VIDEO: Albert Pujols hits 499th career home run

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Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is now just one home run shy of joining the hallowed 500-homer club. He hit career homer number 499 Tuesday night in Washington during the first inning. It was a three-run shot.

Moving picture evidence below:

The next home run Pujols hits -- and it's obviously a question of "when," and not "if" -- he'll become the 26th player in baseball history to have clubbed 500 homers in his career. Every player to have hit at least 500 homers is either in the Hall of Fame (16 of them), not yet eligible (such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Thome) or is being kept out due to PED-related questions (such Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire).

So, needless to say, this is a pretty big deal.

Also, Pujols' homer Tuesday was his seventh of the season, tying him with Mark Trumbo for the major-league lead. He also has 17 RBI. He's not the force he once was, but he's far from being done as a terror in the middle of the order.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered ever World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the north... Full Bio

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