- LOUIS, MO., March 28, 2022 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have reached an agreement with Albert Pujol on a one-year contract for 2022, reuniting the franchise with one of its most decorated players of all time. Pujols, 42, was drafted by Saint-Louis in 1999 (13and round) and played his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals, including nine as a National League All-Star.
“We are thrilled and excited to have Albert return to the Cardinals for the upcoming season,” the Cardinals president said. Bill DeWitt, Jr. “Reuniting with Albert is a wonderful opportunity not only for him and the Cardinals, but also for our great fans, the St. Louis community, our players and staff, and everyone connected with the Cardinals organization. St. Louis.” We can’t wait to see Albert back in ‘Birds on the Bat’ and wear his familiar number 5 uniform.”
A member of the Cardinals 2006 and 2011 World Series Champions, Pujols compiled a .328 batting mark, 445 homers and 1,329 RBI during his 11 seasons (2001-11) with the Cardinals, earning National League MVP honors. in 2005, 2008 and 2009. .
“Rarely do we get to watch or be a part of ‘living’ history,” the Cardinals president of baseball operations said. Jean Mozeliak. “From the day we called Albert’s name in the draft room in 1999, to now as we aim for 2022, this reunion makes sense in so many ways. We’re all looking forward to reuniting Albert with his Cardinals family, and for the fan in all of us, myself included, it’s like looking through the pages of a favorite scrapbook or baseball card album and seeing these images and these memories skip pages.”
Pujols currently ranks among Major League Baseball’s top 10 all-time career leaders in RBI (2,150, 3rd), circuitry (679.5and), doubled (672.5and), extra base hits (1,367, 4and), total bases (6,042.4and) and batting (11,114.8and) and his 3,301 career hits rank 12and.
In his 11 seasons with the Cardinals, “El Hombre” posted the franchise career top 10 for slugging pct. (.617, 1st), basic pct. (.420, 2n/a) home runs (445.2n/a), RBI (1329.2n/a), doubled (455.2n/a), walks (975.2n/a), games (1,705.8and), runs (1,291.3rd) and batting average (.328, 6and).
Albert is 10 times All-Star, six times Silver Slugger, twice Rawlings Gold Glover, 2001 NL Rookie of the Year, 2004 NL National League Championship Series MVP, 2003 National League Batting Champion (.359), and 2008 Roberto Clemente Award winner.
Pujols led the National League in runs scored five times, hits once (212 in 2003), home runs twice, and RBI once (118 in 2010). He holds the 2000s National League “Triple Crown” (2000-09) for batting (.334), home runs (366) and RBI (1,112) despite only making his debut than in 2001.
Pujols appeared in 74 career postseason games for the Cardinals, hitting a franchise-record playoff 18 homers with 52 RBIs, including a World Series-record 3 HR in Game 3 of the American Classic. fall 2011.
Pujols ranks among Busch Stadium III’s all-time leaders in games played (462.5and), home runs (112, 1st), RBI (358.2n/a), runs scored (314, 3rd) and keys (544, 2nd).
The St. Louis fan favorite spent the 2012-21 seasons in Los Angeles with the Angels and Dodgers, earning an All-Star selection in 2015 with the Halos. Pujols had six seasons with 20 or more homers for the Angels and four seasons with 100+ RBIs. He hit .254 with 12 HR and 38 RBI in 85 games for the Dodgers last season, and hit .294 with 13 HR and 34 RBI with a .939 OPS in his 146 plate appearances against the left-handed pitcher in 2021 .
Pujols will wear his iconic uniform no. 5, which the team never reissued after its 2011 World Series championship season.
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