Angels' Albert Pujols Hits 500th Career Home Run

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 23, 2014

Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols watches the ball after connecting for a two-run homer against Washington Nationals Taylor Jordan in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. This was Pujols 500th career home run. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit two home runs Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, the 499th and 500th of his career. In doing so, Pujols became the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit his 499th and 500th home runs in the same game, per MLB PR. Meanwhile, Pujols became the 26th player to reach the 500-home run milestone.

To get there, Pujols hit a three-run home run off Nationals starter Taylor Jordan in the first inning and then connected again off Jordan with a two-run blast in the fifth inning. He now has eight home runs on the season, which leads the majors.

Additionally, Pujols is the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 500-home run mark within his first 14 seasons, per ESPN Stats & Info. Hall of Famer Willie Mays was the first to do so, with Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez following suit. At 34 years of age, Pujols is also the third-youngest player to ever reach 500 home runs, trailing only Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx and Rodriguez.

Pujols hit his first 445 home runs while he was with the St. Louis Cardinals before signing a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels in December of 2011. He has been unable to reach the statistical marks in Los Angeles that he did in St. Louis, particularly last year, when his season was limited to 99 games due to a foot injury.

Despite a number of his prolific contemporaries being linked to performance-enhancing drugs, Pujols has never been directly linked with any steroid investigation, which should allow him to easily earn a plaque in Cooperstown when his career his over.