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Albert Pujols Becomes Ninth Player Ever to 600 HRs - This Is Sports Zone
 
 

Albert Pujols became the ninth member of the 600-home-run club on Saturday night, joining Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Alex Rodriguez (696), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Jim Thome (612) and Sammy Sosa (609). At 37 years and 138 days old, he is the fourth-youngest member of the club, trailing only A-Rod, Ruth and Aaron. Pujols was the first player to hit Nos. 499 and 500 on the same night, and now he’s the first player to reach 600 with a grand slam.

Pujols walked and struck out looking in his first two at-bats against Ervin Santana, a fellow Dominican native who played on the Angels with Pujols in 2012. With two on, two outs and the Angels leading 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Kole Calhoun drew a walk, loading the bases and bringing an announced crowd of 40,236 to its feet for Pujols. Santana entered this game with a 7-2 record and a 1.75 ERA, putting together one of the finest seasons of his career. Pujols was batting .249 with a .694 OPS, nearing the midway point of what could possibly be the worst season of his career. Santana got a couple of strikes with four-seam fastballs, but then his slider tailed backdoor, and Pujols took him deep for only the second time in his career.

It’s hard to consider 600 home runs without giving thought to what might come next. Pujols is 141 RBIs away from 2,000 and 125 hits away from 3,000. Only Aaron and A-Rod finished with 2,000 RBIs, 3,000 hits and 600 homers. With 10 more home runs, he will pass Sosa for the most by a foreign-born player. With 13 more, he will be seventh on the list. With 31 more, he will pass Griffey for sixth. With 100 more, Pujols will have 700, which, if he plays through the end of his contract in 2021, would require averaging a little more than 20 home runs for each of the next five seasons.

Pujols is the only player in Major League history to hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first 12 seasons and the first player to reach 400 homers in his first 10. Those first 10 years for the St. Louis Cardinals — in which he recorded at least a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs each season — made him a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer. But his stint with the Angels, who rewarded him with a 10-year, $240 million contract in December 2011, has been a struggle. It began with a six-week homerless drought at the start of the 2012 season. The 2013 season was plagued by plantar fasciitis, which prompted him to sit out the final two months. And in the four years that followed, Pujols’ lower half has been in constant agony, to the point he can only be a designated hitter and can barely sprint around the bases.

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