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Would the Angels use Albert Pujols at third base?

Feb 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Mark Trumbo has never played third base in a professional game, majors or minors, so the Angels’ plans to use him at the hot corner this spring and perhaps regularly during the season raised the question of whether they might do the same with Albert Pujols.

Pujols, unlike Trumbo, actually has plenty of third base experience in the big leagues. He came up as a third baseman, played the position regularly during his first two seasons, and saw spot action there in seven games last season.

So might manager Mike Scioscia give him a look at third base, if only in an emergency situation to help clear the first base/corner outfield logjam? Nope. Scioscia told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that it’s not an option because he wouldn’t want to disrupt Pujols’ hitting.

For his part, Pujols indicated that he’d be willing to give third base a try if Scioscia wanted, saying:

If that’s the decision he has to make, I follow the orders. My job is here in the locker room. I don’t have the office. He’s the one who has the office and writes the lineup. It’s about winning, man.

So, to recap: Pujols would much rather play third base than be called “El Hombre.”

It seems fairly unlikely that Pujols would be worse than Trumbo at third base, but it’s equally unlikely that Pujols would actually be good there and Scioscia is probably smart not to mess with a $250 million investment.

  1. lardin - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    its nice to hear a star athlete with a 250 million dollar contract willing to play wherever his manager wants him to play reagrdless if its not his best position. This is in stark contrast to the last player to sign a 250 million dollar contract (Arod) who by all accounts is not a team player and never wanted to play 3b (sarcasm)

    • saints97 - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      People also forget that ARod did not like being called ARod, because he felt it was disrespectful to Jennifer Lopez.

      • sasquash20 - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        I’ll call him Gay-rod. I doubt J-LO has a problem with that.

  2. maddogg911 - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    A-Fraud is more appropriate

  3. papacrick - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Cabrera is the superstar of the Tigers and best hitter in baseball and he had no complaints moving over to third base for Fielder. Pujols is a team player in the same respect. Then you Have guys like Brandon Inge who have sucked their whole career and will complain if they can’t play where they want to.

    • paperlions - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Cabrera hasn’t been the best hitter in baseball for even a single year, not once. Yeah, he’s great, but let’s shelve the hyperbole.

      Who did Inge complain to anyway? Wasn’t there just a report that said they didn’t think he would be happy since he was losing his job? I don’t remember seeing a single complaint from Inge…..and if he wasn’t happy about losing his job, that makes him just like every other MLB player.

      • scatterbrian - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        That is not at all hyperbole. Over the last three seasons, Miguel Cabrera has the highest wOBA in baseball. If you polled GMs or players asking who is the best hitter in baseball, there would be a lot of support for Cabrera.

  4. scatterbrian - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    That’s very diplomatic of Scioscia, but Pujols is the player who’s hitting I’d worry about the least following a position change. He played 1B, 3B, LF and RF as a rookie, and I think he’s been okay since.

  5. veistran - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I’d be more worried about Pujol’s elbow and range than his hitting at 3B.

  6. aaronmoreno - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Sure Pujols can play third. I mean, he played there a decade ago with numerous foot and shoulder problems. Probably 30 pounds heavier, too. Why not?

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