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Friday, September 04, 2020

Anaheim’s cash from Angel Stadium sale? $150 million, not $325 million

In December, the Anaheim City Council agreed to sell Angel Stadium and the surrounding parking lots for $325 million. The deal was done, but the city said the value was subject to change.

On Friday, the final sale price was announced: $150 million.

In order to entice Angels owner Arte Moreno and his development company to include close to 500 units of affordable housing and a seven-acre park within the small city to rise on the 150-acres stadium property, the city essentially marked down the sale price by more than half. The city said it valued the housing and parkland at $170 million and described the amount as a development credit, not a discount.

The development agreement that includes the discount requires the approval of the city’s planning commission and the City Council. The planning commission is scheduled to consider the agreement on Wednesday, with the City Council expected to follow later this month.

The fair market value of a vacant site was as much as $500 million, according to a city-commissioned appraiser. But the City Council depressed that value by reinstating the Angels’ lease after the team had opted out of it, giving the Angels control over certain development on the property through as late as 2038.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 02:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Report: Angels to ship catcher Jason Castro to Padres

The Angels have reportedly shipped out the second of their three most attractive impending free agents, with just one day left before the trading deadline.

The Angels have agreed to send Jason Castro the Padres, according to multiple reports. It was unclear yet who the Angels would get back, although the return isn’t likely to be significant because Castro is a one-month rental….

Castro, who signed a one-year, $6.85-million deal with the Angels,  is hitting .192 with a .707 OPS, which is slightly above average for a catcher this season.

Castro had been in the Angels lineup for Sunday’s game, but he was scratched shortly before first pitch as trade talks intensified.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2020 at 06:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jason castro, padres

Friday, August 28, 2020

Sources: Angels trade Tommy La Stella to Athletics for Franklin Barreto

Infielder Tommy La Stella has been traded to the Oakland A’s and utilityman Franklin Barreto is headed back to the Los Angeles Angels, sources confirmed to ESPN.

The Athletic first reported the deal.

La Stella, 31, is slashing .273/.371/.475 with four home runs and 14 RBIs this year.

Barreto, 24, has five runs but zero hits in 10 plate appearances this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2020 at 10:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, franklin barreto, tommy la stella

Monday, August 24, 2020

The Angels Have Built a Tradition of Painfully Disappointing Baseball

As a result, the rotation ranks 28th in the Majors with a 5.84 ERA, and the Angels are in all likelihood headed for their fifth straight losing season, which would be the second-longest stretch in franchise history. That is a tough pill to swallow for a team with the sport’s best player and enviable payroll flexibility enabled by owner Arte Moreno, who’s signed off on lucrative contracts for Trout, Rendon, Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton during the 2010s and reportedly offered Gerrit Cole $300 million last winter.

After Cole’s rejection, Eppler elected to once again nickel and dime his way to a pitching staff. It was an eerily similar approach to the previous offseason, when the team settled for one-year pacts with Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill after failing to sign the likes of Patrick Corbin, Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ. Eppler is on the last year of his own contract, and he may not get another chance to helm another foray into the free agent market.

The offense, which ranks 18th in runs per game, hasn’t held up its end of the deal, either, in part due to the price tags of Upton and Pujols. The pair’s roughly $50 million annual combined cost has proven to be dead weight, as both veterans have seen their roles drastically reduced over the last couple weeks following terrible early returns. Those contracts have also prevented Los Angeles from adding more talent in past offseasons, with Pujols’ presence especially serving as a symbolic waste of Trout’s prime years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2020 at 05:26 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Angels will furlough non-playing employees on June 1

The Los Angeles Angels have informed non-playing employees of furloughs that will be implemented at the start of June and will affect nearly every department of the organization. Members of the front office, analytics department, scouting staff, and the vast majority of those involved with their minor league system—including coaches, coordinators and player-development support staff—will be impacted.

The Angels say they have not instituted any layoffs and will be paying for employees’ health care through either the end of the year or the end of their contracts, the latter situation applying to Uniform Employee Contracts that were set to expire this October. The team also set up an assistance fund, which is currently at $1 million, in order to provide grants on a needs basis. Major league coaches have not been affected but some senior-level baseball-operations employees have also taken pay reductions, some of them up to 35 percent.

