Pujols Milestone Watch for 2021
Recently there has been talk (mainly from his wife) that the 2021 baseball season may be the last for future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. Since then, that has had some pull back to mean this is his last year in contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Irregardless of that, Pujols has had a great career and his numbers are fantastic. He is approaching some of the top numbers in the game this year.
One thing on a personal opinion is that if Albert would have stayed in St. Louis rather than chased the millions, he would be a hero in the city. His last year with the Cardinals saw him getting large applause every at bat. He was talked about as the next Stan Musial. In Anaheim, he gets mild applause and did from the beginning. He is another player in the lineup with Mike Trout.
Now there are stories about Albert Pujols lying about his age, So what? Either he can play baseball or he can’t. That is the bottom line of this whole thing. Now we will examine his top numbers that will most certainly make him a first ball Hall of Famer.
Let’s take a look at what he may or may not reach this season.
Albert Pujols Milestone Watch
HITS- He is 15th on the list with 3276 and needs 7 more to move up and if he gets just over 100 hits, he will move up in the top ten. 394 hits will move him ahead of Musial. Pete Rose is #1 with 4256 career hits.
RUNS SCORED– Albert is 16th on the list with 1843. One more moves him up with Craig Biggio and 107 passes Stan Musial for 10th on the list. Rickey Henderson leads all with 2295 career runs scored.
HOME RUNS-Pujols is 5th all time with 662 bombs. He need 34 more to pass Alex Rodriguez and move up the list. He is 100 homers behind the leader Bonds with 762.
NOTE: The home run list may keep him in the game longer as he approaches the 700 club. It appears to be a big deal for Albert.
RBI’s– Henry Aaron is the leader in this category with 2,297 runs batted in. Pujols is 3rd with 2100 and needs 134 more to to tie Babe Ruth.
Total Bases- Pujols enters the year with 5,923 in 5th place and needs 53 more to join Barry Bonds.
Times on Base– He has 4,675 and need 39 more to catch Ted Williams for 13th place.
Doubles-With 669, Albert needs 55 more to move ahead of Ty Cobb in this category.
Base on Balls– Albert currently in 38th on the all time list and with 2 more will jump ahead of Eddie Murray for the 37th spot on the career list.
Games Played– He is 16th with 2,812 on the list and with 34 more ties Brooks Robinson for most played.
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About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sportsbook reviews. He also can be followed on Twitter at tknup.
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