There are plenty of milestones on the horizon for Albert Pujols in his final season. Here’s a look at some key lists he’s ascending (through Sept. 16) and how he can get there.
Pujols has 698 home runs, fourth on the all-time list. He is also two shy of becoming the fourth member of the exclusive 700 home run club.
1. Barry Bonds, 762
2. Henry Aaron, 755
3. Babe Ruth, 714
4. Albert Pujols, 698
5. Alex Rodriguez, 696
OTHER ITEMS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Pujols’ pursuit of 700 is front-and-center, but with a storied career like his, there are plenty of other counting stat lists he is continuing to climb. Here are some where the next spot is in view.
Pujols ranks tied for third in MLB history with 123 (tied with Robin Yount).
Next up: Cal Ripken Jr. — 127
Pujols ranks sixth in MLB history with 11,379.
Next up: Ty Cobb — 11,440
Pujols ranks 11th in MLB history with 1,904.
Next up: Derek Jeter — 1,923
Pujols ranks 10th in MLB history with 942.
Next up: Tony Gwynn — 951
WHEN MIGHT HE ADD NEXT?
Pujols has primarily played against left-handed pitchers this year. Here are the Cardinals’ upcoming opponents and announced probable pitchers.
Saturday vs. Reds, Game 1 — LHP Mike Minor
Saturday vs. Reds, Game 2 — RHP Hunter Greene
Sunday vs. Reds — RHP Luis Cessa