The injury to Albert Pujols may interrupt more than just 4-6 weeks. The injury may have altered baseball history. Granted Pujols would need at least 30 homers each season for the next 10 years, with a few 40 homer seasons thrown in, to surpass the all-time record. Now I must be fair, I believe that Hank Aaron is still the home run king. However, until MLB says otherwise, Pujols is chasing Barry Bonds.
The question for Pujols is not whether he will hit again. The question will be if he maintains his power. Pujols currently sits on top of 425 career homers. He has a .329 career BA. His slugging percentage is .619 for his career. With 1275 RBI and 1978 hits, we are talking not just Hall of Fame numbers, but one of the most prolific hitters arguably to play the game.
“The Machine,” is broken. Is this bad for the game, of course. Is this bad for Pujols, most definitely. His dollar value just tanked. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the estimate is this injury just cost Pujols $50 million in future salary. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of Pujols by any stretch of the imagination. I do think it will take the 31-year-old some time to recover his power. I will say it now, he will not surpass Bonds. Depending on his recovery, Pujols may get 600, if he’s lucky.
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All statistical data from espn.go.com.