Albert Pujols has been through a lot during his storied career.
After bursting onto the scene with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 and winning NL Rookie of the Year honors, he was an All-Star every season until 2011.
He won three MVP Awards, three National League pennants, and two World Series titles.
His production began to decline when he bolted for Southern California and signed with the Los Angeles Angels.
He had moments of greatness in Anaheim and even had a solid bounce-back year in 2021 when the Halos let him go and he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
But this year has been even better, and a graphic in the tweet below will show you just how good he’s been since returning to St. Louis.
It's just insane. pic.twitter.com/aSn8D1wXhg
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) October 4, 2022
It’s almost as if returning to St. Louis is what gave him renewed energy.
It wasn’t pretty at times.
As late as July 6, he was hitting just .189.
But after that, things began to click again for the future Hall-of-Famer.
At that point, nobody would have expected that he would end up hitting his 700th career home run, let alone three more after that.
It’s been an amazing ride for Pujols this year as he ends things just as they began, with him in Cardinal Red one last time.
Nobody would have expected that he would end up hitting as well as he’s been hitting towards the end of the season.
But you can never count out the Machine, even in his advanced age.
Pujols has been everything the Cardinals have asked for since returning.
Now, he’ll be ready for what will be his final postseason run in the Major Leagues.