It appears as if the 2021 MLB season will be Albert Pujols’ swan song.
The Los Angeles Angels slugger’s wife, Deidre Pujols, posted on Instagram Monday night that this will be her husband’s final season in the majors.
Pujols, 41, has spent the last nine seasons in Los Angeles after his first 11 years in St. Louis with the Cardinals.
Pujols has not been the same feared hitter he was in his St. Louis days, but he continues to put the finishing touches on a Hall of Fame career with the Angels, most recently passing Willie Mays for fifth place on the all-time home run leader list at the end of last season.
While with the Cardinals, Pujols was one of the most dangerous hitters in the game. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2001 after blasting 37 home runs and driving in 130 RBI, the latter is still a career best.
The 10-time All-Star won MVPs in 2005, 2008 and 2009, a battling title in 2003 and six Silver Slugger awards. He is a two-time Gold Glove award-winner and two-time World Series champion – winning titles with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.
He enters his final season with a career .299/.377/.546 slash line and 3,236 hits — good for 15th all time. His 2,100 career RBI is third all time behind just Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.