‘The Machine’ Becomes 26th Player to Hit 500 Career Homers
Los Angeles Angels player Albert Pujols has reached the hallowed home run ground. After blasting number 499 in the first inning against the Washington Nationals, the man they call “The Machine” left the park again in the fifth, hitting one of the most-celebrated round numbers in baseball history: 500. Pujols is the 26th player to reach the 500-home run mark, and at 34, the third youngest. He was greeted by his teammates at home plate, and the Washington crowd gave the visiting slugger a well-deserved curtain call. The Angels won 7-2.