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Albert Pujols Headed to Hall of Fame

Posted by BetOnline Team on 3/14/2017 3:40:28 AM
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Hank Aaron and Willie Mays are the only players to hit 600 home runs and collect 3,000 hits without the use of steroids.

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols wants to join them this season. He needs nine home runs for 600 and is just 172 hits from 3,000. He might not reach 3,000 hits this season but will come close and can reach the milestone in 2018 and is a sure fire Hall of Fame player.

“I’m not going to say I’m going to ignore it, because it’s not fair to say,” Pujols said. “It’s a blessing and a lot of hard work. At the same time, I try not to think about it. God has given me a special career so far and I’m still playing and I want to finish strong in the five years that I have (on a 10-year contract). Then I can have the time to look back and see what I have done in this game.”

Angels owner Arte Moreno lured Pujols away from the St. Louis Cardinals with a 10-year, $240 million deal. It was a contract that was widely criticized because he played in just 99 games his second year of the deal after batting just .194 without a home run his first 27 games with the Angels.

That made fans edgy.

He has not been great with the Angels but did swat 40 home runs in 2015 and knocked in 95 runs. Last season he hit .268 with a .323 on base percentage, hit 31 home runs and batted in 119 runs. That makes the contract worth it for the Angels because Pujols makes the team relevant in the crowded Southern California entertainment world.

Time is running out because at age 37 longevity and health is no guarantee, but Pujols remains optimistic that he will remain productive and play until age 42. He is doing it with a club like 40 ounce bat that is custom made because bat companies don’t make bats that heavy.

He is proud of his low strike out rate and does not become more guarded when he has two strikes on him.

'I don’t really change my approach,' Pujols said. “My approach stays the same. A lot of guys like to crouch, which I do when my legs are feeling good. But for the most part, I say if I’m going to go down I want to go down with my A swing. I don’t want to go down with my B swing. I feel like a lot of guys feel like they have a different approach. They choke up on the bat and defend the strike zone. I feel like that can do the opposite to you. Try to play pepper with the ball instead of putting a good swing on it and makes you chase more balls because you’re afraid of the strikeout.”

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