Age defying ...
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Albert Pujols hit his 657th home run against the Seattle Mariners back in 2020, his first since turning 40.
Fast forward to September 2022, where the future Hall of Famer just cracked home run No. 700, joining Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) as the only players in major league history to hit 700 home runs.
The epic feat also placed Pujols in more rare territory as one of the 10 players who hit the most home runs after turning 40. His 700th dinger was his 43rd which puts him ahead of Aaron and just one behind Ted Williams.
1. Barry Bonds — 79
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No surprise here. Bonds’ involvement with BALCO allowed him to pass both Ruth and Aaron after turning 40. He might have even added to that total as a 43-year-old in 2008, but no teams were interested in acquiring his services.
2. Carlton Fisk — 72
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Fisk’s 72 homers after age 40 are impressive, but not as impressive as the fact that he caught 465 games in the same time span.
3. Darrell Evans — 60
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The member of the famed ’84 Tigers hit 49 home runs after 40 while playing for Detroit and finished his career with 11 as a 42-year-old with the 1989 Atlanta Braves.
4. Dave Winfield — 59
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The Hall of Fame outfielder spread the wealth around near the end of his career, hitting 26 with the Blue Jays, 31 with the Twins and two for the 1995 Indians when he was 43 years old.
5. Carl Yastrzemski — 49
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The Red Sox legend hit 10 home runs in 1983 when he was 43 years old.
6. Stan Musial — 46
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Musial finished his legendary career with 10 home runs as a 42-year-old in 1963.
7. Ted Williams — 44
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The greatest hitter of all time hit 44 homers after 40, including one in his final at-bat on September 28, 1960. He was 41 years old at the time.
8. Albert Pujols — 43
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Pujols’ two-homer night in Los Angeles was something out of a movie, with the slugger cracking two into the left-field stands. Even Dodgers manager Dave Roberts couldn’t hide his excitement for the moment, seemingly forgetting he was in the opposing dugout as he briefly cheered as No. 700 soared off Pujols’ bat…
t-10. Hank Aaron — 42
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Aaron hit 20 home runs for the Braves after turning 40 and then added another 22 with the Brewers before retiring.
t-10. Raul Ibanez — 42
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Ibanez’s 29 homers with the 2013 Seattle Mariners tied him with Ted Williams for the most home runs hit by someone over 40 in a single season.