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Albert Pujols becomes 26th member of 500 home run club

Apr 22, 2014, 8:53 PM EST

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There are now 26 members of the 500 homer club.

Albert Pujols hit a three-run shot to left field off Nationals starter Taylor Jordan in the top of the first inning and then crushed a two-run bomb to deep left-center off Jordan in the top of the fifth for the 499th and 500th home runs of his 14-year major league career on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

The 34-year-old slugger is the third-youngest player to reach the 500 home run milestone, behind Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx, who both hit 500 at age 32. Pujols is the first player to tally career home runs 499 and 500 in the same game.

Albert was greeted at home plate by his Angels teammates after No. 500 and got a curtain call from the Nationals Park crowd. He also hit his 400th homer in Washington. MLB.com has the highlight:

Pujols hit his first 455 home runs with the Cardinals before signing a $250 million deal with Anaheim.

  1. cohnjusack - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Sitting in the stands in Citi Field right now watching the Cards and Mets. It seems wrong to be at a Cardinal game the day Pujols hit 500…and having it happen many, many miles away.

    Congrats to Albert, and may he hit many more .

    • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Asterisk city.

      • stevequinn - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        Notice how many thumbs down you’ve earned!

    • dickclydesdale - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      To bad there are more comments for this article then there was fans in the stands to see Albert’s 500th.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Yes…congrats to Albert indeed. I would love nothing more than for him to carry his hot start throughout the entire year. Then follow by playing his contract out to the fullest while seemingly not missing a beat at the plate. I truly want him to finish as the greatest hitter of all time.
      And equally important…I want him to do all of this while never reaching the playoffs again.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        “I truly want him to finish as the greatest hitter of all time.”

        Sorry, but he’s never going to be a better hitter than Williams/Ruth/Bonds/Gehrig.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        He has certainly tailed off to be sure. But you take the first ten years of his career and his numbers compare to ANYONE in the history of the game.
        It simply can’t be disputed.

  2. renaado - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Congratulations Albert, truly a memorable moment this is not only for the player himself but also for the people who are watching this right now.

  3. johnnysoda - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Congratulations to Albert. First ballot HOF for sure.

    • ptfu - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Oh yeah. He could have retired last week, without #500, and still should get in easy. He could be mediocre-to-terrible for the remainder of his contract–or retire next week–and it makes no difference. You dominate the game for that long, you go in.

      • dan1111 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:02 AM

        His career through age 26 was about as valuable as Jim Rice’s entire career, according to WAR.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        But was Pujols as “feared” as Jim Rice was?

      • gostlcards5 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Absolutely.

  4. elwaysagenius - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Hope he can stay healthy

    • gibbyfan - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      if he does he is going to have one hellava year……..

  5. babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    ROID RAGE

    • renaado - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      You have gotta be laughing our ass off dude..

  6. aceshigh11 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Congratulations. What an amazing career so far.

  7. sandrafluke2012 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Rather have him pass Aaron than Bonds

  8. brandotho - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    The power is very much back. Hopefully he stays healthy

    • joestemme - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      You miswrote.

      Should have read:

      “The roids are very much back. Hopefully, his supplier stays healthy.”

      • tved12 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Based on what evidence? To just call out every great player and say they use PED is ignorant. In fact, I wonder why you even watch the game if you think that anybody who’s good is a cheater. It’s pretty pathetic.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        How can you stand to be so damned clever? It must be quite a burden.

  9. thomas844 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Even if he retired today, he will go down as one of the greatest hitters of all time. Congrats, Albert!

    • brandotho - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      No freaking doubt. Through his first 10 seasons there aren’t many players that were better

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Through his first 10 seasons he did things NOONE in the history of the game did.

  10. beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    congrats Pujols signed a cards fan.

  11. chiadam - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Has anyone ever hit a homer to shallow left center? Or shallow right center? Or shallow anywhere?

    • spudchukar - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Deep in this case means far over the wall, not just far.

    • someguyinva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      The old Polo Grounds measured 279 ft down the line in left, and 258 feet down the line in right, and the LA Coliseum was only 250 down the line in left.

  12. stevequinn - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    As a Cardinal fan, I feel lucky to have witnessed 11 years of the best baseball a man could play. He’s up there with the greats….Gehrig, Ruth, Williams, Mays, Aaron. Was sorry to see him go but that’s the business of baseball.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      did you write this comment while watching a lifetime movie?

      • cohnjusack - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Seriously, what percentage of your time do you spend going onto the comments section to be a completely worthless douchebag?

      • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        I spend enough time posting to draw the ire of you & your ilk, those who don’t suffer themselves to think. Enjoy your life in The Cave.

      • paperlions - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        I don’t think “think” means what you think it means. I’ve never seen any evidence that you are capable of it or that you would do it willingly.

      • jimmyt - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        It is true. You are a completely worthless douchebag.

      • tved12 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Just to pile on, “you suck, jackass!”

  13. cohnjusack - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    he 34-year-old slugger is the third-youngest player to reach the 500 home run milestone, behind Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx, who both hit 500 at age 32.

    …and Foxx managed just 34 more the rest of his career. Sure, a World War was partly to blame, but even before his performance had dropped very rapidly and very dramatically.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      It’s been said Foxx was a heavy drinker which contributed to his rapid drop-off (that’s how his character was portrayed in A League of Their Own, as well).

  14. cardslifer - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Congrats Albert.

  15. themuddychicken - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    There was a guy sitting next to us tonight from out of town. When we all stood up to cheer Pujols’ 500th, he looked around completely oblivious as to what just happened and asked us, “what? Why are the Nats’ fans cheering this? Are people in D.C. really that polite?”

    Of course, he joined in once he realized (somewhat sheepishly) that we were cheering because it was his 500th.

    • someguyinva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Pujols also hit number 400 at Nats’ Park, so maybe if the Angels come back in three years or so, Nats fans will be ready to cheer number 600?

  16. chargrz - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Juicer!

    • tved12 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Based on what evidence?

      Why do you watch a game that you believe any great player is a cheater? Pathetic.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Said the person who most likely idolizes Junior Seau.

  17. shyts7 - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Albert has been the best all around hitter since 2000. Great average, great power guy, and pretty good defense. Hopefully he remains healthy through the end of his contract and is able to break Bonds’ tainted HR record.

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