September 12, 2010

Albert Pujols is "Pretty Special"

A couple of weeks ago, it seemed like every other post was about Albert Pujols and his attack on the record books.

Then, he seemingly became mortal and I was allowed to focus on other players.

Well...the vacation is over. It's time to write about "The Machine" again.

With two RBI in Saturday's 6-3 loss against the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals slugger eclipsed 100 for the tenth time in his youngish career setting (or at least tying) a few different records.

Among the statistical milestones Pujols reached with a two-run double off Tommy Hanson in the sixth-inning Saturday were:

  • Ten straight seasons of 30 or more home runs (Pujols has 37) and 100 RBI to start a career. Pujols eclipsed the old mark of five in a row when he accomplished the feat in 2005.
  • His ten straight 100 RBI seasons to start his career is second only to Al Simmons who did it in 11.
  • Pujols is now one of only three players (Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx are the others) to have ten straight 30/100 seasons.
  • Four other players have had at ten straight seasons of 100 RBI or more. Rodriguez, Foxx and Lou Gehrig did it in 13 straight seasons, whereas Simmons did it in 12.
I guess to call Albert Pujols "good" at this point would be an understatement and an insult to the word...dude is amazing.

His only drawback...talking to the media.

When Pujols knocked in his 100th run last August and reached the century mark for the ninth straight season he told the media:

Obviously it's very special. God has allowed me to keep myself healthy and to do that. It's not easy to do it for one year and nine years in a row, it's pretty special.

This year...it was:

I'm blessed that God gave me the ability and talent to be healthy and battle through injuries every year, and to be able to do that. Obviously, it's pretty special.

Yikes.

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