Read the SABR BioProject biographies of all four of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees

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the SABR BioProject is God’s work. Rich, historically-detailed biographies of baseball players, managers and executives that are short enough to be more handy and useful than books but long enough to give real, rich historical substance to these folks which you can’t get from a Wikipedia article or a Baseball-Reference.com page.

Today the SABR BioProject has up the four full bios of this weekend’s Hall of Fame inductees:

John Smoltz;

Pedro Martinez;

Craig Biggio; and

Randy Johnson

Worth your time even if, like me, you were an adult (or close to it) baseball fan for most or all of their careers. I’ve never once read one of these bios that didn’t have information in it I didn’t already know. It’s well worth your time.

Inductions are Sunday afternoon.

 

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).