The Angels previously committed $1.2 million to cover more than 1,800 people who work at their stadium and were also among the many teams that were committed to paying baseball-operations employees through the end of May.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2020 at 08:11 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Thursday, January 19, 2012

SBNation: Bois: The Bob Famine

In baseball, the name “Bob” has gone from extremely common to a marginal curiosity and nexus of confusion.

There was one active MLB Bob last year, Bobby Abreu, whose given name is “Bob” but goes by “Bobby”. In 2010 there were two - Abreu, and Bob Howry, whose given name is “Bobby” but goes by “Bob”. In 2009 we also had Bob McCrory.

In the future, will “Bob” be as unheard-of for baseball players as “Dick”? Can Bob Stumpo restore glory to this appellation?

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 19, 2012 at 03:22 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, baseball geeks, online

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Monday, January 09, 2012

Angels Hoping They Can Get Mike Napoli Back Now That They Have Albert Pujols And C.J. Wilson To Trad

TFA:

ANAHEIM, CA—After spending $330 million on big-time free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels officials said Monday they now feel they have the pieces in place to make a trade for former Angels catcher Mike Napoli. “At first we thought we could make a run at Mike by offering a player-for-player trade, but we ultimately realized the Rangers would probably want more than just C.J. Wilson,” said general manager Jerry Dipoto, adding that getting back the lifetime .264 hitter is the team’s top priority. “So we signed Albert Pujols. And if the Rangers aren’t willing to accept both of those guys, which I completely understand, we’ve already inked a $140 million contract with Prince Fielder.” Dipoto said that when he presented the deal to Nolan Ryan, the Rangers president was speechless, prompting Dipoto to throw in every single Angels draft pick through 2034.

alec Posted: January 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Murray Chass: NO TWO SIDES TO AN MLB.COM SELIG STORY and MORRIS UNLIKELY TO MAKE IT

Murray Sez… have a Bud and a Jack chaser

When I left The New York Times in 2008 after having written for the newspaper for 39 years, the first offer I received to continue writing came from a high-ranking Major League Baseball official who was in position to offer me a job as a columnist with MLB.com. My initial reaction was to say no, but some people urged me to reconsider and at least talk about and consider that possibility.

Accepting that offer would have turned out to be more economically lucrative than what I have done with this Web site the past three and a half years. But money isn’t everything. Writing for MLB.com just didn’t seem like the right thing to do.

How could I have gone to work for the organization I had spent my professional life covering? Wouldn’t I be compromising my professional ethics by accepting a salary from people I would be in position to criticize and question if necessary? ...

To be sure, MLB.com serves a purpose, even for baseball writers, for whom it can serve as a 30-team research site in one location and a source of comprehensive statistics that are not mingled with WAR and VORP and all of those other metrics, as their advocates like to call them.

But then there are the self-congratulatory articles that can induce nausea. I guess we don’t have to read them, but they are there as propaganda for fans to see and be taken in by. Yes, baseball propaganda. I had never thought about it before this moment, but that’s what it is. ...

And maybe someday, perhaps when he retires, whenever that is, Selig will be big enough to allow an MLB.com columnist to write the truth about collusion and his role in the labor wars.

By the way, this column was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Based on e-mail I have received from critics of Morris and me, the Hall of Fame should take the vote away from baseball writers and simply establish statistical guidelines for players’ election. The players over the line make it, those under don’t.

Such a system would eliminate what is perhaps the greatest debate in sports, but that wouldn’t bother the stats zealots. Their numbers tell them who should be in the Hall of Fame, and the writers would be wrong if they disagreed.

That system would also eliminate the aspect of the voting that they hate most. Their opinion doesn’t mean beans. The writers’ opinion means everything.

bobm Posted: January 08, 2012 at 05:08 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame, media, online, orioles, reds, tigers

DiGiovanna/LA Times Blog: Angels Secure Kendrick with Four-Year Deal

With the new deal, which is believed to be worth $33.5 million, the Angels will avoid Kendrick’s final year of arbitration and buy out his first three years of free agency.

I know Kendrick loses some value with his low walk rate, but a 125 OPS+ for a middle infielder sure seems like it should cost more than $8.5 million per year.  Seems like a team friendly deal for his age 28-31 seasons - getting out from under him before the weird 2nd baseman/age 32 curse strikes.

JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: January 08, 2012 at 04:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Halo’s Heaven: Moneyblog

Billy Beane should have never written this comic strip.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:37 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, online

Monday, December 19, 2011

HBT: Pujols’ contract carries $10M in milestone incentives

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Pujols will get an additional $3 million from the Halos if he reaches 3,000 hits and $7 million if he manages to top Barry Bonds’ record of 762 career home runs.

Pujols will begin his tenure in Anaheim with 2,073 career hits and 445 home runs. If the 31-year-old is able to maintain the kind of offensive pace he produced in 11 years with St. Louis, he should reach 3,000 hits within the next five or six seasons. The home run record is more of a stretch, but it might be attainable if Pujols mashes for all 10 years of the contract. He’d need to average 31.7 dingers per season through 2021.

still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: December 19, 2011 at 04:14 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Perry: Why I’m Not Mad at Pujols

Dayn’s first piece for Pitchers Hit Eighth.

This is a story without a villain:

I’m not angry at Albert Pujols. How can I be after all this? He’s provided us with too many impossible moments to chronicle and ferried us to a pair of championships. The past is unchanged, as some philosopher said at some point, probably in the original French.

...We’ll never, ever know the full complement of motivations that led him to do this. Pujols might want a new challenge after winning it all and seeing the only manager he’s ever known retire. He might believe the Angels provide him with a better opportunity to win than the Cardinals do (although there’s a self-fulfilling element to that prophecy). It could be layers of reasons. The weather. The chance to ease into the DH role in five years or so. Maybe his favorite cousin lives in Mission Viejo. He enjoys fresh, roadside citrus. Whatever. Even the most enterprising reporters aren’t privy to his thoughts.

...Most of all, to read into L’Affaire Pujols the basest of impulses is to pretend you know things you simply don’t. You’ll never know his innermost workings, the exact tenor of negotiations, or his true reasons for making this choice. Never. It makes for a tidy narrative to color him as a bad actor in all of this, but one could just as easily say the organization, after enjoying a decade-plus of Pujols for pennies on the dollar, is the disloyal party, the one who’s most transparently “about the money.” I choose not to make either case, mostly because a negotiation isn’t a morality tale.

And with that, I am sufficiently purged. I’m also ready for actual baseball.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, history

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Clark Booth: The Angels’ Artie Moreno finishes first in ‘Dumb Owner of the Year’ balloting’

To this day…I can’t believe Siegel and Shuster never tried to sue Clark Booth.

Interestingly, Arte Moreno, owner of the Angels, had vied for both Werth and Crawford and was reportedly intensely distressed when he failed to land either, especially Crawford. In recent years, Moreno had also been unsuccessful in his efforts to retain John Lackey and Francisco Rodriguez or acquire the likes of Manny Ramirez, Adrian Beltre, Mark Teixeira, C.C Sabathia, and even that ultimate bogus trophy of baseball’s financial wars, the mighty A-Rod himself, who with six years left on his ridiculous pact is already being spoken of in the past tense and not so tenderly, either.?

Every one of these alleged “prizes” is tainted to some degree. It’s not surprising because when you sign a free-agent plum you’re invariably paying for what they’ve already done, not what they might yet do. Maybe Beltre will prove worthy over the length of his deal, but only maybe. Sabathia is a true horse but there’s legitimate doubt he’ll hold up physically. You may still like Teixeira, but after only three years in New York no team would take his contract for the next five seasons off the Yankees’ hands. Werth is a looming disgrace for the Nationals. In his first year of a $126 million deal he gave them a .232 batting average with 58 ribbies and a sour disposition. He’s lucky to be in Washington where he can blend into the woodwork.

It’s simply astounding that none of this intelligence, available even to moronic fans in the daily newspapers, ever reaches guys like Moreno. A self-made multi-millionaire who rose up the industrial ranks out of nothing, Moreno presumably possesses deep business acumen. But these guys stash their wisdom in cold storage when Albert Pujols comes to town flexing his muscles. Maybe they just fall in love too easily.

Repoz Posted: December 15, 2011 at 02:23 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, history

Bryant: Albert Pujols Deal: Sign of MLB Strength

And so the Year of Labor is reaching its conclusion with an exclamation point. Through his heavy-handed machinations, Stern is tacitly acknowledging that his league is not strong enough to survive without continuing to try to curb the freedoms and break the will of its players. Meanwhile, in something of an upset, baseball is proving once more that it is still the best, most democratic sport in the country—simply by realizing there is no reason to continue a fight both sides have already won.

