It’s strange how fast people forget how good a player is. We love shiny new toys, and it only took 2 years for people to forget the legend of Albert Pujols. A player that was on pace to be one of the greatest 1st basmen of all time. Well actually, he’s already one of the greatest 1st basemen of all time. And don’t think that a couple of “down” seasons mean he’s down for the count. I mean even his season 1st year with the Angels, who many considered poor, still produced a stat line of 85/30.105/1/.285. So he essentially had 1 bad year, and that was because of an injury.
Albert Pujols played through a partial tear of the plantar fascia in the his left foot. My foot hurt just reading that. I mean I’ve never come anywhere near this level of injury, but I did lose a toe nail once and I couldn’t run for a month…I’m guessing this is a (poo) whole lot worse. This injury caused him to struggle for most of the 99 games before he was mercifully shut down. The hapless Angels couldn’t muster a winning season with 2 once in a decade talents. Seriously how do they keep losing with TroutGod and PuGod. Arte tries so hard to be the Yankees by throwing money at his problems, but it isn’t working. Little does he know this is the age of sabermetrics, moneyball it up.
Let’s quickly go over why Pujols, pronounced poo holes…(how do you not love this guy already?!) has been so good since he’s been called up. If Pujols had just one more RBI in 2011 and .001 points on his BA, he would have had 11 straight seasons of at least 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, and .300 BA. Unfortunately he only has 10 straight seasons…He also has 12 straight seasons of over 30 HRs and the most HRs through his 1st 11 seasons. If we were to compare the career arcs of Miguel Cabrera, whom many consider him to be the top 1st basemen if not the best power hitter currently, and Albert Pujols, you’d be surprised to see just how much better Pujols has been. Also Detroit fans and Detroit pitchers rejoice with Cabrera’s move back to 1st. Cabrera would need 361 runs, 127 HRs, 238 RBIs, 57 SBs (Cabrera could have 10 additional years, he’s not going to get 57 stolen bases) in 2 years to tie Pujols. He would also need to maintain a .321 BA (they’re tied currently), increase his OBP .011 points, and increase his SLG .033 points. This is including Pujol’s 2 poor years, well at least Pujols poor. I’m not saying Pujols will be better than Cabrera this year, I’m just saying it should take much more poor production from Albert before we sell him short this year.
I know it seems crazy for a guy who broke his forearm two years ago only to come back after 2 weeks like nothing happened, but Pujols can succumb to injuries too. It’s not like he’s a machine…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY_N2ewiCsQ, but ever since his move to Anaheim, I guess people started to look down on him. For taking the money and shipping off to the Angels…I mean he was being grossly underpaid in accordance to his production at St. Louis, but whatever. And he certainly is underperforming his 10 year 240 million salary so far. But I just can’t see a hitter this good fall off a cliff…or even a hill. Take away last year and he’s a 1st round pick no questions asked. His foot’s healed enough for him to carry you on the beach when you hit your roughest moments (no thanks Jesus, Pujols got this). He’s a steal at Yahoo! #51 and ESPN’s #52 rankings. I mean he’s a 1st baseman, where players age much more graciously than the other positions, and he can DH now too. Pujols is far from done…say yes to Pujols this year. Stay classy.