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No Player has hit more home runs in his first nine major league seasons than Albert Pujols, who had gone yard 366 times. He is, without question, the best player in the game today, and he stands at the height of his powers.
Pujols captured his third MVP award last season, in his first unanimous vote. He led the National League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs and runs, without setting a career high in any category.Pujols is mortal--he had elbow surgery for the second offseason in a row--and he turned 30 in January. But he is obviously showing no signs of slowing down, and he is the latest player to carry the hopes of a wary fan.
For all his homes run prowess, Pujols has never been connected to steriods. Last season, he told Sports Illustrated, "I fear God too much to do any stupid thing like that." Fans have been lied to before, and they are skeptical.
But they want to believe someone is clean, and Pujols is the latest to embody those hopes. He is one to watch, then, for two reasons--to revel in his dominance, and to cringe if he ever falls.(Via AthlonSports.com)