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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and Astros’ Justin Verlander named MLB Comeback Players of the Year for 2022

Major League Baseball on Tuesday night announced the two winners of the Comeback Player of the Year award for 2022: Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros for the American League.

The award goes annually to the player in each league who enjoys success during the season in question despite being confronted with obstacles of some kind. In Verlander’s case, he missed the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Coming off the major procedure and at the age of 39, Verlander went 18-4 for the eventual World Series champs with an MLB-best ERA of 1.75 and a K/BB ratio of 6.38. Days prior to winning Comeback Player of the Year for 2022, Verlander won the AL Cy Young award for the third time in his career. He’s now one of the most coveted arms on the free agent market and will join the rare class of hurler who pitches into his 40s.

Other AL players receiving Comeback Player of the Year votes for 2022 include Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, infielder/outfielder Matt Carpenter of the New York Yankees, and third baseman Alex Bregman of the Astros.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2022 at 12:04 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, justin verlander

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Albert Pujols to work with young players, be Angels ambassador - Los Angeles Times

Albert Pujols will work with young players at the Angels’ academy in the Dominican Republic and tutor big leaguers and minor leaguers during spring training in Arizona as part of the retired slugger’s 10-year, $10-million personal-services contract with the team, club president John Carpino said.

“He’ll be like a team ambassador,” Carpino said Monday at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, which hosted a celebrity tournament to benefit the MLB Youth Academy in Compton. “We’re real excited about the possibilities moving forward. He’s Albert Pujols. It’s an asset. He has a ton of baseball knowledge.”

jimfurtado Posted: November 16, 2022 at 07:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Storied careers of Pujols, Molina come to a close: ‘We left a mark’

Smiles were in short supply on a cold Saturday at Busch Stadium when the end of two historic careers came much sooner than expected. However, Albert Pujols chuckled—even if it was just for a second—when close friend and teammate Yadier Molina refused to go down easily near the end.

With two outs in the ninth inning and the careers of Molina and Pujols hanging in the balance, the veteran catcher showed off his trademark grit and refusal to roll over by singling to extend the baseball lives of the Cardinals legends just a little bit longer.

“I was really happy for [Molina] there because he’s like my little brother,” Pujols said. “Then, I started pulling for Tommy [Edman] to hit a three-run homer so we could have a Game 3. I’m just happy for Yadi that his last at-bat was a base hit. For him, just like me, it’s going to take a while for this to soak in. More for him, actually, because he’s been with this organization for 19 years.

“At the end of the day, we’ve both been so blessed because we’ve had unbelievable careers,” added Pujols, who had two singles in his final game. “But I feel like we left a mark—him here [in St. Louis] and myself in every place I played.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 09, 2022 at 12:16 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, cardinals, yadier molina

Friday, October 07, 2022

Pujols nearly retired in June

John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, was among those who knew that Pujols was contemplating retirement in June. Others were aware as well and have said they’ll speak about that inflection point in more detail once the season ends.

Said Mozeliak on Thursday: “We were aware that there were some difficult times, but we are so glad that he was able to marshal through it.”

Pujols acknowledged that the strong support staff around him talked him out of retiring midseason. Everyone knows what happened next. Pujols joined Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) as the only players in AL/NL history with 700 career home runs.

“When you have good people around you and they are encouraging you and you realize that God has opened so many doors for you, man, it puts things back into perspective,” Pujols said. “I decided, ‘I’m going to stick with it!’ I knew sooner or later it was going to come and turn around for me, because it can’t be like it was all year long.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2022 at 10:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols

Monday, September 26, 2022

Pujols lets emotions flow after joining 700 Home Run Club

After Albert Pujols further solidified his baseball greatness by bashing two long balls into the Southern California night—vaulting him into the exclusive 700 Home Run Club—he high-fived close friend Adrian Beltré, celebrated with his Cardinals teammates, then retreated to a tunnel where the superstar allowed his emotions to pour from his every pore.

In that tunnel, just steps away from the Cardinals dugout, the serious-minded slugger, who spoke often this season about wishing he had been able to enjoy this Hall of Fame-bound journey more, finally dropped his guard and surrendered to his feelings. The calm and cool shown on the field morphed into a calamity of emotions down below the dugout. Pujols, seemingly overwhelmed by the magnitude of the moment, squatted and bawled.

“I didn’t control them,” Pujols said of his emotions after the game as he was surrounded by his family. “If you see the video of the homer, I went down into the tunnel and that’s when I let my emotions out.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2022 at 12:22 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols

Sunday, September 04, 2022

Albert Pujols approaches 700 home runs: Do any other active sluggers have realistic chance at similar run?

After Pujols, the active leaders in home runs are Miguel Cabrera (506 HR, age 39), Nelson Cruz (459 HR, age 41), Giancarlo Stanton (371 HR, age 32) and Joey Votto (342 HR, age 38). Only Stanton has more than a season’s worth left in his career and he can hit them in bunches, but his health track record won’t allow it. Simply getting to 500 is much more realistic. Aaron Judge is potentially looking at single-season homer history in 2022, but the Yankees star is 30 and sits at 209 career homers.

Let’s look at nine other active players who are among the best home run hitters in the game today.

Mike Trout
Trout has 338 career home runs and he’s still just 30 years old. His 162-game average is 40 home runs, but therein lies the rub. I just mentioned health track record for Stanton and while Trout was incredibly durable for the first five seasons of his career, he’s had lots of issues since. The shortened 2020 season, only 36 games last year and, to this point, 91 in 2022 really hold him back.

The funny thing is, his pace has actually picked up. In the last three seasons, his 162-game average is 48 homers (he’s hit 53 in 180 games). I suppose from this perspective we could opine that if he becomes durable again, a run is possible.

Then again, he’s still not even halfway to 700 and the current back issue is very worrisome. Don’t bet on a run here.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2022 at 05:26 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Bobby on Twitter: “This just happened!!!!

This is pretty cool.

jimfurtado Posted: August 25, 2022 at 09:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, cardinals

Friday, July 08, 2022

St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols, Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera to participate in 2022 MLB All-Star Game

Sluggers Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers will participate in the 2022 All-Star Game, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday.

Pujols, Cabrera and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron are the only players in MLB history to register 3,000 hits, 500 home runs and 600 doubles.

“I am delighted that Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera have agreed to participate in the All-Star Game,” Manfred said in a statement. “Albert and Miguel are two of the most accomplished players of their generation. They have also represented the baseball traditions of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela with excellence for the last two decades. Albert and Miguel are two all-time greats whose achievements warrant this special recognition.”


It is the 11th All-Star selection for Pujols, who is in his 22nd MLB season. The 42-year-old ranks fifth in MLB history with 683 home runs and ninth with 3,326 career hits.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2022 at 03:49 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, miguel cabrera

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Report: 2022 MLB All-Star Game Could Feature Albert Pujols, Legends Due to CBA Clause

A new clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement allows commissioner Rob Manfred to select an additional player to each roster in recognition of their career achievements, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

“In addition to the 32 players elected and selected to the All-Star Game, the Commissioner may choose to add one player that he selects to each League’s roster, in recognition of each player’s career achievements,” the clause states, per Rosenthal. “If special circumstances warrant, the Commissioner may select more than one player to each league’s roster.”

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Manfred select Pujols to the NL roster as this will be his last season in MLB. He confirmed in March that he would be hanging up the cleats after the 2022 campaign.

“This is it for me,” Pujols said in March, per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick S. Goold. “This is my last run.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 06, 2022 at 09:29 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, all-star

 

 

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