As long as he's healthy, Albert Pujols is going to be a legitimate threat every year to win the Triple Crown. As stated above, though -- like Barry Bonds throughout this decade, it probably ain't gonna happen, because you're crazy to pitch to him if you have a choice. There are always going to be lesser players who drive in more runs. It's funny that in these days where OBP is more focused on than ever, it seems like the mashers are more likely to be pitched around than the old days.
I guess if there's any fun to be had here, it's discussing who else might have a shot. Cabrera's probably the most likely candidate, when he finds himself back in a lineup that can help him a little. Vlad, maybe, although he's no spring chicken. Sheffield, Delgado, Ramirez -- you would have given them a shot before, but their time is running out too. Helton won't be challenging for any more HR titles. Arod ain't gonna be challenging for any batting crowns. You've probably got to go to the next generation, I guess. Any big power guys who are capable of hitting for the enormous average?