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Albert at Baseball - Reference

If you're not familiar with baseball-reference.com, you should check it out.  It has an amazing collection of historical statistics.  The 2006 season has been added.  And it is now time to admire the greatness that is Albert.  

One of the breakdowns the website offers is the top 10 players for various offensive statistics at different ages (21, 22, 23, etc.).  Here's the link to leaders at age 26:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/leaders_26_bat.shtml

Albert is all over the place, including many counting stats (e.g., doubles, home runs, total bases, extra base hits). His presence on the counting stats list is striking because Albert has far fewer plate appearances than most others since he started "late" (at 21), compared to guys like A-Rod.  (It would be nice to have a different type of leader page:  Leader based on number of years played (not age).  Albert would be even more insanely great by that cut.)

The leader page also gives you a sense of his "comparables" at this age, and it's an impressive group.  There are very few lucky, flash in the pan types in the lists--they're almost all hall of famers.  The blindingly obvious implication is that, at this sample size, Albert is in an undeniably elite group and the group as a whole has amazing overall careers.  Now it's about staying healthy.

Also check out his player page and his "comparables" through age 26 (bottom of the player page).

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