Back in New York for the final time in the regular season, Albert Pujols wasn’t leaving without another career milestone. With hits in his first two plate appearances against Max Scherzer on Wednesday night, the Cardinals slugger increased his career total to 3,314 to pass Eddie Collins for 10th on the all-time hits list, according to Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of Major League Baseball.
Pujols started his night with a two-run single that skipped off the first-base bag in the second inning, scoring Corey Dickerson and Dylan Carlson to tie the game 2-2. Then in the fourth, he lofted another base hit into center field.
As a bonus, when Scherzer paid no attention to him, he broke early on a pitch to Yadier Molina and stole second base without a throw.
Due to discrepancies in historical record-keeping, accounts of Collins’ career hits total differ. Elias recognizes Collins as having 3,313 hits, while other sources — including MLB.com — credit him with 3,314 hits.