Alex Rodriguez vs Albert Pujols

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#1 Cypress_290
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Both are very talented hitters and probably the best in the majors but who is better? Please leave individual bias aside and vote for who you truly think is the better hitter not because you don't like the team he is on or because you think he gets paid too much.
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#2 BeanTownBrown86
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arod...to me this isnt even close
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#3 gatorforlife07
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Albert
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I hate him, but it's A-Rod.
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#5 bloody1f4knight
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arod...to me this isnt even closeBeanTownBrown86

i feel the same way.

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Albert is only like 27 28 right? Idr and he is like 20 HR away from 300 and his career avg is .332 i mean its too early to discuss this duel but i would still choose Arod but IMO if Pujols completes every season without injury at Arod's current age i think Pujols will be better
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#8 InterpolWilco
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A-Rod is like, the best player we've seen in 50 years. lol.

All bias aside, A-Rod. I think Pujols is exceptional, but A-Rod is just a monster talent.

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#9 manningbowl135
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Pujols is the better overall hitter. But as a five tool talent, there's no comparison. A-rod is the best we've seen in a long, long time.
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I don't think this is very fair to Pujols. A-Rod is a top ten all time and still rising. He is better than Pujols in every way.

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I hate him, but it's A-Rod.Just_Osmo

Don't take this too hard, but wouldn't today be a good day to change that sig?

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#12 guitarman89
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The St. Louis Cardinals are my favorite team and Albert is my favorite player, but I would say that Arod is the better overall player.

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#13 Oleg_Huzwog
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vote for who you truly think is the better hitterCypress_290

Since you're asking for the better hitter and not the better overall player, the answer is clearly Pujols.

  • Rodriguez has a career .306 AVG, .389 OBP, and .578 SLG. Pujols has .332, .420, and .620.
  • Rodriguez strikes out once every 4.8 at bats. Pujols only strikes out once every 9.0 at bats.
  • In his 12 full seasons, Rodriguez has never finished a year with more walks than strikeouts. In his 7 seasons, Pujols has 6 seasons of walks exceeding strikeouts.
  • With runners in scoring position, Rodriguez has a career .306 AVG and .561 SLG. Pujols has .344 and .670.
  • With bases empty, Rodriguez has a career .381 OBP. Pujols has .406.
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[QUOTE="Cypress_290"]vote for who you truly think is the better hitterOleg_Huzwog

Since you're asking for the better hitter and not the better overall player, the answer is clearly Pujols.

  • Rodriguez has a career .306 AVG, .389 OBP, and .578 SLG. Pujols has .332, .420, and .620.
  • Rodriguez strikes out once every 4.8 at bats. Pujols only strikes out once every 9.0 at bats.
  • In his 12 full seasons, Rodriguez has never finished a year with more walks than strikeouts. In his 7 seasons, Pujols has 6 seasons of walks exceeding strikeouts.
  • With runners in scoring position, Rodriguez has a career .306 AVG and .561 SLG. Pujols has .344 and .670.
  • With bases empty, Rodriguez has a career .381 OBP. Pujols has .406.

You make a very good argument for Pujols being the best hitter so I will agree.

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[QUOTE="Cypress_290"]vote for who you truly think is the better hitterOleg_Huzwog

Since you're asking for the better hitter and not the better overall player, the answer is clearly Pujols.

  • Rodriguez has a career .306 AVG, .389 OBP, and .578 SLG. Pujols has .332, .420, and .620.
  • Rodriguez strikes out once every 4.8 at bats. Pujols only strikes out once every 9.0 at bats.
  • In his 12 full seasons, Rodriguez has never finished a year with more walks than strikeouts. In his 7 seasons, Pujols has 6 seasons of walks exceeding strikeouts.
  • With runners in scoring position, Rodriguez has a career .306 AVG and .561 SLG. Pujols has .344 and .670.
  • With bases empty, Rodriguez has a career .381 OBP. Pujols has .406.

