273 in 'I Homered Before Albert' Club

273 in 'I Homered Before Albert' Club

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There were two guys older than 40, and one who was barely 20.

There were a couple of guys who stand 6-foot-6, and one who is 5-foot-5.

There were six guys who debuted in the big leagues this year, including one who debuted just this week. And one guy who has already announced that this season will be his last.

There were a couple of guys who are hitting better than .400 this year, and one who is hitting .056.

There were guys who began the season on the disabled list, and guys who are on the DL now.

There were guys who began the season in the minor leagues, and guys who are in the minor leagues now.

There was a guy who later got released, and at least a couple who were claimed on waivers. One guy on the list, Clete Thomas, has already been on the waiver wire twice this season.

There were catchers, infielders and outfielders. But oddly, no pitchers.

But there were 25 ninth-place hitters. And 56 leadoff hitters. And 19 pinch hitters.

By the end, by the time Albert Pujols finally hit his first 2012 home run, a little after 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, the "I homered before Albert" club had grown to 273 members.

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