Albert Pujols is competing with some of baseball’s greatest ever as he compiled his sixth 40 home run season in 2010.
As many know by now, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols collected his 40th home run of the season on Thursday. It was a two-run shot in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He added another home run in the sixth, his National League-leading 41st of the season.
It was Pujols’ 39th career multi-home run game, two ahead of Hall of Famer Stan Musial for the most in team history. It was Albert’s sixth multi-homer game this season alone.
Pujols reached the 40 home run plateau for the second consecutive season and the sixth time in his 10-year career. That ties him for eighth all-time across MLB in seasons with 40 or more dingers. His immediate company includes the immortal Willie Mays, still-active Jim Thome and his own hitting coach, Mark McGwire.
To answer the question as to the names of the other past greats on that list, researcher Tom Orf pulled the following table with the top 20 players in MLB history in terms of 40 home run seasons.
Pujols would require five more of these seasons just to tie The Babe. Note how similar Albert’s trajectory is to the name just above him on the list, recently-retired Ken Griffey Jr.
Most 40 home run seasons, MLB history