But since Pujols and A-Rod have been in the league together, Pujols is 47 HR and 47 RBI behind Rodriguez, making the answer less clear than your statistics would indicate.

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#16 Oleg_Huzwog
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But since Pujols and A-Rod have been in the league together, Pujols is 47 HR and 47 RBI behind Rodriguez, making the answer less clear than your statistics would indicate.

Second_Rook

Very well, if we are to conveniently ignore Rodriguez's time with the Mariners, we get the following comparison: (changes are in red text)

  • Rodriguez has a Marinerless career .304 AVG, .391 OBP, and .591 SLG. Pujols has .332, .420, and .620.
  • Rodriguez strikes out once every 4.7 at bats. Pujols only strikes out once every 9.0 at bats.
  • In his 7 full seasons that he wasn't stuck playing for the Mariners, Rodriguez has never finished a year with more walks than strikeouts. In his 7 seasons, Pujols has 6 seasons of walks exceeding strikeouts.
  • With runners in scoring position, Rodriguez has a Marinerless career .303 AVG and .562 SLG. Pujols has .344 and .670.
  • With bases empty, Rodriguez has a Marinerless career .384 OBP. Pujols has .406.

Hmmm... the answer still looks as clear as it was before. Pujols is the better hitter, no question.

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#17 coltscardfan
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If albert could stay healty hes mighty fine
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#18 jharv
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I'd say Albert but that's because I'm a STL fan. If I had a team in the playoffs I'd much rather have Albert than ARod. If Albert can stay healthy (not looking so good) he is a beast.
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#19 InterpolWilco
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Oh snap we're doing hitter. OH!

Pujols, but A-Rod is still a better overall player.

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#20 UssjTrunks
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Pujols.
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#21 riseagnstfan
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well i dont see pujols chocking in the post season
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#22 smallville206
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Liked him when he played for my Mariners, don't care for him much at all now, but Alex is by far the better player and when his career is over I wouldn't be surprised if he was considered the best player ever.
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#23 Sports_N_E_1
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No offense bro but that's a "omg are you serious?" question. I believe that Pujols is overrated. I think A-Rod is the truth. and he has been since Seattle. I like A-Rod, and i love New York but the city is always, ready to cut his throat. know what i mean?
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#24 arikkot
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Pujols is the better hitter IMO and has been more consistent. A-Rod did have an amazing 07 season though. Wouldnt be surprised if rumors linking A-Rod to HGH surfaced soon enough, true or not.
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Wouldnt be surprised if rumors linking A-Rod to HGH surfaced soon enough, true or not.arikkot

I don't think he took HGH,just look at him, he's nowhere near as a big like Clemens or Bonds(even though he took steroids but not HGH).

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#26 InterpolWilco
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Pujols is the better hitter IMO and has been more consistent. A-Rod did have an amazing 07 season though. Wouldnt be surprised if rumors linking A-Rod to HGH surfaced soon enough, true or not.arikkot

Doubt he took it, but sadly this is the result of the steroid era.

Whenever a player does something incredible we automatically link the player to performance enhancing drugs.

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#27 Madcap08
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ARod's By far the better of the two.
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#28 Cypress_290
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[QUOTE="arikkot"] Wouldnt be surprised if rumors linking A-Rod to HGH surfaced soon enough, true or not.Darth_Revan_666

I don't think he took HGH,just look at him, he's nowhere near as a big like Clemens or Bonds(even though he took steroids but not HGH).

Arod was hitting 40 plus home runs when he was 19 years old and weighed all of 180 pounds.

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#29 Uncle_blood
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I despise the evil empire (the yankees) but i like A-rod so A-rod.
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#30 arikkot
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Pujols is the better hitter IMO and has been more consistent. A-Rod did have an amazing 07 season though. Wouldnt be surprised if rumors linking A-Rod to HGH surfaced soon enough, true or not.arikkot

I don't personally believe that he took steroids, but I bet that another big year like this and people are going to start looking into it. It all start with hater rumors and ends up staining reputations.

