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06 May 2018, 04:59 | Susie Olson
Albert Pujols Pursuit of 3000 Hits is Something To Watch
Should stand. With AP Photos. Pujols got just enough of Mike Leake's pitch to find the outfield grass and add another accolade to a likely Hall of Fame career.
Albert Pujols made history May 4, when he became the fourth player to collect 3,000 hits and 600 home runs. He was given a standing ovation by the crowd in Seattle. His teammates all greeted him on the field before action resumed.
Pujols almost got the mark in the first inning, but his hard liner was right at shortstop Jean Segura.
Pujols' two-run single in the ninth inning scored Mike Trout and Justin Upton with hit No. 3,001.
In his 17 seasons prior to this year, Pujols had at least 101 hits in each season.
Ichiro Suzuki earned his 3,000th major league hit on August 7, 2016, with a triple when he was playing for the Miami Marlins.
Mariners manager Scott Servais' final season as a major league player was Pujols' first in 2001. Though for many players that would have been a hit. Only 31 players in the MLB's long history have joined this club.
Pujols, who was raised in Santo Domingo before moving to NY and Missouri as a teenager, is the sixth foreign-born player to get 3,000 hits along with Suzuki, Rod Carew, Rafael Palmeiro and Roberto Clemente, who also had exactly 3,000 hits.
Pujols now sits at 3,000 and Miguel Cabrera (2,666) and Robinson Cano (2,408) round out the top five. After Cabrera is Robinson Cano, almost 600 hits away from the mark. He hit.329 in his first season with 37 home runs, winning Rookie of the Year honors and finishing fourth in MVP voting.
Pujols signed with the Angels in 2012, when their general manager was current Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto.
Pujols, 38, is in his seventh season with the American League club, in a 10 year, $240 million contract through the end of the 2021 season.
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