In his 17 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels, Albert Pujols has become one of the most dominant and decorated players in MLB history. Boasting 3 MVPs, 10 All-Star appearances, and 2 World Series rings, Pujols has accomplished more than meets the eye. Here are somei interesting accomplishments you may not know:
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108 stolen bases
It is no secret that The Prince is no speedster, but that hasn't stopped him from stealing over a century of bases. The 108 stolen bases Pujols has racked up over 17 seasons is rather impressive coming from a power-hitter who ranks second all time in double plays grounded into (340).
Although Pujols is known for his homerun hitting ability, he is no stranger to keeping the ball in play. Among active players, Pujols' 608 doubles ranks first and places him at 12th all time. Since joining the Angels in 2012, The Machine has been top ten in doubles in the AL twice.
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A first baseman by trade, Pujols has recorded a ridiculous amount of outs. Playing his native position, he has 15,073 recorded outs, most among active players. However, the 15,641 total recorded putouts places him at first among active players and 40th of all-time.
12 walk-off homeruns
Now we are getting to the good stuff. The Machine is, well, a homerun hitting machine and he has hit a total of 12 walk-off blasts, putting him second all-time behind the great Jim Thome.
No surprise here. Only the 9th player to reach the 600 homerun mark, Pujols is going to be the only player to do so for a while. The next leader in homeruns among active players is Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera with just over 450. With the Angels, Pujols has hit 154 of those 600 and has absolutley victimized right-handed pitchers hitting 445 homeruns facing them, which is third most all-time against righties. Truly legendary stats for a truly legendary player.