With the NL MVP voting announced the other day, it got me thinking about Albert Pujols. Joey Votto of the Reds won the award and Albert came in 2nd place. This got me thinking about Albert’s career and took me to a long look at baseballreference.com. The best baseball website.
Let’s assume that they have his age right. In 2001, when Albert was a 21 year old rookie and won the NL rookie of the year and was 4th in MVP voting. He put up a .329 ave, with 37 HR’s and 130 RBI’s. Overall, one of the single best rookie seasons ever. As it turns out, it was Albert’s second worst season.
In 2007, Albert Pujols finished in 9th place in the MVP award. By far his lowest in this award. He hit .329, had 32 HR’s and 103 RBI’s. This was his worst season. (As an Orioles fan, I have erotic dreams thinking about a number 3 hitter in my line-up that can put up something close to Albert’s worst season)
He has played 10 years at the Major League Level. In 2001, as a rookie, he finished in 4th place in the MVP award. In 2007, he finished in 9th place. In the other 8 years in Major League Baseball, he has finished in 3rd place twice, 2nd place 4 times, and won the award 3 times. That is finishing in the top 3 8 times in 10 years. WOW!!!!
His first 10 years average out as follows. He has 1900 hits, 408 HR’s, 1230 RBI’s and a career average of .331. Per season, that’s on average a 40 HR, 123 RBI, .331 ave. and 190 hits per season.
In my lifetime, I have seen Ichiro and Bonds and Griffey and Manny and A-Rod, but I am beginning to think that Albert Pujols may be the best of them all. The numbers match my eyes, he is that great.
What do you think? Does anyone’s first 10 years in baseball come close to these 10 years? I don’t think so, but I would love to hear your thoughts.