MLB Weekly Digest September 21st Edition: Albert Pujols Passes Willie Mays on Home Run List

MLB Weekly Digest September 21st Edition: Albert Pujols Passes Willie Mays on Home Run List

The prior week in MLB was about a player in the American League reaching a significant career milestone, the league announces their neutral-site postseason plan, and a starting pitcher needs to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Los Angeles Angels First Baseman Albert Pujols Passes Willie Mays for Fifth All-Time on HR List

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols reached a significant milestone during Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers.

Pujols crushed the 661st home run of his career to surpass Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time home run list.

Then, in his next at-bat, Pujols hit the 662nd home run of his career.

The next person on the home run list is Alex Rodriguez, with 696.

If Pujols can surpass Rodriguez, the next milestone would be reaching 700 home runs.

There are just three players in MLB history to reach the 700-home run plateau.

They are Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth.

Pujols will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer as he has had several accolades within his career.

He is a three-time MVP, 10-time All-Star, six-time Silver Slugger, and two-time Gold Glove winner.

Pujols helped the St. Louis Cardinals win a pair of World Series titles earlier in his career.

The slugger was not the same player with the Angels he was with the Cardinals, but he has still had a phenomenal career.

MLB Announces Neutral-Site Postseason Plan, Playoff Schedule

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed on a plan for the 2020 postseason, including neutral-site bubbles for the division series, championship series, and World Series, per an announcement by the league last week.

Minute Maid Park in Houston and Globe Life Field in Arlington is where National League teams will play, while Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Petco Park in San Diego is where American League teams will play.

The playoffs will begin Sept. 29 with a three-game series and the team with the higher seed will be host for all games.

The ALDS will start Oct. 5 to 9, and the NLDS begins from Oct. 6 to 10.

The ALCS occurs from Oct. 11 to 17, and the NLCS runs from Oct. 12 to 18.

The NLCS will take place at Globe Life Field, and ALCS will occur at Petco Park.

The World Series is set to take place at Globe Life Field from Oct. 20 to 28.

There will be no off days between games in the first three playoff rounds.

The postseason rosters will include 28 players and up to a 12-player taxi squad, per Andy Martino of SNY.

MLB having a bubble for postseason games is a wonderful idea to keep players safe from COVID-19, considering a bubble in the postseason has worked for both the NHL and the NBA.

Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander announced a couple of days ago he needs to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Verlander requiring surgery is a significant loss not only for him but for the Houston Astros.

The club will lose the anchor of their rotation, and their competitive window might be closing.

The right-hander will be sidelined until 2022, and his time with the Astros could be finished.

He will be a free agent after the 2021 season and the Astros signing Verlander seems unlikely.

Verlander made just one start this season, as he went on the injured list in July with a forearm strain.

Verlander is a Hall of Famer as he has been a remarkable starting pitcher since his debut in 2005, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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