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ALBERT PUJOLS, Los Angeles AngelsTarget: 450 home runsAlbert (Credit: AP)

ALBERT PUJOLS, Los Angeles Angels
Target: 450 home runs
Albert Pujols will be suiting up for the Angels this season, and he’s only five home runs shy of 450 for his career. Pujols will be 32 years and 81 days old when the Angels’ season starts on April 6. If he hits those five home runs in 194 days or less, he would become the fourth youngest player in baseball history to reach the 450 home-run mark, passing Sammy Sosa (32 years, 275 days). Ken Griffey, Jr. (31 years, 261 days) was 15 days younger than Jimmie Foxx when he reached 450. A-Rod is the current fastest to 450, breaking Griffey’s record by 267 days.

2012 MLB milestone watch

Here's a look at the upcoming MLB milestones that players will be chasing in the 2012 season.

Compiled by Jim Mancari.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ, YankeesTarget: 660 home runsAssuming he stays
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ALEX RODRIGUEZ, Yankees
Target: 660 home runs
Assuming he stays healthy all season, A-Rod will have a legitimate chance of passing Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list. A-Rod needs 31 homers to tie Mays. But before he gets to Mays, A-Rod’s first home run will tie Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place all-time with 630.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ, YankeesTarget: 2,000 RBIRodriguez needs 10 RBI
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ALEX RODRIGUEZ, Yankees
Target: 2,000 RBI
Rodriguez needs 10 RBI to move into 10th place all-time and 107 RBI to reach 2,000 for his career, whick would make him the fourth player in baseball history to reach that plateau (Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Cap Anson).

ALEX RODRIGUEZ, YankeesTarget: 500 doublesIn addition to his
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ALEX RODRIGUEZ, Yankees
Target: 500 doubles
In addition to his home-run milestones, A-Rod needs just five doubles to reach 500 for his career. If he hits that mark, he would become just the fifth player ever with 600 home runs and 500 doubles, joining the impressive company of Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Babe Ruth.

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DAVID WRIGHT, MetsTarget: 1,419 hitsDavid Wright might only
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DAVID WRIGHT, Mets
Target: 1,419 hits
David Wright might only have a limited window to become the Mets franchise leader in several offensive categories. His name is likely to be mentioned heavily in trade rumors around this season’s July 31 trade deadline. Wright is 171 hits away from passing original 1962 Met Ed Kranepool for the franchise lead in hits.

DAVID WRIGHT, MetsTarget: 734 RBIWright needs nine RBI
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DAVID WRIGHT, Mets
Target: 734 RBI
Wright needs nine RBI to pass Darryl Strawberry on the Mets all-time RBI list.

David Wright is one of several Mets looking
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David Wright is one of several Mets looking to get enough at-bats before the team breaks camp. (Undated file photo)

DEREK JETER , YankeesTarget: 3,280 hitsJeter is coming
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DEREK JETER , Yankees
Target: 3,280 hits
Jeter is coming off a season where he recorded his 3,000th career hit. Now he will attempt to move up the all-time hitting ladder. He finished 2011 with 3,088 hits. His season average over his 16-year career is 192 hits, so if he reaches that mark, he would sit at 3,280 hits by season’s end. If so, he would pass Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, Paul Waner, George Brett, Cap Ripken, Nap LaJoie and Eddie Murray on the all-time list. With a few extra hits, Jeter would also pass Willie Mays (3,283 hits) for 11th place on the all-time hits list. Jeter is currently 20th.

DEREK JETER, YankeesTarget: 535 doublesJeter became the Yankees
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DEREK JETER, Yankees
Target: 535 doubles
Jeter became the Yankees all-time leader in hits in 2011, and with 43 doubles in 2012, he will pass Lou Gehrig for the franchise lead in doubles.

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ICHIRO SUZUKI, Seattle MarinersTarget: 2,500 hitsIchiro may have
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ICHIRO SUZUKI, Seattle Mariners
Target: 2,500 hits
Ichiro may have had an off-year by his standards in 2011, but the Japanese hitting sensation needs just 72 hits to reach 2,500 hits for his U.S. career. Keep in mind that Ichiro played in Japan until he was 27 years old. If Ichiro can collect those 72 hits in 36 games — an average of two hits per game — he would become the second fastest all-time to reach 2,500 hits. Ichiro has 2,428 hits after 1,749 games. Al Simmons recorded his 2,500th hit in his 1,786th game. George Sisler holds the record by collecting 2,500 hits in 1,760 games.

ICHIRO SUZUKI, Seattle MarinersAnother 200-hit season by Ichiro
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ICHIRO SUZUKI, Seattle Mariners
Another 200-hit season by Ichiro would be his 11th such season and break a tie with Pete Rose for the most 200-plus-hit seasons in a career.

JOSE REYES, Miami MarlinsTarget: 100 triplesThe dreadlock-less Jose
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JOSE REYES, Miami Marlins
Target: 100 triples
The dreadlock-less Jose Reyes needs one triple for 100 career. Hopefully, he gets that triple before the Marlins visit Citi Field on April 24.

