He has the entire month of September to do it, but won’t play everyday: the Cardinals are deploying him against left-handed pitchers almost exclusively, because he is much more effective against them than vs. righties.
In his quest for history, we often overlook the fact Pujols is just two dingers behind retired slugger Alex Rodriguez, who finished his career with 696.
A-Rod, true to his style, posted a cool video in Twitter.
He is seen smoking a cigar, wearing a suit, and holding a bat, and is asking whether he should make a comeback to “race Pujols” to 700.
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) September 1, 2022
A-Rod Is Just Four Home Runs Shy Of 700
He says he is “rocking his pinstripes” and points out that number 13 is, once again, available.
It was the number he used during his entire stint with the New York Yankees.
Putting aside his controversies with performance-enhancing drugs, A-Rod had an incredible career.
Besides the 696 blasts, he slashed .295/.380/.550, scored 2,021 runs, drove in 2,086, and stole 329 bases.
He won multiple MVP awards, a World Series, and several Silver Sluggers, too.
At 47 years old, it will all remain a joke, however.
He would need to get himself in top shape in a short period of time.
If it was for next season, one would think that with a full offseason to prepare himself, the talented Rodriguez would be able to hit the four home runs that separate him from 700.
There might not be a team willing to give him a chance to do that, however.