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Encyclopedia > Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals — No. 5
First baseman
Born: January 16, 1980 (1980-01-16) (age 28)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
April 22001 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Selected MLB statistics
(through May 8, 2008)
Batting average     .332 (#2 in MLB, active)
Hits     1,386
Doubles     308
Home runs     288
Runs batted in     885
Slugging percentage     .619 (#1 in MLB, active)
Teams
Highlights and awards

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara (IPA: /ˡpuˌhoʊlz/), (born January 16, 1980 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), (nicknamed Prince Albert, Phat Albert, the beast, going going gone, The Machine, or El Hombre[1]) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the game today.[2][3] With Barry Bonds unsigned as of the beginning of the 2008 season, Pujols was voted the runaway winner as the most feared hitter in baseball in a poll of all 30 big league managers.[4] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Santo Domingo, population 2,061,200 (2003), is the capital of the Dominican Republic. ... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits (later revised to 4,189) by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... Homerun redirects here. ... “RBI” redirects here. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award given annually to the major league player judged to have the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The Most Valuable Player Award (commonly known as the MVP award) is an annual award given to one outstanding player in each league of Major League Baseball. ... Silver Slugger Award In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... Pujols is the name or part of the name of several communes in France: Pujols, in the Gironde département Pujols, in the Lot-et-Garonne département Pujols-sur-Ciron, in the Gironde département People: Albert Pujols is a baseball player for the St. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Santo Domingo, population 2,061,200 (2003), is the capital of the Dominican Republic. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is currently a left fielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. ...


He already ranks 128th on the list of the Top 500 home run hitters in the history of the game. This is a list of the top 500 Major League Baseball home run hitters. ...


With the sudden decline of Ichiro Suzuki hitting only .252 for the month of April 2008, Pujols (.365; 35-for-96) has now wrested the career #1 batting average leader from Suzuki by a point at .332 (.3323), with Suzuki at .331 (.33149), and Todd Helton (.278 in April 2008) a close third at .331 (.3306). Ichiro Suzuki ), often known simply as Ichiro ), (born October 22, 1973, in Toyoyama, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese outfielder for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Todd Lynn Helton[1] (born August 20, 1973 in Knoxville, Tennessee)[2] is a Major League Baseball first baseman who has played for the Colorado Rockies since the 1997 season. ...


From 2001 (his debut) through the 2007 seasons, Pujols has led the major leagues in total bases (2,514) and extra-base hits (593). He was second in home runs (282) to Alex Rodriguez (329); second in RBI (861) to Rodriguez's 908; second in runs (847) to A-Rod's 874; second in doubles (298) to Todd Helton's 318; fourth in hits (1,344) to Ichiro Suzuki's (1,592), Juan Pierre (1,378), Derek Jeter (1,348); and second in batting average (.3315) to Suzuki (.3335). He also won the rookie of the year award in 2001. The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... Homerun redirects here. ... Alexander Emmanuel Alex Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975, in New York, New York), commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is a Dominican-American baseball infielder. ... “RBI” redirects here. ... Bengie Molina of the Anaheim Angels (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... Todd Lynn Helton[1] (born August 20, 1973 in Knoxville, Tennessee)[2] is a Major League Baseball first baseman who has played for the Colorado Rockies since the 1997 season. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits (later revised to 4,189) by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Ichiro Suzuki ), often known simply as Ichiro ), (born October 22, 1973, in Toyoyama, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese outfielder for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. ... Juan DVaughn Pierre (born August 14, 1977 in Mobile, Alabama), is a professional baseball center fielder who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is an American Major League Baseball player. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... The Rookie of the Year award is given by a number of sports leagues, mainly in North America, to the top first-time professional athlete of the season. ...


In recent years, Pujols has become an excellent defensive player at first base, winning his first Gold Glove award in 2006. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ...


