Albert Pujols, entering into his 13th year as a MLB player in 2013 could be on pace to break lots of records! In 2012 Albert signed a 10-year $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. In his first season with the Angels his batting numbers were down from his typical production. In this activity students use data from Albert's first eleven seasons and extend these numbers proportionately over the remainder of his ten-year contract to see what his final career numbers might look like. If he can maintain his pace, will he beat Pete Rose’s hitting record? Hank Aaron’s RBI record? Barry Bonds homerun record?

First 11 seasonsFor members we have a Word doc, an Excel sheet, and solutions.

Albert_Pujols_on_pace.doc Pujols.xls Albert_Pujols-solutions.pdf

CCSS: 7.RP.2, 8.EE.5, 8.F.4, HSA.CED.A.2, HSF.LE.A.2

You could also engage your students with creating the equations of these rates and making their judgments and observations from the graphs created. This could be a interesting way to explore the differences between a directly proportional relationship and a linear relationship.

Thanks to Robert Kaplinsky for the idea for the **update** of this activity.

These students need to go work for Billy Bean. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were right with the home runs. I can see Albert hitting 30 home runs in 2013.