The Superstar: Albert Pujols leads the majors in batting average, and is near the top of the heap in runs, RBIs, safeties, and slugging percentage!
The Superstar: Albert Pujols leads the majors in batting average, and is near the top of the heap in runs, RBIs, safeties, and slugging percentage!

There are only two months left in the regular season as baseball slowly edges toward playoff time. While it doesn't look like a year of 60+ homers for any of the sluggers or 25 wins for any of the top pitchers, there are still some great numbers being posted in both the American and National Leagues. Here is a look at the current major league leaders:

Batting average - Superstar Albert Pujols of the Cardinals is hitting more than 20 points higher than anyone else in either league with his lofty .372 average. Todd Helton is next at .351, followed by Jose Guillen at .337 and Ichiro Suzuki at .336.

Home runs - Bonds. Barry Bonds. They don't pitch to him very often but he still manages to lead both leagues with 34 round-trippers. Carlos Delgado and Jason Giambi are tied for second with 31 each.

RBI - How is it possible? The Runs Batted In [RBI] lead no longer belongs to Carlos Delgado. It has been taken over by Preston Wilson (108 to 107) with Albert Pujols still in the picture with 99.

Runs - It must be that thin Colorado air or something, but here's another Rockies star at the top of the list. Todd Helton has crossed the plate 102 times already this year, with Albert Pujols second at 99.

Hits - Ichiro never saw a pitch he didn't like so it figures that he'd be the hits leader with 155. Right on his heels is (who else?) Mr. Pujols with 154 safeties.

Stolen bases - A flash of light and a blur on the base paths! It's Juan Pierre running away with the stolen bases crown. He already has 53, while Carl Crawford is second with 34.

Doubles - No one pays much attention to this stat, but Albert Pujols is tied for first with 38 and Preston Wilson is tied for second with 37.

Triples - Nomar Garciaparra leads the world with an even dozen triples.

Slugging percentage - These are some huge numbers worthy of Babe Ruth! Barry Bonds is the leader at .727 and Albert Pujols is second at .681. Impressive!


Bruce Amspacher has been a professional writer since the 1950s and a professional numismatist since the 1960s. He won the OIPA sportswriting award in 1958 and again in 1959, then spent eight years in college studying American Literature. This background somehow led him to become a professional numismatist in 1968. Since then he has published hundreds of articles on rare coins in dozens of publications as well as publishing his own newsletter, the "Bruce Amspacher Investment Report," for more than a decade. His areas of expertise include Liberty Seated dollars, Morgan and Peace dollars, United States gold coins, sports trivia, Western history, modern literature and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. In 1986 he was a co-founder of the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
Barry Bonds -- who else? -- leads both leagues in home runs.
Barry Bonds -- who else? -- leads both leagues in home runs.
Ichiro is the hits leader, just barely edging out Pujols.
Ichiro is the hits leader, just barely edging out Pujols.