The LA Angels are a mere six games away from finishing the 2016 season. Albert Pujols is finishing off 2016 by breaking records.
In the coming months, the LA Angels will answer many questions. Will they be big spenders in the offseason? Can they rebuild quickly and efficiently before 2020? Can they entice Mike Trout into remaining an Angel for the rest of his career? These questions are going to define the Angels in the coming years.
This season; however, has been a consistent struggle. The LA Angels have to put this woeful season behind them and charge towards a new era in Angels baseball. For Albert Pujols, the record-books are calling his name at this stage in his career.
On Saturday, Pujols passed another baseball great. Pujols passed Barry Bonds with 602 doubles on the all-time list. This places him 15th in major league history. He remains just one double behind Cal Ripken Jr.
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Subsequently, Pujols is only two RBI’s away from gathering 120 for the season. It would be the seventh time in his career that he has done so. Mike Trout spoke to Jordan Ray of MLB.com about the legacy of Pujols.
"“What an unbelievable career, we’re lucky to have him in our clubhouse, on our team. What he brings to the park every day. He plays with such heart and goes out there every day banged up, and he still produces.” – Mike Trout."
Certainly, Pujols will go down as one of the all-time greats in baseball history. What’s also noteworthy, is he’s never been convicted of using steroids. Naturally, rumors will fly that he’s able to produce at this stage in his career because of performance enhancing drugs. However, he’ll remain innocent until proven guilty.
Pujols is a 10-time All-Star and a two-time World Series champion. He’s currently ninth on the all-time home run list with 591. He trails Sammy Sosa who has 609 home runs. At this moment we are all excited to see if Pujols can continue to make strides towards more records in his last years.
Whether or not Pujols plays at this level until his contract expires is a debate as well. However, enjoying the ride is also a noted feature. He may have the worst contract in major league baseball. However, it will be fun to see if he can break more records on the way.