While he may no longer be a regular on Sports Center’s Top 10 plays, future hall of famer Albert Pujols, has slugged his way into one of MLB’s top statistic. Pujols, a fan favorite around the league, just became only the fourth player in MLB history to compile 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.
The 38-year-old slugger joined the company of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and A-Rod after he singled off of Seattle Mariners pitcher, Mike Leake. Anyone who watches the majors understands and accepts that this is not the Pujols that once took the mound back in his St. Louis Cardinal days, but cannot argue that Pujols is one of the best right handed hitters to ever step up to the plate. No matter who you’re a fan of, or maybe just a spectator, seeing Pujols slug his way to the accomplishment was nothing short of exciting.
While his plate presence may be overshadowed by teammate Mike Trout, I’m almost certain pitchers still approach the 18 year veteran hitter with caution as his slugging percentage (at .560) ranks among the best of the four players who hold the feat of 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.