Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Dodgers has etched his name into the history books… again! On Monday, Pujols became just the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to reach 6,000 total bases after a single in the 8th inning off of Miami Marlins reliever Zach Pop.
Pujols joined Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Stan Musial. He is the first player to reach the list since Aaron in 1975.
Pujols has been an offensive machine his entire career and is currently chasing down leaders on other lists as well.
Pujols currently sits at 13th on the all-time hit list and needs just 40 more to break into the top 10 in that category.
Pujols is 5th on the all-time home run list, just 89 short of the great Barry Bonds.
Pujols actually has a chance to reach the top of the MLB ranks in runs batted in. He has a career 2,132 and is just 165 short of Hank Aaron’s record.Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Dodgers has etched his name into the history books… again! On Monday, Pujols became just the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to reach 6,000 total bases, joining an elite company of baseball legends.
What’s Next For Albert Pujols?
Pujols is near the top of many other offensive categories, but he is nearing the end of his career at the age of 41. He is currently on a one-year deal with the Dodgers. Pujols has actually been playing well in situational spots for the Dodgers and has made some starts as well.
He is batting .257, which is his best average since 2016. He has a .296 on-base percentage and a .455 slugging percentage which is also his best since 2016.
I think Pujols’ future is TBD. I personally think he can provide some quality at-bats for many teams off of the bench and give some starts as a DH or first baseman. I would like to see him sign another one-year deal with an American League team next season.
However, we never know what Pujols could be thinking or how he is feeling and when he decides to hang it up. There will be plenty of teams willing to sign him, but the question is will he want to play?