Daily Archives: December 6, 2009

The Legend Of Albert Pujols Grows Right Before Our Eyes!!!

Maybe it’s because the announcement of his 3rd MVP award was the last significant baseball headline I read…

Maybe it’s because he was the final award winner of the 2009 baseball season…

Maybe it’s because he is just that damn good!!!

We are watching one of the most amazing offensive baseball talents in the game’s history.  And he continues to get better season after season.

The stats don’t lie:

In his first 8 big league seasons, Albert Pujols has collected 1,717 hits.

In his first 8 big league seasons, Albert Pujols has amassed 366 home runs.

In his first 8 big league seasons, Albert Pujols has driven in 1,112 RBI.

In his first 8 big league seasons, Albert Pujols has never struck out more than 93 times in a single year.  And that was in his rookie season – since then his next highest mark is 69.

In his first 8 big league seasons, Albert Pujols has never hit less than .314.

In his first 8 big league seasons, Albert Pujols has never crushed less than 32 homers during a season.

In his first 8 big league seasons, Albert Pujols has never collected fewer than 185 hits in a year.

Oh, and he’s just 29 years old too!!! 

Easily the game’s best hitter, Albert Pujols has joined an elite class of players that can be counted on less than 10 fingers.  Sure we have A-Rod, and Ryan Howard, and Manny, but these guys don’t compete for batting titles while blasting home runs and driving in 120+.  But Pujols does.  And he does it year after year after year.

We are witnessing greatness, yet even with 3 MVP award in his pocket, I still consider him to be an undervalued and under-appreciated talent in today’s game.  And if it wasn’t for a guy named Barry, Pujols could already be a 5-time winner of the award.  Luckily, he has landed in a baseball-loving city and the fans there are wild about him.

I think I am going to try to catch a Cardinals next year as the legend of Albert Pujols has caught up to me and I want to say that I have seen him live!!!!  You should too!!!

1990 Score Darry Strawberry

1990 Score Darryl Strawberry

The 1990 Score design is a classic one.  Nice, neat, and with the team logo being prominent.  And while the bold Kelly-Green border may not work for most baseball card sets, it is just fine for this issue!

1990 was Darryl’s last season with the New York Mets.  During his 8-year tenure in ‘The Big Apple’, Straw earned Rooke of the Year honors, was a 7-time All-star, and World Series champion.  His numbers while playing for the Mets included 252 home runs, 733 RBI, 662 runs scored, and 191 stolen bases.

Straw 90S

After the 1990 season, Strawberry took his talent to the Los Angeles Dodgers(his home town team).  He gave the Dodgers 1 All-star season, but he was never able to replicate what he did while calling Shea Stadium his home.

Did You Know…

Gaylord Perry became the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, with the Cleveland Indians(American League) in 1972 and the San Diego Padres(National League) in 1978.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’