On Friday, May 4th, 2018, Albert Pujols collected career hit number 3,000, joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in MLB history to have at least 3,000 hits and at least 600 home runs.
It certainly feels like a lot of people forget about Pujols, since leaving the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 season. Pujols is one of the least talked about players of his generation, and there is absolutely not reason for that, other than the fact that he plays in a large market that shares its glory with the Dodgers. (Is it really considered “glory”, given how their season has started?)
Pujols, at age 38, averages 120 RBIs per season, not hitting under 117 in any of his first 10 seasons. Pujols also averages 39 HRs per year, when averaged out over his career. He slashes a career .304/.385/.560 and has a .945 career OPS. Those are stellar numbers for a guy in the 17th year of his career.
There we mixed opinions about Pujols but it’s certainly difficult to ignore his longevity, prowess and success.