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Albert Pujols is fifth ever with three 50-double seasons

Oct 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Albert Pujols AP

With an incredible 18 doubles in his last 33 games, Albert Pujols has made it back to 50 for the first time since 2004 and third time in his career. He got the last off Felix Hernandez in Monday’s victory over the Mariners.

Pujols put himself in exclusive company as just the fifth player ever with three 50-double seasons:

5 – Tris Speaker
3 – Stan Musial, Pujols, Brian Roberts, Paul Waner
2 – Craig Biggio, George Burns, Nomar Garciaparra, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Todd Helton, Billy Herman, Chuck Klein, Edgar Martinez, Joe Medwick

Pujols is the only player to achieve three 50-double and 30-homer seasons. While Musial had several 30-homer seasons later in his career and did get to 50 and 30 once, he had just 12 and 16 homers in his first two 50-double seasons. Speaker, Roberts and Waner never hit 20 homers in a season.

  1. ajcardsfan - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    While I’m not bitter about him leaving, if I had the chance to make that much you bet your rear, I’m moving to go get it. However, I am sad that Albert is losing the comparisons with Stan Musial as far as records he could have sat with the Cardinals club. That said, I am glad to see him getting into those elite records he belongs in, Congrats Albert.

  2. blues1988 - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    glad to see albert will be watching the cardinals in the “post season” friday night from his couch!

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Easy Blues. While I appreciate the spirit in which you post…the Cardinals haven’t clinched anything yet. If/when they do clinch…I will be right there with you.

      • blues1988 - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        great point, i take it back. i hope Albert enjoys watching the post season from his couch. :)

  3. sir1389 - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    It seems to me that 50 double seasons come in a players’ sunrise or sunset years as their power peaks in their prime and those doubles turn into home runs. Albert of old would’ve had 50+ home runs and considerably less doubles. Nonetheless, its a decline in production that nearly every team would still be happy with right now.

  4. hojo20 - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Nice job by Pujols turning it around after a rough start.

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Albert after his May 15th low point:

      .317/.380/.600

      Still not the Albert of old, but awfully good.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        This is Albert’s lifetime line though:

        .325/.415/.609

        Pretty damned close, honestly.

      • thefalcon123 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        Sort of, aceshigh. You’re talking into account his numbers that have been dragged down by his clearly inferior play the past two seasons.

        Pujols 01-10: .332/.428/.626.

        The big on is that the OBP is down a whopping 48 points.

  5. thefalcon123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    By far the worst year of his career…
    …with a 143 OPS+ and 4.8 WAR.

    Still pretty great, but the trend is clear:

    2009: 1.101 OPS, 9.4 WAR, 115/64 K/BB
    2010: 1.011 OPS, 7.3 WAR, 103/76 K/BB
    2011: .906 OPS, 5.1 WAR, 61/58 K/BB
    2012: .870 OPS, 4.8 WAR, 52/73 K/BB

    • stex52 - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Excellent poiht. His numbers are still outstanding, but they are not Albert. Two years in a row of reduced output makes you wonder.

    • nbjays - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:30 AM

      Oh noes! At this rate he will be hitting like a mortal in 5 or 6 years.

      • thefalcon123 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

        …at what, $25 million per year? And no, at this rate, he’ll be a below average first baseman in 2 to 3 years.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Good for “him.”

  7. butchhuskey - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Remember when it was May and Pujols was hitting about .200 with no home runs? That’s why you have to exercise patience over the course of a baseball season.

    • sir1389 - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Remember when it was December 2011 and the Angel’s paid a man $254 million dollars to put up MVP numbers year in and year out for the next 10 years? That’s why you gotta know you can’t just buy championships. Cultivating players like Trout wins you games and rings, not over paying for the best player on the market.

      • butchhuskey - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        I agree, I’m just saying some people thought he was completely finished after his slow start

      • sir1389 - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        As a Cards fan I’ve always known he’ll still put up numbers that other pros would be jealous of, even when he had such a poor beginning of the season. However I also knew that each and every year his numbers are going to notably slip in one category or another.

  8. xjokerz - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    for how much hes being paid… id hope he would preform at a high level…

  9. Detroit Michael - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Fun list with Hall of Famers and other notable but less stars too.

    I would have guessed that Wade Boggs would have been on the list because it seemed like he was constantly banging doubles off of The Wall in Fenway Park, but he had just one 50 double season although he often hit 40+.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Wade WAS a doubles machine Michael. Just of the 40+ variety.
      All while hitting about .450 of course. ***

  10. aceshigh11 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    But wait…

    I thought Pujols was FINISHED.

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