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Albert Pujols homers twice to tie Eddie Murray for 25th all time with 504

May 18, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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If Albert Pujols appeared to be slowing down in his old age, he must have only been doing it to set a trap for his opponents. Battling plantar fasciitis last season, Pujols finished 2013 with a career-low 17 home runs and a .767 OPS. Pujols smacked a pair of dingers on Sunday afternoon against the Rays, giving him 12 on the season already along with a respectable .257/.319/.497 slash line. The Angels emerged victorious by a 6-2 margin, keeping them within 3.5 games of the Athletics for first place in the AL West.

The pair of homers gives Pujols 504 for his career, putting him into a tie for 25th all time with Eddie Murray. Pujols, 34, could reasonably move into 18th all-time with at least 522 (he’d need 18 more) by the end of the season. He would leapfrog Gary Sheffield (509), Mel Ott (511), Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews (512), and Willie McCovey, Ted Williams, and Frank Thomas (521).

You can watch both of Pujols’ home runs here and here.

  1. asimonetti88 - May 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    What a great player. He’s a Cardinal obviously, but it’s still been cool to have him in Anaheim. He’s having a good year so far and it’s no coincidence the Angels are playing better.

  2. Carl Hancock - May 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    .257 with a .311 OBP is respectable for one of the highest paid players in the game? That’s hilarious. Keep drinking whatever Kool-Aid you’re drinking. Albert is going to hit milestones because of how good he was in his prime. Not because of how good he is now. The milestones won’t overshadow his sub-par numbers overall when the year is over. The Angels have 7 more years to look forward to.

    • bender4700 - May 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      He’s putting butts in the seats. Pujols still gets very strong crowd reaction. He will for years to come.

      Plus, the Angels are doing pretty good.

      • sportsfan18 - May 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        Your points ARE all true…

        Another true point is that he is NOT producing commensurate of his salary.

        Your points above and this fact are not mutually exclusive…

        I think these teams know the players won’t produce at the back end of these contracts but they really expect them to produce at the front end and Albert has not.

        As of my comments right now, his stats ONLY with the Angels are as follows:

        .274/.336/.493 in all his time on the Halos…

        The Angles were not expecting TOP Pujols numbers but they were expecting BETTER than that slash line above in the EARLY years of his 10 yr deal…

        His Cardinal slash line was .328/.420/.617 which DWARFS his slash line with the Halos so far.

        While not expecting his Cardinal slash line even during his first few seasons with the Halos, I’m sure they still expected around .300/.385/.550 or so and that is what they are PAYING him for…

        But yes, he puts butts in the seats, brings a strong crowd reaction… He’d be doing that if he was hitting better too and that’s what the Angles are PAYING him to do, BOTH put butt’s in the seat and hit well…

        At the END of his contract they expect that he’ll put butt’s in the seats and NOT hit well…

    • asimonetti88 - May 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      He’s tied for second in MLB with 12 HRs

      • sportsfan18 - May 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        NOT Correct, he IS tied for 3rd with 12 home runs as of this morning…

        Other things that are ALSO correct are the following:

        He is currently tied for 78th place for batting average in MLB (with scary hitters Aaron Hill, Xander Bogaerts, and Jason Kubel).

        He is currently tied for 96th place in on base percentage in MLB (with Lucas Duda, Eric Hosmer & Ryan Lucwick).

        Here is a kicker for you, in ONLY Slugging percentage, even WITH his 12 HR’s that put him in 3rd place in MLB, he is only in 18th place for slugging percentage in MLB right now…

        OF course the league leader in HR’s has the 4th best slugging percentage and the guy in 2nd place has the highest slugging percentage in the league.

        So, the guy with the most HR’s in MLB is in 4th place for slugging.
        The guy with the 2nd most HR’s in MLB is in 1st place for slugging.
        Pujols, in 3rd place for most HR’s in MLB is in 18th place for slugging.

  3. bender4700 - May 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    As a guy who openly wasn’t fond of the Hamilton signing and is still unhappy with Moreno, Pujols was a good signing. He’ll play for several more years, and enjoy the 10 year “Personal Services Agreement” he’ll be sporting the Halo’d A on his hat for nearly 20 years. His absolute best days may be in St. Louis, but Moreno made damn sure he’ll spend more time in California than Missouri.

    • jvandever007 - May 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      He still goes in the HOF with a cardinal hat.

      • cohnjusack - May 19, 2014 at 7:58 AM

        1. Yep, he will almost certainly go in as a Cardinal. By far his better years with 3 MVPs and two titles to go along with it.

        2. Really though, who cares? It’s a logo etched on to a cap on a plaque. In the grand scheme of things, this has to be the silliest damn thing people argue about….

  4. watermelon1 - May 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Can’t believe the Angels or Dodgers couldn’t win the series last year.

  5. dolphindubs - May 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    As a die-hard Cardinals fan, I have always loved this guy. Losing him to another city sucked, but never stopped most STL fans from continuing to root for him.

    Glad to see he is healthy, and hope he continues to be so cause he will go down as one of the All-Time Greats.

  6. Carl Hancock - May 19, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    He leagues the league in home runs yet is hitting below .260 with a sub-par OBP to go with it. And this is a healthy Pujols as young as he’s ever going to be for the Angels and people still think this contract will be good at the end of the 10 years? That’s hilarious. Anyone who thinks that 10 year personal services contract is actually going to be exercised (non-player contracts signed before a player retires are NOT guaranteed) when he will surely go I to the Hall of Fame as a Cardinal is smoking something. And not the good stuff. Moreno signed Pujols thinking he’d have himself the first player to wear an Angels cap on his plaque. Albert has 7 years to eclipse what he did in St. Louis to make it happen. Not going to happen just like that 10 year personal services contract. Maybe that’s why Albert’s permanent home is still in St. Louis where he loves in the off season…

    • sportsfan18 - May 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Good at the end of 10 years? Never.

      It isn’t good for them now. The Angles expected much better numbers now, at the front end of his contract than he’s giving them.

      I don’t think they expected his Cardinal numbers or slash line even in the first 3 seasons or so with them but he is so FAR below his Cardinal slash line that they have to be disappointed…

      Cardinal slash line .328/.420/.617
      Angles slash line .274/.336/.493

      That is a HUGE drop off… I’m thinking the Angels were hoping for something like .300/.385/.550 or so for the first several seasons with them.

  7. miguelcairo - May 19, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    .257 is respectable now?

    • Carl Hancock - May 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      It is for Miguel Cairo.

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