Albert Pujols is getting one last opportunity to compete in the Home Run Derby and take part in the All-Star Game this year.
Thanks to a new rule in the CBA that was signed back in March, each side, the American League and National League, are allowed to have one legend on their roster for the big game as an honorary All-Star.
Pujols and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera have been added as honorary selections.
But on Twitter, there’s a certain MLB analyst who thinks that the St. Louis Cardinals legend does not deserve to be in the Home Run Derby or take part in the All-Star Game.
Albert Pujols is a legend, but he doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star nor does he belong in the Home Run Derby.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) July 11, 2022
A Questionable Take
Pujols’ stats may not warrant your typical All-Star Game selection, but this man is out of line to say he doesn’t deserve it.
Pujols has been a legend ever since he came up to the big leagues.
His ability to hit home runs and come through in clutch were second to none in his prime.
Yes, Pujols is far past his prime, but why should that mean he can’t compete in the Home Run Derby?
You don’t have to be an All-Star to compete in the Derby.
As for the All-Star Game itself, maybe Pujols wouldn’t be voted in or selected by the manager at this point in his career, but since the All-Star Game literally means nothing anymore, why should that matter?
It doesn’t determine home field advantage in the World Series anymore.
It’s also a nice touch that two legends can be added to the All-Star rosters as honorary selections.
This analyst is acting like that’s a bad thing.
Pujols has more than earned the right to compete in both the All-Star Game and the Derby.
His career numbers speak for themselves.
To each their own, I guess.