Thursday, August 26, 2010

Albert Pujols

He hit #400 tonight. Third youngest ever.

As he heads toward the end of his 10th ML season, here are some numbers...

This will be his 10th straight season with .300 BA, 30 HR, and 100 RBI - all to start a career. He's never NOT accomplished this.
Rookie of the Year.
A World Series title.
A batting title.
A HR title.
3 MVP Awards.
4 Runs scored titles.
A Gold Glove.
9 time All Star.
Roberto Clemente Award.
5 Silver Sluggers.
More walks than strikeouts in every season except his rookie year.
In the same number of seasons, he has actually struck out less than Ichiro AND hit for a higher BA.

And I'm just cherry-picking here, but in his first nine seasons, these are the WORST seasonal stats he's had:
Games: 143 (2006)
AB: 524 (2008)
Runs: 99 (2007)
Doubles: 33 (2006)
Homers: 32 (2007)
RBI: 103 (2007)
Walks: 69 (2001)
BA: .314 (2002)
OBP: .394 (2002 - his only year under .400)
SLG: .561 (2002)
OPS: .955 (2002 - one of only two years under 1.000)

I contend that we are watching the greatest right handed hitter to ever play the game.

And yes, I know it's too early to judge his career, but even at (almost) ten seasons, his numbers put him right there in the discussion with the likes of Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Honus Wagner, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and Frank Thomas.

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