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Twelve stats you need to know about… Albert Pujols

With a pair of home runs in the Cardinals 11-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night (September 23), Albert Pujols joined Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth with 700 career homers. Pujols hit #698 on September 16 and went almost a week before he slugged #699 and #700 in the contest, his 65th multi-HR game of his illustrious career.

Here are 12 stats you need to know about Pujols and his chase for immortality and the 700-HR milestone:

  1. Pujols was a 13th round pick of the Cardinals in the 1999 draft. Of the 40 players chosen by the Cardinals that year, only one other selection, Coco Crisp, who was chosen in the seventh round, played 400 or more games in the majors (Pujols has played 3,072 through September 23). Crisp played 1,586 games in the majors, yet he never played for the Cardinals (the team that drafted him) in the bigs. The Cardinals number one pick that year was Chance Caple, a righthanded pitcher from Texas A&M. Caple spent five years in the minors, never advancing higher than Single A ball. According to, Caple signed a $1.2m bonus; Pujols signed for $60,000.
  2. Pujols played only one year in the minors hitting 19 home runs, driving in 96 with a .314 batting average.
  3. He made his MLB debut against the Colorado Rockies (in Colorado) on April 2, 2001, starting in leftfield. Batting sixth in the order, he went 1-for-3. His first MLB at-bat was a groundout to third in the 2nd inning. He collected his first MLB hit in the 7th inning on a single to left off pitcher Mike Hampton.
  4. Albert was a three-time National League MVP. He is one of five players to win three or more NL MVP awards; the others are Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt and Barry Bonds.
  5. He hit most of his 700 HRs, 504 to be exact, from the number 3 spot in the batting order. He has the third most HRs from the #3 spot in the batting order in MLB history behind Babe Ruth (553) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (530)
  6. Pujols hit 154 long balls in the first inning, most of any inning in his career. Second most was 87 in the fifth inning.
  7. He is one of 21 players to have scored 100 or more runs in a season 10 times. Hank Aaron tops this category with 15 seasons scoring 100 or more runs.
  8. Of his 700 career home runs, Pujols hit the most, 62, against the Houston Astros. He hit 59 versus the Cubs and 54 against the Pirates. The pitcher he hit the most HRs off is Ryan Dempster with eight.
  9. Even with 3,377 career hits, Pujols had 200 hits in only one season (212 in 2003). He had over 190 hits in three seasons (196 in 2004, 195 in 2005, and 194 in 2001).
  10. Pujols had 30 or more home runs in 14 seasons, tying him with Barry Bonds for third most 30-HR seasons in baseball history. Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez are tied for the most 30-HR seasons with 15.
  11. He had six seasons where he hit 40 or more HR, drove in 110 or more runs, and batted .300 or higher. Alex Rodriguez also had six 40-11-.300 campaigns. Babe Ruth tops this stat with 11 such seasons.
  12. Albert played in 86 post-season games. He hit 19 home runs, drove in 54, and had a .321 career post-season batting average. In baseball history, only one other player has hit 15 HR, had 50 RBI and batted .300 or higher in his career in the post season… Derek Jeter.

Twelve stats you need to know about… Maury Wills

Maury Wills, a 15-year MLB veteran who was credited with bringing the stolen base back into the forefront of offensive strategy in baseball in the 1960’s, died on September 19 at the age of 89.

Here are 12 stats you need to know about Maury Wills:

