Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim launched his 509th career home run during the first leg of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, tying him with Gary Sheffield for 24th on the all-time list, per MLB.com.
Pujols hit long ball No. 17 of the season in the fifth inning off Hector Noesi, which directly followed a three-run shot by teammate Mike Trout. When Josh Hamilton homered in the seventh inning, it marked the second time ever that all three went deep in the same game, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The Angels' first baseman has already matched the home run total of his injury-shortened 2013 campaign and is well on his way to a rebound season, slashing .257/.312/.467 with 50 RBI heading into Wednesday's action. Prior to 2013, Pujols had accumulated 30 or more home runs in each of his first 12 MLB seasons.
Per Baseball Reference, Pujols has averaged 40 long balls per 162 games over his career. Should he keep up his current pace in 2014, there's a good chance the 34-year-old continues to ascend the power-hitting ranks. Next in line to be passed are Mel Ott (511), Eddie Mathews (512) and Ernie Banks (512), and Pujols will climb into the top 20 once he passes Ted Williams, Frank Thomas and Willie McCovey, all of whom own 521 career four-baggers.
Prince Albert remains 253 homers behind all-time leader Barry Bonds (762) but is in just the third season of his 10-year deal with the Angels. Depending on how well Pujols produces as he enters his late 30s, the record is certainly within the realm of possibility.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.
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