History has proved that baseball gets it right, after all. The sport doesn’t have a salary cap, yet over the past 12 seasons, nine different teams have won the World Series, the only repeat champions being the Yankees in 2000 and ‘09, the Red Sox in 2004 and ‘07, and the Cardinals in 2006 and (try not to cringe, Rangers fans) ‘11. Even the Milwaukee Brewers have made the playoffs twice in the past four years.

Makes me wonder what Robert F. Burk would write if he ever continued his excellent series on baseball labor relations.

Dan Evensen Posted: December 15, 2011 at 05:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What Lou Brock Will Tell Pujols

When the good Lord opens the sky and rain of disdain falls about ye…make sure you got a freakin’ Brockabrella handy!

Brock is planning on meeting with Pujols soon.  I asked him what he plans to say to the newest Angel.

“The first thing I would say is: ‘Relax,’” Brock said.  “Take a break from all of this.  And most of all, do not let your good deeds here in St. Louis be spoken of as evil because you went to Anaheim.”

...About a week before the Winter Meetings, Brock visited with Pujols.  He noticed that Pujols became somewhat uncomfortable when people around them would bring up the future.

“Albert, in his mind, was coming back to St. Louis,” Brock said.  “(But) every time somebody around us would mention that…he would just smile.  It was an indication that ‘I don’t want to talk about it – my body language may say one thing, but I’m really thinking another.’” “But it actually was to stay in St. Louis,” Brock insisted.

How many years of baseball does Pujols realistically have left in him?

“I think Albert is on the mountaintop,” Brock said.  “How long can he sustain being at the top of his game?  I would say he has a good six or seven years left.

“The decline can start — and will start — on the other side of the mountain,” Brock notes, “but you’re talking about six or seven years away.  That’s a long time.”

Repoz Posted: December 14, 2011 at 04:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

California Restaurant Honors Pujols’ Arrival With Monstrous ‘Machine Burger’

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his maketh a hellzapoppin’ plop.

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How excited are Angels fans to have Albert Pujols? It took the OC Sports Grill—located about one mile from Angel Stadium of Anaheim—less than a week to build a tribute burger for the former Cardinals slugger. The monstrosity is dubbed “The Machine,” just like the player it honors and is the brainchild of the restaurant’s management and chef Vince Carino.

“We all got together when we found out [Pujols] signed,” Carino said. “We knew we had to come up with something cool because starting next season, we’re going to be even busier than we’ve been, and we’re always pretty busy.”

The dish has plenty of gut-busting power. It includes 1/2 lb. of chimichurri seasoned angus, queso frito, pulled pork and cabbage tossed in “savon” sauce (adding plenty of Dominican flair), tomatoes, avocado and crispy onion straws. All told, it packs well over 2,000 calories, according to Carino. In case you’re curious, that’s at least four Big Mac’s worth of calories.

Repoz Posted: December 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, memorabilia

Albert Pujols’ wife says Cardinals fans ‘deceived’

“The offers that people have seen on television, I’m going to tell you what .... had that offer been the one that was given to us, with guarantee, we would have a bird on the bat. ... What I’m saying is it wasn’t a guaranteed situation. When you have somebody say, ‘We want you to be a Cardinal for life’ and only offer you a five-year deal ... it kind of confused us. ... Well, we got over that insult and felt like Albert had given so much of himself to baseball and into the community that he at least deserved the opportunity to have real life-long—you know, I tell you what—we didn’t want to go through this again. Free agency, it’s stressful.”

After Pujols became a free agent, the Cardinals’ initial offer was five years guaranteed for $130 million, far less than the roughly $198 million they offered Pujols in spring training. Their ultimate 10-year, $210 million offer deferred a significant portion of salary without interest.

Hey, at least they have Matt Holiday and Rafael Furcal

Jack Sommers Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Monday, December 12, 2011

Posnanski: The Real Albert Pujols

I have, on occasion, been allowed past the moat and drawbridge and into Albert Pujols’ world. In those circumstances, I have found him to be a likable guy — determined, focused, self-effacing, respectful of the past, loyal to his friends, energized by faith and some of the good things that his fame and money have allowed him to do. I have also, on occasion, been frozen out like just about everybody else. In those circumstances I have found him to be difficult, cold, defensive, overly sensitive, angry, surprisingly eager to believe the worst about people.

