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SaintLouisBlues Donating Member (755 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:19 AM
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Pujols first 5000 at-bats best in Senior Circuit history
From Derrick Goold's Bird Land blog, a must for Cards fans.

The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman and reigning National League MVP had the 5,000th at-bat of his career in the first inning of Thursdays victory. He grounded into a double play. But what he has done in the previous 4,999 at-bats of his career puts him in elite company. He walks with giants like Williams, Gehrig and Greenberg all of whom share something that Pujols does not: They played their careers in the American League. What could arguably be the best 5,000 at-bats to start a career in the National League is where todays 10@10 begins

1. Pujols 744 extra-base hits in his first 5,000 at-bats rank fourth all time, and are the most ever by an NL player in his first 5,000 ABs. Last night, on MLB Network they ran down the top five extra-base totals in baseball history through the first 5,000 ABs in any career:

* Babe Ruth 863 XB hits
* Hank Greenberg 762 XB hits
* Lou Gehrig 761 XB hits
* Albert Pujols 744 XB hits
* Ted Williams 743 XB hits
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