One of the best

I was watching a Jay game a week or so ago.   They were playing the Mariners and Ichiro Suzuki got his 200th hit of the season.   It was his 1oth season in a row having done so.   The announcers were celebrating him.    Now what he has accomplished over the last 10 years is definitely amazing but I think a different player has had a better first decade in the league.    That player:   Albert Pujols.

Albert has just finished his 10th MLB season and he has 1900 hits, 408 home runs, 1230 rbis, 1186 runs scored and has a career batting average of .331.   Sure it isn’t 2,000 hits but how impressive are those numbers.   To put those numbers in perspective:

– Only two players this season batted over .331.

– Only two players had over 40 home runs.

– Only three players had over 123 rbis.

– No player had over 118 runs scored (Albert led the majors with 115).  

People in one season have trouble beating his career average.   How amazing is that?    I think the question now is: how long can Pujols play for?    He is 30 years old and already has close to hall of fame numbers.    Could he pass Bonds’s home run number?   Can he be the career rbi leader when his career ends?    I guess only time will tell.   I think you can all see why Pujols has been one of my favourite players in the league ever since his rookie season.

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7 Responses to “One of the best”

  1. whatigotsofar Says:

    It’s hard to tell what players will do after 30. Some players maintain their numbers, others show massive drop off whether it simply be age or a string of injuries (Ken Griffey Jr.).
    With a guy like Pujols, he plays first base. The speed of his legs isn’t going to really affect his play like it did with Griffey. So I think Pujols can have that long productive career like an Eddie Murray or Rafael Palmiero, only with better numbers to start.

    • Bob Says:

      I am thinking the same. I am not saying he is going to produce MVP numbers every year like he has for the first 10 years of his career but I think he can produce at the same level for at least the next 4 years. After that slowing down for him could be 30 hrs, 100 rbis and a .298 batting average. If he can do that for another 5 years then I think he will be considered one of the best EVER.

  2. DarcKnyt Says:

    Sounds like this guy’s pretty awesome. It’s always amazing to me when some athletes get way more than they merit and others don’t seem to get what they’re worth at all. Since I only follow football, it’s really obvious. I don’t get, for example, why Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the two highest paid quarterbacks in the league. Manning has been to the Super Bowl twice and lost one. Brady’s been four times and lost one. Manning’s post season numbers suck a$$, Brady’s are amazing, and yet, the Colts keep paying Manning whatever the hell he asks. Ridiculous to me. He should be happy to still have a secure job, IMO.

    • whatigotsofar Says:

      Here’s a question DarcKnyt, do you pay a player based on his statistical performance, or do you pay a player based on how much revenue he generates for the team?
      Peyton Manning might not win as many games or have as impressive playing stats as Tom Brady, but if Peyton Manning’s financial value to the Colts is equal to Tom Brady’s financial value to the Patriots, it only makes sense that they be paid equal.
      Remember, sports, although it is sold to us as a competition of athletics, it is being sold to us. It’s a product like anything else. As long as Manning and Brady are there, they’re going to generate enough revenue, theoretically, to pay their salaries and still give their employers a healthy profit.

      • Bob Says:

        While WIGSF has made a great point, I am going to make a different point. If Peyton were to leave the Colts he would get paid the same amount. His services are in high demand. They are paying him what the market dictates.

      • DarcKnyt Says:

        I think, WIGSF, the pay rate for Manning should be a little of both. You make a great point — Manning keeps the stands full at Lucas Oil Field, no two ways about it, and he kept ’em full at the RCA Dome before that. You’re right; it’s a business, and as long as the acts bring in the crowds, the owners can pay what they want to whom they want.

        In the end, you’re right. I don’t think Manning is as good as his paycheck indicates; but statistical performance is going to be tied to monetary value eventually, right? Philip Rivers is the best never-did-anything-of-note quarterback in football. Big arm, volatile offense, powerful emotional leader — just like Manning. Yet Rivers doesn’t get the pay Manning does. Why?

        No ring. Not yet anyway. So they ARE connected, don’t you think? Look at how unceremoniously poor Donovan McNabb was dumped in Philly, and he NEVER got the pay other big name QBs did. Why? Stats; 0-1 in the SB and a lot of almosts.

        I think a case could be made both ways, but in the end, you’re right. It’s about who’s making money for whom.

  3. DarcsFalcon Says:

    I think baseball players can have longer careers than football players, because it’s not as hard on them physically.

    That guy’s stats sound awesome. 🙂

    Thus ends my vast knowledge of baseball stats and players, lol. 🙂

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