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Who is Albert Pujols?
Jose Alberto Pujols Alcantara is a Dominican-American professional eminent baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals of MLB (Major League Baseball). Nicknamed “The Machine” he played his first 11 seasons in MLB for the Cardinals, and then played with the Los Angeles Angels for more than nine seasons before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers for half a season.
He returned to the Cardinals for the 2022 season. With St. Louis, he was a three-time National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) (2005, 2008, 2009) and nine-time All-Star (2001, 2003-2010). In 2012, after joining the Angles, he made one All-Star appearance in 2015. After returning to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022, he was chosen for the All-Star game as a legacy selection by the MLB Commissioner in honor of his career achievements. Moreover, he is considered one of the greatest players of all time.
Being born in the Dominican Republic, in 1996, he moved to the United States. And after one season of college baseball, he was selected in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft by the Cardinals. In 2001 as a rookie, he was unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. He then played consistently for the Cardinals thus contributing to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. He signed with the Cardinals on March 28, 2022, on a one-year contract for his final season in his major league career.
At the height of his career, he has highly recorded as a hitter who showed a “combination of contract hitting ability, patience, and raw power”. He is a six-time Silver Slugger who has twice led the NL in home runs and he has led the NL once each in batting average, doubles, and RBIs. With 14 seasons of 100 or more RBIs, he is one of only five players in MLB history to have topped 2,000 RBIs in his career. Thus surpassing Alex Rodriguez for third place on the official all-time list during the 2020 season. As of 2022, he is the oldest active MLB player and is considered a lock for the Hall of Fame.
How Old Is Albert Pujols?
He is 42 years old as of August 2022, having been born on January 16, 2980, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Albert shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Sienna Mae Gomez, Jennie Kim, Ruby Rube, Aaliyah, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and many more.
Albert Pujols Family
Who are Albert Pujols Parents?
He was born to Bienvenido Pujols (Father) was a softball pitcher. But his mother’s name and whereabouts are not mentioned on the internet.
Does Albert Pujols have Siblings?
He was born as an only child.
Albert Pujols Education
He received his high school education at Fort Osage High School. After high school, he attended Metropolitan Community College.
Albert Pujols Marital Status
He is married to the love of his life Deidre Pujols. They married on January 1, 2000. However, after 22 years of marriage, Pujols filed for divorce on April 4, 2022.
Albert Pujols Kids
He has five kids, four kids with his wife Deidre, two sons by the name Albert Pujols Jr. and Ezra Pujols. Two daughters by the name Esther Grace Pujols (born in 2012) and Sophia Pujols. He also has a daughter Isabella Pujols (Deidre’s daughter from a previous relationship).
Albert Pujols Career
A College Career
A semester early in December 1998, after graduating from high school, he was given a baseball scholarship at Maple Woods Community College. In the first game of his only college season, he hit a grand slam and turned an unassisted triple play. Playing shortstop, he batted .461 with 22 home runs as a freshman before deciding to enter the Major League Baseball draft.
A Professional Career
Draft and Minor Leagues Career
Because of his uncertainty about his age, few teams were interested in Albert on which potion he would play and his build. He thus was not drafted until the 13th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft when the St. Louis Cardinals selected him with the 402nd overall pick. He went on to begin his minor league career in 2000, playing third base with the Peoria Chiefs of the single-A Midwest League. In 109 games, he batted .324 with 128 hits, 32 doubles, 6 triples, 17 home runs, and 84 RBI.
Because of his exemplary performance, he was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player and named to the All-Star team. Next, he played 21 games with the Potomac Cannons in the high-A Carolina League. Where he batted .284 with 23 hits, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 10 RBI. Overall, he finished the 2000 season with the Memphis Redbirds in the AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). After appearing in three regular-season games with them, he batted .367 in the playoffs and was named the postseason MVP as the Redbirds won their first PCL title.
A Career with the St. Louis Cardinals (2001 to 2011)
On April 2, on Opening Dat against the Colorado Rockies, he became the first major league player born in the 1980s. In that game, he recorded his first career hit, a single against pitcher Mike Hampton in an 8-0 loss. In his first career home game, he hit a two-run home run on April 9 in his first at-bat against Denny Neagle of Colorado. He then became the first Cardinals rookie at midseason to make the All-Star Game since Luis Arroyo in 1995.
The Cardinals finished the 2001 season with a 93-69 record and advanced to the playoffs as the National League wild card team. The next season, Albert spent most in the left field. In 2003, five Cardinals were named to the All-Star Game while Albert led the NL in votes. From July 12 to August 16, he had a 30-game hitting streak, tied for the second-largest in Cardinals’ history. He hit his 100th career home run on July 20, a game-winner in a 10-7 victory over the Dodgers. Moreover, he became the fourth major leaguer to hit his 100th home run in his third season, along with Ralph Kiner, Eddie Mathews, and Joe DiMaggio.
