September 14, 2017 6:00 am
Albert Pujols, Joe Carter, and the worst 100-RBI seasons of all time.
Albert Pujols is on pace for 106 RBIs. Albert Pujols has been one of the worst players in baseball this season.
I've already written about the deterioration of Pujols’ production at age 37 and with $125 million left on his contract, so I’ll try to avoid rehashing all of that now. However, the idea of a 100-RBI season being a bad season—not just mediocre or overrated, but truly bad—is interesting to me. The collective fight against RBI as a worthwhile measure of a hitter’s value has mostly been won at this point, but throughout the 1990s and even the early 2000s it remained a struggle. There are still plenty of holdouts, some of whom will perhaps get in touch with me regarding the claim that Pujols is having a bad season.
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