What Superstars Will Be Next to Hit MLB's 500 Home Run Milestone?

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What Superstars Will Be Next to Hit MLB's 500 Home Run Milestone?
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The sterling 14-year career of Albert Pujols has landed him among a valley of baseball giants in the 500 home run club. Upon Pujols' inclusion, 26 major league hitters have reached the milestone across the history of the game. From Ruth to Bonds to Sosa to Pujols, a litany of special power hitters share the same type of baseball immortality.

As usual, sports fans will digest the news and crave for the next big thing. In this case, a question emerges: Who will be the next sluggers to join Pujols in the illustrious homer club? 

The answers might be harder than you would assume. With Pujols officially leaving the 400 home run club, behind, only five active players currently have between 400 and 499 career homers. Of those, only one is under the age of 35. Two are no longer everyday players.

For the first time in years, this type of projection is really difficult. Over the past two decades, it was easy to see future greatness in stars like Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. To be fair, there's at least a handful of hitters—if not more—destined for special careers.

Using a combination of gut feel and  ESPN's Bill James Career Assessments projections, the future of the 500 home run club has emerged.


Statistics are from Baseball-Reference.com, ESPN and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Roster breakdowns via MLBDepthCharts.com. Statistics valid entering play on April 22. 


 

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