Stone. St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 696th career homer Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates (GameTracker), pitting him against Alex Rodrigo S is tied for fourth in Major League Baseball history. Puyols hit his home run against the right in the sixth inning, A two-pointer made it 3-3. Hand, JT, Brubeck. Here’s a blast in all its color TV glory:
According to Statcast, the general Yoles’ home run had an exit speed of 111 mph and traveled about 418 feet. Puyols entered Saturday’s game with a .258/ .333/.500 (137 OPS+) with 16 homers and 43 hits in his first 88 games of the season. He has been red hot since the start of the second half. In his first 35 games since the All-Star break, he hit 10 home runs of .326/.387/.695 in 106 games. Puyols recently reiterated his intention to retire after this season, regardless of his How many home runs or how close to 700. Pujols still seems to have a chance to be the fourth player ever to cross the 700 threshold, but he won’t pass the fourth all time:
1. Barry Bonds, 762
2. Henry Aaron, 7553. Babe Ruth, 714 T-4. Albert Pujols, 696
T-4. Alex Rodriguez, 696 The Cardinals seem to be in a good position , which could give Puyols more chances to play for the remaining weeks of the season. They entered the division with an eight-game lead on Saturday, giving them plenty of breathing room over the Milwaukee Brewers. What’s more, the Cardinals won’t face their toughest opponents: They still have five games against the Cincinnati Reds and six against the Buccaneers.