Heading towards 700! Pujols hits 691 HR and makes history
Phoenix – Dominican’s first home run Albert Pujols In the Major Leagues it was on April 6, 2001 at Chase Field. So, the 42-year-old slugger wasn’t going to say goodbye to the desert without hitting one more home run.
Pujols put on a show Saturday as he continued his path to 700 career home runs — one that seems more real every day.
In the first two at-bats of the game against the D-Backs, Pujols hit his 691st and 692nd home runs. At the end of the day he went 4-for-4 with 2 HR and two runs scored. The Dominican is tied for fifth in career home runs in National and American League history, five behind Alex Rodriguez.
But this stat is even more impressive: Pujols moved up to second in NL/AL history in total bases. He now has 6,141, surpassing Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Stan Musial (6,134). The only player to reach more bases than the Dominican is Hank Aaron (6,856).
Beginning in August, Pujols’ chance of hitting 700 career home runs seemed up in the air. However, he has hit six homers in his last eight games, including two two-homer games.
If he can continue, he could become just the fourth player in baseball history to reach the monumental number, or at least cross A-Rod into fourth place in history.
Pujols has 12 career home runs at Chase Field.