  1. One of 111 MLB players born in Washington D.C., Wills is arguably the best player in MLB history born in Washington D.C. Of those 111 players born in D.C., Wills ranks first in games played, hits, stolen bases, and ranks second in runs scored.
  2. Wills had 586 career steals and 458 career RBI. He is one of 37 players to have 400 RBI and 500 steals in MLB history.
  3. He is one of 39 players to steal 500 or more bases in a career. He also hit 20 home runs in his 15-year career. Of the 39 players with 500 or more career stolen bases, Wills’ 20 home runs are the fourth fewest of that group. Juan Pierre (18), Patsy Donovan (16) and Otis Nixon (11) had fewer HRs than Wills.
  4. Maury led the league in stolen bases six times and led the league in caught stealing seven times. He was caught stealing 208 times, fifth most all-time. Rickey Henderson tops this career category with 335 caught stealing.
  5. Wills had 2,134 career hits and 1,067 career runs scored to go along with his 586 career steals. He is one of 32 players to reach the 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 500 steals milestones. The last was Ichiro Suzuki.
  6. He hit .302 twice in his career and had one season where he hit .299 (1962).
  7. Wills finished in the Top 20 in National League MVP voting seven times; he won the N.L. MVP in 1962.
  8. Although best known for his 12 years with the Dodgers, Wills also spent two seasons with the Pirates and one with the Expos.
  9. In 1962, Wills broke the MLB record with 104 stolen bases. It was previously held by Ty Cobb with 96 in 1915. Wills’ 104 steals were more than any team had that year.
  10. He was a three-time World Series champion. In the 1965 Fall Classic, he had 11 hits and batted .367.
  11. Wills was on the Hall of Fame ballot for 15 years. The highest percentage of the votes he received in those 15 years was 40.6%.
  12. Wills was drafted 21st by the Expos in the 1968 Expansion Draft. He was the Expos leadoff batter in their first game on April 8, 1969.

Willy Adames making a push for 30-100 club membership

With 13 games remaining in their season, the Milwaukee Brewers have an uphill battle to make the playoffs this year. In addition, Brewers’ shortstop Willy Adames is making a late push to put his name in the record books again before the season comes to a close.

Just a few games back, Adames slugged his 30th HR of the season giving him the team record for most HRs by a shortstop, breaking Robin Yount’s record. Through games of September 21, Adames has 31 HRs and 95 RBI. If Adames can tally another five runs batted in before the end of the campaign, he would become the 16th player in team history to have 30 or more homers and 100 or more RBI in a season.

The last Brewers players to reach the 30 HR/100 RBI milestone in a season was in 2018 when both Jesus Aguilar (35-108) and Christian Yelich (36-110) put those numbers on their stat line. The 30-100 club has been reached 28 times in Brewers history by 15 players. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder reached those numbers in a season four times to top the club.

Here are the Brewers players who have reached 30 HR/100 RBI in a season:

4 seasons: Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

3 seasons: Jeromy Burnitz, Gorman Thomas

2 seasons: Cecil Cooper, Ben Oglivie, Richie Sexson

1 season: Jesus Aguilar, Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw, Corey Hart, Carlos Lee, John Jaha, Larry Hisle, George Scott

  • Prince Fielder is the youngest Brewers player to reach 30/100. He did it in his age 23 season in 2007. The oldest? Cecil Cooper (1983) and Ben Oglivie (1982) both did it in their age 33 seasons.
  • Eight Brewers players also hit .300 in their 30/100 season… Braun (.332 in 2011), Yelich (.326 in 2018), Braun (.320 in 2009), Braun (.319 in 2012), Cooper (.313 in 1982), Cooper (.307 in 1983), Oglivie (.304 in 1980) and Jaha (.300 in 1996).
  • Of the 28 times the Brewers had a 30/100 player, Burnitz had the fewest hits of those players with only 126. He hit 33 HR and had 103 RBI in 1999.

There were also a handful of Brewers players who just missed punching their membership in the 30/100 club, either with not enough HRs and RBI, or both. Those players are:

Yelich, 44/97 in 2019
Braun, 34/97 in 2007
Geoff Jenkins, 28/95 in 2003
Sexson, 29/102 in 2002
Burnitz, 31/98 in 2000
Greg Vaughn, 31/95 in 1996
Vaughn, 30/97 in 1993
Yount, 29/114 in 1982
Sixto Lezcano, 28/101 in 1979

Aaron Jones: Oneith TD by land, oneith TD by air

One of Green Bay running back Aaron Jones distinct traits is his ability to score as a runner and as a receiver. That point was made very clearly in the Pack’s 27-10 win over the Bears on September 18 when Jones scored a pair of TDs in the second quarter. Jones scored on a 15-yard run and later that period took an Aaron Rodgers pass and found the end zone on an eight-yard pass play.

It was the fifth game in Jones’ career where he had at least one TD via a run and a TD via a pass play. The five games with at least one running TD and one receiving TD put Jones in a tie for third on the team career list with Jim Taylor. Ahman Green tops the club in this stat with nine games in his Packers career with a run TD and pass receiving TD in the same contest. Paul Hornung is second on the list with six such games in his Green Bay career.

