"I don't know if it has been downplayed, but it doesn't get the credit that that number deserves. I remember when [Ken Griffey Jr.] was going for 500, it was, it's such a huge number and accomplishment, but yet it was not publicized enough, I don't think."
Dunn called Pujols "a great guy" and "one of the best players of our generation, if not ever." Despite sitting at 444 career homers after his blast during Detroit's 8-6 victory Tuesday, Dunn doesn't think reaching 500 long balls equals Hall of Fame induction.
"Everybody seems to say that, but I don't think that's quite accurate," Dunn said. "I think that Hall of Fame should be for Hall of Fame players, not Hall of Fame numbers. I don't know if that makes too much sense. I think you know where I'm going with it.
"You know a Hall of Fame player when you see him. Obviously, Albert is a Hall of Fame player."
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