The 3,000 hit club got a little bigger on May 4th, 2018. Albert Pujols got an opposite field single against the Seattle Mariners. Pujols had hoped to reach the milestone in Anaheim, but fell 1 hit short of that.
Albert Pujols keeps moving up some of baseball’s all-time list and has now reached two major milestones with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs. Pujols is closing in on 2,000 RBIs and he may still reach 700 home runs as he is sitting at 625 homers as of today.
With Pujols reaching both 3,000 hits and 600 home runs he is in exclusive company as only four players have reached both milestones. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Alex Rodriguez are the only three beside Pujols to reach both of these plateaus.
On the previous evening in Anaheim, Pujols had collected one hit on a two-run double in his second at-bat in the second inning of a 12-3 victory over Baltimore. Pujols had three more at-bats after this, but could not deliver the magical # 3,000 for the home crowd.
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This set the stage for the next night in Seattle. In his first at-bat against Seattle’s Mike Leake, Pujols lined out to short. So when he came up in the fourth inning he was still one hit shy of 3,000. This time Pujols walked and Leake was booed by some of his own fans who were hoping to see history.
Finally in the top of the fifth Pujols’ magic moment arrived as he took the 1-0 offering from Leake and dumped it into right field for hit #3,000. His wife Deidre and his kids were on hand for this magical moment and the Seattle crowd gave him a standing ovation after he reached first base.
Pujols became the 32nd player to reach 3,000 hits and he was the second player in Angel history to reach 3,000 hits while wearing an Angel uniform. Rod Carew was the first player to reach 3,000 hits as an Angel back in 1984.
It was truly a magical night and Pujols was honored with a June 2nd pre-game ceremony. Pujols has risen up on the career list since then as he now has 3,036 hits and is now 27th on the all-time hits list.
Pujols will continue to climb the hits chart throughout the season. Right now Pujols has 3,036 hits and is only 18 hits away from passing Carew to move in to 26th on the all-time hits list.
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Seeing Rod Carew as a kid get his 3,000th hit was special me and I was hoping to see Pujols reach the milestone, but it was not meant to be. No matter what happens in the future, Pujols passing these special milestones is a great moment in Angel history.