Albert Pujols Pursuit of 3000 Hits is Something To Watch

Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani waves while standing at second after hitting an RBI double against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday

SEATTLE (AP) - Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols got his 3,000th hit, reaching the mark with a broken-bat single Friday night against Seattle and becoming the 32nd player in major league history to join the exclusive club.

"I remember my [second] at-bat". Though for many players that would have been a hit.

His two-run single in the ninth inning scored Mike Trout and Justin Upton with hit No. 3,001. Then I hit a pitch middle-away, and I hit a groundball, and Neifi Perez nearly caught it, but it went through. "Those two runs were big, obviously". As of Wednesday, May 2, Pujols sits at 2,998 career hits.

He then came to the plate three times with the chance to hit the mark in front of his standing home crowd.

Pujols has had a remarkably consistent career. He showed what they missed out on with two hits, including a two-out RBI double after Pujols' 3,000th hit, giving the Angels a 3-0 lead.

While he has slowed on the basepaths during the Anaheim chapter of his career, this season also has been rejuvenating for Pujols, who is playing first base regularly after several years primarily serving as a designated hitter.

"Some guys in this era think the strikeout is a little overrated", Pujols told ESPN. "It's something in this game I really, really don't like".

A three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star, Pujols, 38, recorded his first 2,073 hits over 11 seasons with the Cardinals before signing a 10-year, $240million contract with the Angels prior to the 2012 season. Pujols' average dropped to.299 in his final season with the Cardinals in 2011, but he has hit just.261 with the Angels and has never hit.300.

Still, it's been a remarkable career. However, now that Suzuki is likely out of the sport, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is the active leader with 3,075.

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