St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols became the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to reach 700 career home runs on Friday night with a two-homer effort against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pujols joins distinct company in the form of some of the most prolific sluggers the game has ever seen: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.
Pujols first clubbed career home run 699 in the third inning:
Then, in the fourth, Pujols connected with No. 700.
Pujols entered the season with the Cardinals knowing it was his last. He’s never strayed from his declaration that he was playing in 2022 and not a single year longer, despite the possibility that he could get so close to 700 and still fall short. It’s actually somewhat a surprise that he’s gotten to this point. It took a second-half surge.
Pujols had just six home runs in the first half. He now has 16 since the All-Star break. In the process, he surpassed Alex Rodriguez — who has 696 career home runs — for fourth on the all-time list. Getting to 700 doesn’t move Pujols on the career leaderboard; it’s just a nice-round number. We celebrate things like 500 home runs, 3,000 hits, 3,000 strikeouts and the like, so being the fourth person to 700 home runs is a pretty significant accomplishment.