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Albert Pujols isn’t focused on becoming the next 700 HR slugger

Albert Pujols has not contributed to the 700 home run mark and will likely retire after this seasons game.



No matter his final batting average, Albert Pujols will still call it a career at the end of the season.

Legendary St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he isn’t planning to retire because he hit 692 home runs in his career.

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No matter what happens at the end of the season, he said, his playing career is over.

According to USA Today, Pujols said, “I’m still going to retire, regardless of whether I end up hitting 693, 696, 700, whatever.” “Numbers don’t interest me. If you had told me 22 years ago that I would be this close now, I would have called you crazy. I can’t say enough good things about my career.

He insisted that he would not change his mind under any circumstances.

He finally said, “No, I’ve had enough.” It’s a good thing I said this was it when I signed. In all honesty, there is nothing I would change.

After announcing his retirement at the beginning of the year, Pujols signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals to return to St. Louis.

The 42-year-old player started his career with the Cardinals and stayed there for 11 seasons before leaving for the Los Angeles Angels. He spent part of last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Two of Pujols’ home runs on Saturday helped the Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 16-7, and that gives him six dingers for the month of August. To put his current home run total in perspective, he is only four short of Alex Rodriquez’s 696 all-time mark, despite being the highest active player in Major League Baseball.

Only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds have hit 700 home runs in their careers, so if he can do it, he’ll be in elite company.

Pujols is content to finish his career in St. Louis, even though he will have only 42 games to do so after Sunday’s series finale with the Diamondbacks.

Whatever the future holds, he told me, “I wouldn’t change a thing.” That’s it, I’ve had the most incredible career. What a lucky person I am!