McKeon: Pujols 'one of the top guys'

McKeon: Pujols 'one of the top guys'

MIAMI -- It is no secret that Albert Pujols is one of the most respected players in the game.

The 31-year-old has earned his place in the game after winning three Most Valuable Player Awards, making nine All-Star teams and winning countless other awards, and Marlins manager Jack McKeon believes he might be the best player in the game today.

"He's got to be one of the top guys," McKeon said. "You look at guys like [Barry] Bonds, who were really consistent, Pujols, who's over 10-12 years, has been a consistent .300/30-40 home run guy and the key guy on their ballclub. To me he's a Hall of Famer. He's got the credentials because of his consistency. He's not a one-year or two-year flash. He does it all the time."

Pujols enters this weekend's four-game series against the Marlins batting .275 on the season. While his average is below where he would like it to be, the slugging first baseman has still been a very dangerous hitter. His 24 home runs are fourth best in the NL and his 65 RBIs are 12th in the league.

While his numbers are already strong, there is reason to believe he will only improve on them this month. Pujols is a lifetime .342 hitter in August and he has hit more home runs in August than any other month in his career.