During the 2006 season, he became the first Major League player to hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first six seasons, and the youngest to hit 250 home runs. He extended his 30-HR streak to seven consecutive years in 2007 on August 22 against the Florida Marlins, with a 2-run blast (#280 of his career) at Busch Stadium in the first inning. Pujols is also the first player since Ted Williams (8 yrs.; 1939-1942 and 1946-1949) to begin his career with seven straight 100-RBI seasons, after hitting his 32nd home run (#282 of his career) on September 26, 2007, against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. He is amazing but not better than Mike Parisi from Long Island. This is a list of the top 500 Major League Baseball home run hitters. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... This article is about the current sports venue in St. ... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... == July == July 4 = Lou Gehrig day was held at Yankee Stadium,Lou said in his speech that he is the luckiest man on the face of the earth. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1942 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1949 throughout the world. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Early life and career

Pujols was born in the Dominican Republic . His grandmother, America, assumed many of the responsibilities of raising him.


Pujols and his family immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s, first to New York City and then later to Independence, Missouri. In the U.S., Pujols displayed his love for baseball, batting over .500 in his first season of baseball at Fort Osage High School. He quickly became the most feared hitter in the Kansas City area, leading to multiple intentional walks a game in some stretches. However, he still managed to hit .660 with 8 home runs his final year of high school, with limited official at bats. After starring for both Fort Osage and the Post 340 American Legion summer team out of Independence, Pujols graduated from high school in December of 1998. He went on to attend Maple Woods Community College in the Kansas City area during the spring of 1999. In his only season with the community college, Pujols showed off his talent, hitting a grand slam and turning an unassisted triple play in his first game. He batted .461 for the year. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Independence is a city in Missouri, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. ... This article is about the sport. ... Fort Osage Senior High School is located at 2101 N. Twyman Rd. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Interconnected system of community colleges around the greater Kansas City area. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... In the sport of baseball, a grand slam (or just slam for short) is a home run hit with all the bases occupied by baserunners, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ... Bill Wambsganss completing his unassisted triple play in Game 5 of the 1920 World Series In baseball, an unassisted triple play occurs when a defensive player makes all three putouts by himself in one continuous play, without any teammates touching the ball (assist). ...


Few big league teams were very interested in Pujols. A Colorado Rockies scout reported favorably about the young hitter, but the club took no action. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays arranged a tryout for Pujols, but it went poorly (after the team did not draft him, the scout who'd found Pujols resigned).[5] The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Pujols in the 13th round of the 1999 draft, the 402nd overall pick. However, Pujols initially turned down a USD $10,000 bonus and opted to play in the Jayhawk League in Kansas instead. By the end of the summer of 1999, the Cardinals increased their bonus offer to $70,000, and Pujols signed with the team. He was assigned to the minor leagues. Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rox, Blake Street Bombers. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-Rays, The Rays Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... USD redirects here. ... The Jayhawk Collegiate League is a summer baseball league consisting of six teams from four Kansas and two Missouri towns. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


In 1999, Pujols played for the Peoria Chiefs of the single-A Midwest League, where he was voted league MVP. Pujols quickly progressed through the ranks of the St. Louis farm clubs, first at the Potomac Cannons in the high-A Carolina League and then with the Memphis Redbirds in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. The Peoria Chiefs are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, from Peoria, Illinois. ... The Midwest League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the Midwestern United States. ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Class-Level A Minor League affiliations Carolina League Northern Division Major League affiliation Washington Nationals (2005-present) Cincinnati Reds (2003-2004) St. ... The Carolina League is a minor league baseball affiliation which operates in the South Atlantic region of the United States. ... League Pacific Coast League Division American Conference Year founded 1998 Major League affiliation St. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ...


