Who’s the greatest slugger of this generation: David Ortiz or Albert Pujols? | The Tylt
Who’s the greatest slugger of this generation: David Ortiz or Albert Pujols?
If you look up “Albert Pujols” in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture a smiling Dominican man, and a graveyard of baseballs he destroyed throughout his career. Pujols became only the ninth player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs, separating himself from some of the greatest players in baseball.
From 2001-2010, Albert Pujols never dipped below 30 home runs, 100 RBIs or a .300 batting average. That kind of consistency earned him the nickname, “The Machine.” He's led the league in home runs twice, and three times he led the league in slugging percentage.
David Ortiz may have had some good playoff performances on his résumé, but Pujols had one of the greatest stretches to begin a career, and put up better numbers in a shorter period. If you wanted to build a team around a slugger, Albert Pujols is the only hitter you would need.
No doubt Albert Pujols had a great career, but when the game is on the line, there is no one better than David Ortiz.
David Ortiz finished his career with 23 walk-off hits, including three in the postseason. Two of the postseason walk-offs came against the New York Yankees during the greatest comeback of all time. The most memorable at the end of May 2016, Big Papi had the most game-winning hits of any active player. When he retired at the end of the 2016 season, only two other players had more walk-offs.
Pujols got numbers for sure. However, those numbers are mostly meaningless because they could contribute to win, but they don’t directly result in a win. Big Papi "only" had 541 career home runs, but he literally won games when his team really needed a hit. His ability to get the clutch hit makes him more valuable than any slugger that has played the game this generation.