Albert Pujols belted profession dwelling run 699 on Friday evening towards the Los Angeles Dodgers, transferring the St. Louis Cardinals slugger inside only one dwelling run of baseball immortality, the 700 dwelling run membership.
Pujols’ dwelling run got here within the third inning off of Dodgers beginning pitcher Andrew Heaney, and it was a no-doubter off the bat:
Pujols was in a position to activate a 94-mile per hour fastball that Heaney left on the within a part of the plate, driving it 434 ft to deep left for the two-run shot. It touched off a frenzy in left subject, with followers clamoring for a bit of baseball historical past.
Pujols now stands one shy of considered one of baseball’s most-elite golf equipment, the 700 dwelling run membership. Solely Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds have amassed 700 or extra dwelling runs over the course of a profession. Pujols at present ranks fourth all-time in dwelling runs behind Bonds (762), Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).
On condition that Pujols is retiring on the finish of this season, it’s unlikely he’ll catch Ruth with ten video games left within the common season. However the dwelling run was his twentieth on the season, putting him in one other small membership, as he joins Ted Williams as solely the second participant in baseball historical past to hit 20 dwelling runs in each his first, and his final, season:
Ought to Pujols add that 700th dwelling run, he would be part of Aaron as the one two gamers in MLB historical past to amass 700 dwelling runs, together with 3,000 hits, over the course of a profession.