Major leagues

2001:Rookie of the Year

During spring training in 2001 , the Cardinals were preparing for Pujols to join the Major League ranks, but the Cardinals' roster was already full of talented players, including Mark McGwire, Fernando Viña, Edgar Rentería, Ray Lankford, Jim Edmonds and J. D. Drew. While it's widely believed that an injury to bench player Bobby Bonilla freed up a roster spot, Pujols actually played extremely well in spring and won a spot on the Opening Day roster before Bonilla went on the DL. (John Mabry was the last player added to the team.) A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963 in Pomona, California) is a former professional baseball player who played the majority of his major league career with the Oakland Athletics before finishing his career with the St. ... Fernando Viña (pronounced VEEN-ya) (born April 16, 1969 in Sacramento, California) is a retired Major League Baseball second baseman and current MLB broadcaster for ESPN. From 1993 through 2005, Viña played for the Seattle Mariners (1993), New York Mets (1994), Milwaukee Brewers (1995-99), St Louis Cardinals... Edgar Enrique Rentería (pronounced as IPA: ) (born August 7, 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia) is a shortstop in Major League Baseball who plays for the Atlanta Braves (as of 2006). ... Raymond Lewis Lankford (born June 5, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the St. ... James Patrick Jim Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a left-handed batter who plays for the St. ... David Jonathan Drew (born November 20, 1975, in Valdosta, Georgia, United States) is a Major League Baseball right fielder for the Boston Red Sox. ... Roberto Martin Antonio Bobby Bonilla (born February 23, 1963 in the Bronx, New York) is a former player in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 to 2001. ... John Steven Mabry (born October 17, 1970 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a Major League Baseball player. ...


In the season's second series, playing against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Pujols hit a home run, three doubles and eight RBI, securing his spot on the team. In May, he was named National League Rookie of the Month. In June, he was named to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game by NL manager Bobby Valentine, the first Cardinal rookie selected since 1955. Pujols' phenomenal rookie season helped the Cardinals tie for the National League Central Division title. For the season, Pujols batted .329/.403/.610 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) with 37 home runs and 130 RBI, and was unanimously named the National League Rookie of the Year. His 37 home runs were one short of the National League rookie record of 38, held by Wally Berger of the 1930 Boston Braves and Frank Robinson of the 1956 Cincinnati Redlegs. His 130 RBI set an NL rookie record. Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ... National league can refer to: National Basketball League, in the United States and Canada, which merged with the rival Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association National Football League, the major American football league in the United States National Hockey League, the major ice hockey league in... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... Robert John Valentine (born May 13, 1950 in Stamford, Connecticut) is a former player and manager in Major League Baseball. ... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... National league can refer to: National Basketball League, in the United States and Canada, which merged with the rival Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association National Football League, the major American football league in the United States National Hockey League, the major ice hockey league in... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... Walter Anton (Wally) Berger (October 10, 1905 - November 30, 1988) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1930 throughout the world. ... Two major American professional sports teams have existed under the name Boston Braves, both of which still exist today but are no longer located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the baseball player and manager. ... September 30 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


2002: No Sophomore Slump

Pujols wearing the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals retro jersey.
Pujols wearing the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals retro jersey.

In 2002, Pujols struggled early on as pitchers learned how to pitch to him, but he continued to bat extremely well throughout the season, hitting .314/.394/.561 with 34 homers and 127 RBI. The Cardinals finished first in the NL Central during a difficult campaign that saw the death of team announcer Jack Buck and the sudden death of pitcher Darryl Kile. The Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks in the first round of the playoffs, but lost to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship series. Albert would ultimately finish second in the MVP voting behind Barry Bonds. Download high resolution version (750x702, 297 KB)Albert Pujols at bat, wearing a 1982 retro jersey, the last year the Cardinals won the World Series. ... Download high resolution version (750x702, 297 KB)Albert Pujols at bat, wearing a 1982 retro jersey, the last year the Cardinals won the World Series. ... The 1982 World Series matched the St. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... John Francis Jack Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. ... Darryl Andrew Kile (December 2, 1968 – June 22, 2002) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three National League teams, the last being the St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–85) Other nicknames The Jints, The Gigantes, The G... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is currently a left fielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. ...


2003: Batting Champion

In the 2003 season, Pujols had one of the best individual seasons in Cardinals history batting .359/.439/.667 with 43 home runs and 124 RBI, winning the National League batting title, while also leading the league in runs, hits, doubles, extra base hits and total bases. At 23, Albert became the youngest NL batting champion since 1962 and joined Rogers Hornsby as the only players in Cardinals history to record 40+ homers and 200+ hits in the same season. The Cardinals, however, failed to make the playoffs, faltering in the stretch to the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Pujols also finished second in the MVP voting to Barry Bonds and had a 30-game hitting streak. The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Rogers Hornsby (April 27, 1896 in Winters, Texas - January 5, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois), nicknamed The Rajah, was a Major League Baseball second baseman and manager. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ...


2004: Full-time First Base

Defensively, Pujols started his major league career primarily as a third baseman. It can also be noted that during Pujols' rookie season, he started at four different positions (1B, 3B, LF and RF), during the course of the season, and has also appeared at 2B (late in the 2001 All-Star game) and SS (late in one 2002 regular season game). When Scott Rolen joined the team in 2002, Pujols was moved to left field. Following an injury scare in 2003, Pujols was moved to his current position, first base. Scott Bruce Rolen (born April 4, 1975 in Jasper, Indiana) is a Major League Baseball third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays. ...


Pujols signed a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with the Cardinals before the 2004 season began. Throughout the year, Pujols was nagged by plantar fasciitis, but he was still a powerful hitter, hitting .331/.415/.657 with 46 home runs and 123 RBI. Pujols, along with Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen earned the nickname MV3 for their phenomenal 2004 seasons. In addition, Pujols was chosen to appear on the cover of EA Sports' video game, MVP Baseball 2004. He was also the MVP of the 2004 National League Championship Series, helping his team reach the World Series, where they were swept by the Boston Red Sox. The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... Plantar fasciitis, formerly known as policemans heel, is a painful inflammatory condition caused by excessive wear to the plantar fascia of the foot or biomechanical faults that cause abnormal pronation of the foot. ... current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... MVP Baseball is a series of realistic Major League Baseball video games. ... The 2004 National League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 13 to 21 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion St. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds...


2005: Most Valuable Player

The 2005 season saw Pujols establish career highs in walks and stolen bases, while leading his team in almost every offensive category. He finished batting .330/.430/.609, with 41 home runs (including his 200th career homer), a grand slam, 117 RBI, 97 walks, and 16 stolen bases (leading all major league first basemen). However, due to continually nagging leg injuries, he finished with a career-low 38 doubles. The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Rashad Eldridge of the Oklahoma Redhawks walks to first base after drawing a base on balls. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1985 In baseball statistics, stolen bases (denoted by SB) is a count of the number of bases successfully stolen by a player. ... In the sport of baseball, a grand slam (or just slam for short) is a home run hit with all the bases occupied by baserunners, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ...


The Cardinals were eliminated by the Houston Astros 4 games to 2 in the National League Championship Series, but Pujols hit one of the most memorable home runs in modern day baseball history in game 5 of that series as the Cardinals were only one out from elimination. With the Astros leading 4-2 with two outs in the ninth inning, David Eckstein singled. The next batter, Jim Edmonds, was walked. Pujols then hit a home run off of Brad Lidge that landed on the landmark train tracks in the back of Minute Maid Park. Those three runs were the deciding factor in the game, as the Cardinals ended up winning the game 5-4, sending the series back to St. Louis.[6] Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. ... David Mark Eckstein, (born January 20, 1975 in Sanford, Florida), is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Bradley Thomas Lidge (born December 23, 1976 in Sacramento, California) is an American Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. ... Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field and Astros Field) is a baseball stadium in Houston, Texas, that opened in 2000 to house the Houston Astros. ...


In 2005, John Dewan noted in The Fielding Bible that no first baseman was better at digging balls out of the dirt than Pujols. Pujols saved 42 bad throws by his fielders in 2005. Derrek Lee was second with 23. At the same time, Pujols shared the major league lead in errors for a first baseman, with 14. Derrek Leon Lee (born September 6, 1975 in Sacramento, California) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Chicago Cubs and has since 2004. ...


2006: World Series winner

Pujols set the record for the most home runs hit in the first month of the season, at 14, on April 29, 2006. The record was tied by Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in 2007. On June 3, 2006, Pujols suffered an oblique strain chasing a foul pop fly off the bat of Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. He was later placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career. Pujols, at the time of his injury, had 25 home runs and 65 RBI and was on pace to break the single-season records held by Barry Bonds (73 HRs) and Hack Wilson (191 RBI). Pujols returned in time to help the Cardinals win the NL Central. He started at first base for the 2006 National League All-Star team at the All-Star game in Pittsburgh. Pujols finished the season with a .331/.431/.671 line, establishing new career-highs in slugging percentage (in which he led the majors), home runs (49)(second) and RBIs (137)(second). In the 2006 National League MVP voting, he came in a close second to eventual winner Ryan Howard, garnering 12 of 32 first-place votes. is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Alexander Emmanuel Alex Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975, in New York, New York), commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is a Dominican-American baseball infielder. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Aramis Ram rez (born June 25, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a star third baseman who plays for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. ... In baseball, the disabled list (a. ... // Biography Lewis Robert Hack Wilson (April 26, 1900 – November 23, 1948) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball from 1923 to 1934. ... Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979 in St. ...


