scoring his 699th and 700th home runs at Dodgers Stadium on Friday night, Albert Pujols became the fourth member of the club 700 home runsJoining Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth.
is pujol First Latin American player to reach that figure, The Santo Domingo native is among the leaders of several all-time lists, and has cemented his place as the sport’s most decorated player among those born outside the 50 US states.
Here’s How To Make Pujol Most Outstanding Overseas Player of All Time in the Major Leagues,
Looking back to the 2001 campaign, the year Pujols made his debut, the all-time domestic leader among overseas players was Cuban Jose Canseco, with 446, followed by his compatriot Rafael Palmeiro (400), Dominican Sammy Sosa (386). Puerto Rican Orlando Cepeda (379) and Cuban Tanny Perez (379). Of course, the top of that list has changed dramatically since then. By the time Pujol was in a position to challenge for the all-time record, he had to pass Sosa’s number 609.
Pujols has led all non-America-born players in home runs since hitting his 610th homer on August 22, 2017. Now, they have set a new standard with the 700.
win over substitution (WAR)
According to Baseball Reference, in 2001, Roberto Clemente’s 94.8 in career war led all players born outside the 50 states, ahead of Rod Carew’s 81.2 and Roberto Alomar’s 60. Clemente held the lead until Pujol – whose bWAR is now 101 – overtook him, but the rest of the roster has changed significantly.
Pujol is now the leader, topping the war at 94.8 in 2014, and Clemente sitting second. But Adrian Beltre, who was at the Dodger Stadium on Friday to watch Pujols, is now third among overseas players with a WAR of 93.5.
**When Pujols made his debut, Perez was the all-time leader in extra-base hits among foreign-born players, with 963. Today the list looks very different, as Perez sits in 11th place. Pujol is the leader with 1,401, ahead of his compatriots David Ortiz and Palmeiro, who each had exactly 1,192. When Pujol became the all-time leader among overseas players in August 2016, he overtook Palmeiro. Ortiz caught up with Palmeiro later that season.
Overall, Pujols ranks third on the all-time list behind Aarons (1,477) and Bonds (1,440).
In early 2001, Perez led all overseas players with 1,652 RBIs, and Chile Davies was second with 1,372. But when it was Pujols’ turn to claim the top of the list in April 2017, he surpassed Palmeiro, who had 1,834. Palmeiro is now third, with Miguel Cabrera in second place with 1,843 RBIs. Perez is now in eighth place. He is ahead of Ramirez (1,831), Ortiz (1,768), Beltre (1,707) and Sosa (1,667).
Pujol’s 2,208 RBI tops the list of players born outside the 50 states and is second only to Aaron’s 2,297 RBI. (The RBI became the official figure in 1920.)
When the Pujols reached the major leagues in 2001, the 3,000-hit club had only two players born outside the 50 states: Carew, with 3,053 and Clemente, with 3,000. Today there are seven players. When Pujol became the leader of that list in August 2019, he surpassed Beltre, who ended his career with 3,166 hits. Ichiro Suzuki is third with 3,089 and Cabrera is fourth with 3,082. Kairav is now in fifth place, followed by Palmeiro at 3,020 and then Clemente.