It was early Wednesday afternoon on the West Coast and Cy Young Award candidate Sonny Gray was on the mound for the Oakland Athletics against the Los Angeles Angels. Gray had already uncharacteristically given up four runs in the top of the first inning, and a walk to Kole Calhoun in the second, when Albert Pujols stepped into the batter’s box. With the count 0-2, Pujols took Gray deep to center on an 84 mph slider for the 555th home run of his career.
With that home run Pujols, already 15th on Major League Baseball’s all-time home run list, sailed even farther into the history books. He is now tied for 14th with Manny Ramirez on the all-time home run list and trails Reggie Jackson for 13th place on the list by only eight long balls.
Pujols is on pace to hit upwards of 45 homers this season meaning he will likely finish the season in sole possession of 13th place. Rafael Palmiero sits in the number 12 spot with 569 homers.
With Pujols now 35 years old and four years into a ten-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, it is fair to ask the question: How much farther up the all-time home run list can Pujols climb? Can he become baseball’s new home run king?
I’ve done the math and weighed the different possible scenarios in my piece on Today’s Knuckleball which you can read using the link below: