Dodgers fans should get used to Albert Pujols hitting some milestone number while he is in Los Angeles. Now in the 21st season of his illustrious career, Pujols is starting to pass some big names in the record books.
Albert recently tied legendary Yankee Babe Ruth for career extra-base hits when he hit a 2-run shot against the Giants on Saturday. It was the 669th homerun of his career and his second since coming over to the Dodgers. He sits 5th all-time on the MLB homerun list, 27 back of Alex Rodriguez for 4th place.
But on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, Pujols passed Babe Ruth on the extra-base hits list. He now stands alone in 4th place and needs 20 more to tie Stan Musial for 3rd place. Pujols took a fastball from Jake McGee over the fence in left for a homerun to break the Babe’s mark.
Playing in the final year of his contract with the Angels, it was never clear if Pujols was going to retire after 2021. His wife had mistakingly put up a message earlier in the year talking about this being his last season, but she later corrected it as being the last year of his contract. Coming over to the Dodgers may or may not have changed his plans.
It also does not seem likely that Pujols would remain with the Dodgers past 2021 if he wanted to continue playing. But you can bet that while he is here, players are going to soak up every moment that they can with the future Hall of Famer.
Congrats on the milestone Albert, what a moment.