Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Power and the Glory: Jose Alberto Pujols Alcantara and the Reaping of the Harvest

In 2001, Barry Bonds hit seventy three home runs. Roger Clemens won the Cy Young without completing a single game he started. The Seattle Mariners won 116 games in the regular season, on the wings of twenty-seven year old rookie Ichiro Suzuki. The Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series in seven games, capping one of the most dramatic postseasons to date. Less than two years after being the 402nd pick in the 1999 draft, Albert Pujols made his debut for the St. Louis Cardinals. This is how it turned out:
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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
200121STLNL16167659011219447437130136993.329.403.6101.0131573602191765379/DAS,MVP-4,RoY-1,SS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/4/2017.


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