ALBERT PUJOLS, Los Angeles AngelsTarget: 450 home runsAlbert
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ALBERT PUJOLS, Los Angeles Angels
Target: 450 home runs
Albert Pujols will be suiting up for the Angels this season, and he’s only five home runs shy of 450 for his career. Pujols will be 32 years and 81 days old when the Angels’ season starts on April 6. If he hits those five home runs in 194 days or less, he would become the fourth youngest player in baseball history to reach the 450 home-run mark, passing Sammy Sosa (32 years, 275 days). Ken Griffey, Jr. (31 years, 261 days) was 15 days younger than Jimmie Foxx when he reached 450. A-Rod is the current fastest to 450, breaking Griffey’s record by 267 days.

IVAN RODRIGUEZ, Free AgentTarget: 3,000 hitsIvan Rodriguez would
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IVAN RODRIGUEZ, Free Agent
Target: 3,000 hits
Ivan Rodriguez would become the first catcher in baseball history to record 3,000 hits if he collects 156 base-knocks this season. However, “Pudge” remains unsigned, and if a club does invite him to spring training, it would likely be on a minor-league deal. He’s averaged 181 hits per 162 games, but he is coming off a season of just 27 hits in 44 games as the backup catcher for the Washington Nationals. Unfortunately for Pudge, not too many teams are in the market for a 40-year-old catcher.

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ADAM DUNN, Chicago White SoxTarget: 2,000 strikeoutsAdam Dunn’s
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ADAM DUNN, Chicago White Sox
Target: 2,000 strikeouts
Adam Dunn’s 2011 season saw him strikeout 177 times in just 122 games. If he stays healthy all season, he would be well on his way to striking out the 191 times needed to make him the fastest player ever to reach 2,000 strikeouts. This isn’t exactly a record that players strive to achieve.

BOBBY ABREU, Los Angeles AngelsTarget: 300 home runs,
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BOBBY ABREU, Los Angeles Angels
Target: 300 home runs, 400 stolen bases
Though his name has been mentioned frequently in trade rumors, Bobby Abreu has a chance to make history this season. He is seven stolen bases shy of 400 for his career and 16 home runs shy of 300. If he reaches those marks, he would become just the third player ? behind Barry and Bobby Bonds ? to hit 300 home runs and steal 400 bases.

JUAN PIERRE, Philadelphia PhilliesTarget: 600 stolen basesJuan Pierre
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JUAN PIERRE, Philadelphia Phillies
Target: 600 stolen bases
Juan Pierre will attempt to become the 18th member of the 600 stolen-base club. He is 46 steals away, so he would need to receive ample playing time with Philadelphia. The Phillies signed him to a minor-league deal as insurance if top prospect Domonic Brown doesn’t pan out this season. Pierre has led the AL each of the past two seasons in being caught stealing, but he did steal a career-high 68 bases in 2010.

VLADIMIR GUERRERO, Free AgentTarget: 450 home runsVlad Guerrero
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VLADIMIR GUERRERO, Free Agent
Target: 450 home runs
Vlad Guerrero is one of several DH-types still looking for work as spring training approaches. Guerrero needs one home run to reach 450 for his career. He hit 13 home runs last season for the Baltimore Orioles. Guerrero, 37, also needs four RBI for 1,500 in his career.

MARIANO RIVERA, YankeesTarget: 1,100 appearancesAre there any relief
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MARIANO RIVERA, Yankees
Target: 1,100 appearances
Are there any relief pitching records that Mariano Rivera doesn’t have? Actually, yes, one of which is total appearances. Rivera needs 58 appearances for 1,100, which would place him fourth on the all-time list behind lefties John Franco, Mike Stanton and Jesse Orosco.

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FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, Milwaukee BrewersTarget: 300 savesNow that’s he’s
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FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, Milwaukee Brewers
Target: 300 saves
Now that’s he’s been relegated to a setup role in front of John Axford in the Brewers’ bullpen, accumulating nine saves to reach 300 may be difficult for the former Met. However, K-Rod may get a few save opportunities here and there in an attempt to become the 23rd reliever in baseball history with 300 saves.

JOHAN SANTANA, MetsTarget: 2,000 strikeoutsJohan Santana sat out
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JOHAN SANTANA, Mets
Target: 2,000 strikeouts
Johan Santana sat out the entire 2011 season rehabbing a tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder. If he can return at some point early in the season, Santana would likely strike out the 123 batters he needs to reach 2,000 for his career.

C.C. SABATHIA, YankeesTarget: 200 winsC.C. Sabathia has made
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C.C. SABATHIA, Yankees
Target: 200 wins
C.C. Sabathia has made at least 33 starts in each of his three years with the Yankees. If he keeps up this pace and his team provides him with good run support, he’ll have an outside chance to reach the 200-win plateau this season. He needs 24 wins to reach the mark.

TIM HUDSON, Atlanta BravesTarget: 200 winsTim Hudson would
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TIM HUDSON, Atlanta Braves
Target: 200 wins
Tim Hudson would need 19 wins to reach 200 this season. He’s returning from herniated disc surgery in November 2011, so he may miss a few starts in April, hindering him in his quest for 200.

RICKY NOLASCO, Miami MarlinsTarget: 68 wins, 55 lossesRicky
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RICKY NOLASCO, Miami Marlins
Target: 68 wins, 55 losses
Ricky Nolasco is just four wins away from becoming the Marlins franchise leader with 68. He’s also four losses away from becoming the franchise leader in that category with 55.

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