Albert Pujols’ name is in the history books, alongside Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.
The Cardinals slugger homered twice against the Dodgers on Friday, the 699th and 700th long flys of his 22-year MLB career.
Pujols joined Ruth (714), Aaron (755) Barry Bonds (762) in the ultra-exclusive club.
In the top of the third inning, the 42-year-old sent a pitch from Los Angeles’ Andrew Heaney 434 feet into the stands for a 2-0 Cardinals lead and his 20th home run of the season.
The wait for No. 700 was not long.
Pujols’ scoring home came an inning later, a three-point shot from reliever Phil Bickford for a 5-0 lead at St. Louis.
He now has 18 20-homer seasons, trailing only Aaron (20) and Bonds (19) in MLB history, with Bonds the only other player to hit 20 homers after age 42. He and Aaron are the only two players to have had 3,000 hits and 700 home runs.
The 42-year-old enjoyed a statistical renaissance in the second half of the season, slashing .313/.377/.657 with 13 home runs, 33 RBIs and 1.034 OPS in his final 47 games, and plans to retire at the end of the season. end.
“It’s just being out there and contributing to this ball club and this organisation,” Pujols said after hitting the No. 698 against the Reds on September 17. try to help this ball club win.
With 11 games to play, Pujols will likely add a few more home runs to his Hall of Fame career.