Video: Albert Pujols hits 500th home run

Watch: Albert Pujols just hit home run No. 500

4/22/14 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - Video: Albert Pujols hits 500th home runIf Albert Pujols is having a bad season, you'd have a hard time convincing him of that right now. The Los Angeles Angels first baseman just hit his 500th home run. He actually hit home runs No. 499 and 500 in the same game -- and Pujols still has couple at-bats left in today's game against the Washington Nationals. Pujols hit a solo shot off the Nats' Taylor Jordan in the fifth inning Tuesday, which gave the Angels a 6-2 lead. More importantly, it gave Pujols his 499th career MLB home run.

Pujols hit a three run homer in the first inning to give the Angles a 3-0 lead. When he returned to bat in the fifth inning, he made history. Oh, and now leads Mark Trumbo for most home runs so far this season.

Here's video of Albert Pujols' 500th home run, courtesy MLB.com.



Blog Photo - Video: Albert Pujols hits 500th home runOnly 25 players in Major League Baseball history have hit 500 home runs. Pujols becomes the 26th. Wikipedia has a complete list of MLB players who have hit 500 home runs.

Of the players in the 500 home run club, no one has ever hit No. 499 and 500 in the same game -- until Pujols did so tonight. Congratulations to Pujols and the Angels, but that is a sorry historical footnote for Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan.
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4/23/14   |   Scott   |   51939 respect

I still think hitting 500 home runs is a great individual accomplishment but IMO, the mystique of joining the 500 club has lost a bit of it's luster thanks to all the controversy that surrounds some of it's other members.