David Ortiz rips Angels for release of Albert Pujols
Former MLB legend David Ortiz criticized the Los Angeles Angels organization following the team’s decision to release veteran first baseman Albert Pujols.
Ortiz took to Instagram to express sympathy for Pujols after the Halos abruptly parted ways with the three-time MVP on Thursday. “Big Papi” said he felt Pujols deserved a better ending to his esteemed career:
“Brother @albertpujols, all the way with you incredible career one of the most beloved player of all time on and off the field l do not agree on the move that just happen,” Ortiz said, via TMZ.
“That was devastating for fans and player l know this is a business but l was expecting someone like you to walk away like you deserve.
“You have done so much for baseball that is hard to replace someone like you … much love and respect always our future first ballot HOF 100 💯 all the way unanimous 🙏🏼🙏🏼…”
The Angels signed Pujols to a 10-year, $240 million deal in December of 2011 after “The Machine” developed a reputation as the best hitter in baseball during his tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals.
However, Pujols was never able to recapture his old form in St. Louis. He made the All-Star team in 2015 and hit 30 or more homers in three separate season. But he had an OPS over .800 in just one season and was often a negative player in terms of wins above replacement (WAR). Pujols was hitting just .198 with a .622 OPS in 92 plate appearances this season prior to his release.
Ortiz had a different experience. He was still a productive hitter for the Boston Red Sox right up to his retirement after the 2016 season. Still, he feels an ambassador of Pujols’ caliber merited a better conclusion to a Hall of Fame MLB career.