After appearing in the playoffs with the Cardinals in four of his first five years in the big leagues but falling short each time, Pujols won his first championship ring when the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series, defeating the Detroit Tigers four games to one. Dates October 21, 2006–October 27, 2006 MVP David Eckstein Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver[1] Umpires Randy Marsh, Alfonso Márquez, Wally Bell, Mike Winters, John Hirschbeck, Tim McClelland The 2006 World Series, the 102nd edition of Major League Baseballs championship series, began on... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42, Cobb Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bengals, The Tigs, Motor City Kitties Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin...


Pujols' fielding percentage was close to the bottom amongst qualified National League first basemen in his first two full seasons at the position, but in 2006 it was impressive. After the season Pujols' improvements were recognized as he was given his first Gold Glove award. He has had the highest range factor amongst first basemen in his two full seasons, and led the National League in that category in 2006; emblematic was the sprawling, flip-from-his-back playPujols made to rob Plácido Polanco of a hit in the 7th inning of Game 5 of the World Series. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Range Factor (commonly abbreviated RF) is a baseball statistic developed by Bill James. ... National league can refer to: National Basketball League, in the United States and Canada, which merged with the rival Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association National Football League, the major American football league in the United States National Hockey League, the major ice hockey league in... Plácido Enrique Polanco (pronounced: ) (born October 10, 1975) is a Dominican Major League Baseball player who has played for the St. ... Dates October 21, 2006–October 27, 2006 MVP David Eckstein Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver[1] Umpires Randy Marsh, Alfonso Márquez, Wally Bell, Mike Winters, John Hirschbeck, Tim McClelland The 2006 World Series, the 102nd edition of Major League Baseballs championship series, began on...


2007: Slow Start

Pujols had a slower start in the spring than in previous years due to several injuries all in his right elbow. In 2006, he had set a Major League record with 14 home runs in April,[7] though in 2007 he only accumulated 6 home runs and 15 RBI. His batting average was a mere .250 while slugging only .489.[8]


May was better, zooming to .340 for the month, but with only 3 home runs and 13 RBI while his slugging average was only marginally better at .495. His batting average started to climb back to normal career levels, and he ended the month with a .296 batting average and a .492 slugging percentage.


He hit 7 home runs with 20 RBI in June. He raised his batting average to a composite .306 with a .534 slugging percentage and 48 RBI after the month was over.[9]


Following the All-Star Break, he hit 4 home runs in his first 3 games back against the Philadelphia Phillies. Pujols was also awarded the Player of the Week honors from July 9 to the 15th after going 9-for-15 with a 1.357 slugging percentage and 19 total bases, all while batting .429. is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


He also hit his 25th home run on August 15, making him just the fifth player all-time to hit 25 home runs in his first 7 seasons in the major leagues, and the first since Darryl Strawberry. On August 22, Pujols slugged his 30th home run of the season, becoming the first major-league player to hit at least 30 home runs in each of his first 7 seasons. He then had hit home runs in five consecutive games, tying a Cardinals' single-season record. His next game on August 23 ended his 5-game home run streak, his 7-game RBI streak, and his 9-game hitting streak. He finished August batting a composite .317, slugging .558 with 30 home runs and 84 runs batted in, while still sporting an excellent .416 on-base percentage despite his slower-than-usual start in April. This article is about the day of the year. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well-known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off it. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... {| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ...


