By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols tied history on Sunday. He hit his 660th home run against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.
With his 660th long ball in his historic career, he tied Hall of Famer Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list. Both Pujols and Mays are currently tied at fifth all-time.
Pujols hit his record-tying blast in the eighth inning against Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estévez. It was a two-run home run that went 402 feet, according to Statcast, also scored Anthony Rendon.
“For it to be the game winner on top of all that, it was kind of like a perfect moment for him,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “And for us. We’re still not out of this thing, mathematically, and to get a big knock like that, it could help get our spirits [up] for the next couple days.”
Pujols still has several weeks left in the season, before the shortened 60-game season comes to a close. He has a chance to hit several more home runs, but it’s unlikely he’ll surpass the four other home run kings ahead of him.
With his next home run, it’ll break the tie with Mays. However, it’s going to be hard for Pujols to catch Alex Rodriguez until he returns next season.
“A Rod” retired with 696 home runs. The 40-year-old does have one more year left on his contract worth $30 million for the 2021 season – if he elects to play.
This season with his home run on Sunday, he has four home runs through 31 games. In 2019, when Major League Baseball played a full season and was not impacted by the coronavirus, he hit 23 home runs.
After Rodriguez, Babe Ruth has 714 career home runs. Hank Aaron has 755 home runs, while Barry Bonds is listed as the home run king with 762 home runs.
Many believe that Aaron is the home run leader, as Bonds reportedly took steroids. However, this was during a home when MLB did not police it when they do today.
“I don’t think about it,” Pujols said. “If I did, I would be hitting a bunch of ground balls, striking out and not putting up good swings. I knew sooner or later, whether it was this year or next year, it was gonna happen. It was just a matter of time.”
Pujols hit 445 home runs in 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has hit 215 home runs in nine seasons with the Angels.
“I’ve seen him set a lot of records and do a lot of really cool things, so you would think at some point you kind of become numb to it, but you’re not,” said lefty Andrew Heaney, who picked up the win thanks to Pujols’ homer. “When a guy’s tying Willie Mays for 660 homers, you know that’s something that … it’s indescribable.”
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