Albert Pujols Won’t Help The Dodgers
Albert Pujols was just released by the Angels just two days ago. And even that was about three years too late. But yesterday, Pujols got picked up by the most unbearable team in baseball: the Los Angeles Dodgers. Some people (cough cough Milo Coulter) will claim Pujols has a use for LA, but most people will say he should have retired already (also Milo Coulter). Yeah, sure, he may get the Dodgers a home run here and there as a pinch hitter, but that’s about it. Albert Pujols has barely been able to hit his weight since 2015, which coincidentally happened to be the last year he made the All-Star team.
In my opinion, the Dodgers signing Pujols was a sign of charity and that there was no talk this was a ‘good baseball move’. I’m not trying to take anything away from the likely first-ballot Hall of Fame career of Albert Pujols. All I’m saying is that he has been washed up since he made the mistake of signing with the Angels back in 2012. The 2011 World Series win by the Cardinals was the literal apex of Pujols’ career, and nobody can tell me otherwise.
Just Look At The Stat Sheet
Remember when I said Albert Pujols hasn’t hit his weight since 2015? I don’t think that’s too much of an exaggeration. Baseball-Reference has Albert Pujols listed at 235 pounds. Hmmm, maybe back in 2011 that was true but that guy has been a unit for some time now. My eyes tell me his weight is somewhere in the 250-pound range by now. Assuming that is true, Pujols still never batted above .244 since 2015 with the exception of 2016, in which he batted .268. Not to mention, Albert Pujols only had two seasons where he hit more than 30 home runs (2013, 2016).
That might seem like a dumb stat to point out, but let’s not forget that the Pujols name is most commonly associated with hitting home runs. That stat becomes even more relevant once you realize he was a designated hitter for the majority of his time with the Angels.
Again, the guy has batted .298 and hit 667 home runs over the course of his legendary 21-year career. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve any love. He is arguably one of the greatest players of this era of baseball. But let’s face it, Pujols has taken more value away from the Angels than he added during his tenure there. That’s why I anticipate his last season in MLB with the Dodgers this year will go no different. Albert Pujols is washed and has been for years.
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