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Albert Pujols smacked two home runs Tuesday night, making him the 26th player in MLB history to reach the 500 home run mark. Over to you, baseball history buffs: Can you name the other 25? Some are obvious, but several -- unless you've got your MLB milestones memorized -- are tricky.
Albert Pujols hits 500th HR
With a pair of homers off Washington Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan, Albert Pujols became the 26th player to reach the 500 home run mark in his career. The 34-year-old Los Angeles Angels first baseman has eight homers in his past 13 games, making one wonder if he's shaken off his injury problems and returned to baseball's slugging elite.
Angels give Trout extension
Does Mike Trout know how good he is? The Angels signed Trout to a six-year extension reportedly worth $144.5 million -- or about $24 million per year. That's no small amount of money, but considering that Miguel Cabrera -- Trout's nemesis in the AL MVP vote the past two seasons -- is getting almost $30 million per year, it looks like a good deal for L.A. The Angels might have a lot of money tied up in the uncertain futures of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but with Trout, they're making a sound investment.
Mike Trout about to get paid?
In a sense, Mike Trout already got paid -- on Wednesday, he signed a record $1 million pre-arbitration contract with the Los Angeles Angels. But many believe this is a prelude to a much larger deal, one that is expected to land the 22-year-old outfielder $150 million over six years. And it's hard to argue Trout is not worth the money. In his first two full seasons, Trout finished runner-up in the American League MVP voting (and some would say he deserved to win both times). Would the Angels be getting a steal at that rate? Where does Trout rank among MLB's best right now?