Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols recorded career RBI No. 1,500 in emphatic fashion Tuesday night, smacking a 424-foot home run off of Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton to reach the milestone.
Pujols wasted no time reaching 1,500, as his two-run bomb came in the first inning of Tuesday's game at Safeco Field. As one might expect from a living legend, the home run was a true no-doubter.
By taking Paxton out of the yard, Pujols became just the 52nd member of the 1,500-RBI club, a group that includes 37 Hall of Famers. Of the 15 members not in the Hall, every single one either played during the heart of the steroid era or is still active, in some cases both things being true.
The 1,500-ribby club never had the mass appeal of the 500-homer club, but it was once the case that either milestone came with a virtually guaranteed plaque in the Hall of Fame.
While that may no longer be the case, Pujols' spot in the Hall has been assured for quite some time, so he'll happily let mere mortals worry about such trivial concerns.