By Gian Franco Gil / @ Gian_Gil98
In the last hours the news of the presence of the stellar Albert Pujols in the Dominican Winter League broke. According to the official Twitter profile of the Lions of the Chosen One, the future Hall of Fame of Cooperstown will play for the first time in the professional baseball of his country with that team.
Pujols came to the Leones from the Gigantes del Cibao, a team to which he belonged since 2002, when he was the first player selected in the draft. As a bargaining chip, reliever Edward Paredes and outfielder Melky Mesa traveled to the Cibao squad.
According to an official statement from the general manager of the Lions, José Gómez Frías, published on the Infobae website, “Bringing Pujols to local ball is an organization-wide effort for the good of our baseball, and a sign of everyone’s commitment in this centennial year.”
In addition, ESPN Digital indicated that the player showed his intentions to play with the Lions of the Chosen, his childhood team. The manager himself confirmed the arrival of Pujols on Friday, October 29, to the capital organization. The Dominican from the previous year reflected his wishes to play the Quisqueyana autumn league, a dream that his frustrated by the absence of public in the stadiums.
A veteran of the best baseball in the world, Albert played with two franchises in 2021, both belonging to Los Angeles. He started with the Los Angeles Angels, and then jumped to the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he came to discuss the National League Championship Series with the Atlanta Braves.
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Thus, in the regular season he reached 20 playing in the majors. In that time he accumulated 2971 crashes, with 11114 visits to the batting box and 3301 undisputed hits. An example of perseverance and improvement, Albert Pujols had 679 homers, 2,150 RBIs and 1,872 touchdowns, leaving an offensive line of .297 / .375 / .544 AVE / OBP / SLG. Amazing!
With the figure of 700 homers very close – he only has 21 left – the Dominican will have to face difficult free agency. About to turn 42 and with a market full of young talents, he will have to show in his new team that he still has enough fuel to face the level of the Big Top.
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LAST MINUTE: Albert Pujols already has a new team in professional baseball