Albert Pujols Gets 3000th Career Hit

Should stand. With AP Photos.

Pujols joined the 600-homer club a year ago (an achievement I thought didn't get enough talk), and on Friday night, he joined the 3,000-hit club with a single into right field in Seattle. 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. They replaced the bag at first base so he could keep it and the Seattle crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Pujols is the fourth player in major league history with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs, joining Alex Rodriguez, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. His teammates all greeted Pujols on the field before action resume.

He lined out to Mariners shortstop Jean Segura in his first at-bat.

Pujols' two-run single in the ninth inning scored Mike Trout and Justin Upton with hit No. 3,001. "Then three days later, on Opening Day, I got my first hit". "I nearly took him deep", Pujols said.

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Ichiro Suzuki reached 3,000 hits in 2016 and also accomplished it on the road. Though for many players that would have been a hit.

And it may be a while before another player joins the club.

Pujols became the second Dominican to reach the mark after Beltre.

The next closest active player to 3,000 career hits is Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who collected hit No. 2,666 on Thursday afternoon by going 1-for-4 in his return from a three-game absence dealing with biceps spasms. After Cabrera is Robinson Cano, almost 600 hits shy of the mark. That's not unusual for members of the 3,000-hit club, but he's avoided that while hitting for power and playing in the highest-strikeout era in major league history.

Pujols signed with the Angels in 2012, when their general manager was current Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto. He hit.329 in his first season with 37 home runs, winning Rookie of the Year honors and finishing fourth in MVP voting. Two-way Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani's arrival as the Angels' primary DH has put Pujols in the field, where he remains a capable defender.

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