Pujols was perhaps the game’s best right-handed hitter from 2001 to 2011, during his first stint with the Cards.
Now, he is back for his final season, which should be a win-win situation for player and team.
St. Louis will surely sell a lot of tickets to fans eager to see Pujols’ last at-bats before retiring, and the player gets to say goodbye in front of the fans of the city that gave him so many good times and memories.
He won two World Series rings in St. Louis, and three MVP awards.
Now, he is back for one last dance.
The best thing of all is that he will likely enjoy significant playing time: he won’t be a regular, but as a hitter who can still inflict some damage against left-handed pitchers, he will find his name in the lineup often.
Fans Will Get To See Pujols In The Lineup From Day One
Fans will be happy to know that the legendary first baseman will be in the Opening Day lineup for the Cardinals.
“Oli Marmol confirms: Albert Pujols will be in the #STLCards Opening Day lineup,” The Athletic’s Katie Woo wrote via Twitter.
Oli Marmol confirms: Albert Pujols will be in the #STLCards Opening Day lineup.
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) April 4, 2022
Last season, Pujols hit .236/.284/.433 with 17 home runs in 296 plate appearances.
While he is no longer an offensive juggernaut at 42 years old, he is still competent to some degree, especially considering his advanced age.
Most of his value to the Cardinals, however, will come off the field, as a leader and mentor for a contending roster.
Here is hoping that Pujols can enjoy the thrill of a postseason race in his final season.