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Albert Pujols of the Cardinals broke this Barry Bonds record with home run No. 694

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St. Louis Cardinals All-Star Albert Pujols homered within 700 on Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds, breaking a record previously held by Barry Bonds in the process.

Pujols is retiring at the end of this season, so he will fall short of Bonds’ 762 career home runs, the best in the MLB. However, Reds pitcher Ross Detwiler is the 450th pitcher Pujols has homered against in his career, surpassing Bonds’ record for most home runs of all time.

Pujols would become the first player since Bonds to hit 700 or more career home runs. Only Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth have been able to do it before him.

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Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium on August 27, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Before accomplishing that feat, Pujols needs three home runs to take sole possession of fourth place in career home runs, currently held by Alex Rodriguez with 696.

This Pujols retirement tour has been a joy not only for Cardinals fans, but also for those who have seen Pujols consistently succeed in baseball each year. This was his 15th home run of the season and the 42-year-old has also been impressive with his .273/.346/.519 slash line.

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Yadier Molina #4 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals walk off the field after a performance commemorating their last game at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs on August 25, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.

Yadier Molina #4 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals walk off the field after a performance commemorating their last game at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs on August 25, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
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MLB named Pujols and fellow veteran Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers honorary All-Stars this season to honor two of the game’s greats and likely future Hall of Famers. Pujols also participated in the 2022 Home Run Derby, where he came within a home run of eventual winner Juan Soto in the semifinals.

Pujols wanted to retire with the Cardinals, which is why he signed a one-year contract with the team that selected him 13th in the draft in 1999.

While currently playing in his 12th season with St. Louis, Pujols played 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels from 2012-21 and also played half a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021.

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“We are pleased and excited to have Albert return to the Cardinals for the upcoming season,” Cardinals president Bill DeWitt, Jr. said in a statement in March. “This meeting with Albert is a wonderful opportunity not only for him and the Cardinals, but also for our great fans, the St. Louis community, our players and staff, and everyone associated with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.” .

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates scoring a run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates scoring a run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Currently leading the NL Central, the Cardinals are poised to make a postseason run with Pujols, who knows a thing or two about October baseball. He is a two-time World Series champion from his seasons with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011. Pujols was also named the 2004 NLCS MVP.

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Pujols has 33 games left before his regular season ends.

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