3. Albert Pujols — Current Hits: 2,587
With three MVP’s, two World Series rings and 540 home runs, Albert Pujols is a lock to enter the Hall of Fame one day. He’s also a lock to hit 3,000 hits with the pace he is currently on. At 35 years old, Pujols has almost 2,600 hits and is on pace to notch somewhere around 170 hits this season.
With the way he is currently playing for the Los Angeles Angels, he is showing no signs of slowing down and probably has a few more 170 – 190 hit seasons left in him if he can stay healthy. He could also very well leap frog Adrian Beltre and pass him on the way to 3,000 hits.
Pujols would be entering next season at age 36, only needing 300 hits to reach 3,000. If he plays the same way next year that he is currently, hitting around .270 with a chance at 40+ home runs, then there is a very real possibility, that he could achieve his 600th home run and 3,000th hit in the same season.
Projecting out, that would most likely be the 2017 season, where he would be 37 years old. He not only will hit 3,000 hits, but he will probably far surpass it when it is all said and done.
It will be interesting to see if he can reach Willie Mays in home runs, but there’s no doubt that he will reach 3,000 hits.
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