Albert Pujols is in the final month of his legendary career.
The St. Louis Cardinals icon is three home runs away from reaching the 700 mark for his career after blasting home runs No. 696 and 697 over the weekend in Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals are now back at home for a very important homestand and have a chance to put a little distance between themselves and the Milwaukee Brewers.
But with Pujols approaching 700 home runs, MLB is going to start doing something special.
If and when Pujols is one homer away, MLB will introduce specially and individually marked baseballs to ensure they can identify historic ones, wherever they may land.
They’ll be doing the same for Aaron Judge if and when he gets to within one homer of tying the all-time American League record of 61.
When Albert Pujols is a swing away from No. 700, #MLB will introduce specially and individually marked baseballs to assure they can identify the historic one — wherever it lands.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) September 14, 2022
MLB Introduces Marked Baseballs For Pujols
This is an interesting little thing that MLB has decided to do.
It’ll be interesting to see if Pujols ends up getting to 700 and if MLB can identify which baseball they were using ended up being hit for home run No. 700.
It’s also cool that they’re doing this for Judge.
They’ll be able to identify the historic home run ball quite easily that way.
That’s the beauty of Pujols being so close to 700 home runs.
He could do it very soon.
When he does, Cardinals fans will be overjoyed.
But MLB is doing everything they can to make sure they know which ball ends up being the historic home run.
It’s going to be exciting when Pujols gets to within one of 700.
History could be made here soon, and it’s going to be fun to watch.