Albert Pujols belted profession house run 699 on Friday evening towards the Los Angeles Dodgers, transferring the St. Louis Cardinals slugger inside only one house run of baseball immortality, the 700 house run membership.
Pujols’ house run got here within the third inning off of Dodgers beginning pitcher Andrew Heaney, and it was a no-doubter off the bat:
Pujols was capable of activate a 94-mile per hour fastball that Heaney left on the within a part of the plate, driving it 434 toes to deep left for the two-run shot. It touched off a frenzy in left area, with followers clamoring for a bit of baseball historical past.
Pujols now stands one shy of one in every of baseball’s most-elite golf equipment, the 700 house run membership. Solely Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds have amassed 700 or extra house runs over the course of a profession. Pujols at the moment ranks fourth all-time in house runs behind Bonds (762), Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).
Provided that Pujols is retiring on the finish of this season, it’s unlikely he’ll catch Ruth with ten video games left within the common season. However the house run was his twentieth on the season, inserting him in one other small membership, as he joins Ted Williams as solely the second participant in baseball historical past to hit 20 house runs in each his first, and his final, season:
Ought to Pujols add that 700th house run, he would be a part of Aaron as the one two gamers in MLB historical past to amass 700 house runs, together with 3,000 hits, over the course of a profession.