The NFL career leader for most games with a TD run and TD pass reception in the same game is held by Marshall Faulk with 15. There are 12 players who have had nine or more regular season games with a TD run/TD reception in their careers. They are:

Marshall Faulk-15
Brian Westbrook-12
Lenny Moore-12
Jim Brown-11
Christian McCaffrey-9
Alvin Kamara-9
Ezekiel Elliott-9
Ahman Green-9
Neal Anderson-9
Chuck Foreman-9
Abner Haynes-9
Timmy Brown-9

  • Aaron Jones has had the Packers last four games with a run TD/pass receiving TD.
  • Of Jones five games with a TD run/TD pass reception, three came in September (Sept. 20, 2020, Sept. 20, 2021, September 18, 2022). The other two happened on Nov. 15, 2018, and Dec. 12, 2021.
  • There have been 70 times in Green Bay history that a player had a TD run and TD reception in the same game. The team is 53-17 in those games (a .757 winning percentage).
  • The youngest Packer to have a TD run/TD reception in the same game is Travis Williams who has 21 years-337 days when he did it on December 17, 1967. The oldest? Tony Canadeo who was 33 years-202 days when he did it on November 23, 1952.
  • Paul Hornung is the only Packers player to have two or more TD runs and two or more TD receptions in the same game. He had three rushing TD and caught two passes for TD on December 12, 1965.
  • The Packers have had six players with a TD via run and a TD via pass reception in the same playoff game: Ted Fritsch (1944), Eddie Lee Ivery (1983), James Lofton (1983), John Kuhn (2011 and 2013); Aaron Jones was the last Packer to do it in the post-season (January 19, 2020, versus the San Francisco 49ers).

Note: If you are looking to stump some of your Packers fans friends on a great trivia question, ask them who is the only Packers player to have a TD run and a TD reception in two different playoff games. My prediction is that not many will guess John Kuhn (see above bullet point).

Another quality start for Corbin Burnes… in a Brewers loss

On Wednesday September 14th, the Brewers dropped a 4-1 contest to St. Louis. Starting Brew Crew pitcher Corbin Burnes pitched seven innings allowing three earned runs. That qualified as a “quality start” for Burnes, a stat that awards a quality start to a starting pitcher who goes at least six innings and surrenders three or fewer earned runs.

Burnes tops the club this year with 19 quality starts followed by Eric Lauer’s 12 and Brandon Woodruff’s 11. The Brewers are 13-6 in Burnes’ 19 quality starts. It was also the third time this season that Burnes was the losing pitcher of record in a quality start (Lauer has also been the losing pitcher of record in three quality starts this season).

Of the current starting pitching staff for the Brewers, Woodruff has 50 career quality starts, good enough for a tie for 22nd on the Brewers all-time list. Burnes has tallied 41 career quality starts which puts him in a tie for 31st on the Brewers list. Freddy Peralta has 26 career quality starts… that puts him in the Brewers Top 50 in that category (he’s tied for 49th on the list).

Ben Sheets tops the Brewers all-time career quality starts leaderboard with 135. He is followed by Yovani Gallardo. Here is the Top 10 in career quality starts for the Brewers:

Ben Sheets-135
Yavani Gallardo-134
Jim Slaton-133
Moose Haas-123
Teddy Higuera-1991
Mike Caldwell-119
Bill Wegman-111
Chris Bosio-89
Cal Eldred-84
Jim Colborn-80

Here’s a few more Brewers’ quality starts stats you may not know:

  • The Brewers are 32-9 in Burnes’ 41 career quality starts.
  • Sheets was the losing pitcher in 33 quality starts with the Brewers. That tops the team in that stat. Slaton ranks second with 31 quality start losses.
  • Nine of Sheets pitching losses in 2004 were in quality starts. That’s the most losses by a pitcher in quality starts for the Brewers in a season. Jim Lonborg (8 quality start losses in 1972) and Bill Parson (8 quality start losses in 1971) follow Sheets.
  • Higuera (1986), Caldwell (1978) and Marty Pattin (1971) jointly hold the team record for most quality starts in a season, each with 26.