Albert Pujols' 3000 hits, by the numbers

Fans applaud after Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday

He becomes just the fourth player all time to tally 3,000 hits and 600 home runs joining the ranks of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Alex Rodriguez*.

Miguel Cabrera is on pace to become the 33rd player in Major League Baseball history to join the 3,000-hit club next season or the beginning of 2020, adding to his impressive Hall of Fame resume. For me, as a Mets fan, I think of our loss to Pujols and the Cardinals in the 2006 NLCS before they went on to defeat the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

Pujols is batting.274 with 5 home runs and 16 RBI in his last 26 games.

Among active players, Pujols has the most runs scored (1739, 24th all time), doubles (626, 11th all time), home runs (620, 7th all time), RBIs (1935, 8th all time), walks (1254, 53rd all time), total bases (5517, 10th all time), sacrifice flies (103, T-24th all time).

On Friday, though, Pujols stood alone, on first base and atop a career at its loftiest height yet.

Pujols would need 111 more hits to move up to number 20 on the all-time hit lost which would move him past Dave Winfield who has 3,110 hits.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout congratulated his teammate, nicknamed "The Machine", on reaching the milestone with a tweet.

Long story short, though he can easily step away from the game now and have a guaranteed spot in the Hall of Fame, Albert Pujols is far from finished with baseball.

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He's the second Dominican-born player to accomplish the feat, after Adrian Beltre.

"More than the actual 3,000th hit, I remember the week prior", Suzuki said through a translator before Friday's game. He's now hitting.256 with six home runs and a.733 OPS through 129 at-bats in his age-38 season. Growing up surrounded by cars, I knew that whatever I did as an adult, it had to involve them.

"I was real frustrated with the game and I was thinking of giving it up", Carew said. While the enormous contract he signed after 2011 was never projected to end well for the Angels, the rate at which one of baseball's most feared hitters declined was surprising.

Despite teaming with Mike Trout since 2012, the Angels have made just one playoff appearance since Pujols joined the team. It also isn't just because he has played 18 years in the league, which is an accomplishment in and of itself, he also has the second-best top-seven years.

Let us take a trip back through baseball history and look at those players who comprise the 3000 hit club, beginning in the earliest days of the game through modern times.

Regardless, Pujols' career really should be viewed for what it is, rather than what it could have been.

That extra $50,000 by the Cardinals was worth the investment.

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