He added: “My mind is not even there. My idea is to stay focused, healthy, and hope to help this club win this year, nothing more. If I want to end at the end of the year, then declare.”
Whenever Pujols and Cabrera (who will turn 38 in April) choose to retire, the number of derelictions among active leaders in certain categories can be significant. In many statistics, not only are they far ahead of the contemporary, but some of the players closest to them are also approaching their goals.
Puyols scored 3236 hits this season, Cabrera scored 2,866 times, and his field goal percentage reached 3,000. The only other hitter with 2,000 or more hits is Robinson Cano (2,624), who was suspended for the entire 2021
Among the players under 30, Starlin Castro (1,633) of the Washington Nationals and Jose Altuve (1,610) of the Houston Astros are active leaders, but anyone running at a speed of 3,000 seems out of reach. Mike Trout has long surpassed Pujols and Cabrera to become the best hitter in the game, but due to a lot of steps and overall changes in the game, the 29-year-old trout is a Not even 150 hits in the season. Since 2016, Trout has a career hit rate of 1,380. So far, it has broken into the vision with a 3,000 appearance.
The decline in active leaders in other categories is also extreme.
In home runs, Pujols (662) and Cabrera (487) lead Edwin Encarnacion (424), Nelson Cruz (417) and Braun (352). Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees can be said to be a top player at his peak. His 312 home runs were less than half of Puyol’s at the age of 31.