It’s August 20th, and Albert Pujols is just eight home runs away from 700 career home runs.
Since August 10th, Pujols has a .538 Avg, going 14-26 with 6 HR 13 RBI, a 1.269 SLG% and a 1.840 OPS. And the 42-year old has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Which is great news for the St. Louis Cardinals.
On Saturday night, Pujols went 4-for-4 with two home runs, and in the process, helped him pass the great Stan Musial for second place all-time in total bases, with 6,137 total bases; he now trails only Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who has 6,856.
Musial broke the record long held by Ty Cobb in June 1962. At age 41, Musial had two hits in one inning to surpass Cobb’s record, which at the time was set at 5,863. (It has since been adjusted by researches to 5,854, according to Baseball-Reference.com.) Flash forward to 2022, and only two players have passed his mark: one is a Hall of Famer, and one will be when he retires.
Here is the all-time home run leaderboard:
- Barry Bonds: 762
- Hank Aaron: 755
- Babe Ruth: 714
- Alex Rodriguez: 696
- Albert Pujols: 692 and counting
He may be the oldest player in Major League Baseball, but Pujols has found the fountain of youth, turned back time, and is giving us memory after memory… one game at a time.