A Record That Will Never Be Broken
Updated: Jun 8, 2021
Albert Pujols holds the all-time MLB record for times Grounded Into Double Play - that number currently stands at 406. His closest runner-up is Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., who is more than 50 GIDP behind him.
Pujols will not catch Babe Ruth in Home Runs, but no one's ever going to catch him in this stat, and he's going to keep on extending his lead.
It is no accident that most of the top 20 on that list are current or future Hall of Famers. You have to stick around a long time to amass those numbers, and you only stick around that long if you do lots of positive things.
Pujols is on the Dodgers now, so naturally I'm rooting for him to hit at least a few home runs, even though I know he won't get the 44 needed to catch Ruth for 3th place on the all-time list (or even the 33 he needs to catch Alex Rodriguez for 4th). But I must admit I get pretty excited nowadays when I see him come up with a runner on first and less than two outs.