Saturday, May 13, 2006

Albert Pujols and the HR record

Not to make too much out of it yet, but Albert Pujols just hit his 19th homer of the season, in his team's 37th game. That's a 83-HR pace, more than one every-other game. Is this a possibility? Could Bonds enter the season looking for one HR record and lose the other? Also, Pujols has 220 for his career and is allegedly 26 years old. (Is he older? Younger?)

Has anyone ever rumored a steroid link with this guy or is this guy Killebrew in a higher-offense time?


Blogger TheBentKangaroo said...

I don't think Pujols has increased in size (a la Caminiti) since debuting, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was really 31 or something. Of course he still may be taking something, but we could speculate forever. Punto may be taking roids too, but nobody would notice.

He may break the single season record. Time will tell if his body holds up to pass Aaron (or A-Rod).

11:42 AM  
Blogger SBG said...

They use steroids in the minors, too. I'm not sure that Pujols is a) the age he says he is or b) free from suspicion of using PEDs.

9:57 AM  
Blogger frightwig said...

One interesting wrinkle in speculation about Pujols' age is that he wasn't just signed out of a canefield as a kid. He came to the US with his family as a youngster and progressed through the Missouri public school system. That doesn't rule out the possibility that he fudged his age (remember Danny Almonte), but it seems less likely to me.

He not only finished high school, but went on to attend and play baseball for a community college. I don't know, does that seem like expected behavior of a young man, significantly older than his classmates, who dreams of playing baseball for a living and may have concealed his true age to make himself more appealing to baseball scouts?

He certainly does look much older than 26, and maybe he is, but I just have some trouble reconciling that impression with what we know of his personal history as a kid.

10:30 PM  

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