Thursday, December 8, 2011

Big Day in Baseball

Today was a big day in baseball, with the Los Angeles Angels signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to big-time contracts. I am not going to get into my opinion on the matter, because that is not my job, but it just amazes me on the money that was spent in one morning at the Winter Meetings. Via a tweet by CNBC Sports Biz guru Darren Rovell, Pujols will make roughly $4,762 per pitch based on 750 plate appearances and 7 pitches per at-bat. Think about that for one second. I am figuring out how to balance the Comcast and Puget Sound Energy bill for next month.

Putting money and everything else aside, I can tell you that I am very excited that the Mariners will be seeing Pujols more next season (just a little bit of sarcasm here) as a rival in the American League West. But it is fun to think of all the match-ups with King Felix and Michael Pineda.

And now think about this. The American League West will feature three of the best players in the game over the last 11 seasons with Ichiro, Albert Pujols and Michael Young. This is a look at the hits leaders since 2001 and their respective stats:

Player H G AB R 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS Teams
Ichiro Suzuki 2428 1749 7456 1127 280 74 95 605 .326 .370 .421 .791 SEA
Derek Jeter 2080 1640 6738 1164 339 30 162 782 .309 .378 .440 .818 NYY
Albert Pujols 2073 1705 6312 1291 455 15 445 1329 .328 .420 .617 1.037 STL
Michael Young 2061 1665 6786 1006 388 52 169 917 .304 .350 .451 .801 TEX
Juan Pierre 1958 1700 6623 954 232 86 16 464 .296 .345 .364 .709 COL-FLA-CHC-LAD-CHW


Albert Pujols and Ichiro at the 2005 All-Star Game

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