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Can any active MLB slugger come close to Albert Pujols’ 660 homers?

Steve Gardner U.S.A. TODAY

Published 6:11 AM EDT Sep 14, 2020

Albert Pujols continued his increase the all-time masterpiece list on Sunday by hitting a two-run blast versus the Colorado Rockies for No. 660 in his profession. That tied the 40-year-old Los Angeles Angels slugger with Hall of Famer Willie Mays for 5th place in MLB history.Ahead of Pujols

on the list are some familiar names and numbers. 1. Barry Bonds– 762 2.

Hank Aaron– 755

3. Babe Ruth– 714

4. Alex Rodriguez–

696 That’s it. However it may be a lot more remarkable to look behind Pujols to see who else may join him in the all-time leading 10. Currently, Frank Robinson beings in 10th place with 586. Is

there anyone out there now who might be able to pass Robinson someday and maybe get to 600? The closest active gamer to Pujols is Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers with

482 through Sunday. At age 37, Cabrera remains in the twilight of his career– striking merely 20 of those homers over the past 3 seasons. Next on the active list are designated hitters Edwin Encarnacion( 422 )and Nelson Cruz( 416 ), who are

ideal beside each other at Nos. 52 and 53. But at ages 37 and 39 … do they have another 175 or so homers left in them after this season ends? Giancarlo Stanton has 311 at age 30. If he might simply stay healthy … And after that there’s Mike Trout. He just

struck his 300th this past week( and after that 301st ). At age 29, Trout is on track to become among the all-time greats. And judging from his year-by-year slugging percentages (he entered Sunday’s computer game at a career-high.660 for this season), it’s possible he still hasn’t peaked. Dan Symborski of Fangraphs did an interesting study in April on the effect of the possible cancellation of the 2020 season on particular players chasing after

career turning points. Trout had the very best opportunity of all active players to get to 600 homers at 58%. Without any season in 2020– losing out on 162 games in the prime of his profession

— his possibilities dropped to 47 %. By adding this season’s HR overall (16 and counting), maybe Trout is right at 50-50. However what’s a lot more remarkable were Symborski’s next more than likely gamers behind Trout to strike 600. With a full 2020 season, Gleyber Torres( 26% ), Ronald Acuña Jr.( 25 %), Bryce

Harper( 25% )and Cody Bellinger( 25 %) had the best opportunity. Without any 2020, Juan Soto( 20 %) jumped to the top of the

list.But even Harper– with 227 homers at age 27– would need to typical roughly 37 homers for the next 10 seasons to get to 600. He’s simply strike more than 37 as soon as in his extremely initially 9 seasons in the majors. As for veterans Cabrera, Encarnacion

and Cruz … they had simply the slimmest possibility of reaching 600 with a complete 2020 season. The lowered variation has really essentially dropped their possibilities to definitely no. Follow U.S.A. TODAY Sports’ Steve Gardner on Twitter @SteveAGardner.

Released 6:11 AM EDT Sep 14, 2020

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