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Albert Pujols weekly milestone update: He keeps moving on up!

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 03: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to his pop fly out with 2999 career hits, during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 3, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 03: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to his pop fly out with 2999 career hits, during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 3, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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As you may have heard Albert Pujols is good, damn good.  Some may not agree with this statement as his time with the Angels has been mediocre, but if you look at his full body of work you see it.

Just looking at the numbers Albert Pujols has put up in his career and all the legends he is approaching, or has already passed in his career in multiple categories truly puts it in perspective. Albert Pujols is in the top 10 in home runs, runs batted in, and doubles.  Pujols is also in the top 30 for his career in hits as well as being 11th overall in doubles all-time.

Last year Albert Pujols became the 10th person to hit his 600th career home run against the Minnesota Twins on June 3rd against Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins.  Since then he has recorded his 600th career double, the 18th player to do so, and his 3,000th hit on Friday, May 4th the 32nd player to do so.

It seems like almost every week Albert Pujols is passing a legend on one of these career list.  Just today, Pujols passed Stan Musial with his 1952nd run batted in to move into sixth place on the all-time list.  Pujols will have to sit awhile to move into 5th place on this, but when he does he will also quickly move into fourth place.  Lou Gehrig is in fifth place with 1,995 runs driven in and Barry Bonds is in fourth with 1,996 RBIs.

On the all-time home run list Pujols is in seventh place with 623 homers and has not passed anyone so far this season.  Last season after hitting his 600th homer, Pujols then passed Sammy Sosa (609) and then Jim Thome (612) to move into seventh place.   Pujols is closing in on another legend in Ken Griffey Jr. who has 630 homers overall.

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After Griffey Jr., Pujols will then set his sights on the top five on the list which begins with Giants’ legend Willie Mays at 660 home runs and then Alex Rodriguez in fourth place at 696 homers.  If Pujols is able to pass both Mays and Rodriguez he will most likely become only the fourth player to reach 700 homers in his career.

Many people think this may be unattainable for Albert Pujols as his skills are declining, but with three average seasons by Albert in his final three years of his 10-year contract (25 homer average) Pujols will reach that milestone of 700 home runs. It is also not out of the realm of possibility that Pujols can even become the third player to pass legend Babe Ruth at 714 homers.

In runs batted in Pujols is in 7th place as was mentioned earlier and will most likely move into the top five before seasons end. After doing so Pujols will then set his sights on Cap Anson (2075) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086) which would them put him in third place on the all-time RBI list.

On the all-time doubles list Pujols is four doubles away to move past David Ortiz (632) and into the top 10 on this list as well.  Pujols will then be only 37 doubles away from moving into the top five on this list as well when he reaches 669 doubles. He will pass Hobus Wagner, Carl Yastrzemski, Nap Lahore, George Brett, and Craig Biggio all of which are already Hall of Famers to do so.

On all these lists that we are talking about everyone ahead of Pujols with the exception of Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Pete Rose are in the Hall of Fame.  The only reason those two players are not is due to steroid use and gambling issues that has left a black mark on both of their careers.

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So if you still don’t feel that Albert Pujols is a very good player think again. Yes he is in the twilight of his career, but he still has produced an average of 28 homers and 98 runs batted in his six full seasons with the Angels.

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Sit back and know you are watching one of the best players in MLB history.  Sure he is not as flashy and amazing like Mike Trout, but if we had seen play during his prime it would have been a different story.

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