In an era of more power through better chemistry, Albert Pujols stands out as a glaring exception to what was rapidly becoming a depressing rule. He is one of the few remaining big bats who has not been linked to steroid use.
While names like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez will forevermore be associated with PEDs, Prince Albert has somehow kept his reputation intact. For the most part, he's even avoided the whispers that swirled around guys who were never actually accused, sluggers like Jim Thome, Jeff Bagwell and now the late-blooming Jose Bautista.
This is important because, barring something unforeseen, Pujols will be the next member of the 500 home run club.
One of baseball's greatest milestones has been stained by inflated totals. One of the game's more exclusive achievements has suffered the indignity of cheating. But when Pujols hits the mark, he can bring some integrity back to this prodigious accomplishment.
Assuming, of course, that he can continue to fend off the rumors.
Beginning with Albert, I'll take a look at 10 mashers who have a shot at surpassing the 500-home run plateau.