Angels’ Albert Pujols plans to retire after 2021 season
With spring training rapidly approaching, Pujols’s wife announced on Instagram that Albert Pujols will retire after the 2021 season concludes.
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Albert Pujols began his legendary career as the 13th round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1999 MLB June Amateur Draft. He would spend 11 seasons with the Cardinals, making the All-Star team in nine of those seasons.
Throughout his time with the Cardinals, Albert Pujols would hit 445 home runs that would result in 1,329 runs batted in, along with 455 doubles. Also, he would earn six Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves, and three MVP awards during his time in St. Louis.
But after 11 productive years with the Cardinals, Albert Pujols joined the Angels ahead of the 2012 season. Ever since then, he’s spent the past nine seasons with the Angels, and he is entering his ninth — and presumed final — season with Los Angeles.
During his tenure with Los Angeles, while he hasn’t much playoff success, he’s still hit 217 home runs, 771 runs batted in, and 214 doubles. Even though he’s never been a player known for his speed, his power has more than made up for it.
Heading into the 2021 season, Albert Pujols leads all active players with 662 career home runs. The hard hitter out of the Dominican Republic is fifth all-time in home runs and needs 35 more to surpass Alex Rodriguez for fourth all-time.
Despite his remarkable accomplishments thus far, it looks as though Albert Pujols will be hanging up his cleats at 41 years old.