Pujols was in the conversation through his age-30 season as the best young position player in baseball history, racking up 61 Wins Above Average (and 81.2 WAR). Only four players have topped this: Rogers Hornsby, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.
Even now, after five seasons in Anaheim that have pushed Pujols’ lifetime numbers down, they’re still a thing of beauty. As of this juncture, he has a .309 batting average, 2,825 hits and 591 home runs, to go with three MVPs and two World Series titles. His lifetime batting average will eventually drop below .300, unless he finanges a trade to a team with a hitter’s park. But he’ll easily top 3,000 hits and has a good chance of reaching 700 home runs.
The Patriots continue to wheel and deal.
New England on Friday traded its second-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft for Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy and a third-round pick, the teams announced. New England drops from the 64th to 72nd overall selection in the draft with the deal.
Since being selected 60th overall in the 2014 draft, Ealy has racked up Cheap High Quality Jerseys 14 sacks in three seasons. He has also forced six fumbles and added one interception during that time.
Not always a starter for Carolina, Ealy will likely take free agent Jabaal Sheard’s spot in the Patriots’ defense.