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Friday, July 10, 2020

Articles tagged: Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols had plasma injection for problematic knee

Albert Pujols was placed on the disabled list Friday by the Los Angeles Angels and is already working towards improving his condition.

Angels manager said that Pujols received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help his left knee heal. The knee apparently was bothering Pujols for a while.

Pujols had been hot at the plate, hitting four home runs in his previous four games, so the timing of his DL stint wasn’t the best for his rhythm. But it does make sense considering the Angels are playing in Dodger Stadium this weekend, where there isn’t a DH.

The 38-year-old is expected to return to action on July 23.

Report: Albert Pujols to return to St. Louis for first time in 2019

Albert Pujols’ homecoming to St. Louis may finally be happening at long last.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Friday that Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels are scheduled to visit the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in June 2019. The three-game interleague series will mark the ten-time All-Star’s first time returning to St. Louis since his departure in 2011.

The 38-year-old Pujols, of course, enjoyed the best years of his MLB career with the Cardinals, playing with them for 11 seasons and winning three NL MVP Awards. He also helped bring two World Series titles to St. Louis.

There was definitely some ill will from Cards fans when Pujols left to sign his huge 10-year, $254 million deal with the Angels. But now that both sides have had time to heal, he should finally be getting the hero’s welcome he deserves.

Rush lead singer has awesome piece of baseball memorabilia

The lead singer of one of the most successful rock bands in history is passionate about more than just music, and he has an awesome piece of memorabilia to prove it.

Geddy Lee, the lead singer and bassist for Rush, had a very unique reason for requesting Albert Pujols’ autograph before Tuesday night’s game between the Blue Jays and Angels. Lee, who hails from Toronto, has a baseball that is autographed by every member of the 3,000-hit club, and Pujols is the most recent to have accomplished the feat.

The 3,000-hit club includes MLB legends like Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken Jr. and many more, so it’s safe to assume Lee’s sports memorabilia collection is worth a pretty penny.

Albert Pujols has lost weight this offseason, hoping to play more first base

Albert Pujols is going from being considered dead weight to quite literally losing the dead weight this offseason.

Speaking with reporters at camp on Friday, the Los Angeles Angels slugger revealed that he has lost 12-15 pounds since last season and is looking forward to playing more first base in 2018, per Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times.

Pujols, who was officially listed at 240 pounds last season, hit 23 homers and 101 RBIs over the course of the year but did so on a career-low .241/.286/.386 slash line. He has also been plagued by foot injuries in recent years and had surgery in December 2016. As a result, his mobility on the field and in the basepaths has been severely limited for much of this latter part of his career.

But as Pujols enters his age-38 campaign, more reps at first (where he won two Gold Gloves many years back) may actually be a necessity for him since new arrival Shohei Ohtani is expected to command most of the at-bats at DH.

At the end of the day, Pujols will be a whopping $28 million this year. Thus, any extra versatility he can provide for the Angels will be greatly appreciated considering how relatively awful he was as a pure designated hitter in 2017.

Astros use highly unusual shift against Albert Pujols

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The Houston Astros used an unusual shift to defend against Albert Pujols on Thursday night, and it worked.

During Pujols’ at-bat in the bottom of the third, the Astros put three players to the left of second base, moving their shortstop and second baseman to the shallow part of the outfield. The shift was very similar to what teams will do against slow-running, pull-hitting lefties.

Pujols grounded out to deep shortstop and was thrown out on the play.

Houston has been known for having a predilection towards defensive shifts, so if anyone was to use an extreme shift on Pujols, it would be them. But it’s rare to see that sort of shift on a right-handed batter, for a few reasons. One, that’s a long distance for the person on the right side of the infield to run just to reach first for the force out. Two, that’s a really long throw for the shortstop and second baseman to make from the shallow outfield. Such a shift only is possible because Pujols is incredibly slow these days. Credit to Houston for taking advantage of that.

Albert Pujols credits wife for advice before 600th homer

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Albert Pujols became the ninth player in Major League history to hit 600 home runs on Saturday night, and he did it with an assist from his wife.

Pujols admitted he had been pressing a bit trying to hit the milestone home run and credited his wife, Diedre, for texting him hitting advice during the game.

“Before I hit the home run, she told me, ‘You need to stay back and just look for a pitch to hit!'” Pujols said, via Maria Guardado and Kaelen Jones of MLB.com. “I’m glad that I listened to her.”

Maybe Pujols could use the advice in all of his other plate appearances as well. Sometimes you just have to keep it simple.

Albert Pujols hits No. 600, remains worst DH in the league

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Albert Pujols hit a home run on Saturday. It was a grand slam. It was the 600th of his career. Lots of people are celebrating it.

Here you can see proof that Albert Pujols can still hit balls far:

But let me just remind you that beyond the pretty numbers — the 42 RBIs and 600th home run — Albert Pujols is the worst DH in the league. That’s indisputable.

Pujols has the worst OPS of all 12 qualifying DHs in the American League this season. He has a negative WAR. That means you could take any old DH out there and he’d be better than Pujols.

The Angels are paying him $26 million to be the worst DH in the league. It stinks. They owe him another $114 million and he’s only getting older, slower, and worse. As he declines, his salary increases by a million per year, topping out at $30 million in 2021.

Do you know how far away that is? We’ll be living on Mars before his contract with the Angels is up.

Meanwhile, two of the DHs who have been more productive than him this season are former Angels — Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo. They got rid of both, who are younger, better, and cheaper, because they had Pujols signed til the next millennium and no space for the others.

So yeah, yippee on the 600 homers. Pujols is the worst DH in the league.