Pujols becomes all-time RBI leader among players born outside U.S.

Even if he’s not hitting like he did with the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols isn’t finished writing his name in baseball’s record books.

With a three-run homer that put the Los Angeles Angels permanently ahead of the Texas Rangers 6-3 Friday night, Pujols passed Rafael Palmeiro for the most RBIs in MLB history by a player born outside the United States with 1,838.

It took Palmeiro 2,831 games over parts of 20 seasons to collect 1,835 RBIs. Pujols passed him in only 2,450 games.

The RBIs also pushed him ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th on the all-time RBI leaders list. The next run he drives in will tie him with Ted Williams for 14th.

Born in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, Pujols was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 amateur draft. At age 21, he debuted with a smash, hitting .329 with 37 home runs and 130 RBIs. Though he’s dealt with lingering plantar fasciitis, he’s only failed to play 100 games in a season once in his 16 seasons (excluding 2017).

Friday’s home run was also the 594th of his career as he creeps closer to Sammy Sosa (609) for eighth on the all-time list.

(Video courtesy: MLB.com)

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