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Albert Pujols

José Alberto Pujols Alcantara was born on January 16, 1980 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He immigrated to Independence, Missouri with his father and grandmother at the age of 16. Graduating early from high school, he played one season at Woods Community College before entering the MLB draft.

Pujols was selected in the 13th round of the 1999 draft. Regarded as one of the best hitters of the early 2000s, Pujols is the oldest active player in the major leagues at 40 years old. He was the 32nd player in Major League Baseball to reach the 3,000 hit club and the fourth member of the 600 home run club to do so.

  • Birthday: January 16, 1980 (16-01-1980)
  • Education: Fort Osage High School (Independence, Missouri), Maple Woods Community College (Kansas City, MO)
  • Net Worth: $170 Million
  • Occupation: Professional MLB Baseball Player
  • Height: 6'3" (1.905 m)
  • Weight: 235 lb (106.59 kg)
  • Position: First Baseman and Designated Hitter
  • Years Active: 2001-present
  • Nicknames: The Machine, MV3, Prince Albert
  • Teams: St Louis Cardinals (2001-2011), Los Angeles Angels (2012-present)

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Baseball Career

In 1999, Albert Pujols was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the MLB draft. He wanted a better signing bonus, and played his first and only season in the minor leagues in 2000. He debuted for the Cardinals on Opening Day 2001, eventually playing his way up to being a starter in his rookie season. He was selected as NL Rookie of the Year in 2001with a unanimous vote, playing in 161 games, posting a .329 batting average, 37 home runs, and 130 RBIs.

In 2002 and 2003, he placed second in the voting for NL MVP, behind Barry Bonds both years. In 2005, Pujols won his first MVP award after posting a .330 batting average, 41 home runs, and 117 RBIs. In 2006, his numbers were even better than the season before and he helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the organization's first World Series championship since 1982 over the Detroit Tigers, who were the favorites. He had another MVP season in 2008 and 2009. In 2011, Pujols hit below .300 for the first time since his debut but still helped lead the Cardinals to one of the biggest comebacks of all-time to qualify for the postseason, having been 8.5 games behind in the wildcard standings. That same season Pujols won his second World Series with the Cardinals, beating the Texas Rangers.

Albert Pujols became a free agent after the 2011 season. Due to winning the World Series after a major comeback with the Cardinals, Pujols was incredibly sought-after as a free agent. He signed a 10-year, $254 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. His production drop in the first few seasons created career lows with 30 home runs and a .284 batting average. A foot injury side-lined him for much of the 2013 season, coming back in 2014 with better numbers. Although he had struggles at the plate in 2015, Pujols was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time with the Angels and still hit 40 home runs. In 2017, Pujols became the ninth player in the history of the MLB to hit 600 career home runs. In 2018, he had a season-ending knee injury, returning to a struggling 2019 Angels team.

As of the 2020 season, Albert Pujols is the oldest active player in Major League Baseball at 40 years old.

Titles and Awards

In 2001, Pujols won the National League Rookie of the Year award. Although he finished second in NL MVP voting in 2002 and 2003, he won his first NL MVP award in 2005. In 2003 he was named Major League Player of the Year, received the 2003 NL Hank Aaron Award, and won the 2003 NL batting title.

In 2004, Pujols was the NL NLCS MVP. He won two more national MVP awards in 2008 and 2009. He was also the 2008 Major League Player of the Year and recipient of the 2008 Roberto Clemente Award. In 2009 he received the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, the NL Hank Aaron Award, and Major League Player of the Year. He also won two gold glove awards (2006, 2010) and six silver slugger awards (2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010).

Pujols is a 10-time All-Star for both the Cardinals and Angels and a two-time World Series Champion with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Personal Life

Albert Pujols was born José Alberto Pujols Alcantara on January 16, 1980 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His father introduced him to baseball as a child in the Dominican Republic. Pujols eventually immigrated to the United States with his father and grandmother, settling in Independence, Missouri when he was 16 years old.

In 2000, Pujols married his wife Deidre and they have five children together. Their daughter Isabella has Down Syndrome and Pujols and his wife are big supporters of causes supporting those with Down Syndrome. In 2005, Pujols and his wife launched the Pujols Family Foundation with the mission to promote awareness, provide hope, and meet tangible needs for both children with Down Syndrome and their families. The foundation also works to improve the quality of life for impoverished people in the Dominican Republic through education, medical supplies, and other tangible goods. Finally, the foundation aims to provide positive experiences for children with disabilities and life threatening illnesses.

Fun Facts

  • Pujols is one of four players in the history of the MLB to have more than 2,000 hits
  • Pujols was the fourth player of the 3,000 run club to reach 600 career home runs
  • Pujols was the 32nd player over all to reach the 3,000 run club
  • As of the 2020 baseball season, Albert Pujols is the oldest active player in Major League Baseball at 40 years old
  • Albert Pujols scored 100 on his citizenship test to become a US citizen
  • Albert and Deidre Pujols are big advocates for supporting those diagnosed Down Syndrome
  • Only two players reached 500 home runs faster than Pujols- Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx

FAQ

What team does Albert Pujols play for?

Albert Pujols currently plays for the LA Angels. He signed a 10-year, $254 million deal with the Angels as a free agent after the 2011 season. During that offseason, Albert Pujols was one of the most sought after free agents in baseball after a successful post season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pujols was initially drafted by St. Louis in 1999. He won two world series championships with them in 2006 and 2011.

How many MVP Awards has Albert Pujols won?

Albert Pujols was voted the National League MVP in 2005, 2008, and 2009. In his nearly 20 year career, Pujols has nine top-four finishes in Most Valuable Player voting. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the MVP voting during the early years of his career as Barry Bonds took many of those awards and the other players who Pujols finished behind had either tested positive for PEDs or were suspected of having used PEDs.

Why did Pujols only play one season in the minor leagues?

After being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999, Pujols held out in order to receive a better signing bonus from the club. By holding out, it delayed his ability to start playing in the farm system for St. Louis. He played his first and only minor league season in 2000. Pujols then impressed at spring training in 2001 and was called up to the major leagues.

What does the Pujols Family Foundation do?

Established by Albert and Deidre Pujols in 2005, the Pujols Family Foundation works to support children with Down Syndrome and their families, improve the lives of impoverished people in the Dominican Republic, and provide positive experiences for children who have disabilities or are terminally ill.