Albert Pujols Continues to Climb RBI List

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Updated: April 27, 2017

The Angels grabbed the 8-5 victory Wednesday night against Oakland. The even bigger accomplishment was slugger Albert Pujols knocking in his 1,834th career RBI. In the fifth inning Pujols singled scoring Mike Trout and moving him to 17th all-time in the RBI list.

On Wednesday Pujols surpassed David Winfield and is creeping up on a couple other sluggers as well. Pujols is one shy of tying Rafael Palmeiro for 16th place and two shy of matching Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th. The always reliable slugger is not far off the marks of Ted Williams (1,839) and Carl Yastrzemski (1,844).

The 37-year-old DH/first baseman struggled in the beginning of the season. Through the first 16 games, Pujols hit just .177 and started to worry the Angels that maybe age was catching up to him. They were wrong…the last six games Pujols has gone 11-for-27 moving his batting average to .247 on the season.

That’s not all, Pujols is tied with third baseman Yunel Escobar for the team lead in at-bats with 89. The 17 year MLB veteran continues to prove that his big contract was worth the money. Currently Pujols has 17 RBI this season which ties him with Nomar Mazara and Steven Souza Jr. for the American League lead.

According to Maria Guardado, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had this to say about Pujols contributions to the team.

“Albert is going to be there for us,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Even though you might look at his average and it’s maybe not what you customarily would see, this guy is up there in the league leaders in RBIs. He’s getting it done. He’s hitting the ball hard. Once he gets through this first month and usually gets his feet on the ground, he usually takes off, so we’re looking forward to that.”

Another reachable milestone for Pujols is joining the 600 home run club. He needs just seven to become the ninth player in Major League history to join the exclusive 600-homer club.

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