Pirate killer now unemployed

Future Hall of Famer hitting just .198 on season
Albert Pujols swinging
Photo credit Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After feasting on the Pirates for the first decade of his career, Albert Pujols now doesn’t have a job.

MLB.com first to report the Angels released Pujols in the final year of his 10 year, 250 million dollar contract.  The alleged 41-year-old was hitting .198 with 5 homers and 12 RBI in just 24 games this season.  It continued a decline over the last few years.

Pujols hasn’t hit over .250 since 2016, that was also the last year he hit 30 home runs.  In 2020, Pujols hit just .224 with 6 homers in 39 games.

The career numbers in St. Louis were astonishing.  A .328 batting average with 445 home runs, 455 doubles, 1,329 RBI, a .617 slugging percentage and 1.037 OPS over 11 seasons.

Pujols hit a crazy .359 in his career against the Pirates with 50 HR and 153 RBI in 176 starts.  He approached a RBI per start and homer every three starts against the Bucs.

The numbers are even crazier at PNC Park.  In 91 games, Pujols hit 30 homers, 88 RBI (road career-high), .376 average (career-high), .717 slugging, 1.170 OPS.  He hasn’t been in the NL Central in a decade.

He’s no doubt a Hall of Famer, thanks in part to the Pittsburgh Pirates.