Evolution of 500 Homerun Hitters
April 29, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
With Albert Pujols recently becoming only the 26th member of the exclusive 500 Homerun club, again the debate began to decide if this feat is still relevant or not. With the Steroids Era and the number of exploding from the mid-nineties to the turn of the century, the general consensus became that homerun records were simply not the same anymore.
fans always knew the sacred numbers, like Mays' 660, Ruth's 714, and Aaron's 755, but suddenly they were being matched and surpassed by the likes of Manny Ramirez and Rafael Palmeiro (both of whom served suspensions for PED's). The same occurred for Roger Maris and his legendary 61 long balls in a season, as the mark was surpassed with ease and on more than one instance.
Pujols just became the third youngest player in MLB history to reach 500 dingers, and with 8 more years on his contract he could easily become the ninth member of the 600 club and even have an outside shot of going for 700. Still, there hasn't been much fanfare regarding the fact, even as Pujols has never been formally accused of using additional help to boost his numbers.