LA Angels: How high can Albert Pujols climb the all-time leaderboards in 2020?
By Vincent Page
The LA Angels and their fans will hopefully have a playoff race to watch in 2020, but Albert Pujols continuous climb up the all-time rankings will be exciting as well.
Here, we’ll break down where the LA Angels slugger might finish the 2020 season among the all-time leaderboards. Below, we’ll show where The Machine currently stands, and where he could be sitting at this time next season.
*All projections are via Baseball Reference*
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Current: 656 (sixth all-time)
2020 projection: 21 home runs
It makes sense to start with the stat that everyone cares about the most. Pujols has hit his 500th and 600th home runs with the Angels, and could very well find himself gunning for #700 in 2021. For 2020 though, Pujols is in great shape to pass just one player: Willie Mays. With only four more home runs than Pujols, Mays will likely find himself giving way to Pujols early on in the 2020 campaign.
Current: 3202 (15th)
2020 Projection: 113 hits
This is a category that Pujols could pass a good handful of players in during the 2020 season. He’s projected to wind up tied for 11th all-time with Eddie Collins, moving past Nap Lajoie, Eddie Murray, and Willie Ways in the process. Playing time will obviously be a big factor in this, but if he can remain healthy throughout the year, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Pujols take sole possession of the 10th spot, currently held by Paul Molitor with 3319 hits.
Current: 661 (7th)
2020 Projection: 19 doubles
This one is pretty straightforward. Pujols only needs eight doubles in 2020 to pass George Brett and Craig Biggio to move into the 5th all-time spot. However, he’d need another 55 to make it to the next contender. Pujols will both quickly make it to, and finish his career in, the 5th spot on the all-time doubles leaderboard.
Current: 2075 (4th)
2020 Projection: 77 RBI’s
Pujols is currently tied with Cap Anson for 4th all-time, so it’s a safe bet he’ll claim that spot as his own relatively quickly. The projection of 77 RBI’s would put him at 2,152 career RBI’s. That would also be enough to clear Alex Rodriguez for the third spot by a healthy margin. It would also put Albert Pujols just 62 RBI’s behind Babe Ruth in the 2nd spot, a mark that Pujols could get to with solid 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Albert Pujols might not get to any insane milestones in 2020, but there will still be a lot of all-time great names he passes on his quest to confirming his career as one of the best in MLB history.