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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Articles tagged: Albert Pujols

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.

MRI on Albert Pujols’ hamstring comes back clean

The Los Angeles Angels got some good news on the status of Albert Pujols.

Pujols felt his hamstring get tight on him when he tried stretching a hit into a double on Wednesday. He was not in the lineup for Friday’s game and underwent an MRI on his hamstring, which he said came back clean.

According to the OC Register’s Jeff Fletcher, Pujols called himself day-to-day and said he would be able to play if it were the postseason.

“If this were the playoffs, I’d probably be playing, but this is seven weeks into the season. We’ll see what happens,” said Pujols.

Although Pujols still has a big name and 32 RBIs this season, he is only batting .247 with a .663 OPS, giving him a negative WAR on the year.

C.J. Cron is starting at first for the Angels while they’re in a National League park.

Albert Pujols mocks Rangers pitcher after beef

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Albert Pujols mocked Texas Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez after Saturday’s 6-3 loss in Arlington.

During the top of the 4th inning, Pujols was facing Yu Darvish with an 0-1 count when the Rangers pitcher buzzed him with a pitch up and in. Pujols ducked out of the way but had words with some in the opposing dugout after his at-bat, including Gonzalez.

After the game, Pujols called Gonzalez “Chi Chi Rodriguez,” who was a famous golfer.

There’s no better way to show disrespect for someone than by getting their name wrong.

Gonzalez is currently on the 60-day DL with an elbow injury. Pujols went 0-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday and has a lowly .634 OPS this season, though he has racked up 22 RBIs thanks largely to batting behind offensive machine, Mike Trout.

Angels unsure if Albert Pujols will be ready for Opening Day

The Angels are unsure if Albert Pujols will be ready for Opening Day, GM Billy Eppler said on Tuesday.

According to tweets from the LA Times’ Bill Shaikin, Eppler says Pujols is on schedule in his rehab, but that does not ensure he will be ready for Opening Day.

Pujols has been bothered by his foot in recent years and underwent surgery in December on his right foot. The scheduled recovery time was estimated at around four months.

Pujols, 37, batted .268 with 31 home runs last season. He still has five years left on his massive 10-year, $240 million deal he signed with the Angels prior to the 2012 season.