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Albert Pujols makes history and joins 700 legendary home run club

Albert Pujols has officially joined the legendary 700 home run club, becoming only the fourth player in MLB history to achieve this milestone.

The St. Louis Cardinals baseball player created history Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a three-run home run off reliever Phil Bickford in the fourth inning. It was his 14th home run for the NL Central-leading Cardinals since the beginning of August, and his 21st of the season.

Pujols hit 222 home runs over the next ten seasons after signing a 10-year, $254 million free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels, plus 12 more in late 2021 after being released by the Angels and signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. But now that he's back in Busch Stadium and wearing a Cardinals uniform, Pujols appears to have found the fountain of youth, posting his highest slugging percentage and OPS since leaving St. Louis in 2011. Pujols hit a two-run home run to left field off Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney earlier in the game, putting the Cardinals up 2-0 in the top of the third inning. Pujols now has 21 home runs on the season.

The Dodgers eventually won 11-0. Pujols finished the night 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI.

Fans gave Pujols a standing ovation before the game, after a tribute video for him was shown on the two scoreboards in the outfield at Dodger Stadium. When given the opportunity to address the crowd prior to the game, Pujols said, "Well, I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you Dodgers fans.’"

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