In his 18th season and 17 years, one month and four days after his first career hit, Albert Pujols collected No. 3,000 on Friday, overshadowing a 5-0 Angels victory and everything the game included.
With Rookie Shohei Ohtani dominating numerous headlines surrounding the team and Superstar Mike Trout having an excellent start to the season, people are forgetting one of the big storylines in Anaheim. Sitting here today, Pujols has gathered nearly 3,000 career hits.
Pujols becomes the 32nd player in Major League Baseball history to get 3,000 hits, and joins Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Alex Rodriguez in the exclusive 3,000-hit, 600-homer club.More news: Celtics advance to second round with Game 7 win over Bucks
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The players who are closest to reaching the 3,000 mark are Miguel Cabrera (2,666), Robinson Cano (2,409), and Jose Reyes (2,100). Pujols is third among active players, trailing only Ichiro Suzuki (who announced Thursday he would transition into a front office role for 2018) and Adrian Beltre. Richards (4-1) scattered four hits and had eight strikeouts in his first start against Seattle since late 2015.
Shohei Ohtani was lustfully booed by Seattle fans in his first game in the Pacific Northwest. Carew and Pujols are the only players to record their 3,000th hit with the Angels. The Mariners believed they had a shot at landing the Japanese star last off-season, only to see him choose a division rival.
Pujols joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in baseball history with 3,000 hits and 600 homers. He threw 5 1/3 innings and matched a season-high with four walks. Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field on his sixth attempt to reach the mark after getting to 2,999.
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