Albert Pujols Launches 450th Home Run, 4th Youngest to Reach 450 HRs

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 24:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his two run homer against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are already starting to watch history being made in the Albert Pujols era.

Pujols has broken out of his early-season slump and is smashing home runs one after another again.

In the first inning on Thursday night against the Seattle Mariners, Pujols became the 35th player in MLB history to hit at least 450 home runs.

More impressively, at 32 years and 129 days, he was the fourth-fastest member of the 450 home run club to achieve the feat. Only Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr and Jimmie Foxx have done it at a younger age. 

It is amazing to think of how many home runs Pujols may be able to hit by the time his career wraps up. He is one of the most impressive players to ever play the game and has many years ahead of him.

The question remaining is how many more names can he pass of the 34 in front of him?

The next name for Pujols to pass is Carl Yastrzemski, who hit 452 in his career. Ahead of Yastrzemski is Chipper Jones, who sits at 459 and counting.

Pujols is back to his old ways, and he might be making his way through this list faster than anyone could have imagined, even a week ago. 

Pujols has four home runs in his last nine games and 17 RBI in his last 18 games. 

Pujols finished Thursday's game going 3-for-4 with the home run, two singles, two RBI, two runs and a stolen base.

There will me many more historic moments for the Angels and Pujols in the years to come.

 

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