Future HOFer Albert Pujols Tallies 3000th Hit

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea of USA Today

Late Saturday night in Seattle, Washington, baseball history happened. Albert Pujols, one of the greatest hitters of all time, finally knocked his 3,000th hit off pitcher Mike Leake.

He becomes just the fourth player all time to tally 3,000 hits and 600 home runs joining the ranks of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Alex Rodriguez*. He currently sits 7th on the all-time home run list behind Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Mays (660), Rodriguez (696*), Babe Ruth (714), Aaron (755), and Barry Bonds (762*), and is currently tied with Roberto Clemente for 31st all time with 3,000 hits. If/when he reaches the 2,000 RBI plateau, he would be just the fourth player to do so all-time after Aaron (2,279), Ruth (2,213), and A-Rod (2,086).

Among active players, Pujols has the most runs scored (1739, 24th all time), doubles (626, 11th all time), home runs (620, 7th all time), RBIs (1935, 8th all time), walks (1254, 53rd all time), total bases (5517, 10th all time), sacrifice flies (103, T-24th all time). His 308 intentional walks are the second most all-time and while he is just the second player all-time to get 300 free passes, he will certainly not catch up to the leader, Barry Bonds, who was walked intentionally an insane 688 times. Lastly, Pujols has the dubious honor of grounding into the most double plays all time with a mark of 365 and still climbing.

After winning the Rookie of the Year and finishing fourth in NL MVP voting in 2001, he would win six Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves, and 10 All Star Game elections. He won the NL MVP Award three times, finishing second four times and third once. Including his rookie season, he did not tally less than 30 home runs and 100 RBIs until his 13th season which was curtailed due to injury. From 2001-2011 he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that drafted him in the 13th round of the 1999 draft, and since then he has played for the Los Angeles Angels.

He is a prolific postseason batter as well with a .323/.431/.599 slash line in 77 career playoff games. His 19 home runs rank fourth behind Derek Jeter (20), Bernie Williams (22), and Manny Ramirez (29). Though, Pujols needed just 334 plate appearances to reach that number while Jeter needed 734, more than twice as many, Williams needed 545, and Ramirez needed 493.

I can go on and on about this guy, but I think you get the point. “The Machine” is one of the greatest hitters all time and will without-a-doubt be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. With three years and $87 million left on his contract after this season, who knows how much bigger his numbers will get? One thing is for sure — Even if he were to hang up his cleats tonight, he’d go down as a legend.

Congrats on #3,000 Albert!

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Ever since I experienced Mike Piazza's post 9/11 home run to beat the Braves at Shea, I have been a die-hard Mets fan and exhaustive lover of baseball. I am a recent graduate of Ithaca College where I pitched on the varsity baseball team for four years and have been writing for MetsMerized Online since January of 2015. Follow me on twitter @LBarer32