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Angels Release Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols

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The Angels have released first baseman and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, MLB Network’s Mark Feinsand reports. This was the final season of Pujols’ 10-year, $253 million deal. We knew he was on the decline, but were hoping it wouldn’t end like this.

Pujols was batting .198 with five homers and 12 RBI in his 86 at-bats, and clearly the Angels wanted to move in another direction. When an employer gives you $25.3 million to go away, it’s obviously not a good look.

Regardless, Albert Pujols is as sure a Hall of Famer as any right-handed hitter ever, and he deserves his props. It wouldn’t be surprising if the St. Louis Cardinals worked out a deal so that the 41-year-old first baseman could come off the bench and retire back home.

Anything but his release as the finale will suffice.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. I was at the Angels Rays game Tuesday night (free tickets front row behind angels dugout, first game/pitch I have watched since 2019 and do not plan on watching again all year) but seeing Pujols for the first time in 2 years.. man he looked old and done. However, I have never seen Trout that close up, dude is an absolute beast.

  2. Pujols looks like he retired three years ago according to that dad bod physique he’s been rocking for a while now. I’m fairly confident I could beat him in a foot race right now. All respect to Albert, he’s a HoF, but it’s disappointing to me as a fan to see anyone mailing it in, not staying in decent shape, while drawing $25 mill per year. I know the guy’s 40+, but at least look like you’re trying. Maybe mix in a push-up or sit up here or there every few months and lay off the donuts only diet? Disappointed.

  3. Always sad to see great athletes get old. Bring scary thoughts to for front. My favorite players Dr. J, Johnny bench were done in the 80s. I’m 50 now. 3 to 4 generations of athletes have come through since. Pujols at least seemed clean. Seemed to live baseball. No major issues off the field. Will miss him

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