When you talk about some of the greatest hitters the MLB has ever seen, Albert Pujols comes to mind near the top of everyone’s list. Manny Machado even went as far as to say Pujols is “the best player of our generation.”
The numbers don’t lie and Machado isn’t too far off when talking about the elite. The 11-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer with a career batting average of .256 is two home runs away from eclipsing 700 for his career.
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Pujols passed Alex Rodriguez this season to move into fourth place all time and currently sits 16 home runs behind Babe Ruth. It doesn’t seem possible for Pujols to reach Ruth, but 700 is surely in the cards with the Dodgers slated to play the Cardinals in a weekend series beginning Friday.
It is extremely possible Pujols can hit his 700th career home run against the Dodgers this weekend with Max Muncy reveling in the idea of seeing Pujols make history up close and personal. In fact, he said he and his teammates are actually hoping to see their tío hit the historic homer in LA. Off Dodger pitching.
“No one likes to see home runs get hit against their team. But I think we’d all be OK with the exception for this one. I think all of us are kind of rooting to see him get 700 at Dodger Stadium. That would be pretty sweet, pretty special. I know for him it would be special with his family around. I think even some of our pitchers would be OK with giving up that home run.”
"No one wants to give up a home run, and no one wants a home run hit on their team, but we are all kind of hoping it does happen here at #Dodgers stadium. That'd be pretty special." – @maxmuncy9 on "Tio Albert" @PujolsFive chasing 700 HR milestone. pic.twitter.com/201xdK35ld
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 20, 2022
The Dodgers have kept their tab on how far Pujols is away from reaching 700 and would love for a guy like Pujols to reach such a milestone. Muncy reiterated that no one likes to give up a home run, but to see Pujols achieve the goal at Dodgers Stadium for a team that is in the playoff hunt only adds to the legend Pujols has had throughout his entire career before riding off into the sunset.
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