The 8 MLB Players Pujols Could Pass On The Homer List This Season
After the second game in the Los Angeles Angels’ series against the Washington Nationals (which also features the battle of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, the best pair of position players the league has ever seen at the same time), Albert Pujols became the third-youngest player to reach 500 home runs in his career when he hit his second of the evening. It was a good return to form for Pujols, who didn’t manage to crack 100 games last year owing to a handful of nagging injuries. The Angels won that game, 7-2. Pujols had 5 RBIs (runs batted in).
But where does this accomplishment move him on the all time home run leaderboard? Currently, Pujols is the twenty-sixth player to ever reach 500 hits, which slides him a little bit in front of Lou Gherig (493), but Albert is also still playing, and he’s only facing down one other active player in the top twenty-five — and that’s Alex Rodriguez. How far can he go over the rest of the season?
Over his last three mostly-healthy seasons, Pujols has averaged about 36 home runs a year. His pair of homers last night brought his season total to 8 already, in 20 games, and the two-time World Series Champion looks better than he has in a little while. Assuming he hits about as well as he has been over the last few years, here are the eight players that could feasibly be moved down the ladder by Albert’s 2014 homers.