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Cardinals legend Albert Pujols hits 699th career home run vs. Dodgers

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Only three players in Major League Baseball history have hit 700 home runs in their careers, and they are among the most prolific sluggers the game has ever seen: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth.

Cardinal legend Albert Pujols is now only slightly shy about joining that illustrious club. He hit a career home run of 699 against the Dodgers on Friday.

Pujols started the season with the Cardinals knowing it was his last. He has never strayed from his statement that he played 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 a bit of a surprise that he got so close. It needs a second half of the rise.

Pujols had only six home runs in the first half. He now has 14 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. If you go to 700, Pujols won’t get on the career leaderboard, it’s just a nice round number. We’re celebrating things like 500 home runs, 3,000 hits, 3,000 strikeouts and the like, so being fourth person out of 700 home runs is a pretty significant achievement.

Unless he homers again on Friday, Pujols has 10 games to hit one more homerun to get there.

Left on the schedule for the Cardinals:

  • Two games in LA against the Dodgers
  • Two games in Milwaukee
  • Three games at home against the Pirates
  • Three games in Pittsburgh
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Sure, Pujols and the Cardinals would rather have 700 in St. Louis, but threading that needle can be hard.

Either way, there’s plenty of time left for one more home run in his amazing career. Getting to 700 is the most important. Where he hits is secondary.

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