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Major League Baseball players pay tribute to Albert Pujols after his 3000th hit

06 May 2018

As of Wednesday, May 2, Pujols sits at 2,998 career hits.

Angels star Albert Pujols joined the 3,000-hit club Friday night on the road in Seattle, spraying a single to right field in the fifth inning.

Even the two-run single Pujols later added for career hit No. 3,001, passing Pirates legend Roberto Clemente.

The 38-year-old Pujols almost got the mark in the first inning, but his hard liner was right at shortstop Jean Segura. I hit a long fly ball, and they caught it right at the wall. Segura was shifted onto the outfield grass in left field.

Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez were the first three players to achieve 3,000 hits and 600 home runs. It was a blooper to left. He rounded first, clapped his hands, looked to the sky and shouted.

Pujols received a standing ovation from the crowd at Safeco Field and was given the baseball and first base as a memento. Pujols became just the 32nd player in Major League Baseball history to record 3,000 hits, and the first since Adrian Beltre in 2017.

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The three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star spent his first 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the club he broke into the majors with at 21 years old and earned National League rookie of the year.

One of the most impressive aspects of Pujols' career is that he has never struck out 100 times in a season. That's seventh-most all time and trails Mariners Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. One team that has had a heavy microscope on it is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Servais was also a member of the Angels' front office alongside Dipoto when they signed Pujols.

"To get to that number is going to be really special". "But our focus is on winning the series".

Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit back-to-back homers, both off former Chunichi Dragons lefty Chen Wei-yin (1-1) in a four-run first. "And he's swung the bat very well against us the past few years".

Ichiro Suzuki reached 3,000 hits in 2016 and also accomplished it on the road.

Major League Baseball players pay tribute to Albert Pujols after his 3000th hit