Albert Pujols ties Jimmie Foxx on the all-time home run list

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Albert Pujols homered Tuesday night for the sixth time in six games, tying him with Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the all-time home run list with 534.

Next up on the list is Mickey Mantle with 536, followed by Mike Schmidt with 548 and Manny Ramirez with 555. Pujols has 14 homers in 50 games this season after totaling 30, 17, and 28 homers in his first three years with the Angels.

Pujols has 100-plus games left in his age-35 season, but he already ranks seventh all time in home runs through age 35:

Alex Rodriguez     629
Sammy Sosa         574
Babe Ruth          565
Hank Aaron         554
Willie Mays        542
Ken Griffey Jr.    536
ALBERT PUJOLS      534

Pujols is signed through 2021 and averaging even 20 homers per season through the end of that contract would allow him to join Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez, and Willie Mays in the 650-homer club. Of course, averaging 20 homers per season in 2020 or 2021–when Pujols will be 40 and 41 years old–is far from a sure thing.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.