Albert Pujols Los Angeles Dodgers

Age: 41 (January 16, 1980) | aka Prince Albert,Phat Albert, The Machine, El Hombre | 6' 3" | 240lbs. | Bats: Right 1B-26 DH-12
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
STL NL 2002 157 590 118 185 72 69 40 2 34 127 2 4 .314 .394 .561 11 10 .308 n/a 36
STL NL 2003 157 591 137 212 79 65 51 1 43 124 5 1 .359 .439 .667 12 9 .346 n/a 48
STL NL 2004 154 592 133 196 84 52 51 2 46 123 5 5 .331 .415 .657 12 8 .298 n/a 42
STL NL 2005 161 591 129 195 97 65 38 2 41 117 16 2 .330 .430 .609 14 9 .316 n/a 47
STL NL 2006 143 535 119 177 92 50 33 1 49 137 7 2 .331 .431 .671 15 8 .292 n/a 44
STL NL 2007 158 565 99 185 99 58 38 1 32 103 2 6 .327 .429 .568 15 9 .317 n/a 33 30
STL NL 2008 148 524 100 187 104 54 44 0 37 116 7 3 .357 .462 .653 16 8 .340 n/a 44 39
STL NL 2009 160 568 124 186 115 64 45 1 47 135 16 4 .327 .443 .658 16 9 .299 n/a 52 45
STL NL 2010 159 587 115 183 103 76 39 1 42 118 14 4 .312 .414 .596 15 11 .297 n/a 46 40
STL NL 2011 147 579 105 173 61 58 29 0 37 99 9 1 .299 .366 .541 9 9 .277 45/17/38 38 34
LAA AL 2012 154 607 85 173 52 76 50 0 30 105 8 1 .285 .343 .516 8 11 .282 41/19/40 30 26
LAA AL 2013 99 391 49 101 40 55 19 0 17 64 1 1 .258 .330 .437 9 12 .258 38/20/42 14 12
LAA AL 2014 159 633 89 172 48 71 37 1 28 105 5 1 .272 .324 .466 7 10 .265 46/19/35 30 28
LAA AL 2015 157 602 85 147 50 72 22 0 40 95 5 3 .244 .307 .480 8 11 .217 42/16/42 25 24
LAA AL 2016 152 593 71 159 49 75 19 0 31 119 4 0 .268 .323 .457 8 12 .260 44/17/40 27 24
LAA AL 2017 149 593 53 143 37 93 17 0 23 101 3 0 .241 .286 .386 6 15 .249 43/18/38 16 14
LAA AL 2018 117 465 50 114 28 65 20 0 19 64 1 0 .245 .289 .411 6 13 .247 40/22/37 13 12
LAA AL 2019 131 491 55 120 43 68 22 0 23 93 3 0 .244 .305 .430 8 12 .238 46/15/39 15 14
LAA AL 2020 39 152 15 34 9 25 8 0 6 25 0 0 .224 .270 .395 6 15 .230 40/20/41 9 9
LAA AL 2021 24 86 9 17 3 13 0 0 5 12 1 0 .198 .250 .372 3 14 .176 38/16/45 2 1
LAD NL 2021 76 176 18 46 10 29 3 0 12 37 1 0 .261 .305 .483 5 15 .248 49/16/35 8 7
Career 21yrs 2962 11101 1870 3299 1344 1346 672 16 679 2149 116 41 .297 .375 .544 11 11 .285 n/a
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Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 9 '12
LaJoie hit .472 (that's batting average) in 1901.

He won the triple crown and led all position players with a 9.4 War.

He led (probably obviously) the league in slugging and OBP as well.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jan 8 '12
McCovey- No Way. Once he lead the league in oWAR. 3 times in OPS+. Unless it's a 3 year consecutive peak that they use instead of a standard 5 year non-consecutive peak McCovey is a bad, bad choice.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 8 '12
Excellent guesses! It seems like Adam Dorhauer could have spared himself a lot of trouble.

Slight changes in order but basically you nail it. The guy you question, Lajoie, is the only one not in Dorhauer's top 12 (he's way down out at No. 31). To be replaced by -- ?

Willie McCovey. No. 11.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8 '12
Just based on oWAR for 5 year peak eyeball score ahead of Pujols, I'm going to guess:
1. Ruth
2. Bonds
3. Gehrig
4. Hornsby
5. Ted Williams
6. Mantle
7. Foxx
8. Frank Thomas
9. Cobb
10. Musial
11. Speaker
12. Lajoie?

I can't figure out #12. But, I'd say the top 11 are solidly ahead of Pujols for peak value as a hitter.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 8 '12
The Pedro who just retired? Maybe? He's very much towards the bottom of this list (O-for-29 in 2000) but he still gets my vote.

I have to admit, I haven't read the very long essay that leads to THT's conclusion. When I have, I imagine I'm still not going to be convinced that twelve other hitters should be ranked ahead of Pujols. If peak years is even reasonably plural.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8 '12
Pujols has had a career long peak. That's his problem. Too consistent. MVP level seasons every year just touching on the other worldly. I haven't seen the list, but I would bet Pedro's other worldly 1990 & 2000 put him pretty high on the list.

If you make it a 7 year peak or a 10 year peak Pujols probably rockets to #5 on the list.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 8 '12
The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2012 concludes he's thirteenth on the list of The Greatest Batters in History at Their Peak.

Only.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8 '12