Albert Pujols has hit his 500th career home run
Albert Pujols just became the 26th man in baseball history to hit the 500 home run plateau.
Pujols hit two of his 500 homers Tuesday night, with a three-run bomb coming off Nationals starter Taylor Jordan in the first inning in Washington. His second homer came off Jordan in the top of the fifth, giving him five RBI in the now-historic game. Here was the mammoth blast and the ensuing celebration:
Pujols became the first player in MLB history to hit homers number 499 and 500 in the same game, so it's a little bit of extra history there.
The most recent player to join the 500 Home Run Club was previously Gary Sheffield, who accomplished the feat April 17, 2009. The youngest player to ever reach 500 homers is Alex Rodriguez, who did so at the age of 32 years and eight days old. Pujols is now 34 years and 96 days old.
The quickest to 500 in terms of at-bats was Mark McGwire, who needed just 5,487 to get there. Pujols did it on his 7,393rd at-bat.
The other members of the 500 Club: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa, Frank Robinson, Mark McGwire, Harmon Killebrew, Rafael Palmeiro, Reggie Jackson, Manny Ramirez, Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas, Eddie Mathews, Ernie Banks, Mel Ott, Gary Sheffield and Eddie Murray.
Pujols' second homer of the night, in addition to being the history-making 500th, was also his eighth of the 2014 season, meaning he leads the majors.
Pujols is now the only member of the 500 Club that is an active player, unless we count the suspended A-Rod.