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.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.