Rewriting MLB history is no easy feat considering the age of the longest-running team sport in America, yet this Monday legendary St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols just did something no one else has ever done at baseball’s highest level in the world.
Ross Detwiler, the 450th customer in Albert Pujols’ career
In the third inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park, the Dominican baseball player hit an impressive home run against left-hander Ross Detwiler to reach 694 in his career, which is impressive by itself, however, the historic mark is unique and perhaps unrepeatable.
Pujols became the first player in history to hit at least one home run off 450 different pitchers, breaking a tie with Barry Bonds, who in his controversial career “disappeared” with a hit off 449 different pitchers.
The next milestones to be broken in Albert Pujols’ final games
This milestone was achieved by Pujols in the final stretch of his 22nd season in the Major Leagues, which will be his last according to his own words, but he has had a farewell worthy of eternal memory as he is only two home runs away from tying and three away from surpassing in fourth place all-time, the also controversial Alex Rodriguez.
In addition, Pujols is on a quest to become only the fourth human being in history to hit at least 700 home runs in his MLB career, the three who have achieved it are the aforementioned Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
As if that weren’t enough, Pujols’ big step has catapulted the Cardinals to the lead in the NL Central Division with a 75-54 record and a comfortable six-game lead against their closest pursuers, the Milwaukee Brewers.