In a pre-game warmup on the field before a September 18 game at home, he suffered a strained calf muscle in his left leg and was not able to start or appear later in the game. For September, he hit two home runs for a total of 32, the last one giving him 16 RBI for the month, and 100 RBI for the seventh consecutive year to become only the third player to accomplish that level of consistency at the start of his career. is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


He is the only player in baseball history to start his career with seven consecutive seasons with a .300 batting average, 30 HRs, 100 RBI, and 99 runs. (Ted Williams 23 HRs in 1940, Joe DiMaggio 29 HRs in 1936) The following are the baseball events of the year 1940 throughout the world. ... Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1936 throughout the world. ...


He won (as did fellow Cardinal, catcher Yadier Molina) the prestigious Fielding Bible Award for his defensive excellence at first base, which is given to only one player per position in the major leagues.[10] Yadier B. Molina (born July 13, 1982 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball catcher who plays for the St. ...


2008: 36-game on-base streak

He reached another milestone early in the season when he hit his 300th career double in only his 4,066th official at-bat in his 1,095th game (4,755th plate appearance), against Odalis Perez of the Washington Nationals on April 4.[11] In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Washington Nationals (2005–present) Montreal Expos (1969-2004) Other nicknames The Nats Ballpark Nationals Ballpark (2008–present) RFK Stadium 2005-2007 Hiram Bithorn Stadium[3] (San Juan) (2003-2004) Olympic Stadium (Montreal) (1977... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


For the month of April, he reached base safely (via hit, walk, or hit-by-pitch) in all 29 team games played starting on April 1. His best consecutive games start in reaching base was 33 games in 2005. That was the best start by any Cardinal player in reaching base since 1956. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ...


In early May, his .518 on-base percentage is the best in the major leagues, as is his 33 walks and his 9 intentional walks. He is third in batting average with his .358 (38-for-106). In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... Rashad Eldridge of the Oklahoma Redhawks walks to first base after drawing a base on balls. ... Rashad Eldridge of the Oklahoma Redhawks walks to first base after drawing a base on balls. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ...


On May 5, Pujols scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning at Colorado in memorable fashion. After lining a double to the opposite field in right with the score tied at 5, Pujols took off for third with Rick Ankiel batting. As Ankiel grounded to second, Pujols did not hesitate around third, scoring from second on the groundout to give the Cardinals an eventual 6-5 win. Earlier in the game he extended his on-base games streak to 33, tying his best start in 2005.


On May 6, Pujols doubled--extending his beginning-of-season on-base game streak to 34, and passing his previous 2005 high of 33-games at the start of a season; second-longest of his career to the 48-game streak since his rookie year (2001) from July 28 - September 22.


On May 7-8, Pujols singled--extending his on-base streak to 36 consecutive games.


On-base streak records are hard to document, but Ted Williams had a 65-game on-base streak starting out the 1948 season.[12] Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personal

At age 16, Pujols immigrated to the United States with his family which lived briefly in New York City before settling in Independence, Missouri. He graduated from Fort Osage High School in Independence, Missouri in 1998, and attended Maple Woods Community College on a baseball scholarship. He later graduated and entered the MLB, getting drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round draft, 402nd overal. Pujols married his wife, Deidre, on January 1, 2000. They have three children, Isabella (Deidre's daughter, adopted by Albert), Albert Jr., and Sophia. Albert and his wife are active in the cause of people with Down syndrome, as Isabella was born with this condition. In 2005 (appropriately on May 5, which is written as 5/5/05, '5' being Albert's uniform number), they launched the Pujols Family Foundation, which is dedicated to "the love, care and development of people with Down syndrome and their families", as well as helping the poor in the Dominican Republic.[13] Pujols and his wife are very active Christians; as the foundation's website says, "In the Pujols family, God is first. Everything else is a distant second."[14] More information on the foundation can be found at its website: www.pujolsfamilyfoundation.org. He has taken part ownership in Patrick's restaurant at Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights, Missouri. The remodeled restaurant was reopened as Pujols 5 on August 30, 2006.[15] New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Independence is a city in Missouri, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Maryland Heights is a city in St. ...


Pujols is close friends with second baseman Plácido Polanco, a former teammate with the St. Louis Cardinals. Pujols is godfather to Polanco's 3-year-old son, Ismael.[16] Placido was a second baseman on the 2006 Detroit Tigers team which lost to the Cardinals in the 2006 World Series. Plácido Enrique Polanco (pronounced: ) (born October 10, 1975) is a Dominican Major League Baseball player who has played for the St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...


