Albert Pujols hits 600th career homer; 9th to join club
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 12:53
Albert Pujols joined an exclusive club - and he did it in style - with one historic swing of the bat on Saturday night. Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, left, runs to first with a grand slam, the 600th homer of his career, while Ben Revere jumps in the background during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twi.
Number 600 came courtesy of Ervin Santana with a 1-2 slider in the fourth inning to give the Angels a 7-1 lead.
Albert Pujols become the 9th player in Major League Baseball history to join the 600 club after hitting his 600th career home run at Angels Stadium on June 3, 2017 against the Minnesota Twins.
The Anaheim crowd roared while fireworks soared overhead for the 37-year-old's ninth homer of the season and his 155th for the Angels. Manager Mike Scioscia isn't sure whether Maybin will be ready to return on Friday as previously hoped. Pujols is one of this generation's good guys and for him to reach a milestone that only eight previous players have reached in their careers is something special.
Jim Thome was the last player to join the 600-homer club, on August 15, 2011. Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762). (2008), Alex Rodriguez (2010) and Thome. He hit 445 of his career home runs in his 11 seasons with St. Louis.
If Pujols were to finish out his current contract with the Angels, he would have to average a little under three wins per season over the next four years, which doesn't include the rest of 2017. Through the first five years, he has averaged 29 homers per season with the Angels.