It’s tempting to say that one or the other is the “real” Albert Pujols, but I don’t think it’s ever that easy….

CFBF's Overflowing Pathos Posted: December 12, 2011 at 10:56 PM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Miklasz: Poor Albert had no choice

6. What about this quote, which you offered Saturday: “I made a decision. I’m being obedient. I didn’t want to go to a place God didn’t want me to go to.”

Really? God ordered you to Anaheim? I wonder what God would have advised had the Angels offered less money than the Cardinals. I’m assuming God was angry over the Miami Marlins’ refusal to offer no-trade protection in their contract bid. Can you tell us how God would have reacted if the Cardinals had offered $254 million or more over 10 years?

7. Pujols was won over when Moreno called him to turn on the charm in a 30-minute phone call. Is that all it took? An owner telling you what you wanted to hear, even though you had never met the man? That means more than what has been a mutually beneficial 11-year relationship with St. Louis?

8. Albert are we really supposed to believe that you would have accepted the Cardinals’ $210 million over the Angels’ $254 million if DeWitt had called to whisper sweet nothings and coo in your ear and plead with you to stay?

Oh, that’s right. We forgot.

It wasn’t about the money.

Best of luck to you, Albert.

Thanks to Pedrone.

Repoz Posted: December 12, 2011 at 06:37 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Murray Chass: RAYS’ G.M. SHOWS LOYALTY; PUJOLS?


The Pujols’ negotiation was not based on infatuation but on negotiation. The Angels’ offer appealed to Pujols and his agent, Dan Lozano, because it was decidedly better than any other he received.

At the beginning of last week’s winter meetings, the newly-named and housed Miami Marlins made a big splash, offering a 10-year deal. But it reportedly included enough deferred money to reduce the present-day value of the package significantly, and the Marlins declined Pujols’ request for a no-trade clause in the contract.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals, whose talks for a contract extension Pujols cut off at the start of last spring training (rejecting a 9-year $198 million proposal), began post-season negotiations with a five-year $130 million offer.

With 10-year offers in the air and on the table, that proposal grew to $210 million for 10 years. As with the Marlins’ offer, though, this one included a significant amount of deferred money. One person told me the Cardinals proposed deferring $30 million for 20 years without interest.

Since the deal was not accepted, the people who usually compute present-day value of contracts that include deferred compensation didn’t do the math, but as a rule of thumb I have used in such instances in the past, I think it’s safe to figure that the $30 million deferred would produce a present-day value of roughly have [sic] that amount. That means the Cardinals’ $210 million offer was really under $200 million, say $195 million at most.

The Angels came in with their 10-year offer of $254 million – nothing deferred – and also, the Post-Dispatch said, loaded with bonuses for milestone incentives that could make the package worth more than $280 million. ...

In terms of money, though, the argument could be made that the Cardinals’ offer provided Pujols with enough money and how much more did he need. But if you reduce the Cardinals’ $210 million because of the deferred money and raise the Angels’ $254 million offer because of the potential bonuses, the difference becomes more than a paltry few million a year. ...

Fay Vincent, the former baseball commissioner, thinks the Cardinals and other teams with such high-priced superstars could and should do something else. Taking a cue from Hollywood, where he once ran Columbia Pictures, Vincent believes the time has come for teams to pay part of an expensive contract in team equity.

Instead of paying astronomical salaries, he says, give player a small ownership share of the team, and when he leaves the team, he can sell the share back to the team. The player would benefit from the plan as well as the club because his capital-gains tax would be less than his income tax.

Earlier this year I saw an isolated mention of the Cardinals having made such a proposal but having Pujols reject it, but I have not confirmed that development.

If it did happen, it would not surprise me if the player rejected the idea because his agent would strongly oppose it. Agents want their commissions now, not 5 or 10 years from now when the player might sell back his share of the team and receive his monetary share.

Come to think of it, owning a piece of the team might induce greater loyalty on both sides.

bobm Posted: December 12, 2011 at 03:09 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, cardinals, miami

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pujols: ‘It was about the commitment.’

The Commitment: He Had Absolutely Nothing. But He Was Willing To Risk It All!

“I don’t want to talk about negotiations,” Pujols told the Post-Dispatch shortly after a second news conference held inside the stadium. “But to tell you the truth, it wasn’t about the money. I’m going to die saying that, because it wasn’t about the money. It was about the commitment.”

