Five fantastic stats from Albert Pujols’ 700th home run

LOS ANGELES — Albert Pujols conquered the quest for 700 home runs on Friday night, hitting his 699th and 700th home runs at Dodger Stadium in consecutive at-bats.

Pujols becomes just the fourth member of the exclusive 700 home run club, joining Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714) as sole members.

Fans like the St. Louis Cardinals may not have witnessed the picture-perfect night at Busch Stadium, but Pujols thrilled more than 50,000 fans at his former home stadium.

Five fantastic stats from the No. 5’s big night are a testament to his longevity and dominance in modern baseball.

  • The 700th home run gave Albert Pujols 500 career homers from right-handed pitchers and 200 homers against left-handed pitchers. He hit his 699th against southpaw Andrew Heaney, then his 700th against right-handed hurler Phil Bickford for the insane split.
  • Albert Pujols and Hank Aaron are the only two players in MLB history with at least 3,000 career hits and 700 career homers.
  • With home runs in back-to-back at-bats, Albert Pujols has four multi-home run games now at age 42. Nobody else has a multi home run game their age or older.
  • Albert Pujols hit 20 homers for the 18th time in his career and finished third behind only Hank Aaron (20) and Barry Bonds (19).
  • Albert Pujols hit both his 100th and 700th home runs of his career at Dodger Stadium. His 700th came 7,005 days after his 100th at the same stadium.

Pujols has 10 more games to try and add to his 700 career explosions. The Cardinals battle the Dodgers again on Saturday to capture the NL Central title with an 89-63 record. Five fantastic stats from Albert Pujols’ 700th home run

Sarah Y. Kim

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