Doubt he took it, but sadly this is the result of the steroid era.

Whenever a player does something incredible we automatically link the player to performance enhancing drugs.InterpolWilco

Thats exactly what I'm talking about. But then again, you never really know...

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#31 Ajaaxx
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A-Rod's better by far. He's got better stats on MLB 08...that should be the end of the comparison
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[QUOTE="arikkot"] Wouldnt be surprised if rumors linking A-Rod to HGH surfaced soon enough, true or not.Darth_Revan_666

I don't think he took HGH,just look at him, he's nowhere near as a big like Clemens or Bonds(even though he took steroids but not HGH).

Not that Jose Canseco or any of his books are credible, but apparently in the newest version of his series, Canseco reveals that he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a major steroid distributor. Canseco then will go on to say that Rodriguez took steroids during portions of his time with the M's/Rangers.

I'm just wondering why Canseco didn't reveal Rodriguez's steroid use in his first book. He talked about so many other stars in it, why not Rodriguez? Perhaps he was saving some juice for possibe "sequels."

Again, I'm just throwing this out there. Canseco certainly has almost zero credibility, and his accusations of Alex's alleged steroid use proves nothing.

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[QUOTE="arikkot"] Wouldnt be surprised if rumors linking A-Rod to HGH surfaced soon enough, true or not.Darth_Revan_666

I don't think he took HGH,just look at him, he's nowhere near as a big like Clemens or Bonds(even though he took steroids but not HGH).

I wish that this was the truth, but several players who were mentioned in the Mitchell Report, who later admitted to steroid use, proved that one does not have to be "large" like Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens to have used steroids.

Fernando Vina is one excellent example. He was a small guy who never really demonstrated a noticeable size increase. Moreover, he rarely if ever hit home runs. He was mentioned in the Mitchell Report and eventually admitted to steroid use.

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#34 manningbowl135
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Why not Pujols or Cabrera for steroids? Why not every star in the MLB for steroids? I understand it's the steroid era, but damn. Slow down people. There's been no legitimate blemish on A-rod's career, so let's not speculate based on nothing. He's been in the league for 10 years and there was no peep about him in the Mitchell report. Right now I won't doubt the legitimacy of his accomplishments. He's probably the greatest player of this era.
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Ryan Howard put up better numbers than A-Rod in '06 and is 10 times bigger, was he on steroids too?
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Ryan Howard put up better numbers than A-Rod in '06 and is 10 times bigger, was he on steroids too?UssjTrunks

Ryan Howard also happens to be the smallest brother in his family.

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#37 Gamer556
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I don't understand these new accusations on A-Rod. Why would he ever need to take steroids? He's been a baseball prodigy for practically his whole life, and he's certainly not on the decline. Unlike Bonds, Clemens, and other accused players, A-Rod has never needed a boost in performance. He's always been this good.

As for the topic question, I would say Pujols is the better hitter, but not the better player overall. If A-Rod stays clean throughout his career, he will probably go down as the greatest player of all time.

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#38 rockguy92
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Pujols.
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#40 baseballfreak43
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[QUOTE="UssjTrunks"]Ryan Howard put up better numbers than A-Rod in '06 and is 10 times bigger, was he on steroids too?Oleg_Huzwog

Ryan Howard also happens to be the smallest brother in his family.

don't forget the major leauge strike out record 2 years running!!
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A-Rod's better by far. He's got better stats on MLB 08...that should be the end of the comparisonAjaaxx

no he doesnt.

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#43 cmpepper23
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ARod

I am a huge ARod fan. He may not hit as well as Pujols, but ARod can many other things that Pujols can't like steal a good amount of bases in year. He is the best all around player baseball has seen in a very very llong time. I seriously doubt he ever used any performance enhancing drugs. As said ealrier, he has been a baseball prodigy since he was a young kid much like Griffey Jr. so he has no need to boost his already immense talents. People do get bigger as they grow older. It's fact of life.