Albert Pujols scores the 700th home run, becoming the fourth player in MLB history to achieve the feat

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There is a new member of the 700 home run baseball club.

Albert Pujols scored the 700th home run of his career on Friday night, becoming the fourth person in MLB history to accomplish that feat.

He joins Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) as the only players in the 700 home run club.

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St. Louis Cardinals' designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) reacts after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday, September 23, 2022. Brendan Donovan and Tommy Edman also scored. .  It was Pujols' 700th home run.

St. Louis Cardinals’ designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) reacts after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday, September 23, 2022. Brendan Donovan and Tommy Edman also scored. . It was Pujols’ 700th home run.
(AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

He also scored his 699th early in the game. Pujols also scored his 499th and 500th in the same match.

Bonds was the last person to hit 700 on September 17, 2004. He hit 62 more during his career to become the king of home runs, but many think Aaron still holds the true record due to Bonds’ alleged connection to the home runners. doping drugs.

Aaron hit his 700th in 1973, while Ruth did it way back in 1934.

Pujols has returned to the St. Louis Cardinals for what he said will be his final season. He was drafted by the Cardinals in 1999, but leapt into the minor leagues. In 2001, he was not only named National League Rookie of the Year, but he finished fourth in the NL MVP vote that year, warning the majors.

Albert Pujols b.  5 of the St. Louis Cardinals manages the bases as he hits and watches career 699 home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the lead 2-0, during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Albert Pujols b. 5 of the St. Louis Cardinals manages the bases as he hits and watches career 699 home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the lead 2-0, during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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From 2001 to 2011, he won three MVPs, two World Series and three times led the majors in OPS, establishing himself as one of baseball’s all-time greats. During that half, he scored .328 with 445 home runs, 1,329 RBI and 1,037 OPS in 1,705 total games.

At that point it was a question of when – not if – he would join the 700 club.

But after the 2011 season, he signed a ten-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels worth $ 240 million, and he seriously underperformed, especially on the backend of the deal.

He was a pawn in his first season in the west, hitting .285 with 30 homers and 105 RBI, but the next four years were disappointing.

From 2013 to 2016, his OPS was only .783. He averaged 29 homers in those years, but he didn’t live up to the deal, and it just got worse.

St. Louis Cardinals Designated Hitter Albert Pujols (5) celebrates after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday, September 23, 2022. Brendan Donovan and Tommy Edman also scored. .  It was Pujols' 700th home run.

St. Louis Cardinals Designated Hitter Albert Pujols (5) celebrates after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday, September 23, 2022. Brendan Donovan and Tommy Edman also scored. . It was Pujols’ 700th home run.
(AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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In 460 games from 2017 to his last game as Angel in 2021, he scored only .240 with an OPS of .694. The Angels took him to DFA and the Dodgers picked him up: he scored 12 homers in 85 games for them.

Pujols was a free agent again and he and the Cardinals have agreed on a reunion for one final season.

Going in this year, he needed 21 home runs to get the feat. With his performance over the past few years, 700 was now an outside opportunity – a strange thought given that he averaged 37 homers per season from 2001 to 2015 – but at least he would have had a little run out of it.

And usually, with the pressure of such a moment, many players can crumble. But since mid-July, he’s not only embraced him: he’s suddenly become one of the best hitters in the game, looking like the Pujols of yesteryear.

Entered on Friday night, from July 10, it was old Pujol, hitting .312 with 1,026 OPS. He now has 17 home runs in the last 54 games played. With that trait, he increased his average from .198 to .261 and his OPS from .624 to .845. Again, it became a question of when, not if.

Pujols wasn’t the only cardinal to pursue history this year. Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina alone broke the MLB all-time record for the most part it starts from a battery. Wainwright launched the first pitch of a game at Yadi Wednesday for the 325th time in his career.

Albert Pujols b.  5, Yadier Molina n.  4 and Adam Wainwright No.  50 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate on the pitch after a game at Busch Stadium on August 4, 2022 in St. Louis Missouri.

Albert Pujols b. 5, Yadier Molina n. 4 and Adam Wainwright No. 50 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate on the pitch after a game at Busch Stadium on August 4, 2022 in St. Louis Missouri.
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Molina will join Pujols in retirement when the season is over – Wainwright hasn’t decided yet.

But the exact end date of their career is unknown – the Cardinals are headed for the postseason this year and that trio will be looking to win, winning a World Series for the third time in their careers.

It smells like fate in St. Louis.