On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals had a special visitor.
Albert Pujols, who retired at the end of last season along with Yadier Molina, stopped by Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida.
Last season, Pujols reached the 700-home run mark and even earned himself National League Comeback Player of the Year honors.
The slugger enjoyed a nice farewell tour in 2022, hitting 24 home runs and hitting for a .270 average in his final season.
While he was visiting his old teammates in Jupiter, the 43-year-old spoke to reporters.
The three-time MVP and two-time World Series champion talked about his future in the game of baseball.
Here’s part of Albert Pujols visiting with us today. He seems at peace with his decision to retire, with more to come in the game of baseball and beyond. Good question from @dgoold here. #stlcards pic.twitter.com/sC0qJrqAwp
— Tom Ackerman (@Ackerman1120) March 9, 2023
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked Pujols whether or not he would ever consider a coaching role at some point.
The retired slugger is currently serving as an instructor with the Los Angeles Angels as he fulfills his personal services agreement.
Pujols believes that eventually, he’ll return to the game in some capacity and said that if the opportunity is there and it’s the right fit, he would be more than happy to take on the challenge.
He said that he was at peace with his decision to hang up his spikes at the end of last season and is enjoying having a more flexible schedule.
He also said that following a strict schedule from February to October for 22 seasons is very challenging and that he likes having a little more freedom.
Pujols plans to travel and enjoy some baseball games in his first year of retirement, and reiterated that when the opportunity arises, he’ll take it.NEXT: Aaron Judge Shares Important Advice For Jordan Walker