Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Numbers on Albert Pujols

From Mark Whicker,

Here’s a quick look at Albert Pujols, by the numbers:

He hit .300, with 30 home runs and 100 RBI for his first 10 years in the big leagues, every year, first player ever to do so.

For the past 10 years he has had more walks than strikeouts, and has only struck out 70 times in one season in those 10 years.

He has never had fewer than 643 plate appearances in any season and has led the National League in runs, doubles, home runs, RBI, on base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS at various times. His OPS has been over 1.000 eight times in those 11 years.

His .299 average and .906 OPS in 2011 were career lows, although both would have led the Angels.

He is a .330 hitter in postseason play with 18 home runs in 74 games, and a 1.046 OPS.

He has won three N.L. Most Valuable Player awards and has finished in the top five among MVP candidates nine times.

He has won two Gold Gloves at first base.

He is 927 hits away from 3,000, at age 31, and is 17th among active players.

He is fourth alltime in slugging percentage behind only Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.

He is sixth alltime in OPS, behind Ruth, Gehrig, Williams, Barry Bonds and Jimmie Foxx.

He is first active in batting average at .3284, ahead of Ichiro Suzuki (.3256).

That’s all. Well, actually, that’s not even close at all.

But you National Leaguers already knew that.

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