There have been a lot of fans raving about how Pujols might be the best ever.
Or about how he will break certain records and such. When I hear these comments, my gut reaction is to deny that he could ever become the greatest hitter of all time. But how does he stack up to the all time greats and other guys said to break records. I decided to take a look at five players who are arguably the five best hitters ever and compare them to Pujols.
I also included A-rod on the list because he was a player who had the potential to also break a couple of hitting records. The only realistic comparison in my mind is one where we take the stats from a set number of at bats at the beginning of each players career. At the beginning of this season Pujols had 4,578 at bats. I decided that I would compare the players first 4,500 at bats give or take a few.
I made an excel sheet of all the data and graphs, but here they are:
On-base Plus Slugging Percentage
Some reactions of mine:
Ruth is by far the best through his first 4,500 at bats note that these at bats include when he was pitching. His slugging percentage blows my mind.
A-rod does not stack up in almost all of the categories.
Ted Williams is an obvious No. 2 among these players.
Mays and Aaron are not as good through this many at bats as I thought they would be.
Gehrig and Pujols are very similar Gehrig beats out Pujols in all categories except home runs and doubles. But they are close in all others.
But remember this is only through each players first 4,500 at bats I'm not saying one player is better than another based on this info. Well I am willing to say Ruth is better than all of them. If anyone says this is proof that Pujols is better than any player on this list let me show you something.
Home Runs 302
Jimmie was a great player but he is not one of the greatest ever. These numbers put Jimmie ahead of a few people on this list. But in terms of career he is ahead of no one except maybe A-rod.
I hope this brings some perspective.