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Monday, February 19, 2018

Three monsters that are to make history at MLB

Por Feco

Three monsters. Three terrific baseball players could walk into history as 2018 season of Major League Baseball approaches. Dominicans Albert Pujols and Adrián Beltré, and Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera may continue their path to grandeur should their health allow them to play the more games possible in the current year in the best baseball of the world.

For some time now, the Dominican Albert Pujols bought his ticket to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and it is only a matter of time before we see La Máquina in the Temple of the Immortals. The same goes for his compatriot Adrián Beltré and the Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera, who only need to wait for the required five years since they retire to be exalted to the Hall of Fame. But if there is still someone who is not convinced of the greatness of these three players, in 2018 they have an appointment with history, because they must reach new lights to their statistics, which will further cement their way to Cooperstown. Let’s look at what’s ahead of them according to ESPN:

Albert Pujols, of Los Angeles Angels, is 32 hits away from the 3,000 and also needs to brought in 82 runs to become just the fifth batter with 2,000 RBIs in Major League history and join an exclusive club that includes Hank Aaron (2,297), Babe Ruth (2,214), Alex Rodríguez (2,086) and Cap Anson (2,075). Despite his 38 years, 82 RBIs should not be a major obstacle for Pujols, who has averaged 126 runs driven in per season throughout his career, and in the last four has had an average of 105. He just needs his health to allow him enough time to play and he will be bringing them to home plate.

Adrián Beltre, Texas Rangers, who reached three thousand hits in 2017, could reach in 2018 the 500 home runs and 1,700 RBIs. The third baseman, who turns 39 on April 7th, accumulates 462 homers and 1,642 RBIs and like Pujols, he needs to remain healthy to achieve the 28 home runs and 58 RBIs that separate him from those numbers, after his participation was limited last season to 94 games.

Miguel Cabrera, of the Detroit Tigers, is also close to the 500 homers and 1,700 RBIs. Miggy, on the verge of turning 35 years, had in 2017 the worst season of his career, due to recurring back injuries, but he has assured that he is in great shape to recover the pace that has made him the best baseball hitter in the last decade. The Venezuelan is missing 38 homers and 87 RBIs for those round numbers and for this he needs to return to his 2016 production when he hit just 38 balls off the fences and brought in 108 runners.

Do you think the three of them will be making history this season?