St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits career home run 699

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits career home run 699

Albert Pujols belted career home run 699 on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, moving the St. Louis Cardinals slugger within just one home run of baseball immortality, the 700 home run club.

Pujols’ home run came in the 3rd inning off of Dodgers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, and it was a no-doubter off the bat:

Pujols was able to turn on a 94-mile per hour fastball that Heaney left on the inside part of the plate, driving it 434 feet to deep left for the two-run shot. It touched off a frenzy in left field, with fans clamoring for a piece of baseball history.

Pujols now stands one shy of one of baseball’s most-elite clubs, the 700 home run club. Only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds have amassed 700 or more home runs over the course of a career. Pujols currently ranks fourth all-time in home runs behind Bonds (762), Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).

Given that Pujols is retiring at the end of this season, it is unlikely he will catch Ruth with ten games left in the regular season. But the home run was his 20th on the season, placing him in another small club, as he joins Ted Williams as only the second player in baseball history to hit 20 home runs in both his first, and his last, season:

Should Pujols add that 700th home run, he would join Aaron as the only two players in MLB history to amass 700 home runs, along with 3,000 hits, over the course of a career.

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