Thursday, August 26, 2010
Pujols hits No. 400
In the top of the fourth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' extra-innings loss to the Washington Nationals, Albert Pujols blasted his 400th career home run off of Jordan Zimmermann, who was making his first start of the season for the Washington Nationals after undergoing Tommy John surgery. At 30 years and 222 days old, Pujols is the third-youngest at the time of the milestone of the 47 players in MLB history to reach 400 career home runs.
• He hit No. 400 in his 5,615th career at-bat. According to Elias, that is the fifth-fewest at-bats to 400 home runs all-time. Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth are the only two players to hit No. 400 within their first 5,000 career at-bats.
• Pujols now has a career batting average of .333, 400 home runs and 1,205 RBI. He is one of just five players in major league history with at least 400 home runs, 1,200 RBI and a career batting average of at least .330. Obviously, each of the other four players are enshrined in Cooperstown: Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth.