For an MLB slugger, total bases is an important number.
While singles hitters worry about batting average and OBP leaders often focus on working the count and reaching base via walks, sluggers think about reaching the most possible bases.
Now, home runs are the easiest way to guarantee a high total bases output, but they are not the only way.
Doubles are also a path towards a high total: just ask Stan Musial, who didn’t reach 500 home runs despite playing 22 seasons in MLB (he hit 475), but managed to hit 725 doubles and is second on the all-time total bases list as a result.
Can you guess who is third, though?
We will give you a hint: it starts with a P and ends in ujols.
Yes: the St. Louis Cardinals legend leapfrogged a fellow legend last night to take sole possession of third place.
He only trails Hank Aaron (6,856) and Stan Musial (6,134).
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 29, 2022
Pujols Is Close To Leapfrogging “Stan The Man”
He has a chance to catch Musial, a fellow Cardinals legend who played in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
However, he would need to improve his pace in order to do so.
Aaron, the all-time leader in total bases, is too far away to think Pujols can reach his total.
Still, more than 6,000 total bases is a fantastic output for any player.
It takes power, focus, and excellent physical conditions to be able to play that long and have a shot at the number.
Pujols’ total bases and hits have delivered wins, personal stats, and a couple of titles for the Cardinals.