Albert Pujols moves to #7 in Lifetime Rotisserie Earnings
Albert Pujols posted a 40-95-.244 season in 2015, his highest home run total since 2010. That was worth $20 in Rotisserie dollars, enough to move him up from 9th to 7th overall in lifetime earnings during the Rotisserie era (1980-present), according to just-released statistics at RonShandler.com.
Pujols has now earned $510 during his 15 years in the majors, one of only eight players to surpass the $500 threshold. His 2015 performance moved him past Tim Raines ($492) and Rafael Palmeiro ($502). He is now within $1 of Ken Griffey, Jr. in 6th place.
Pujols is ranked second on the list of active players, behind Alex Rodriguez ($600).
Another $20 season in 2016 could move him into 4th place, passing Greg Maddux ($512) and Roger Clemens ($523). Barry Bonds ($729) and Rickey Henderson ($713) are locked into the top two spots.
Miguel Cabrera also made major inroads on the lifetime listings.
Although his injury shortened 18-76-.338 line earned only $23, it boosted him to $434 lifetime. That moved him up seven spots to 23rd on the all-time list.
However, his 2016 performance broke a string of six consecutive seasons earning first round value. That tied him with four other players for most consecutive Top 15 finishes — Eddie Murray, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun.
There are only two batters who have ever posted longer streaks — Rickey Henderson (7) and Barry Bonds (9). Among pitchers, the top streaks of consecutive first round finishes belong to Greg Maddux (8) and Roger Clemens (7).
The longest current active streaks now belong to Clayton Kershaw (5) and Mike Trout (4).
The complete lists appear here.
The 2016 Rotisserie Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on January 4, one day before the BBWAA makes their announcement.