MADISON, April 22, 2014 — The Angels’ Albert Pujols hit two home runs versus the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night to become the 26th member of the 500 Home Run Club. Both HR’s came of the Nationals’ Taylor Jordan as Pujols hit one in the first inning and his 500th, and second of the game, in the fifth inning.
While the 500 HR Club may not be as exclusive as it once was, as Pujols became the 11th member to join since Eddie Murray joined the club in 1996, it is still rarified air.
Albert Pujols no longer appears to be likely to pass Ruth, Aaron and Bonds, but is among the elite power hitters to ever play the game. Pujols became the third youngest player to enter the 500 Club behind only Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx.
Pujols also grabbed the MLB lead with eight homers in the early goings of the 2014 season. Pujols had just 17 HR’s in his injury hampered 2013 season while battling a partially torn plantar fascia and playing just 99 games, well below his previous career low of 143 games.
Pujols is in his age 34 season and has eight more years left on his contract with the Angels and they are hoping that he has many more HR’s left in his bat.
Although Pujols’ BABIP has been declining since signing with the Angels, they hope that the foot problems are largely behind Pujols and that he can continue to provide pop in the middle of their lineup.