drm13 dmenardmww at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 11:45:48 EST 2020

Albert Pujols of SNH has surpassed Derek Jeter as the all-time hits leader
in the IBL.

Coming into the last series of the season against arch rival SKY, Pujols
was one behind Jeter and found himself in the #2 hole in the batting order
to make sure he got plenty of chances.  He didn't need that many, as in his
1st AB of the series he took Joey Lucchesi deep for his 18th HR of the
year, and 3,252nd hit, tying Jeter.  In the 7th inning of the same game, he
lined a single to center (cusp) off Chad Green to surpass Jeter and become
the new IBL hit king.

He'd launch another homer in game 2 and the hit total now stands at 3,254.

Pujols came into the season needing 140 hits to catch Jeter.  Facing PT
battles (not to mention eroding skills) it seemed unlikely to happen.
However long injuries to Cooper and Peralta opened the door for more at
bats, and he got a slew of them, topping 600 AB for the first time since
2016.  A hot start (hovering around .300 for the first month) and playing
for a team who was out of it early also helped his cause.  Still, with
about 50 games remaining and needing only 4 AB/game and about a .200
average to make the mark, the pressure seemed to take its toll.  The hits
stopped dropping in, and his average plummeted.  But he was able to stay
healthy and grind it out, adding his name to the record books one more time.

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