Where Pujols ranks on MLB's all-time leaderboards
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Baseball fans might be witnessing the end of an era in 2021, as it's potentially Albert Pujols' final season.

Pujols' wife hinted this campaign could her husband's last on Monday, although the slugger said he hasn't made up his mind yet. Whatever he decides, the future Hall of Famer will go down as one of the game's greatest players.

Here's where he ranks on MLB's all-time leaderboards.

Home runs

Rank Player HR
1 Barry Bonds 762
2 Hank Aaron 755
3 Babe Ruth 714
4 Alex Rodriguez 696
5 Albert Pujols 662

MLB's active home-run leader needs 34 long balls to tie Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time list. Pujols hasn't hit that many dingers since 2015 when he appeared in 157 games. With his role diminished, it's unlikely he passes or even ties A-Rod. Projection systems estimate 12-15 round-trippers for Pujols in 2021.


Rank Player RBIs
1 Hank Aaron 2297
2 Babe Ruth 2214
3 Albert Pujols 2100

Pujols needs 114 RBIs to tie the legendary Ruth. In his prime, the Angels slugger was good for 100-plus driven in per season, maxing out at 137 with the Cardinals in 2006. Don't expect Pujols to pass Ruth this year, with Steamer projecting 47 RBIs from him.


Rank Player H
1 Pete Rose 4256
10 Paul Molitor 3319
11 Eddie Collins 3315
12 Willie Mays 3283
13 Eddie Murray 3255
14 Nap Lajoie 3243
15 Albert Pujols 3236

Pujols could ascend the all-time hits column this season. With projection systems forecasting 72-95 hits from the 41-year-old, he might move past Lajoie, Murray, Mays, and possibly even Collins and Molitor. However, there's no chance he catches Rose.


Rank Player 2B
1 Tris Speaker 792
2 Pete Rose 746
3 Stan Musial 725
4 Ty Cobb 724
5 Albert Pujols 669

Pujols sits 55 behind Cobb in doubles. He might be known as "The Machine," but Pujols hasn't hit more than 51 two-baggers in a season, so don't expect any movement here.


Rank Player R
1 Rickey Henderson 2295
12 Lou Gehrig 1888
13 Tris Speaker 1882
14 Mel Ott 1859
15 Craig Biggio 1844
16 Albert Pujols 1843

There's a good chance the 20-year veteran will move into 12th here if he stays healthy. He averaged 52.7 runs per season between 2017-2019 while playing around 132 games, and Pujols needs 46 runs to pass Gehrig this campaign.


Rank Player JAWS
1 Lou Gehrig 91.1
2 Albert Pujols 81.2

Pujols is a surefire lock for the Hall of Fame. Only Gehrig accrued a higher JAWS, which is career bWAR averaged over a player's seven-year peak in that metric. Every other first baseman in the top 10 already cemented a spot in Cooperstown.

Games played

Rank Player GP
1 Pete Rose 3562
8 Cal Ripken Jr. 3001
9 Willie Mays 2992
10 Barry Bonds 2986
11 Dave Winfield 2973
12 Omar Vizquel 2968
13 Rusty Staub 2951
14 Adrian Beltre 2933
15 Brooks Robinson 2896
16 Albert Pujols 2862

The infielder should be able to pass Mays for ninth if he matches his 2017-2019 games-played average. If Pujols appears in 140 contests, he would leapfrog Ripken for eighth. That's the highest Pujols could finish, even if he suits up for an entire 162-game campaign.


Rank Player WAR
1 Babe Ruth 168.4
25 Cap Anson 91.2
26 Al Kaline 88.9
27 Wade Boggs 88.3
28 Albert Pujols 87.2

Pujols faces a tough challenge while trying to move up here based on what he's done over the last few seasons. The 2016 campaign was the last time the Dominican legend compiled an fWAR higher than 0.8, and he's been a minus player in every year since.

Where Pujols ranks on MLB's all-time leaderboards
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