Albert Pujols keeps on climbing up the MLB career RBI list and now has reached third place behind only Alex Rodriguez & Hank Aaron. He is also close to a milestone.
On Sunday afternoon LA Angels Albert Pujols passed another baseball legend with a flick of his wrists. Pujols drove a Homer Bailey pitch down the left-field line in the first inning that gave the Angels an early 2-0 lead over the Royals. The hit was significant as Pujols’ two RBIs gave him 1,997 in his career which allowed him to pass Barry Bonds into third place on the MLB All-Time RBI list. It also moved Pujols three RBIs away from reaching the 2,000 RBI mark.
Pujols could reach that mark in the three-game series against the Blue Jays beginning tomorrow in Anaheim. When Pujols reaches this plateau he will be only the third player in MLB history to do so (unofficially Cap Anson and Babe Ruth had more than 2,000 RBIs but some or all of them occurred before RBIs were kept in 1920).
Video of Albert Pujols’ two-run double that helped him pass Barry Bonds on the MLB All-Time RBI list courtesy of @JuicedMLB tweet.
This story may seem like a broken record as it seems every week Pujols is passing somebody on one of baseball’s all-time list. Pujols has already reached 3,000 hits and 600 home runs in the past two seasons. 2,000 RBIs will be the icing on the proverbial cake.
Albert Pujols’ next target on the MLB All-Time RBI list is Alex Rodriguez with 2,086 RBIs. This may be too steep of hill for Pujols to climb in 2019, but it is definitely attainable by the end of the 2020 season. After A-Rod only Hank Aaron would be left for Pujols to catch. Aaron is at 2,297 runs batted in and this will probably be unattainable for Pujols unless he sticks around for at least three more seasons. But second place would suit Albert just fine if another World Series Ring is part of the equation.
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While Pujols may not be having a stellar season he is still doing his job by driving in runs and playing a solid first base. However once Shohei Ohtani returns in about a week, Pujols may see his playing time reduced. For now though it will be fun to see Pujols chase another milestone.
If you ask Albert though he is more focused on helping the team win rather than personal accomplishments. Pujols would gladly give back some of his personal accomplishments to see the Angels back in the playoffs.
However, for us as fans we would like to see both Angel wins and Albert continuing to move up toward immortality.