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After his latest multi-home run performance, Albert Pujols insists that he is still going to retire at the end of the season.
The red hot month of August continues for future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. The veteran St. Louis Cardinals first baseman continued to crush baseballs, as he hit his 691st and 692nd home runs of his career on Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In that same breath, he made some history as well.
For Cardinals fans hoping that Pujols would reconsider retirement and give it another go after the 2022 season, it’s time to give up on those hopes. Pujols is fully committed to retiring at the end of this year.
“I’m still going to retire, no matter whether I end up hitting 693, 696, 700, whatever,’’ Pujols said to USA TODAY Sports. “I don’t get caught up in numbers. If you were going to tell me 22 years ago that I would be this close, I would have told you that you’re freakin’ crazy. My career has been amazing.’’
Despite another multi-home run game, Albert Pujols still plans to retire
There you have it, Pujols is not going to second-guess his retirement decision.
In the top of the second inning against the Diamondbacks, Pujols hit home run No. 691 to left center field. In the process, Pujols passed Cardinals legend Stan Musial for the second-most total bases in MLB history, which was previously set at 6,134.
He then home run No. 692 in the top of the fourth inning to secure his third multi-home run game this season at the age of 42.
After this game, Pujols is slashing .452/.514/.1.065 while recording six home runs, 13 RBI, and 14 hits in the month of August.
Regardless of whether he hits 700 home runs or not, Pujols still plans on calling it a career whenever the Cardinals’ season ends.