Entering last night, future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols was just two home runs shy of 700 for his career. Pujols homered in the 3rd and 4th innings in an 11-0 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers to capture his 699th and 700th career home runs. 

Only three players have hit 700-plus career home runs, besides Pujols. These players include Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714)

Pujols is 42 years old and in his 22nd Major League Baseball season. Although his career is winding down, he has had an impressive 2022 campaign with a 0.265 batting average and 21 home runs. 

Pujols was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent his first eleven seasons with the Cardinals before going to the Los Angeles Angels for nine-plus seasons. In 2021 he was traded to the Dodgers for the 2nd half of the season. Finally, he returned to where it all started in St. Louis for the 2022 campaign. 

Pujols has publicly said that this is most likely his last season. Taking a look back at his phenomenal career, he holds a career batting average of 0.296 and has over 3,300 hits (10th all-time). He is also an 11x All-Star, 3x Most Valuable Player, 2x Gold Glover, and a 2x World Series Champion. 

Nicknamed “The Machine,” Pujols is certainly one of the best hitters of all time. 

In the post-game interview Pujols said, “Don’t get me wrong, I know where I stand in the game, but since day one, it was never about the numbers. It was always about winning championships and getting better in this game.” 

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