Albert Pujols Hits 599th Home Run, Draws Closer to Bonds, Ruth and Aaron—Watch Video

Albert Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels slugger, hit the 599th home run of an illustrious career on Tuesday evening to draw nearer the marks of some of Major League Baseball's greatest players.

Pujols' homer—a trademark swing to right field off a pitch from Bartolo Colon—came in the third inning of a 9-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

The 37-year-old, born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, established himself as one of the game's most-feared hitters in the early part of the 21st century with the St Louis Cardinals. He won two World Series with the franchise in 2006 and 2011.

Career home run No. 599 for Albert Pujols! pic.twitter.com/f9ZGBc2JtL

— SI MLB (@si_mlb) May 31, 2017

With the hit, which came as part of a nine-run third inning that opened up the game for the Angels, Pujols draws a little closer to those famous sluggers. Only eight men have ever hit more 600 home runs, with Sammy Sosa now closest to Pujols on 609. Barry Bonds, the controversial former outfielder who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants, leads the way on 762.