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VIDEO: Albert Pujols’ 497th career home run

Apr 19, 2014, 9:21 AM EDT

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols continues to close in on the 500-homer club. He launched his 497th career blast last night in a 11-6 win over the Tigers. Check it out below:

Pujols is now just three away from becoming the 26th player ever to reach 500 home runs. While the 34-year-old was a little slow to get it going this season, he has five home runs in his last nine games and owns a solid .279/.347/.547 batting line through 16 games. He had the worst season of his career last season while dealing with a plantar fascia injury, but fortunately for the Angels, it appears that he’s back to full health. Or something pretty close to it.

  1. gibbyfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I think the old Albert might be back, at least for a year or two…hope so

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      for the good of baseball, let’s hope it’s for at least several more years

  2. anythingbutyanks - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Man’s got a funny way of breathing while he touches them all. Glad to see him hacking a little more like his old self, though.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Very happy to see AP moving around well and crushing baseballs.

    It’s too bad approach to 500 isn’t getting much play, taking out all the peripheral circumstances (contract implications/perceived disrespect/fans jilted lover syndrome etc.) an educated guess says his milestone would be getting a lot more run if he were doing it in STL.

    DISCLAIMER: The above was in no way a shot at AP for taking Arte’s $ or a shot at the Cards brass for not being comfortable spending what it would’ve taken to make him a Card for life.

    • copperhead19592004freckasm - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      Cardinal fans are happy things are turning out the way it is. Went to the WS last year, came within a game of going the year before.Wouldn’t have Adam Wainwright or Molina now had the Cards signed him and got Micheal Wacha for the draft pick Cards got from the Angels.Angel, on the other hand, have finished in 3rd place twice now.So who got the better end of this deal? Cardinals!!!

  4. cohnjusack - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Good to see him swinging the bat well again. At 34, it’s unreasonable to expect him to hit .330/.430/.650 again, but it doesn’t mean he still can’t be a damn fine first baseman (his first year with the Angels was still pretty damn good, it just look poor for Albert standards).

    It’s still jarring what he did in his first 10 seasons. His average season was 41 HR, 123 RBI, .331/.426/.624 with 3 MVPs (and he probably should have won in 2006, would have won in 2003 had it not been for Barry Bonds going historically nuts, and 2010 was basically a tie with Votto with the tie-breaker being whoever won the division).

  5. anxovies - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Rogers Hornsby: 23 years .358/.434/.577 2930 Hits 301 HR 1584 RBI. Albert Pujols: 14 years .321/.409/.599 2367 Hits 498 HR 1512 RBI. I think Albert is on the verge of supplanting Hornsby as the greatest RH hitter of all time if he can stay healthy for at least a couple more years. Pujols’ .359 BA 43 HR 124 RBI with 212 Hits in 2003 was amazing.for the modern era.

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