Legendary first baseman and certain Hall of Famer Albert Pujols on Monday introduced he will retire following the 2022 MLB season, telling reporters, “This is it.”
Pujols will end his profession the place he began, as he agreed to a one-year $2.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, reuniting the franchise with one in all its most embellished gamers of all time. He will put on uniform No. 5, which the group by no means reissued following its 2011 World Series championship season.
“We are pleased and excited to have Albert return to the Cardinals for the upcoming season,” mentioned Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr., in a press release. “This reunion with Albert is a wonderful opportunity for not only him and the Cardinals, but also for our great fans, the St. Louis community, our players and staff, and everyone connected to the St. Louis Cardinals organization. We look forward to seeing Albert in the ‘Birds on the Bat’ once again, and wearing his familiar uniform number 5.”
The signing will give Pujols, 42, an obvious retirement tour with the group that drafted him in 1999 and for the place he performed his first 11 years within the MLB.
“Seldom does one get to share in watching or being a part of ‘living’ history,” mentioned Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “From the day we called Albert’s name in the draft room back in 1999, to now, as we set our sights on 2022, this reunion just makes sense in so many ways. We are all looking forward to reuniting Albert with his Cardinals family, and for the fan in all of us, including myself, this feels like looking through the pages of a favorite scrapbook or baseball card album and seeing those images and memories jump off the pages.”
Pujols made his debut for the Cardinals in 2001 at age 21 and instantly made an influence. He gained the Rookie of the Year award in 2001, made the All-Star group and completed fourth in NL MVP voting.
His unprecedented success continued for 11 seasons with the Cardinals, as he compiled a .328 batting common, 445 dwelling runs and 1.329 RBI with the group. He earned NL MVP honors in 2005, 2008 and 2009 — and gained two World Series titles in 2006 and 2011.
Despite not enjoying till 2001, Pujols holds the 2000s decade NL “Triple Crown” for batting (.334), dwelling runs (336) and RBI (1,112).
After celebrating the title in 2011, Pujols signed a 10-year, $240-million cope with the Los Angeles Angels.
Pujols performed in 1,181 video games for the Angels, the place he batted .256, hit 222 dwelling runs, and drove in 783 runs. Pujols was launched by the Angels final May, just some months earlier than his contract ended.
Pujols performed for the Los Angeles Dodgers this previous season, and the Cardinals think about he will play an identical function for them.
While his manufacturing isn’t what it as soon as was, Pujols will have the prospect to be the right-handed designated hitter towards left-handed pitchers or come off the bench in a deterrent roll in late innings, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The transfer can be a reunion for Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol, who has identified Pujols for the reason that coach was drafted by St. Louis as a participant in 2007, he instructed Fox News Digital final week.
Over his profession, Pujols is a 10-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger. He at the moment ranks fifth on the MLB all-time dwelling run checklist, with 679. He is eighteen homers shy of passing Alex Rodriguez for fourth all-time.
The Cardinals open the season at Busch Stadium on April 7 with a matchup towards the Pittsburgh Pirates.