Prior to 1996, in the 127 years of Major League Baseball, 14 players hit 500 home runs.
In the 18 years since, 12 other players have joined the previously exclusive club, and with the stigma of steroids casting a pall over the greats of this era, but Albert Pujols, especially since so much of his career has taken place during PED testing, may be the first hall of fame player to to get is proper due in this era.
Pujols joined the 500 club, as its 26th member, and is the only player since Ted Williams to have joined the 500 club with a batting average over .320.
Its not so much the volume , but the consistency with which Pujols has done it.
Its early in the season, but he appears to have once again found his elite swing in Los Angeles, leading the American League in home runs and on pace for another season of elite RBI production.
Pujols may have had two rough seasons in the city of angels, but it appears as though as he makes his way towards great career milestones, his production will remain at an all-time elite level.