After receiving many awards in his first three seasons, he was rewarded monetarily for his accomplishments on February 20, 2004. When he signed a seven-year $100 million contract extension with a $16 million club option for 2011 with no-trade provisions. He picked up his 1,000th career RBI with a 441-foot grand slam on April 25, 2009, against David Patton in an 8-2 victory over the Cubs. On August 26, he hit his 400th career home run against Jordan Zimmerman in a 13-inning, 11-10 loss to the Nationals. For the first time in his career, after the 2011 season, he became a free agent.
A Career with the Los Angeles Angels (2012 to 2021)
During the 2011 offseason, three teams were reported to be interested in Albert. These were the Cardinals, the Miami Marlins, and the Los Angeles Angels. The Cardinals offered him s 10-year $210 million deal (with $30 million deferred) but he rejected it. Moreover, the Marlins offered him a 10-year contract, but on December 8, he signed a 10-year deal with the Angels worth around $254 million. Thus he went on to begin the 2012 season batting .217 with no home runs and four RBI in the month of April. On August 14, he had four RBIs including a game-winning three-run home run against Ubaldo Jimenez in a 9-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Overall in 2012, he batted. 285 (at the time, a career-low) in 153 games with 173 hits, 50 doubles (second to Alex Gordon’s 51), 30 home runs, 105 RBIs (7th in AL), and 85 runs scored. The worst season of his career was in 2013 as he failed to play at least 100 games. After suffering a foot injury on August 19, 2013, he was ruled out for the remainder of the 2013 season. He hit the 499th and 500th home runs of his career off to Taylor Jordan on April 22, 2014. In a game versus the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Moreover, he became the 26th player ever to reach the 500 home run mark as well as the third youngest to reach it. After the 2014 season, he traveled to Japan.
To join a team of MLB All-Stars playing against the All-Stars of Nippon Professional Baseball in the 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series. Overall in his 2015 season, he batted .244/.307/.480 and he had the lowest batting average on bats in play (.217) of all major league players. He became the ninth player in Major League history on June 3, 2017, to hit at least 600 home runs when he hit a grand slam off Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins. Overall for the 2017 season, he played in 149 games and had 593 at-bats. But set career-lows in batting average (.241), on-base percentage (.286), slugging percentage (.386), doubles (17), and walks (37), while leading the majors by grounding into 26 double plays. On May 4, 2018, he recorded his 3,000th major league hit against Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners.
The next year on May 9, he became the fourth player in major league history. To record 2,000 RBIs hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. At the age of 40 at the beginning of the 2020 season was the oldest player in the major leagues. On August 24, he passed Alex Rodriguez to reach second on the all-time RBIs list with a single against the Astros. Overall in 2020, he batted .224/.270/.395 with 6 home runs and 25 RBIs in 152 at-bats. The next season, he began with the Angels. And on May 6, 2021, the Angels designated Albert for assignment. On May 13, he cleared waivers and became a free agent.
A Career with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2021)
He agreed to a one-year major league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 17, 2021. That night he made his Dodgers debut as the starting first baseman against the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a Dodger, he hit his first home run on May 20, a two-run homer off Merrill Kelly of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Overall in 2021, he appeared in 85 games for the Dodgers and hit .254 with a .299 on-base percentage, 12 homers, and 38 RBIs.
A Career return to St. Louis Cardinals (2022)
On March 28, 2022, he signed a one-year contract to return to the St. Louis Cardinals announcing that 2022 would be his final season. He had his first home run as a Cardinal in over 10 years on April 12. The next month on the 15th, he made his pitching debut against the San Francisco Giants. Thus becoming the oldest player to do so since 1929. Albert was chosen to be on the National League team for the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
By MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred as a “legacy” selection to honor his career achievements. Later, he was selected to participate in the 2022 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. He hit the first pinch-hit grand slam of his career on August 18, 2022. A third-inning home run off of Austin Gomber of the Colorado Rockies. On August 22, he was named the National League Player of the Week. Alongside teammate Paul Goldschmidt and Johnny Cueto after hitting .615 with three home runs and seven RBIs the previous week.
A Career in Other Endeavors
He and the Hanon family opened Pujols 5 Westport Grill in 2006. This is a restaurant located in Westport Plaza of Maryland Heights, Missouri. On November 2, 2011, a 10-foot, 1,100-lb statue of him was dedicated outside the restaurant.
In addition to his baseball career, Albert and Deidre Pujols launched the Pujols Family Foundation in 2005. This is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to its “commitment to faith, family, and others”. The organization promotes awareness of Down syndrome and works to support those who have it and their families. Aids the poor in the Dominican Republic, and supports people with disabilities and/or life-threatening illnesses. Moreover, he has taken several trips to the Dominican Republic by taking supplies. As well as a team of doctors and dentists for the poor who need medical care.
Albert Pujols Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 6ft 3inches (1.9m) and a weight of 107kg (235lbs).
Albert Pujols Salary and Net Worth
He has an annual salary of $2.5 million and a net worth of $170 million.