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Albert Pujols Cracks 2,000 RBI Club and other notes


By David A. Avila

Los Angeles Angels slugger Alberto Pujols collected his 2,000 RBI with a homerun against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday in a 13-0 victory. He is only the fourth Major League player in history to pass the 2,000 mark.

Think about this. In the history of professional baseball that can be traced back to the 1840s there are only four out of more than 20,000 that have played professionally that were able to reach that magical mark.

The all-time leader in runs batted in is Hank Aaron (2,297) with Babe Ruth (2,213) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086) the others with more than 2,000 on their ledgers.

Pujols, 38, hit his 639th career homer to accomplish the feat and that marked another haughty record of being only the third player to have more than 600 homers, 2,000 RBIs and more than 3,000 hits.

It’s his 19th year as a Major League player that started back in 2001 when he first started with the St. Louis Cardinal organization. He is now in his eighth year with the Angels and though he’s slowed a bit, he continues to have the ability to knock runs in when he comes to bat.

“There are some 20,000 players who have played the game and to be on the fourth one on that list…that’s amazing,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “You have to have guys on base and get the opportunity to drive them in. Look at that number. It’s a big number.”

In comparison, Mike Trout who crashed into the Big League scene with astounding numbers too, has a total of 668 RBIs in eight seasons.

“I don’t think I’ll ever see it again in my lifetime,” said Trout.

If you think of all the great ballplayers in history Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Roger Hornsby, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Mike Schmidt and others, only four in nearly 200 years have passed the 2,000 RBI mark.



Last year’s AL Rookie of the Year finally collected his first hit of the season and then collected his second soon after in the same game that resulted in a 13-0 victory over the Tigers.

Shohei Ohtani was hitless after seven at bats but connected twice on Thursday and is now hitting .182. After sitting out the entire month of April and all of Spring Training the Japanese star was finally able to exhale.

“I do get anxious a bit until I get my first hit,” said Ohtani, 24. “I’m glad I was able to get a hit today.”

The left-handed slugger will not pitch this year but is slated to continue as a designated hitter for the team. Last year Ohtani hit 22 homers with 61 RBIs and a .285 batting average. It also included 10 stolen bases for the young budding super star who also won four games as a pitcher.



San Francisco Giant catcher Buster Posey was place on the seven-day concussion list after getting hit on the top of the head from a foul tip. It was the second time in two years that Posey was placed on the list.

The injury occurred during Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. Posey, 32, has long been the Giants best player and led the team to World Series championships in 2010, 2012, and 2014.