On February 7, 2007, Pujols became a U.S. citizen,[17] scoring a perfect 100 on his citizenship test.[18] is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


On April 24, 2007, Upper Deck Authenticated announced it had signed Pujols to an exclusive autographed memorabilia agreement. is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Upper Deck Company, LLC (colloquially as Upper Deck, Upper Deck Authenticated, Ltd. ...


Accomplishments

  • Six-time All-Star (2001, 2003-07)
  • Pujols has finished in the top four in the voting for MVP of the National League every year of his career, winning once (2005) and coming in second three times (2002, 2003 & 2006).
  • National League Batting Champion, 2003
  • Only Ralph Kiner hit more home runs (215) in his first five seasons than Albert (201 home runs from 2001 through 2005).
  • Named to Major League Baseball's Latino Legends Team in 2005 as the starting first baseman.
  • 48-game consecutive on-base streak in 2001, from July 28 - September 22.
  • Hit the first Cardinal home run in new Busch Stadium (Apr. 10, 2006)[19]
  • Became the 35th player to hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats, and the 20th batter to hit four home runs in four consecutive plate appearances, on April 16 and 17, 2006.
  • Holds the record for most home runs in the month of April with 14 in 2006, tied with Alex Rodriguez, 2007.
  • Became the fastest player in Major League history to reach 19 home runs in a season, doing so on May 13, 2006.
  • Became the third-fastest, after Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, to reach 25 home runs in a season, doing so on May 29, 2006.
  • Became first player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs in each of his first seven seasons (2001-07).
  • Became the 16th batter to hit three home runs in a game twice in the same season in 2006 (April 16 & September 3).
  • 20 of his 49 home runs accounted for the game-winning RBI in 2006, breaking Willie Mays' single-season record set in 1962.[20][21]
  • In the 2005 post-season Albert Pujols hit a monster game-winning home run against Brad Lidge that would have been out of the park if the stadium's roof would have been open.
  • Became only the third player in baseball history to start his career with seven consecutive seasons of 100+ RBIs, on September 26, 2007. Joe DiMaggio (1936-1942), and Ted Williams (1939-1942, 1946-1949) were the only other players to accomplish that great feat.
  • Became the only player in baseball history to start his career with seven consecutive seasons with a .300 batting average, 30 HRs, 100 RBIs.

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Awards

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Career Statistics

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bold statistic = led NL
bold year = elected as starter in All-Star Game

SEASON AGE TM LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB SF SH HBP IW GIDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2001 (ROY) 21 StL NL 161 590 112 194 47 4 37 130 360 69 93 1 7 1 9 6 21 .329 .403 .610 1.013
2002 22 StL NL 157 590 118 185 40 2 34 127 331 72 69 2 4 0 9 13 20 .314 .394 .561 .955
2003 23 StL NL 157 591 137 212 51 1 43 124 394 79 65 5 5 0 10 12 13 .359 .439 .667 1.106
2004 24 StL NL 154 592 133 196 51 2 46 123 389 84 52 5 9 0 7 12 21 .331 .415 .657 1.072
2005 (MVP) 25 StL NL 161 591 129 195 38 2 41 117 360 97 65 16 3 0 9 27 19 .330 .430 .609 1.039
2006 (GG) 26 StL NL 143 535 119 177 33 1 49 137 359 92 50 7 3 0 4 28 20 .331 .431 .671 1.102
2007 27 StL NL 158 565 99 185 38 1 32 103 321 99 58 2 8 0 7 22 27 .327 .429 .568 .997
2008 28 StL NL 36 123 20 42 10 0 6 24 70 34 12 2 0 0 2 10 4 .341 .491 .569 1.060
TOTALS 28 StL NL 1,127 4,177 867 1,386 308 13 288 885 2,584 626 464 40 39 1 57 130 145 .332 .422 .619 1.041


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Yearly Averages for Career

(2001-2007)

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
156 579 121 192 43 2 40 123 85 65

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See also

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References

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