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Albert Pujols will be the eighth player ever with 500 homers by age 34

Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols runs the bases after hitting his 30th home run of the season against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim

Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols runs the bases after hitting his 30th home run of the season against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California September 12, 2012. Pujols is the fourth player in Major League history to hit 30 or more home runs in 12 consecutive seasons, with Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Not that there was any doubt about Albert Pujols reaching 500 career homers by the end of the season, but his strong start for the Angels with a league-leading six bombs puts him just two long balls shy of the magic number.

When he gets there, possibly this week, Pujols will become just the eighth player in baseball history to reach 500 career homers by age 34. Here’s the previous seven:

Alex Rodriguez 613
Sammy Sosa 539
Jimmie Foxx 527
Babe Ruth 516
Hank Aaron 510
Willie Mays 505
Ken Griffey Jr. 501

Pujols is at 498 right now, so he’ll likely surpass Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth, and there’s a decent chance he could pass Jimmie Foxx as well.

Also, just in case anyone is curious, here’s a list of the most homers by anyone after age 34:

Barry Bonds 317
Hank Aaron 245
Rafael Palmeiro 208
Andres Galarraga 199
Darrell Evans 198
Babe Ruth 198
Carlton Fisk 193

Kind of a weird list.

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