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Albert Pujols still hopes to return before the end of the season

Aug 16, 2013, 10:25 PM EST

Albert Pujols Reuters

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has been out since July 27 with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was expected to miss the rest of the 2013 season, but after removing his walking boot for the first time in three weeks, he feels hopeful about returning before the season is up, according to Bill Shaikin.

The foot injury, which had been bothering Pujols long before he was put on the disabled list, was clearly limiting his ability to play the game. He was having his worst offensive season to date, posting a .767 OPS in 443 plate appearances. Those are decent numbers for most first basemen, but for Pujols — author of a career 1.008 OPS — they are subpar. He is in the second year of a ten-year, $240 million contract with the Angels.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    “bye bye jays”
    “bye bye jays”
    “Hello last place, now I think im gonna cry”

  2. losanginsight - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Too late for that. The halos season is already over. Another great signing for Jerry D.

  3. alqj24 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    For what? The Angels’ season was lost as soon as it started unfortunately. Just get healthy and wait for next year. Maybe if JeDi can get some real SP, they’ll do good.

  4. timb12 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    But he’s the machine !!!

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Well we all know he isn’t the machine anymore. But far too many in America forget so quickly in the land of what have you done for me lately.

      He WAS a machine for his first 10 seasons. All time great.

      We all know that Miggy is the best hitter in baseball now and has been for the past couple of yrs.

      But Miggy hasn’t and won’t approach a 10 yr run that comes close to what The Machine did in his first 10 seasons.

      That isn’t a knock against Miggy as no player today has a 10 yr run the way he did because basically no one ever has in the history of the game.

      It’s easy to search via Google. I found this from an article quickly:

      “In fact, if you look at Pujols’ numbers from his first 10 seasons, they are absolutely stunning. The case can be made that Pujols has had the best first 10 seasons of any player in MLB history.”

      But the Angles obviously overspent for him but so did the Cardinal if Albert had chosen to remain in St. Louis with their offer about $30 to $40 million less. I mean $200 million is still an overpay just as is the $240 million from the Angels…

      The Cards got a bargain though from Albert for his first 10 seasons… They came out way ahead vs. the player in that instance…

  5. jlovenotjlo - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    He is in the second year of a ten-year, $240 million contract with the Angels.

    Man oh man… I already knew this, but just seeing it in writing… Wow. That’s going to just get worse and worse for the Angels.

    • echech88 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      It really is terrible but ESPN had an article a couple weeks back that pointed out that the Angels signed their new TV deal the same offseason they signed Pujols.

      It looks awful now but at the time the buzz around the Angels was crazy (for them) and resulted in a $3 BILLION TV contract that basically pays for their entire payroll every year before they sell a single ticket or hot dog.

      Put another way, their TV contract pays off Albert’s entire $240M contract before the All Star break of the second year of the deal.

      So yeah, bad contract in terms of value…but its also a huge part of how they quadrupled their TV revenue.

  6. onbucky96 - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Alberta returns! Let the PED whispers resume…

    • wretchu - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      On what grounds? Based on the fact that he’s actually breaking down as he gets older unlike the actual dirty players like Bonds or Clemens? The only knock Albert has against him is allegations (unproven) that he’s older than he says he is. There’s been no real evidence of PED use, and the only notable person to outright claim that he took them (Jack Clark) got fired immediately after making the claim, AND his source outright said he was lying.

  7. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    agreed with jlov. He’s only ONLY in the second year of this horrid contract. and he’s already hitting average. I expected probally 3 really good Albert type seasons before he starts declining. But this is just sad. I’m not insulting believe I respect the Angels and loved Albert but after he signed this deal that he would obviously never live up too its just gonna hurt em. Seeing how the disaster that IS the A-rod contract I didn’t understand how another team could do the same mistake. Hope Yankees don’t do this week Cano don’t you know :(

  8. jeffbbf - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    a .767 OPS is a decent # for most 1st basemen? I’d be surprised if this was an above-avg OPS for 1bmen. I always figured that position as one of, if not the best offensive position on the field.

  9. jimatkins - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Scioscia and DiPoto need to sit Albert down and tell him to HEAL UP. He can’t do anything to change the train wreck that is 2013 in Anaheim,so get ready for next March.

  10. Carl Hancock - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    As a diehard Cards fan and someone who is still a Pujols fan despite he’s monumental blunder of passing up baseball immortality for more money… It’s sad to see how things have gone for him. If anyone is expecting him to bounce back and be the “old” Pujols next year and for the next 8 years you are insane. You won’t see then”old” Pujols, you’ll just see an old Pujols. And by baseball immortality I mean what Mariano Rivera will have. What Derek Jetrer will have. What Cal Ripken has. Single team hall of famer. A statue in front of a stadium. Something he will never have now and something $240 million can’t buy you. But what it can buy is an awkward Hall of Fame induction speech when he’s elected to the Hall of Fame as a Cardinal despite playing his last 10 years with the Angels.

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