The Great Mystery Player

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I think we’re all aware of how great a player Albert Pujols is. He leads the National League in the Triple Crown Categories (.334 AVG, 319 HR, 977 RBI) this century, and that’s despite spotting the field the 2000 season because he hadn’t been called up yet. However, as Joe Posnanski points out, we’ve seen this kind of greatness before, and not that long ago either. Who is it? Well, you’ve have to read to find out. (h/t BtB)

Fun fact: I saw this player hit a ball over the visiting team’s bullpen and into the left field bleachers, just over the entrance ramp, at the Stadium about sixteen years ago. That was the first time I can remember seeing something happen in person at a baseball game that truly amazed me. It was quite the shot.

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  • Manimal

    ah, the Big Hurt. I hope Pujols doesn’t go to the sox next year.

    • 27 this year

      why would Pujols go to the sox next year? He isn’t a FA until the end of 2011 and the Cardinals wouldn’t trade him unless they get some massive haul of like the entire top 15 of the Red Sox prospects. He was signed at 7 years 100 mil which would be about 14 million a year and the Cards could afford that.

  • Baseball Beat

    Interesting, I always thought Thomas wasn’t given as much credit as he deserves.

    • Matt

      Agreed. I feel that he’s been very underrated.

  • Zach Sanders

    I remember going to Safeco in it’s first year, and seeing Thomas and Carlos Lee blast shots into the left field bleachers. It was a sight to see.

  • Phil in LA

    That was an easy one.

  • Back to Glory

    juan encarnacion hit one in the left field bleachers back then too – cant remember what year it was though

  • Back to Glory

    just found it – back in 2001 off of mendoza, i remember it was nuts

    • Matt

      Always fun to read “Bobby Higginson” and get a nice little chuckle.

  • Hawkins44

    I hope Pujols isn’t on the “list”….. me thinks he is.. He was much bigger than AROD when he hit the BIGS… feakishly big.

    • A.D.

      Maybe if he was juicing since HS…. given he only spent 1 year in the minors and then tore up the bigs and has essentially been the same size, he wouldn’t have had the normal period of access unless he juiced in HS.

  • Mike R.

    I don’t want to be THAT guy, but technically Pujols didn’t spot anyone anything. The century started at 12:00 midnight January 1, 2001.

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  • Craig

    I have a feeling it’s Jay Buhner. He hit a ball into the area where the ambulances parked out in left field. The only reason I know this is because it was the first Yankee game I had ever been to, and my Dad tells me the story of Buhner’s homerun to this day. Being five years old, the only thing that excited me was the helmets full of Ice Cream.

    • Craig

      Wow, should have read the post before commenting.

      • Mike Pop

        I enjoyed this.

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