Pujols is not really approaching any conventional Hall of Fame milestones, but he is also only going to be 31 years old in 2011.
And for a 31-year-old, the milestones he is approaching are absurd.
If Pujols matches his home-run total from a year ago, he would finish the season with 450 home runs. Not bad for a guy who is arguably only halfway through his career. You do the math.
Some time in August, Pujols will likely collect his 2,000th hit. Then the race will be on for 3,000. Assuming he plays until he is 40, he would have to average approximately 100 hits per season the rest of the way.
Pujols will also cross the 1,300 RBI barrier this season, and he is only 114 runs scored from the 1,300 runs barrier.
The list of players with 1,300 RBI and runs in major league history has 54 names on it, and with a few exceptions (Darrell and Dwight Evans, Jeff Kent, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa) it is a list of Hall of Famers.
And while this compendium of conventional statistical milestones does not lend itself readily to advanced metrics, there are two that are certainly noteworthy:
Albert Pujols is five adjusted batting runs away from 650, and 55 adjusted batting runs away from 700. He has had over 55 adjusted batting runs every year since his third year in the league, so it is a safe bet that he will get there again.
And 700 batting runs would put him in the company of Manny Ramirez, Frank Thomas, Frank Robinson, Jimmie Foxx and Mel Ott.
And, finally, Pujols' current career WAR is 83.8 Assuming he can score a 6.3 WAR this season (and he has not fallen short of 6.3 in any season except his second) Pujols would be the 26th player ever to get to 90 WAR, jumping ahead, ahead, of Cal Ripken, Jr., Wade Boggs, Carl Yastrzemski, George Brett and Roberto Clemente.
It all makes for pretty impressive company for a 31-year-old.