LOS ANGELES — When Albert Pujols joined the Dodgers last year, his career had a resurgence that, oddly enough, has him back at Dodger Stadium.
Pujols was 41 years old and had a poor start to the season, where he was batting .198, with just five home runs and 12 RBIs, in 24 games, when the Angels, his team for the last 10 seasons, decided to cut him in 2021, before to conclude your contract.
The Dodgers, a National League team where there was no designated hitter, surprised him by giving him a contract. Pujols, not playing every day, hit .254 with 12 homers.
I am eternally grateful to this team, which really gave me a tremendous opportunity, they believed in me, and I had the opportunity to play the postseason again, it made me feel very good, it was a great year for me”, said Pujols.
The Dominican signed a one-year contract to return to the St. Louis Cardinals and have one last farewell season, with the team where he rose to fame. Commissioner Rob Manfred extended an invitation to him to be in the All-Star Game.
It is likely that, if that Dodgers opportunity does not come, he would not be here right now, enjoying one more All-Star Game, ”he explained.
Pujols yesterday became the first player with more than 600 home runs to participate in a Home Run Derby and he did not disappoint. He beat Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies in a dramatic tiebreaker in the first round, then fell to his countrywoman Juan Soto, who needed overtime.
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