With one swing of the bat, Albert Pujols joined Willie Mayes and Hank Aaron as the only players to hit 600 home runs and have 3,000 hits. Pujols singled to right on a slider from Mariners pitcher Mike Leake on a 1-0 count. Becoming the 32nd member of the 3,000 hit club. Since entering the league in 2001, Albert Pujols has filled out the box score almost every night with some magic at the plate. Pujols has a special mix of power to all fields and patience. For 18 years he’s been terrorizing opposing pitchers. As a Dbacks fan, I know I was happy to see him go to the American League. He is climbing up the record books day-by-day, pitch-by-pitch. The season is still early, plenty of time for him to pat those godly numbers. The next player close to touching 3,000 hits is Miguel Cabrera, who is sitting about 400 hits or so shy of 3,000.
There is no time to fool around when you practice. Every drill must have a purpose. I try to never get away from that. Habits are important. – Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols is still showing power with 6 home runs but his average is dipping at .248. Either way, he’s still a productive baseball player on this level. Even in a league with young phenom’s popping up every day, he still holds it down at first base. Someone of Pujols’ caliber doesn’t back down from anyone. Watching him hit as been nothing short of amazing. He’s also contributing to a 1st place team the LA Angels.
Not that Pujols needed anything to add to his resume, but there’s nothing wrong with adding 3K hits to that resume. He received the nickname “the machine” for being an almost ‘perfect’ hitter and having a rock solid physique. Very few holes in his offensive game. A pure power hitter that has patience and can also hit for average is a very rare thing. Here are some of his astonishing numbers.
- 3 Time NL MVP
- 10 Time All-Star
- 2 Time World Series Champ
- NL Rookie of the Year
- 620 Home Runs and 3,000 Hits
It will be weird to see baseball without Pujols once he walks away from the game. He has given us fans something special for the past two decades. Pujols has shown class and professionalism throughout his career and will be a first ballot hall of famer. Younger players need to look at him and watch the way he practices and how he carries himself off the field, something he says is equally as important. For fans, that holds a lot of weight.
At the end of the day, when all is said and done playing this game. It doesn’t matter what you did on the field. It’s about what you did off the field and the lives that you touch off the field.- Albert Pujols