The Travelin Man
Pujols contract is at least as much about him wearing an Angels uniform when he passes Bonds for the most home runs ever hit - and restores such a hallowed record to someone who appears to have played the game clean - as it is anything to do with any kind of offensive production in the 10th year of his contract. The Angels (more specifically, Arte Moreno) is betting that Pujols IS going to break that record - and for the rest of near-term history, will be shown on TV or at his Hall of Fame induction in an Angels uniform. Moreno is buying ad time on ESPN in the form of Albert Pujols.
The contract for Fielder was just insane - and I like the guy. The Tigers have to hope that they haven't just purchased Mo Vaughn.
If Arte Moreno (or anyone else) thinks Pujols will, upon his retirement, be holding the record for career HR I have a bridge that crosses the East River for sale.
Pujols, four seasons younger than A-Rod, is 184 HR behind
him; Albert would have to average 46 HR/season in his age 32, 33, 34, & 35 seasons just to be in the position that A-Rod is presently. The only person in baseball history to have, at those ages, done that is George Herman Ruth who hit 209 in what was the best four year stretch in his career. Mays totalled 174 at those ages; Bonds 160; Aaron 158, A-Rod 111.
BTW: all this yammering about "the all time HR champ" is a load of crap at least as big as Pete Rose with his lifetime .303 average being the 'all time hit leader' "over" Cobb (.366). In breaking Cobb's record Rose hit .264 and .218 in his last two seasons. Cobb "bowed out" with his pride and professionalism intact hitting .323 in his final season.
Ruth slugged .690 for his career and homered in 7% of his at bats. Bonds, Aaron, Mays, Junior, A-Rod, and Pujols aren't even close
. Besides, Ruth began his career as a full-time hitter at age 25; all the others started at ages 19 - 21. So, KMA
and close the book. Ruth was and most likely always will be BY FAR
the greatest HR hitter of all time.