Albert Pujols Becomes 26th Major Leaguer to Hit 500 Home RunsMason Levinson
Albert Pujols became the 26th member of Major League Baseball’s 500 home run club, and the first to hit both No. 499 and No. 500 in the same game.
Pujols, the 34-year-old first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels, had five runs batted in last night in a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, hitting both of his homers off of second-year pitcher Taylor Jordan.
His 499th home run was a three-run shot to left field in the first inning. No. 500, which scored two runs, was hit to left-center field in the fifth inning and was estimated to have traveled 430 feet (131 meters). Pujols returned to the dugout while receiving a standing ovation from the Washington fans before stepping back onto the field to acknowledge the applause.
He’s the third-youngest player to hit 500 homers, as Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx both were 32 when they accomplished the feat, according to ESPN. Reggie Jackson, who hit his 500th in 1984, was the only other player to do so as an Angel.
It was the eighth homer this season for Pujols, the nine-time All-Star who’s played his last three seasons in Los Angeles. Pujols played his first 11 campaigns for the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom he hit 445 home runs.