The 500 Home Run Club

Albert Pujols hit his 499th and 500th home runs last night, putting him in the 500 home run club. Pujols is the only player to hit his 499th and 500th in the same game, and is the thirdyoungest player to hit 500. (A-Rod and Jimmie Foxx were younger.) Pujols now has the secondmost home runs among active players, behind only Mr. Steroids A-Rod. Adam Dunn (444 home runs), Jason Giambi (438 hrs), and David Ortiz (435 hrs) have the next most homers among active players. Dunn and Giambi, both far past their prime, will most likely never make the club, but Ortiz might. With maybe three years left in MLB, he could be the next inductee into the club. I believe that Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Cabrera will also both make it into the 500 home run club.

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Home Run…Trot?

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox took 33.39 seconds to round the bases on April 9th after hitting a home run against the Rangers. Sports Illustrated clocked his time at 32.91, but upon further review, the time was actually 33.39. According to tatertrottracker.com, that is the slowest home-run trot since they starting recording them in 2010.

It is really no surprise the (maybe) 230-pound designated hitter took so long. Maybe instead of calling him Big Papi, they should call him Big U-Haul.