Albert Pujols accomplishes one of baseball's rarest feats

Lawrence Cooper
May 6, 2018

Even the two-run single Pujols later added for career hit No. 3,001, passing Pirates legend Roberto Clemente.

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.

Going even further, Pujols is only the fourth member of the 3,000-600 club, joining Aaron, Mays and Rodriguez as players with 3,000 hits to also reach 600 homers.

Pujols earned that in the top of the fifth inning against Mariners starter Mike Leake.

Pujols now sits at 3,000 and Miguel Cabrera (2,666) and Robinson Cano (2,408) round out the top five.

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Cabrera had to leave the Tigers' 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals after straining his hamstring in the sixth inning and was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday.

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. After Cabrera is Robinson Cano, almost 600 hits away from the mark.

Pujols' accomplishment came in a victory thanks to the pitching of Garrett Richards, who took a shutout into the seventh inning.

Those cheers turned to boos when Ohtani was announced. The Mariners believed they had a shot at landing the Japanese star last off-season, only to see him choose a division rival. He won three MVPs and finished second in the voting four other times. With Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki stepping away this week for the remainder of the 2018 season, Beltre is the only active player with more hits than Pujols.

Pujols signed with the Angels in 2012, when their general manager was current Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto. He threw 5 1/3 innings and matched a season-high with four walks. Like Pujols, Palmeiro's hit came in the fifth inning. LHP JC Ramirez was transferred to the 60-day DL. Skaggs has a 4.81 ERA in seven career starts vs. Seattle. Gonzales allowed two earned runs in six innings in his last start against Cleveland.

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