Albert Pujols Joins the 3,000-Hit Club

Pujols joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only major leaguers to have 3,000 hits and 600 homers. He’s the first player to reach the mark since Adrian Beltre did it last year against Baltimore.


Pujols waved his helmet to fans after hitting No. 3,000, a single against the Mariners during the fifth inning on Friday night.

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“I’m aware of the legacy and the people that I tie and am on the same page right now,” Pujols said. “But at the end of the day it’s about winning a championship. Nothing would be more special than in September and October and playing in the playoffs and bringing a championship back to the city of Anaheim.”

Pujols reached the precipice of the milestone earlier in the week in Anaheim, getting two hits against Baltimore on Wednesday night — including his 620th career homer — before getting No. 2,999 on a second-inning double on Thursday night.

He then came to the plate three times with the chance to hit the mark in front of his standing home crowd. But Pujols couldn’t quite do it,…

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