In August of last year, I did a reflection piece on the greatness of Albert Pujols, which you can read here. It’s an extensive look into an absolutely incredible career by “The Machine.”
It’s a career that will have spanned 21 seasons, featuring three MVP awards, ten All-Star selections and at least as of this writing 662 homeruns and 3236 hits. Entering his age 41 and final season, Pujols currently has more walks (1331) than Ks (1304). He has 5,923 total bases and homeruns off of 428 different pitchers. The only hitter with homeruns off of a higher total of pitchers is Barry Bonds.
Pujols is entering the final year of his mammoth contract with the Angels, but is most well-known as Cardinal, with whom he won two World Series rings with. He is one of only seven players to hit 200 homeruns in both the National League and American League.
Pujols wife, Diedre, announced that the 2021 season will be his final season as a Major League ballplayer.
Albert Pujols is one of the most generous athletes of his time as well, with the Pujols Family Foundation being one of the biggest non-profit charities for children suffering from Down Syndrome. You can read their mission here.
For many, myself included, Albert is a major reason that they became an avid fan of the sport of baseball. I’ve been lucky enough to see Albert play on two separate occasions, as well as interact with Albert face to face in passing for just a few seconds. For somebody my age, he is this era’s Mickey Mantle or Henry Aaron, the constant that jumps off the screen. When Albert Pujols steps into the box, you know you’re watching history right before your eyes. Thank you, Albert.
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