So the moral of this story remains the same: Lots of men have hit
baseballs over many, many fences. Only the greatest hitters who
ever lived have been the all-around offensive forces that Pujols
has been. And that’s a fact. […]
But suppose we take all those other numbers out of this and focus
just on batting average — which isn’t a measure of power at all
but merely of a man’s ability to hit baseballs where nobody with a
glove is standing.
At .321, Pujols has the fourth-highest average in the entire 500
Homer Club — trailing only those same three men from the previous
list: Williams (.344), Ruth (.342) and Foxx (.325).