Albert Pujols needed two home runs to reach the 500 Club. The Nationals, and SP Taylor Jordan, gave him deuces Tuesday night.
Albert Pujols launched career home run No.500, a two-run shot on the road in the fifth inning against Washington Nationals SP Taylor Jordan.
Pujols delivered No.499, a three-run shot that drove in outfielders J.B. Schuck and Mike Trout in the first inning.
His first home run came April 6, 2001 against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Armando Reynoso. It was his first big league hit.
He had his first multi-home run game 13 seasons ago today against Houston Astros SP Wade Miller. One of the homers drove in Bobby Bonilla.
Pujols became the 26th hitter to reach or surpass the milestone. Technically, Pujols leads all active players with 500. Alex Rodriguez, suspended from baseball for violating the league’s PED policy, has 654 home runs.
On August 26, 2010 Pujols smacked No. 400 off of Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth inning of a 13-inning loss to the Nationals. Albert was 30 years old at the time and was the third youngest player to reach 400, trailing Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez.
Almost four years later Pujols crushed No. 500 at age 34, once again becoming the third youngest to reach the milestone behind Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx.
Pujols became the 10th hitter to reach 500 home runs in the past 15 years.
He is the first baseball player in history to hit home runs No. 400 and No.500 as a visitor in the same stadium, Nationals Stadium.
About 22,000 fans were in attendance.
With a career average of .321, Pujols is one of nine players in history with a .300+ batting average and at least 500 home runs.
The nine in order of batting average are:
- Ted Williams, .344/521HR
- Babe Ruth .342/714HR
- Jimmie Foxx .325/534HR
- Albert Pujols .321/500HR (Active)
- Manny Ramirez .312/555HR (Active, technically)
- Hank Aaron .305/755HR
- Mel Ott .304/511HR
- Willie May .302/660HR
- Frank Thomas .301/521HR