Owning perhaps the most impressive Hall of Fame resume of all active players, Albert Pujols stands as a very strong candidate to be a first-ballot inductee. Pujols has been a consistent producer in the major leagues since he won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2001, posting 12 consecutive years of at least 30 home runs and 99 RBIs to start his career.
In that span, Pujols won three NL Most Valuable Player awards and two World Series titles, cementing himself as one of the game’s all-time greatest right-handed hitters. Pujols currently ranks 14th all-time in home runs with 560, and 10th all-time in career OPS at .9774. If he retired today, Pujols would likely be a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 2021. Because he is still capable of producing at a high level, Pujols could potentially reach 700 career home runs if he is able to stay healthy and maintain his power. Pujols will be 36 on Opening Day, which makes it likely that he will continue declining over the next few years, but regardless of his output in the future, Albert Pujols should already have a place in Cooperstown.
Home Runs- 560
On-Base Pct.- .397
Slugging Pct.- .581