Albert Pujols hits 700th career home run: Fourth man to join the club – USA TODAY

Albert Pujols smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting his 700th home run.

In what may be a fitting capstone to a Hall of Fame career, Albert Pujols connected on Friday for his 700th home run as a major leaguer, a feat accomplished by only three other sluggers in baseball history.

The milestone homer — Pujols’ second of the night — came in the fourth inning off Dodgers right-hander Phil Bickford, the latest of a record 455 different pitchers to give up at least one rounder to Pujols over his 22 MLB seasons. .

Pujols joins Barry Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in the 700-HR club, just 12 days after passing Alex Rodriguez (696) for fourth place on the all-time home run list.

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