Now, near the end of his incredible career, he’s about to add a rare honor to his collection of achievements.
Pujols is two home runs away from becoming just the fourth member of the 700-HR club, joining Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. It’s been something of a late-career renaissance for Pujols — his return to the St. Louis Cardinals for what he says is his final season has sparked his best offensive year in over a decade. He’s hitting .265/.338/.530, and he has slugged 19 home runs in a mere 94 games. If he decided to play for one more season, there’s a good chance he’d even be able to pass Ruth for third on the all-time homer list.
One dinger at a time, however. We’ll keep track of Pujols’ chase for 700 right here.
Saturday, 1:15 p.m. ET vs CIN (facing Mike Minor)
Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET vs CIN (facing Hunter Greene)
Sunday, 2:15 p.m. ET vs CIN (facing Luis Cessa)
All-time home run list
Barry Bonds: 762
Hank Aaron: 755
Babe Ruth: 714
Albert Pujols: 698
Alex Rodriguez: 696
Home run No. 698
In the bottom of the sixth, Pujols launched a 427-foot dinger into left field to help the Cardinals tie the game at four apiece. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, his 19 homers this year are the second most in a single season by a player age 42 years or older, breaking a tie with Carlton Fisk (1990 and 1991). Barry Bonds was 42 years old when he hit 28 home runs in 2007.
— MLB (@MLB) September 17, 2022
Home run No. 697
Pujols moved into sole possession of fourth place Sunday with a go-ahead two-run home run off Chase De Jong. With his 18th home run of the season, he now ties Carlton Fisk for second-most all time by a player in his age-42 season or older.
PUJOLS IS IN SOLE POSSESION OF 4TH ALL-TIME! pic.twitter.com/UMj2W6wjRp
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 11, 2022
Home run No. 696
Pujols tied Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time home run list Saturday against the Pirates.
— MLB (@MLB) September 11, 2022
Home run No. 695
Albert Pujols keeps inching closer to history. pic.twitter.com/rk159I0O6h
— MLB (@MLB) September 4, 2022