Pujols refused to discuss his departure from the Cardinals during the open-air phase of Saturday’s appearance but later described a process that included eight phone conversations Wednesday with chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak. The marathon left Pujols drained, admittedly emotional and finally resigned to the fact that Angels’ owner Arte Moreno’s long-distance lightning strike offered a greater sense of belonging as well as more dollars.

“It was about the way he made me feel,” Pujols said. “Arte made me feel like he wanted me to be with the Angels forever. He doesn’t want me to be 37 years old and go somewhere else.”

The comment was an oblique reference to the Cardinals’ five-year, $130 million offer earlier this month — their first bid since Pujols rejected the club’s nine-year, $198 million bid during spring training. Pujols’ new contract also includes a 10-year personal service provision, something the Cardinals were reluctant to discuss, according to sources familiar with the process.

...“I know people back in the city of St. Louis think it’s all about the money and are upset about that,” Pujols said. “I have all the offers out there for a lot of money. They’re calling me ‘liar’ and all that stuff. That’s all good. I went through that when I made the decision. It was tough. I know what they’re going through. They’re losing somebody that has been part of the community. And I feel for that. My wife and I felt that pain, too.”

Repoz Posted: December 11, 2011 at 12:31 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, cardinals, media

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jeff Pearlman: Albert Pujols is leaving St. Louis. Rejoice!

Wooeee, I haven’t seen an Albert pricked like this…since Albert Fish inserted 29 needles into his welcoming pelvic region!

The liberation of St. Louis begins now.

Albert Pujols is leaving the city and you are free, dear people, to speak the truth. No longer do you have to cower. No longer do you have to worry about stern looks and furious retorts. No longer do you have to tiptoe around the mighty slugger and his Ruthian numbers, fearful that he might say to hell with riverboat casinos and go elsewhere, someplace warmer. No longer do you have to mindlessly utter the Cardinal company lines about all of Pujols’ charity work and family life and what a wonderful person he is.

With Thursday’s news that Pujols has agreed to a 10-year, $254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Cardinals officials, players and fans are finally permitted say what has gone unsaid far too long—that Albert Pujols is a pain in the rear.

I know. Albert loves kids. And puppies. And kids with puppies. He is a devout Christian who has written, “My life’s goal is to bring glory to Jesus.” His foundation raises large bundles of money to help kids with Down syndrome (and if you don’t believe this, ask anyone associated with Pujols. They’ll tell you. And tell you. And tell you.). He has never, apparently, drowned a dog or shot himself in the leg.

...And yet ... for the hundreds of people who work for the Cardinals, and for the majority of the thousands upon thousands of fans who have asked Pujols for an autograph or a handshake or the smallest of words, the three-time National League MVP is, well, terrible.

Repoz Posted: December 10, 2011 at 01:46 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, history, media

Glanville: Sharing the gift of Albert Pujols

Two hundred and fifty-four million dollars and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.

Great players can cause a lot of major leaguers to feel inadequate, yet no one like Albert Pujols could make every single All-Star say, “I could never be that good.”... True, I could outrun Pujols, but the gifts connected to what you have at birth don’t count. Pujols has intangibles in his make-up that make everything he does seem otherworldly. I was faster; he ran the bases better. James Loney is more agile around the bag; Pujols has better instincts. Pujols breaks his arm; he comes back even better. Even if you are physically better than he is, he is still, well, better.

Pujols combines tremendous strength and hand action with off-the-charts mental toughness, instincts, intelligence and sheer drive. He does it to the point where you wonder if the physical skills even matter at all. It’s like there is a spiritual cloud where he is standing alone on the field and everything else is just background noise. He’d make a heckuva surgeon…

I feel for Cardinals fans because clearly Pujols was much more than what he accomplished on the field. He gave his heart and soul to the communities of St. Louis. He was involved in ways that changed lives. I remember talking to him at a charity event for the Players’ Trust before a game in St. Louis. I remember thinking, “This guy is everywhere.”

But I would also say this to Cardinals fans: Playing against Albert Pujols only makes me believe even more that he is a performer you need to share. The world needs to see him work because the work is transformational. Let the American League have heart palpitations for a while. And most importantly, if it makes you feel a little better, I am sure he will carry St. Louis’ banner with him, every step of the way.

The District Attorney Posted: December 10, 2011 at 07:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
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