Albert Pujols hits home run No. 696, ties Alex Rodriguez for 4th on all-time list

History was made on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Albert Pujols, continuing his quest for 700 career home runs, added another one.

His 696th career home run ties him with Alex Rodriguez for four all-time on the home runs list.

Pujols has 22 games left in his final season in the big leagues. And no matter what happens, he’s made it clear this is it.

“I’m still going to retire, no matter whether I end up hitting 693, 696, 700, whatever,’’ Pujols told USA Today in August. “I don’t get caught up in numbers. If you were going to tell me 22 years ago that I would be this close, I would have told you that you’re freakin’ crazy. My career has been amazing.’’

But there’s a lot of unfinished business left aside from the chase to 700 home runs; after winning two World Series in his first stint with St. Louis, Pujols will almost certainly ride into one last postseason with fellow quadragenarians Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals are surging to yet another division title, and they’ve become one of the most feared teams in MLB.


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