Cardinals’ Albert Pujols Says He Still Plans to Retire After Season in the midst of 700-HR Chase
Albert Pujols is drawing nearer to the 700-grand slam achievement, yet the St.
Louis Cardinals veteran doesn’t want to return for another season in the event that he misses the mark.
“I’m actually going to resign, regardless of whether I wind up hitting 693, 696, 700, whatever,” Pujols told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “I don’t become involved with numbers. Assuming you planned to let me know quite a while back that I would be this nearby, I would have let you know that you’re cracking insane. My profession has been astounding.”
Pujols hit two homers Saturday during a 4-for-multi day against the Arizona Diamondbacks to give him 692 for his profession. He presently has five homers in his last five games and six in August subsequent to adding up to only seven in the initial four months of the time.
The 42-year-old sits four short of Alex Rodriguez for fourth in significant association history.
In the event that he can pass A-Rod, the subsequent stage would be turning into the fourth player ever with 700 grand slams, joining Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
Pujols endorsed with the Cardinals on a one-year bargain this offseason, getting back to the group where he played the initial 11 years of his vocation prior to leaving in free organization after the 2011 season for the Los Angeles Angels. He declared in March that this season would be his last.
“This is all there is to it for me. This is my last run,” he said.
The slugger repeated his aim to resign on Saturday, not with standing a fast kid about his new achievement.
“On the off chance that I can’t hit 70 homers, I’m not returning,” Pujols said. “No, I’ve had enough. I’m happy I made the declaration this was all there was to it when I marked. Truly, I wouldn’t modify anything.”
For those counting at home, the Cardinals have 43 ordinary season games remaining.