With Albert Pujols departure from the St Louis Cardinals there are a couple of record holders who will now get to hold those records for a while longer. Pujols was 10 HBPs short of Steve Evans‘ record for plunks by a Cardinal. Evans got hit 87 times for St. Louis from 1909 to 1913. Pujols had 77 and would have needed 2 or 3 years at the rate he gets plunked, but he would have eventually broken the record if he stayed. Now the closest active Cardinal to the team’s HBP record is Yadier Molina with 28. I’m pretty sure he’s not going to get it. So, Steve Evans’ record is safe for the foreseeable future.
Speaking of HBP records – Craig Biggio. But it’s not any of Biggio’s HBP records that Pujols was close to cracking, it was Biggio’s record for most hits in the National League Central Division. Biggio had 2,261 hits as a NL Centraler (from 1994 to 2007). Pujols was up to 2,073 so he could have become the all time leader in NL Central hits with one more really good year with the Cards. Instead, he’s in the American League leaving Lance Berkman as the next closest threat at 1,795 NL Central hits. That means Biggio will have the record for at least 3 more years. Aramis Ramirez was up to 1,788 hits in the NL Central, but he moved as well is up to 1,788 hits and remains in the Central after moving to the Brewers. After that the next closest is Carlos Lee with 1,095 but if he stays with the Astros he’ll be moving to a new division next year.
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