Albert Pujols added to his Hall of Fame resume Friday when he collected the 3,000th hit of his incredible career.
The Los Angeles Angels slugger joined Alex Rodriguez, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron as the only players in Major League Baseball history with at least 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.
With every hit, Pujols continues to climb the all-time leaderboard in a number of key offensive categories and is on pace to pass numerous members of Cooperstown this season. Here's how The Machine ranks all-time in hits, home runs, and RBIs:
Pujols became the 32nd player to record at least 3,000 hits with his fifth inning single, and passed Roberto Clemente for sole possession of 31st place in the ninth when he picked up another base hit. Pujols has averaged 150 hits over the last three seasons, and if he's able to keep that pace, he'll finish this season with 3,118, which would pass A-Rod for 20th all-time.
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Pujols has a real chance at becoming just the fourth player to reach 700 home runs. While he's watched his average and on-base percentage drop over the last few years, the power has remained. He's already clubbed six homers this season and has belted 100 homers since 2015. Pujols is under contract through the 2021 season, and will need to average 27 homers in each of those next three seasons to reach 700.
Pujols has driven in at least 100 runs in each of the last two seasons and is on pace to come close once again. He needs to drive in 59 more to pass Bonds for fifth all time and 63 to become the fifth member of the 2,000-RBI club.