He has since been passed by Yadier Molina on the all-time Cardinals hits list, but that doesn’t mean he’s done chasing achievements.
In fact, Pujols, 42, is set to chase some unique history for the Cardinals in 2022.
According to Codify on Twitter, Stan Musial leads the Cardinals all-time in plate appearances after turning 42 years old with 379.
Pujols is set to embark on a rare journey as he enters his final season in the big leagues.
Most plate appearances by a St. Louis Cardinal after their 42nd birthday:
Stan Musial, 379
Bobby Wallace, 120
Walker Cooper, 85
Jesse Haines, 73
Pete Alexander, 48
Dazzy Vance, 47
Jim Kaat, 27
John Smoltz, 14
Heinie Peitz, 5
Rick Honeycutt, 2
Gabby Street, 1 https://t.co/oNuJu4dwEW
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) March 29, 2022
Chasing Rare History
It would be cool to see Pujols make a little history this year, but even something such as this would be special.
Pujols is no doubt still loved by many fans in St. Louis and they would all be more than willing to watch him try and chase that record, even if it’s only one for plate appearances after turning a certain age.
While Pujols helps the Cardinals in several facets, most notably hitting against left-handed pitching, there is some sentimental value to his return.
Not only will it be his final season in the big leagues, but it also will be Molina’s last year, and potentially Adam Wainwright‘s as well.
It would be a beautiful thing to see them all ride off into the sunset together.
If not, at least two of them are going out together, which is nice to see.
It’s fitting to see Pujols choose to finish his career in St. Louis.
This is where it all began, and Cardinals fans are looking forward to some more memories.