The machine keeps on producing as he passes Sammy Sosa for most home runs ever by a foreign born player. Pujols blasted his 610th career home run last night, good for 8th all time on the home run list, and the most by any player born outside the U.S.A. What a career it has been for Albert Pujols, he isn't even close to the player he once was with the St.Louis Cardinals, however he still mashes home runs and drives in runs like he always has. He'll finish the season with 25 bombs and right around 100 RBI's, barring any injury of course. Not bad for a 37 year old. Pujols still has 4 years left on his deal, so he'll only continue to climb the home run leaders. He's only 2 behind Jim Thome right now, so look for Pujols to move into the #7 spot on the all time home run leaders before seasons end. After that he'll have Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Mays, A-Rod, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds ahead of him, now that's incredible company.
Will Pujols be able to catch any of those guys and get to climb higher than #7 on the list, though. I certainly think so, Pujols has 4 years left on his deal, and let's assume he doesn't retire until his deal is up since I can't imagine him leaving that much money on the table. In 4 years if he's to average at the bare minimum 20 home runs a seasons, that's another 80 home runs, which will place him right around 690 for his career. At that point I'd like to see him get to 700, something he'd be able to do in 1 extra season. When it's all said and done Pujols will be in the top 5 all time in home runs, unless he gets plagued with a devastating injury of course. Adding another legendary bat to the 700 club would be nice, especially since Albert Pujols isn't linked to steroids in anyway despite playing at a time when they were very prevalent.
Every day Pujols is making history and stepping closer to one of the most absurd milestones in sports. Appreciate it while it last because before you know it he's going to be out of the league. You're watching a living legend, Pujols is an icon for any baseball player, and if you're a foreign born player than he's the benchmark for ultimate greatness. There's no foreign born player besides Miguel Cabrera, who really isn't even that close, that is even close to catching Pujols for most home runs ever, so I don't think this record will be threatened anytime soon. This guy has literally accomplished basically everything one can hope to do in an MLB career. Within the next 2 seasons Pujols will join the 3000 club and the 2000 RBI club. If he can finish his career with 700 home runs, he'll be one of 3 players to hit 700 home runs, have 3000 hits, and drive in 2000 RBI's. Basically solidifying his position as one of the best hitters of all time. I'm excited to watch Pujols accomplish these incredible milestones and continue to decorate his already extremely impressive resume.