In the MLB record books, Albert Pujols quietly eclipsed Willie Mays

St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols is racking up historical MLB stats titles before leaving the game as one of the best to ever play.

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals is racking up a lot of MLB records before he retires as one of the best players of all time.

Only four players in the history of Major League Baseball have reached 6,000 total bases. One of them is now Albert Pujols.

Pujols increased his total bases to 6,072 with two home runs against the Pirates on May 22 and a single against the Brewers on Thursday.

As Redditor deadagent03 pointed out, that total puts him ahead of Willie Mays.

There is, however, one essential caveat. Mays’ 6,066 total bases are just from his MLB career. Even when Negro League stats are taken into consideration, he still has 6,080 hits and is ahead of Pujols.

Albert Pujols is one of four MLB players with 6,000 total bases

Pujols has 29 total bases this season in a somewhat limited DH role for the Cardinals. He could continue to climb the leaderboard with only Stan Musial and Hank Aaron outranking him.

Pujols, Mays, Musial and Aaron are the only players with 6,000 TB to their name. Miguel Cabrera is the only active player with more than 4,000. The Tigers legend has 5,178 at 39 years old.

Aaron is pretty much untouchable with 6,856 total bases in his illustrious career. Musial’s mark is more easily attainable at 6,134.

Wherever he finishes, Pujols will go down as one of the best hitters of all time. His career speaks for itself. He is just putting the final touches on it this year before retiring following the 2022 season, as planned.

Pujols has continued to prove he can still contribute to a team this year in his St. Louis return. He’s batting .227/.329/.439 as a designated hitter