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Pujols reaches 400 home runs in fifth fewest at-bats

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols became the 47th member of MLB’s 400 home run club, doing it in fewer at-bats than all but four of them.

Albert Pujols' 400th home run, 08/26/10 (Getty Images/Greg Fiume)Yesterday, I featured the 47 members of Major League Baseball’s 400 home run club, a group that St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols joined on Thursday night. That list was ranked by the players’ ages when they achieved the milestone. Pujols was third youngest.

This time, we re-order the list by the number of at-bats each had at the point in their career when they hit their 400th.

Pujols’ current hitting coach Mark McGwire, with a career shortened by injury, reached 400 with the fewest number of at-bats. Pujols is fifth.

MLB 400 home run club, ordered by at-bats when reached

Career rank HR First Last 400th Born 400 age 400 AB
9 Mark McGwire 583 1986 2001 5/8/1998 10/1/1963 34-219 4726
3 Babe Ruth 714 1914 1935 9/2/1927 2/6/1895 32-208 4853
11 Harmon Killebrew 573 1954 1975 4/27/1969 6/29/1936 32-63 5300
10 Jim Thome 581 1991 2010* 6/14/2004 8/27/1970 33-74 5416
47 Albert Pujols 401 2001 2010* 8/26/2010 1/16/1980 30-222 5615
14 Manny Ramirez 554 1993 2010* 5/15/2005 5/30/1972 32-350 5695
17 Jimmie Foxx 534 1925 1945 6/7/1938 10/22/1907 30-229 5711
19 Willie McCovey 521 1959 1980 7/15/1973 1/10/1938 35-186 5751
4 Willie Mays 660 1951 1973 8/27/1963 5/6/1931 32-113 5761
15 Mike Schmidt 548 1972 1989 5/15/1984 9/27/1949 34-230 5790
7 Alex Rodriguez 604 1994 2010* 6/8/2005 7/27/1975 29-316 5806
16 Mickey Mantle 536 1951 1968 9/10/1962 10/20/1931 30-325 5844
5 Ken Griffey 630 1989 2010 4/10/2000 11/21/1969 30-150 5860
38 Juan Gonzalez 434 1989 2005 6/5/2002 10/20/1969 30-228 5913
35 Dave Kingman 442 1971 1986 8/10/1985 12/21/1948 36-232 5934
20 Ted Williams 521 1939 1960 7/17/1956 8/30/1918 37-321 5936
30 Carlos Delgado 473 1993 2009 8/22/2006 6/25/1972 34-58 5946
22 Eddie Mathews 512 1952 1968 4/16/1963 10/13/1931 32-185 6025
32 Jose Canseco 462 1985 2001 4/14/1999 7/2/1964 34-286 6072
6 Sammy Sosa 609 1989 2007 5/16/2001 11/12/1968 32-185 6206
41 Mike Piazza 427 1992 2007 4/26/2006 9/4/1968 37-234 6260
18 Frank Thomas 521 1990 2008 7/25/2003 5/27/1968 35-59 6403
44 Jason Giambi 412 1995 2010* 5/23/2009 1/8/1971 38-135 6462
1 Barry Bonds 762 1986 2007 8/23/1998 7/24/1964 34-30 6499
8 Frank Robinson 586 1956 1976 9/9/1967 8/31/1935 32-9 6521
27 Lou Gehrig 493 1923 1939 7/10/1936 6/19/1903 33-21 6541
28 Willie Stargell 475 1962 1982 6/29/1977 3/6/1940 37-115 6599
13 Reggie Jackson 563 1967 1987 8/11/1980 5/18/1946 34-85 6694
45 Duke Snider 407 1947 1964 6/14/1963 9/19/1926 36-268 6783
40 Vladimir Guerrero 429 1996 2010* 8/10/2009 2/9/1975 34-182 6821
21 Ernie Banks 512 1953 1971 9/2/1965 1/31/1931 34-214 6830
34 Jeff Bagwell 449 1991 2005 7/20/2003 5/27/1968 35-54 6887
26 Fred McGriff 493 1986 2004 6/2/2000 10/31/1963 36-244 6979
46 Andruw Jones 405 1996 2010* 7/11/2010 4/23/1977 32-79 7081
24 Gary Sheffield 509 1988 2009 7/27/2004 11/18/1968 35-251 7086
2 Hank Aaron 755 1954 1976 4/20/1966 2/5/1934 32-54 7108
37 Chipper Jones 436 1993 2010* 6/5/2008 4/24/1972 36-42 7110
23 Mel Ott 511 1926 1947 6/1/1941 3/2/1909 32-81 7215
12 Rafael Palmeiro 569 1986 2005 9/23/2000 9/24/1964 35-364 7824
43 Darrell Evans 414 1969 1989 9/20/1988 5/26/1947 41-117 8609
42 Billy Williams 426 1959 1976 6/12/1975 6/15/1938 36-362 8641
25 Eddie Murray 504 1977 1997 5/3/1992 2/24/1956 36-68 8663
36 Andre Dawson 438 1976 1996 4/15/1993 7/10/1954 38-279 8922
29 Stan Musial 475 1941 1963 5/7/1959 11/21/1920 38-167 9233
31 Dave Winfield 465 1973 1995 8/14/1991 10/3/1951 39-50 9298
33 Carl Yastrzemski 452 1961 1983 7/24/1979 8/22/1939 39-336 10252
39 Cal Ripken 431 1981 2001 9/2/1999 8/24/1960 39-9 10707
* active

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the above table.

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