Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols passes Babe Ruth into 5th on all-time RBI list.

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tips his helmet to the fans after tying Babe Ruth for 5th place on the all-time RBI list with 1,992 with an rbi double in the third inning of the MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tips his helmet to the fans after tying Babe Ruth for 5th place on the all-time RBI list with 1,992 with an rbi double in the third inning of the MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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Albert Pujols has done many great things in his illustrious career.  Pujols keeps moving up on one list or another.

On Saturday Albert Pujols hit a homer & the run he drove in helped him pass legend Babe Ruth moving into 5th place on the MLB All-Time RBI list with his 1,993 RBI.  It was Pujols’ 636th career homer and now he just 24 home runs away from tying Willie Mays for 5th place on the MLB Home Run list.

Pujols is now only 305 runs batted in away from being the MLB’s all-time leader in runs batted in.  This may be a stretch for Pujols to reach in the remaining years with the Angels.  However Pujols can easily reach as high second on the list as he is only 94 RBIs away from passing Alex Rodriguez.

Now there is an asterisk here as Babe Ruth actually drove in 2,214 runs in his career, but Major League Baseball did not officially keep track of RBIs until 1920 which made 224 of Ruth’s RBIs unofficial.  Pujols will move up into third place within the next week on the RBI list as he is only two RBIs away from tying Lou Gehrig for fourth place and three RBIs from tying Barry Bonds for third place on the All-Time RBI list.

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If Pujols gets seven more RBIs he will become only the third player in MLB History to have 2,000 RBIs (with Ruth not officially being the 4th).  Pujols will be only the second player in MLB history to have a .300 career batting average with more than 600 homers, 3,000 hits, and 2,000 RBIs. Hank Aaron is the only other player to do so.

However, Pujols could lose out this list if his career batting average dips much lower as he is hitting .302 for his career and has seen his batting average drop 26 points in his first seven years with the Angels.  Pujols hit .328 in 11 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, but has only hit .259 in seven years with the Angels.

Although Albert Pujols’ skills are diminished from when he was in St. Louis he still is good at driving in runs having driven in 94 runs per year in his seven seasons with the Angels.  This includes 2013 and 2018 when Pujols played only 99 games and 117 games respectively. In his other five seasons he averaged 154 games played.

If Pujols had played in most of the 108 games he missed in those two injury-shortened seasons he would probably have averaged over 100 RBIs per season with the Angels which is pretty good consistency.

So to Angel fans watch and appreciate Albert Pujols’ greatness and realize you are watching history in the making although he is not close to being the player he once was.  Pujols is still one of the all-time greats to play the game and is one of the best Hispanic players ever to ever play Major League Baseball.

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Once Pujols reaches 697 home runs and 2,087 RBIs which he is 61 homers and 94 RBIs away from he will be the all-time Hispanic leader in both categories. Pujols is also only 70 hits away from passing Adrian Beltre on the all-time hits list and be the all-time Hispanic hits leader.

Albert Pujols is history in the making enjoy it while it lasts.

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