Albert Pujols joins Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron in Exclusive 700 HR Club

Published on: September 24, 2022, 01:01 am.

Last update: September 24, 2022, 02:38.

The slugger from St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Albert Pujols made history last night when he became just 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 700 HR Club.

Albert Pujols 700 HR Club runs Dodgers Cardinals
An ecstatic Albert Pujols, seen here celebrating his 700th career home run, rounds the bases at Dodger Stadium in an 11-0 victory for the St. Louis Cardinals. Pujols hit the milestone in his 22nd MLB season. (Image: Getty)

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

MLB 700 HR CLUB

  • Barry Bonds – 762
  • Hank Aaron – 755
  • Babe Ruth – 714
  • Albert Pujols – 700

This year has been an exciting MB season, especially for the home players. Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is chasing the American League single-season home run record. Roger Maris set the AL record during his epic season with the New York Yankees in 1961 when he broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in the final game of the season. Judge recently tied Babe Ruth with his 60th home run last night. He needs one more to tie Maris and two more to tie the AL record.

Hollywood Ending for Pujols

Pujols was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he developed his love for 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.

Pujols began his career with the St. Louis Cardinals and played 11 seasons with the Redbirds before signing a lucrative free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels. After ten seasons with the Angels, the team released him after his career stalled. He wasn’t ready to retire, and the Los Angeles Dodgers offered him a chance to continue to revitalize his career and reignite his passion for the game.

If the Dodgers hadn’t given me this opportunity, I don’t think I would be sitting here today or you would have seen history tonight,” Pujols said in a postgame press conference.

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 retiring. A lot of critics thought Pujols was washed up and had no chance of reaching 700 home runs.

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

Pujols: #699 and #700 in LA

Pujols connected on two home runs for the Cardinals in an 11-0 rout of the Dodgers in front of a packed crowd at Dodger Stadium. His family and five children live in Los Angeles, so they were able to witness his milestone in person. It’s tough enough to hit a home run on any given night, but Pujols hit two long balls to reach the 700 HR Club.

In 2003, a young Pujols hit his 100th career home run at Dodger Stadium in LA Nineteen years later, Pujols hit his 700th home run at Dodger Stadium.

To be able to do it here at Dodger Stadium is pretty special,” Pujol added. “A lot of my enjoyment of this game came back being in the postseason and in the clubhouse a few feet away from here.”

In the third inning, Pujols scored on a fastball from Andrew Heaney on a 1-2 count and connected on his 699th home run.

“He won’t miss them,” Heany said after the game.

In the next inning, Phil Bickford hooked a slider and Pujols crushed that pitch and hit a home run into the left field stands to officially join the 700 HR club.

“When the crowd reacted, seeing all the smiles, it was a very special moment for MLB,” Bickford said The Athletic. “Albert Pujols is also one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met.”

The fans at Dodger Stadium gave Pujols a standing ovation, a truly rare honor for an opposing player.

“He’s not just any other player in the Hall of Fame,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said LA Times. “He’s a guy who was a Dodger.”

Pujols is nine home runs away from tying Stan Musial for the all-time franchise record with the Cardinals. Musial hit 475 home runs during his Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals. With just ten games remaining, it looks like Musial’s franchise record is safe.

Pujols hit 466 home runs with the Cardinals, 222 home runs with the Angels and 12 home runs with the Dodgers last season.

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