Anyone who started watching Major League Baseball after Albert Pujols' prime really missed out.
With superstars like Mike Trout taking over the league, Pujols' dominance in his prime may be easy to overlook, and in some cases, forget.
That is until you compare Trout's first 858 games to Pujols' first 858 games.
Through 858 career gms:— High Heat Stats 📎 (@HighHeatStats) July 3, 2017
Trout 189 2B, 39 3B, 184 HR, 513 BB, 826 K .308/.408/.567
Pujols 237 2B, 11 3B, 229 HR, 453 BB, 369 K .331/.419/.626
There's no refuting the early dominance and young talent of Trout, but Pujols' first 858 games proves the kid has a long way to go to reach the legend.
While Trout has, in many ways, electrified baseball, Pujols has a trophy case full of hardware that would make any ballplayer blush.
Father Time may have given Trout the advantage as of late, but he has a long way to go to reach the impact and tenure of Pujols.
Albert Pujols is the 4th active player to reach 2,500 GP (Carlos Beltrán, Ichiro Suzuki & Adrian Beltré). pic.twitter.com/9mfsaEcusF— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 30, 2017
At 37, Pujols still manages to play productive ball and hang with the young fellas.
Trout can only hope he's playing anywhere near the level of Pujols when he's 37.