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Albert Pujols’ streak of .300-30-100 seasons ends at 10

Sep 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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Not that Albert Pujols, the Cardinals, or any Cardinals fans care much after last night, but his streak of consecutive seasons with a .300 batting average, 30 homers, and 100 RBIs came to an end at 10.

And just barely, as Pujols finished with a .299 batting average and 99 RBIs to go along with his 37 homers.

That he came so close is pretty remarkable considering Pujols got off to a career-worst start, spent time on the disabled list with a fractured forearm, and then came back much sooner than expected from the injury.

Had the Cardinals and Braves remained tied for the Wild Card the statistics from a Game 163 tiebreaker would have counted towards Pujols’ season totals. As is he hit .355 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 26 September games.

Not only is Pujols tied with Lou Gehrig and Manny Ramirez for second place on the all-time list with 10 seasons of .300-30-100, they were the first 10 seasons of his career. Babe Ruth holds the record with 12.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    It’s going to take one hell of a long career if he’s going to break Ruth’s record now.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      How so?

      Pujols is at 10, and Ruth has 12.

      I have a feeling that this year was an anomaly for Pujols (contract distraction?) rather than a harbinger of age-related decline. I can easily see him getting at least 3 more seasons of .300/30/100 within the next 5 years alone.

      • cubsrice - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        I think he meant 12 in a row, not 12 total. Although since Albert is “The Machine” I wouldn’t rule it out :D

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

        Ahh, CONSECUTIVE.

        Well not even Ruth did that…I double-checked his lifetime stats, and the 12 were broken up by a couple of “subpar” years, heheh.

    • scatterbrian - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      Ruth had 12 overall, and “only” 8 consecutive. Pujol’s holds the record for 10 consecutive, and only needs three more to pass Ruth.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:21 PM

        AP holds the record for (10) consective to start a career. No one (other than AP) has done it to start a career. I knew Ruth did it…and I thought Gehrig had (11) straight seasons. I forgot about Manny doing so.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM

        Ah, that’s on me, then. I thought Ruth was consecutive.

  2. thefalcon123 - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Whatta bum.

    • cleverbob - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      Yea, all washed up. I heard he’s a big jerk, too.

    • bigharold - Sep 30, 2011 at 12:18 AM

      He will be soooo much cheaper now for the Yankees to sign him as a FA.

      And, he’ll look good in pin stripes too.

  3. granted42 - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Too bad he slumped in a contract year. It’s gonna cost him millions of dollars in his next contract. :-)

  4. sportsdrenched.com - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    He’s kind of OK at baseball.

  5. thekcubrats - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Uh, brainiacs? Pujols has eleven straight seasons, from the start of his career, of at least .299, 32 HR and 99 rbi. No one has ever done that. Ever. Not even close. Eleven consecutive. The only one who might have more in his career is Ruth, who perhaps did it once more. Put your round-number fetishism aside, and marvel.

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      Bam!

      The best player of his generation – bar none.

      • thekcubrats - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:55 PM

        Define your terms. Barry took several MVPs, deservedly, that would’ve otherwise been Albert’s. Is he the same generation? Will Albert steal 500 bases?

      • paperlions - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:03 PM

        Bond debuted 15 years before Albert….to me, different generations.

      • okwhitefalcon - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        Good question, how ’bout the post steroid generation?

      • thekcubrats - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        And you happen to know, absolutely, that Albert never touched the stuff. With that jaw, that power, that physique. And oh yeah, that many years (MLB and developmental) within the pre-post-steroid era.

        Remember when ARod was the posterboy for non-steroidal dominance?

      • okwhitefalcon - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        And you happen to know he did?

        Guilty until proven innocent, nice….

      • scatterbrian - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        His jaw? Wow

    • thekcubrats - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM

      (Of course, open the gauge up ever so slightly, and Ruth has 14 seasons of at least 29 HR 99 RBI and .300. And see? This arbitrary round-number cut makes those two years you didn’t mention seem not worth mentioning. But:

      1919 29 HR 114 RBI .322
      1922 35 HR 99 RBI .315

      What’s the point of ignoring that?)

      • scatterbrian - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:46 PM

        Dude, we’re not making any sweeping pronouncements about the abilities of Pujols or Ruth, or saying one is better than the other. You’re right, it’s based on arbitrary round numbers, but they’re round numbers that are steeped in baseball history, And it’s just for fun.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 29, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    If Pujols fell only one point short on BA and one run short on RBI, it must be Terry Francona’s fault.

    • umrguy42 - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      Gator, I thought it was supposed to be Theo’s fault?

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