The opening day of Major League Baseball is here! As another season starts, there will be many youngsters trying to establish their name and hopefully one day make it to the hall of fame. There’s also some veteran players who are there already or hoping to get there. This year should provide all of us fans a chance to see history be made. Two stars will be looking to set milestones while several others look to add on to some already impressive stats.
Albert Pujols will be looking to make the 600 home run club. Currently, he sits at 591 so barring any injury, he should accomplish that feat. If he can stay healthy, look for him to finish with around 620 home runs this season. The veteran slugger is also only 175 hits away from reaching the 3,000 hit landmark, but he’ll have to stay healthy and have a stellar season if he reaches that milestone this year. While his batting average has taken a nosedive in the past five years, Pujols still is hitting for .309 in his career. Whether it’s one or two milestones that the Angel reaches this season, he’ll eventually make both and will be on his way to Cooperstown one day.
Adrian Beltre just sits fifty two hits away from reaching 3,000 hits so this should be a milestone that he reaches fairly early into the season. Beltre has silently moved his way up the ladder and too will be giving his acceptance speech at Cooperstown one day. His numbers in Texas have been very good as he has batted .308 in the last six years in Arlington. Reaching 3,100 hits total this season should be more than likely. Another stat to watch for with Beltre is home runs. He has hit 445 in nineteen years in the big leagues and while reaching the 500 mark seems too steep to reach this season, next season shouldn’t be an issue.
Ichiro Suzuki has already surpassed 3,000 hits, but look for him to jump up in the all time leaders a notch or two. Even at 43, Suzuki still can hit the ball very well, but his body is obviously showing signs of slowing down. While he never has been known for his power, the Japanese star is in no way a one trick pony. Suzuki currently is 36th all time in stolen bases with 508. Regardless of his age, look for him to surpass a few on that list this season. Amid his late start to the MLB at 27, Suzuki is a surely to be a hall of famer.