Which Active MLB Player Has the Most Hits?
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 06, 2018,
May 06, 2018, 4:59
Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, second from left, hugs third base coach Dino Ebel, left, while first base coach Alfredo Griffin carries first base, after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Marine.
Even the two-run single Pujols later added for career hit No. 3,001, passing Pirates legend Roberto Clemente.
Pujols now sits at 3,000 and Miguel Cabrera (2,666) and Robinson Cano (2,408) round out the top five.
Before Ichiro Suzuki's move to the front office this week, he was the active leader in hits in the Major League Baseball with 3,089 in his career (not to mention the 1,278 hits he had in Japan). Richards (4-1) scattered four hits and had eight strikeouts in his first start against Seattle since late 2015.
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Play halted as the Angels came out of their dugout, timidly at first and orderly throughout, congregating around Pujols for a procession of hugs and helmet slaps.
Mariners manager Scott Servais' final season as a major league player was Pujols' first in 2001. He threw 5 1/3 innings and matched a season-high with four walks.
Over the last seven seasons in Los Angeles, Pujols has collected 927 hits, including 175 homers.
Albert Pujols hit into baseball history at Safeco Field. Two-way Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani's arrival as the Angels' primary DH has put Pujols in the field, where he remains a capable defender.
The Angels placed C Martin Maldonado on bereavement list and selected the contract of C Juan Graterol from the minors. Gonzales allowed two earned runs in six innings in his last start against Cleveland.