Albert Pujols showing this is more than just a farewell tour

Aug 20, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) slaps hands with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) slaps hands with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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When the St. Louis Cardinals inked Albert Pujols to a one-year, $2.5 million contract before the start of the season, it was largely thought to be a move that would provide a proper ending to a career that began and flourished in St. Louis while also giving the Cardinals a possible weapon against left-handers.

You can strike the “possible” from that sentence because, in the last few weeks of the last regular season of his illustrious 22-year career, Pujols is showing the St. Louis Cardinals and the rest of Major League Baseball that there is still plenty of power left in his bat.

Albert Pujols is showing the year that was supposed to be a farewell tour could also be a historic one

On Saturday night in Phoenix, Pujols launched two home runs, reaching 692 for his career and putting him within range of the 700-homer plateau with 44 games left for the Cardinals. We did the math on what it would take for Pujols to reach 700 in this article after he pounded a pinch-hit grand slam on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, and it’s certainly becoming more and more possible with nights like Pujols had on Saturday.

Sure, there is something to celebrated about what Pujols has done on the diamond in his career, a journey that will certainly lead him to Cooperstown. However, what started as a feel-good story and chance for Cardinals fans to show their appreciation for what he has done for the franchise (including winning three NL MVP awards) has morphed into a real chase of history as Pujols keeps showing off his vintage power swing.

Oh, and there’s also the matter of Pujols playing a key role in St. Louis trying to secure not only a spot in the postseason, but the NL Central title as well.

Between now and the end of the season, plenty of fans will have a chance to tip their caps to Pujols for his incredible career. However, those same fans will be watching to see if Pujols can become just the fourth player in MLB history to swat 700 homers, potentially etching his name alongside Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714).

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Albert Pujols is showing exactly what it means to “go out in style” by hitting home runs and generating excitement throughout MLB about a potential date he could well have with history.