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Current Players on Their Way to the HOF: Albert Pujols

35 year old Albert Pujols should already have the credentials to get into the Hall, and still has a few years left in him. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
35 year old Albert Pujols should already have the credentials to get into the Hall, and still has a few years left in him.
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

When you think of the games great first baseman, you simply cannot exclude Albert Pujols. While the arguments about him not being the same player that he was in St. Louis certainly do hold water, he still remains one of the games best. Among active first baseman, Pujols is third in batting average (.312), first in homeruns (560), first in RBI (1,698), first in walks (1,165), first in doubles (583), first in runs scored (1,599), first in hits (2,666), first in slugging percentage (581), and third in on base percentage (397). Not only is he one of the top first baseman in the game career wise, he is still currently producing with the games best at 35 years old. In 2016, Pujols was second in homeruns (40), tenth in hits (147), seventh in RBI (95), 8th in runs scored (85), and tenth in slugging percentage (.480). While Pujols may not be the all-around hitter he used to be, the fact that he is still producing at such a high level in his mid 30's is incredible. 

Over Pujols' career, he has also accumulated 10 All-Star selections, 3 MVP awards, won the 2004 NLCS MVP award, won the 2001 Rookie of the Year award, and has two World Series wins. Pujols has also been incredible in the postseason, hitting .323 with 19 HR, 18 doubles, 54 RBI, and a .599 slugging percentage across 77 games. The accolades and Postseason predigree will certainly help his Hall of Fame chances. 

So how does Pujols stack up against the greatest first baseman of all time? 5th in slugging percentage, 5th in homeruns, 8th in RBI, 15th in batting average, 4th in doubles, 9th in runs scored, and 11th in hits. Again, Pujols may not be the same hitter he was in St. Louis, (As a Cardinal he only ever had one season (out of 11) where he it below .310 (.299 in 2011), only two seasons where he hit less than 35 HR (2007 32, 2002 34), one season where he drove in less than 100 RBI (99 in 2011), one season where he hit less than 30 doubles (29 in 2011), and only one season where he scored less than 100 runs (99 in 2007). ) but Pujols is still climbing the list of greatest first baseman of all time; In fact, Pujols is establishing himself as one of the greatest hitters of all time, sitting at 14th on the all time homerun list, 19th on the doubles list, and 9th in slugging percentage. Not only are we seeing one of the greatest hitters of all time, but he may be one of the few current players to wind up being first ballot Hall of Famers. 

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