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Albert Pujols-A Forgettable April

May 1, 2012

The month of April is over for Albert Pujols.  The numbers:  .217 0 4.  No homeruns in 92 at bats.  Obviously not the start he or the Angels had in mind when he signed that monster 10 year 240 million dollar deal on December 8th, 2011 (my birthday).

St Louis Post Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz authored a great article today on the data that reveals his sluggish start.  Read it here:

Albert could have been the greatest player in St Louis Cardinals history had he stayed (or at worst #2 to Stan Musial).  He decided to move and now is finding that perhaps it isn’t as easy as he thought it’d be.  Not meaning to beat an already dead horse, but something should be said for players who stay with one organization for their entire career.  RE:  Derek Jeter.

I don’t hate Albert Pujols.  I don’t have a dog in this fight.  Not a Cardinals fan or an Angels fan (most of you know I am long suffering Royals fan).   But I did say that when the Angels made this monsterous signing, they became the NY Yankees of the west.  Trying to buy a championship, much like the “pinstripers.”  But as the “pinstripers” can attest, large payrolls guarantee nothing.

I do find Pujols complaining to the media when hitting coach Mickey Hatcher revealed that Albert talked to his teammates to assure them he’ll figure it out soon…..pretty petty.

Hopefully for Pujols’ and the Angels sake, Albert (and the rest of the team) kicks it in real soon because they already find themselves 9 games behind the 2 time defending American League Champion Texas Rangers in the AL West.

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