After lining out in his first at-bat and walking in his second plate appearance Friday night at Seattle's Safeco Field, Pujols reached the milestone when he singled on a soft liner to right field with two outs in the fifth inning off Mariners starter Mike Leake.
Pujols joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in baseball history with 3,000 hits and 600 homers.
Quality newspaper work, that is. Carew and Pujols are the only players to record their 3,000th hit with the Angels. "I nearly took him deep", Pujols said.
Ichiro Suzuki, besides Pujols and Beltre the only other active Major League Baseball player with 3,000 hits, won't play the rest of the 2018 season after joining the Seattle Mariners' front office on Thursday. "Then three days later, on Opening Day, I got my first hit".
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The last player to earn his 3,000th hit in Seattle was Rafael Palmeiro, when he played for the Orioles in 2005. Though for many players that would have been a hit.
Ichiro Suzuki earned his 3,000th major league hit on August 7, 2016, with a triple when he was playing for the Miami Marlins. He's the second to reach that mark in an Angels uniform, joining Rod Carew, who did it in 1985. Being the 402nd overall pick in the draft, Pujols just hoped to make a Major League roster. But, he's still playing and adding on to his absurd career statistics. Only 31 players in the MLB's long history have joined this club. The next closest player to 3,000 is Miguel Cabrera, who is more than 300 hits away. After Cabrera is Robinson Cano, almost 600 hits shy of the mark.
Pujols, 38, is in his seventh season with the American League club, in a 10 year, $240 million contract through the end of the 2021 season. 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.