Albert Pujols accomplishes one of baseball's rarest feats

May 06, 2018, 05:00
Albert Pujols accomplishes one of baseball's rarest feats

Ichiro Suzuki earned his 3,000th major league hit on August 7, 2016, with a triple when he was playing for the Miami Marlins. He was in the Seattle clubhouse on Friday night when Pujols joined the club. I just had pinch-hitting opportunities. "I was able to start on the last day of the road trip and getting it then". He's the first player to reach the mark since Adrian Beltre a year ago against Baltimore.

We are a month into the 2018 MLB Season and there are many storylines so far early on in the season. Only 31 players in the MLB's long history have joined this club. That's not unusual for members of the 3,000-hit club, but he's avoided that while hitting for power and playing in the highest-strikeout era in major league history.

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Pujols now sits at 3,000 and Miguel Cabrera (2,666) and Robinson Cano (2,408) round out the top five. After Cabrera is Robinson Cano, almost 600 hits shy of the mark. He is seventh on baseball's career homers list after hitting his 600th last season.

Thursday: Went 2 for 5 with a triple - his first of the season - two RBIs and two runs scored in a 12-3 win over the visiting Orioles in a game during which teammate Albert Pujols got his 2,999th hit. He's the second to reach that mark in an Angels uniform, joining Rod Carew, who did it in 1985. He had 445 home runs in that time and won the NL MVP in 2005, 2008 and 2009.

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"I was really excited, but at the same time you still have a game you need to play and you still need to focus to win that game, " Pujols said.

After 11 seasons and two World Series titles with the Cardinals, Pujols signed a 10-year, $240 million free-agent deal with the Angels, a contract that has been met with much criticism as his production has declined. He has the most career home runs of any player in the major leagues with 620.

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