WATCH: Albert Pujols reaches 40 HRs for seventh time in his career

Albert Pujols' 40th home run was a monster shot.
Albert Pujols' 40th home run was a monster shot. (MLB.com screen-grab)

Albert Pujols came through with a big first-inning homer for the Angels on Sunday. Here it is:

Now, it's big because they need a win and an Astros loss to force a tiebreaker game on Monday (which would be at 3:35 p.m. ET, by the way), but this was also his 40th homer of the season. This is a big statistic for several reasons.

On an individual level, Pujols has now hit at least 40 home runs in seven different seasons, tying him with Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa. The only players with more?

1. Babe Ruth, 11
2. Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Harmon Killebrew and Hank Aaron, 8

That's it for all of baseball history. Fine company, Mr. Pujols. There's more, too.

Before this season, the only Angels player to ever hit at least 40 homers in a season was Troy Glaus, who only did it once. Mike Trout and Pujols both have 40, so they've tripled the Angels' record book in this single season.

Further, before this season, there were only 28 teams in MLB history with at least two players hitting 40 or more home runs, with the most recent team being the 2006 White Sox. The Rockies (Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez) and Blue Jays (Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista) had already joined that club this season and now the Angels become the 31st in history.

A few more fun ones?

So, yes, Pujols' 40th homer was a significant one for numbers nerds everywhere. And, really, aren't all baseball fans?

CBS Sports Writer

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

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