Friday, September 11, 2009

The G.O.A.T.?

Another year, another .315+ batting average, 35+ home runs, 115+ RBI. When his career ends, Albert Pujols could very well be considered the Greatest Of All Time. In his worst season, he his 32 home runs and drove in 103 runs. In his worst seasn, he his .315. An average season for Pujols is a .334 batting average, 43 home runs, and 129 RBI. does something cool where they compare a hitter to other players with similar numbers. Want to know who Pujols compares to? Jimmie Foxx, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Mickey Mantle, and Joe DiMaggio.

Pujols has two MVP awards, with a third on its way, and a couple should-have-beens (We can take Barry Bonds' hardware back, right?). Pujols is also an excellent defensive first baseman and he even has 14 stolen bases this year. There is no weakness in his game. What's special about Pujols is not his all around skill, but his consistency. Each year, the Cardinals can pencil Pujols in at first base and count on similar production. Consistency is something Pujols shares with a handful of other MLB players, but what sets him apart is that Pujols' consistent production puts him in contention for a triple crown.
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