting him in the extremely exclusive 700 home runs club, which consists of only three other players. 

How it happened:

The monumental moment took place on Friday night when Pujols’s St. Louis Cardinals faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium.

Home run number 699 came against the Dodgers’ Andrew Heaney, a left-hander pitcher, and, the historic 700th home run came in the fourth inning against the Dodgers’ Phil Bickford, a right-handed pitcher.

Pujols talked about the moment after the game. Referring to his emotions, he said, “I didn’t control them. If you see the video of the homer, I went down into the tunnel, and that’s when I let my emotions out.”

“It’s pretty special,” Pujols said, referring to his accomplishment. He went on to say that the accomplishment probably won’t fully strike him until after the season.

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Pujols, as stated earlier, is now one of only four players in the history of the MLB to hit 700 or more home runs.

The other three players to do so are Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. Their respective numbers are 762, 755, and 714. Pujols now sits in fourth place with 700.

But, there is something unique about Pujols’s accomplishment, and this is that he managed to hit home runs number 699 and 700 in the same game. No other member of the 700 home run club did that.

Background

It is expected that this will be the 42-year-old Pujols’s final season in the MLB. For it, he made a return to his old team, the St. Louis Cardinals, and it appears that Pujols is going out with a bang.

ESPN reports:

[Pujols’s] final season has sparked his best offensive year in over a decade. He’s hitting .266/.339/.531, and he has slugged 21 home runs in 101 games. If he decided to play for one more season, there’s a good chance he’d even be able to pass Ruth for third on the all-time homer list.

We’ll see about that. Pujols has been pretty adamant about this being his final season, and, if this is the case, then it will be a fitting end to a strong career.

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