LOS ANGELES — Albert Pujols joined the exclusive 700-home run club when he drilled two home runs on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Pujols, 42, and in what he has said is the final season of his 22-year career, joined Barry Bonds (762 home runs), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) as the only sluggers in AL/NL history to hit at least 700 long balls in his career. Pujols and Aaron are the only two with at least 3,000 hits and 700 home runs.
Pujols hit home run No. 699 in the third inning against left-hander Andrew Heaney, and went deep again the following inning against right-hander Phil Bickford. He also hit his 499th and 500th home runs in the same game for the Angels against the Nationals in D.C. on April 22, 2014.
Friday’s home runs gave Pujols 21 on the season. The veteran slugger joined Aaron (20) and Bonds (19) as the only players with at least 18 seasons of 20 or more homers.