March 7, 2021 at 1:11 pm #155361bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
On the Hall of Fame hat thing, I have always thought the Hall itself has a say in that.
After Roy Halliday went in as a Phillie though, I wonder. Hallady should have a Toronto hat. Lee Smith did it right, as he was a Cub far longer than any of the other several teams he was with.
Going back always, one of my favorite all-time players and the guy I compared Albert to in his Cardinal years, Jimmie Fox, is in a Boston hat on his plaque, whereas he should be a Philadelphia Athletic. Jimmie was still great in Boston, but played longer in Philly, won two rings with them, and had better numbers there. Maybe Tom Yawkey’s money influenced the Hall back then.March 7, 2021 at 4:34 pm #155365
Wow, really good Q&A. Albert was being very honest in his answers.
He said he feels good and is mentally ready for a good year. I think he will have a pretty good season – sort of a season like Lou Brock did when we came off a terrible ‘78, and showed some of the youthful Lou in his final season.
Albert may keep going if he has a good year, but if he can hit say close to .300, slam 25 homers, and the Angels compete, then it would be a perfect time to hang ‘em up.
A season like that though and he would likely try to play again though and get to 700 big flies.
Every year when the season starts I always hope for a big comeback year for Pujols. And every year so far it has failed to materialize. Maybe this is the one last chance.
I am looking forward to watching Angels games late at night this coming season. And hoping that they contend for the AL West title. Watching late games from the West Coast is, to me, one of the great things about retirement.
r/Esteemed RatMarch 7, 2021 at 5:42 pm #155370bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
That’s cool Rats. I am not quite there, but getting close. Since I was let go of my long time corporate job in ‘17, I have been in semi-retirement. I work contract in my profession, accounting/finance, which keeps me busy 9-10 months a year.
Last year I was off from mid-May to mid-August, but of course there was no baseball during most of that time.
My current gig looks to end around mid-April, but they have already kept me on past what they had planned so who knows. But I would not mind a break for a couple months starting in April and being able to catch some of those late games.
This is a great way to go though. Good pay, does not have the stress that my permanent job did, and these days most of it is work-from-home.March 7, 2021 at 5:49 pm #1553711982 willieParticipantPaid - Annual
I don’t think pujols is going to have a good year, I hope he does but reality tells me no. I think he needs to consider this as his last year as he’s playing it, maybe it will give him some boost. I would like to see a brock thing happen though. Get a comeback player of the year award if they still have that then retire though I didn’t really want lou to retire when he did but it was probably for the best.May 6, 2021 at 12:52 pm #160350
The big question is the status of the 10-year personal services contract…
The Los Angeles Angels are releasing future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols today, per sources. Pujols is in the final year of his 10-year, $253 million contract.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) May 6, 2021May 6, 2021 at 12:55 pm #160352stlcard25ParticipantPaid - AnnualMay 6, 2021 at 1:04 pm #160353May 6, 2021 at 1:05 pm #160354May 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm #160358OnyxgemParticipantFree
wow and read somewhere he had he 2nd hardest hit ball contact on the team right nowMay 6, 2021 at 1:30 pm #160363shakenbake McBrideParticipantFree
He now has all the time in the world to count his money.May 6, 2021 at 2:15 pm #160375gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
Before everyone starts asking if the Cards will try to acquire him, ask why would they do that? So that he could replace Nogowski on the bench? Sell some tickets in case the the covid restrictions are lessened? It really makes no sense.May 6, 2021 at 2:18 pm #160377MrperkinsParticipantFree
Come on, I know I’m not the only one floating Matt Carpenter dump off trade with Anaheim in my mind and Anaheim sending money. If only this was MLB the Show, I’d try to work something but at least Carp can play some infield besides 1st and is a much needed lefty. It would be a heck of a farewell tour with Wainwright and Yadi, though.May 6, 2021 at 3:50 pm #160391CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
I wonder if he feels disrespectedMay 6, 2021 at 4:23 pm #160393jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
He has to check with his wifeMay 6, 2021 at 4:33 pm #1603951982 willieParticipantPaid - Annual
I feel a little sad for pujols but the end is nigh. I did read that larussa for the white sox might be interested.May 6, 2021 at 5:26 pm #160402
The Reds are currently needing a 1stbaseman as Votto is on the IL.May 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm #160404PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
If Theo was still in Chicago, I would say the cubbies would be a fair bet to ink Albert. DH or no DH. Cleveland might just take a flyer on him……oh my…..is this really how his career ends?May 6, 2021 at 6:26 pm #160406
I’d say at this point in his career, with his skills greatly diminished, about the only contribution he could make would be to join our forum and post what he is having for din-din. I bet those would be some gourmet delights!
r/Esteemed RatMay 7, 2021 at 7:03 am #160420blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
The thing that fills me with dread is that sending a min wage guy batting .200 up to the plate would not be out of character for Shildt and Mo as we have seen so far this year.May 7, 2021 at 9:07 am #160426gscottarParticipantPaid - AnnualMay 7, 2021 at 10:43 am #160430TexasCardParticipantFree
If he signed with the Cardinals instead of the Angels there is no way this happens. Just look at exhibit A (Carpenter) to know that the Cardinals handle things. It is what it is and “respect” isn’t what it used to be.May 7, 2021 at 10:45 am #16043114NyquisTParticipant
Its bad enough we have Carpenter to feel sorry for. Pujols walked out of town once…. let him keep walking.May 7, 2021 at 10:53 am #160432
Confusing nostalgia with building the best roster possible is currently rampant among a considerable segment of the fan base. Glad I am not seeing the sentiment here. Some in the media seem scared of fans for calling it as it is. Pujols’ return right now is just not a fit in any way. It doesn’t change his exceptional past, though.May 7, 2021 at 11:22 am #160434blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
Not a fit as to roster construction and winning games. But sadly it is not just about baseball as an old friend used to say.May 7, 2021 at 11:30 am #160438
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