There’s a bit of baseball history that will be made soon and it almost feels like nobody is talking about it.
It doesn’t involve Bryce Harper or the unwritten rules or a divisive controversy, so Albert Pujols’ pursuit of 600 homers actually feels like it’s happening a bit under the radar. As under the radar as joining the 600 Home Run Club can happen, anyway.
Pujols hit homer No. 599 on Tuesday night in the Los Angeles Angels’ 9-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. It was a three-run homer that came off Bartolo Colon in the third inning and put the Angels up 3-2.
Pujols had a few more chances to swing for 600, as he came to bat three more times in the game. It didn’t happen and, thus, Pujols sits on the brink of joining a very elite group in baseball history.
The 600 Homer Club includes eight other legends and that’s it.
• Barry Bonds (762)
• Hank Aaron (755)
• Babe Ruth (714)
• Alex Rodriguez (696)
• Willie Mays (660)
• Ken Griffey Jr. (630)
• Jim Thome (612)
• Sammy Sosa (609)
That’s quite a group. And we might not see anyone else join it for a while. After Pujols, the next active players on the all-time homer list are Miguel Cabrera (451) and Adrian Beltre (445) — but they still have to get into the 500-homer club first.
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