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VIDEO: Albert Pujols slugs his 498th career home run

Apr 20, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT

Watch as Angels first baseman Albert Pujols moved to within two home runs of the big 500-homer milestone on Saturday afternoon against Tigers closer Joe Nathan

Pujols hit 455 of his 498 career homers while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. There are currently 25 players in the 500 home run club: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa, Frank Robinson, Mark McGwire, Harmon Killebrew, Rafael Palmeiro, Reggie Jackson, Manny Ramirez, Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas, Eddie Mathews, Ernie Banks, Mel Ott, Gary Sheffield, and Eddie Murray.

  1. markofapro - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Stop the showboating, Albert. You’re awesome so just drop the bat with class.

  2. thomas844 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    The 500 club isn’t as special as it used to be. 600 is the new 500.

    • echech88 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      He’ll get there too in 4-5 years

      • garypagetwo - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        doubt it .. dudes like 38 years old .

      • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Acually he’s 34 and his totally normal aging curve (peak ages 26-29, decline in early 30s) totally supports this. If he were lying about his age, he actually would have had a pretty abnormal peak decline phase.

        He’s under contract for 8 more years, meaning he has to average just under 13 home runs per season over the rest of the contract to get to 600.

    • clydeserra - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      what do you mean? There are 25 people that have hit over 500. of those 8 have hit over 600.

      If you are talking about steroids, there are more non steroid people in the 500 club than steroid people.

      • thomas844 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        What I said has nothing to do with steroids, that’s not even an issue here. I just remember before the late 90s and early 2000s that it would be huge news any time a guy was closing in on 500 home runs. Pujols nearing 500 doesn’t seem to be getting as much press as I remember guys like Griffey and Sosa getting when they did it.

        It is still a prestigious club for sure, but it doesn’t seem as revered as it used to be. 600 seems to be that magical number now, since only 8 people have done it.

  3. joestemme - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Back on the ‘roids this season.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Back to being a worthless douchebag this comment.

      • joestemme - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Seeing is believing – both in Pujols’ sudden “improvement” AND what you apparently use to wash your mouth out with.

  4. miguelcairo - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Albert looks good this year. I hope he continues to play like we know he can an stay healthy.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Congratulations #5. Glad to see you are getting the swing back. I hope you have a career year. While failing to make the playoffs of course.

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