Last season it appeared that the big man, Albert Pujols, might well be finished.
He had knee problems and foot issues and all sorts of struggles with being the kind of hitter that he once was. Some said he just couldn’t hit the fastball like he once did and others said various other things were wrong. The strong 2014 season Pujols has had for the Los Angeles Angels has proven every single doubter wrong. Gathering hit number 2,500 in a ninth-inning go-ahead double proves he is back for good.
He also surpassed the 1,500-runs barrier during this game which gives Pujols 2,500 hits, 1,500 runs scored and over 500 home runs. In case you do not know how significant that is, Pujols is only the 16th MLB hitter to accomplish those three milestones since 1901. The list looks pretty much like you think it would with Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and all of the greats on there.
Make no mistake about it, things looked bad for Pujols just a year ago. Many questioned if he really could come back, but now the questions go in a different direction. Do not let his injuries and storied career fool you. Pujols is only 34 years old. If he continues to play the way he is right now or even close to it, he could reach a great many more milestones before he calls it quits.
Five more similar seasons would put him near the 3,000-hit, 2,000-RBI and 600-home run marks. I think we can all agree that he would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer if he is even able to come close to those numbers.
Enjoy the show, Angels fans and all fans of great baseball players. The Machine is back in business and he shows no signs of slowing down.