Best All Time First Baseman
Albert Pujols is the best all time pro baseball first baseman. Of course, he is still playing and you may think of other 1st basemen in baseball history you'd rank over Pujols for now. But, assuming a continued high level of play (reasonable assumption) there is little doubt that if Albert Pujols isn't already recognized as the greatest Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman in history, he will be by his career's end.
He has been the model of consistency in Major League Baseball for the last decade. Regarded as one of the best batters of this generation, Pujols is an remarkable talent; a great hitter who hits for contact and rarely strikes out. Along with good defense as a first baseman, he is just one awesome baseball player. Pujols has been named the National League's Most Valuable Player; in 2005, 2008 and most recently in 2009. In 2009, Pujols was a unanimous pick for the NL MVP -- the first unanimous pick since Barry bonds in 2002. He's been picked for 8 all-star games and picked up a gold glove in 2006. In fact, Pujols is generally considered by many to be the top player in MLB baseball today – in any position!
Had 2 home runs this game, this was one of them. Thanks to flickr.com for the picture. Source: SD Dirk
Pujols has also been a great postseason player, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series twice; in 2004 and 2006; winning it in 2006. Additionally, Albert's name has never come up in the current steroid scandals. With Pujols’ clean profile, MLB can convey the message that it is attainable to hit 40 home runs, drive in over 100 runs, and hit over .300 without using performance enhancing drugs (PED's).
Albert Pujols Rounds Second. Thanks to flickr.com for the picture. Source: bk1bennett
We often find critics and analysts comparing Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez as to which is the best player in baseball today. There are a few reasons why Pujols is clearly considered the best player in baseball ahead of A-Rod and others. Pujols is considered a better fielder, and he is a career .334 hitter compared to A-Rod’s .306. Pujols is a more competant hitter than A-Rod because uses the entire whole field, where A-Rod does that occasionally. Pujols strikes out way less than A-Rod about sixty times/ season compared to A-Rod about 120/ season, which says that Pujols has better bat control.
And, Pujols is clean; no taint of steroids. A-Rod can't say that anymore.
No doubt, Albert Pujols is the best 1st baseman in Major League Baseball history.
Here's an interesting current story about whether Albert Pujols will be a free agent.
Albert Pujols Scores. Thanks to flickr.com for the picture. Source: Scott Ableman
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