The Twins announced today that they’ve hired Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer and LaTroy Hawkins as special assistants. It’s the usual special assistant gig: go to Spring Training to coach and mentor young people while simultaneously making Twins fans feel good about about a time when their club did not feel so miserable.
Indeed, the only surprising thing about is is that Nick Punto and Jacque Jones didn’t get hired too.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.
The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.
Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.
It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.
Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).