Albert Pujols hits 698th career home run in destroys 698th

When Albert Pujols ambled back into the St. Louis Cardinals dugout this spring to join Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright for one last Cardinals ride — well, what more could anyone ask for? After all, decades in the daily baseball habits had whittled even the mighty Pujols into something less than he once was. Just being there, surviving long enough to come home with anything left to give, was something.

That is not the only milestone that Pujols was chasing this season. He became the third player to drive in 2200 runs with his RBI double against Brad Boxberger on September 14. That RBI put him in the company of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron as the only two players to drive in that many runs.

As with his home run march, the chase is on when it comes to RBI as well. Although Pujols will not catch Aaron and his 2297 RBI, Ruth is within reach. The Bambino finished his illustrious career with 2214 RBI, just 11 more than Pujols has entering Saturday’s slate of action.

The Cardinals also placed Tyler O’Neill on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain. This marks the second time this season O’Neill has landed on the IL due to a left hamstring strain. He suffered the injury in the Cardinals’ 6-5 win over the Reds on Friday while stealing second.

St. Louis then also activated Dylan Carlson from the 10-day IL. He was placed on the IL on Sept. 7 with a left thumb sprain and made his one rehab appearance with Memphis on Friday. Carlson then started in right field and was slotted to bat fifth in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday.

Si lo logra, será apenas el cuarto hombre en la historia de las Grandes Ligas con al menos esa cantidad de cuadrangulares. Y el único latino. Los otros son Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron y Babe Ruth.

Pero si no lo consiguiera, hay algo de lo que Pujols puede estar seguro: de cualquier manera tiene méritos para ser considerado el mejor jugador latino en la historia de las mayores.

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