José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is a Dominican-born professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals.
Pujols spent his first 11 seasons in MLB with the Cardinals, then spent more than nine seasons with the Los Angeles Angels before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers for half a season.
Pujols was a three-time National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) (2005, 2008, 2009) and nine-time All-Star (2001, 2003-2010) with the Cardinals.
He appeared in one All-Star game after joining the Angels in 2012. He was re-elected as an all-star after rejoining the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022.
Albert Pujols is making one final trip with the St. Louis Cardinals.
After a long and successful career, Pujols announced to the media on Monday that the 2022 season will be his last
Albert Pujols Earnings After Announcing Retirement
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Pujols signed a one-year contract with St. Louis worth a base salary of $2.5 million. According to reports, the contract also contains additional incentives for regular-season and postseason awards.
According to Spotrac, Pujols is expected to finish his career with an estimated $341.71 million in earnings over the course of 22 seasons based on that figure.
Pujols earned a total of $114.42 million over the course of his first 11 years with the Cardinals.
In 2012, he inked a huge contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which would have paid him $224.36 million over the course of nine seasons. He earned $426,313 while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021.
Pujols was ranked by Business Insider as the second-highest-paid player in MLB history in 2020, just behind Alex Rodriguez.
Pujols, one of the best hitters of his generation, has had a distinguished career that includes 10 All-Star Game selections.
After winning his first of three NL MVP awards in 2005, he quickly developed into a superstar after being named the 2001 National League Rookie of the Year. In 2006 and 2011, Pujols led the Cardinals to two World Series victories.
Pujols has 3,301 hits, 679 home runs, and 2,150 RBI going into the 2022 season.
Only five players in league history have more than 2,000 RBI, and only four have more than 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.
With a 90-72 record, the Cardinals placed second in the NL Central in 2021 but lost in the second consecutive NL Wild Card Round. Undoubtedly, St. Louis will be more driven than usual to extend their playoff run in Pujols’ final season.
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