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Jose Alberto Pujols Alcantara, professionally known as Alberto Pujols is a Dominican-American professional baseball player. He is a first baseman and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a right-handed batter and thrower. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft and made his MLB debut in 2001. He won NL MVP three times and was named to All-Star ten times. He joined Angels in 2012. He has held several records and won numerous awards in his professional playing career.
What is Albert Pujols Famous For?
- One of the successful baseball player.
Where was Albert Pujols Born?
Albert Pujols was born on 16 January 1980. His birth name is Jose Alberto Pujols Alcantara. His birth place is in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He holds Dominican-American nationality. He became a US citizen in 2007. His religion is Christianity. His father is Bienvenido Pujols. He was raised mostly by his grandmother. Pujols, his father, and his grandmother emigrated to the United States in 1996.
He attended Fort Osage High School, where he played baseball. After graduating from high school in 1998, he received baseball scholarship to Maple Woods Community College. He decided to enter the 1999 MLB draft following his freshman year at the college.
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals selected him with the 402nd overall pick in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB Draft.
Initially, he was assigned to play in different minor leagues.
He made his MLB debut against Colorado Rockies on Opening Day in April 2001.
He played 11 seasons for the Cardinals.
He achieved numerous awards, honors, and accolades during his 11 seasons at the Cardinals.
He led the World Series champion twice in 2006 and 2011.
Following the end of 2011 season, he became a free agent for the first time in his career.
Los Angeles Angels
The Cardinals offered Pujols a 10-year deal worth $210 million with $30 million deferred, but Pujols rejected it.
Miami Marlins offered him a 10-year deal, but he signed a 10-year contract worth $254 million with the Los Angeles Angels in December 2011.
He batted .285 with 173 hits, 50 doubles, 30 home runs, and 105 RBIs, and 85 runs scored in 153 games in his first season for the Angels.
He batted .258 in 2013, .272 in 2014, .244 in 2015, .268 in 2016, .241 in 2017, and .245 in 2018.
He returned to Busch Stadium in an inter-league series between the Cardinals and the Angels on 21 June 2019 since game 7 of the 2011 World Series. He received a standing ovation after getting an infield base hit.
He became the fourth member of the 3,000-hit club to also hit 600 home runs in 2018. He joined Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Alex Rodriguez on the club.
Career Awards and Honors
2003 NL Rookie of the Year
2004 NLCS MVP
3 times NL MVP (2005, 2008, 2009)
2 times World Series champion (2006, 2011)
10 times All-Star (2001, 2003–2010, 2015)
6 times Silver Slugger Award (2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
2 times Gold Glove Award (2006, 2010)
2 times Hank Aaron Award (2003, 2009)
2003 NL batting champion
2 times NL home run leader (2009, 2010)
2010 NL RBI leader
Who is Albert Pujols Married to?
Albert Pujols is a married man. He is married to Deidre Pujols. The couple got married on 1 January 2000. The couple has 5 children, Albert Jr., Sophia, Ezra, Esther, and Isabella (Deidre's daughter from the previous relationship). The family lives in St. Louis during the offseason.
What are Albert Pujols Body Measurements?
Albert Pujols stands at a height of 1.91 m i.e. 6 feet and 3 inches tall. He has a body weight of 235 lbs i.e. 107 kg. He has an average body build.
What is Albert Pujols Net Worth?
Albert Pujols earns from his professional baseball career. He is considered one of the successful baseball players. His income comes from salary, bonuses, contract extensions, and endorsements. Following his success in his early career, he signed a seven-year contract extension worth $100 million, with a $16 million club option for 2011 with no-trade provisions in February 2004. In 2011, he signed a 10-year deal with the Los Angeles Angeles worth $254 million.
Besides baseball, he has opened a restaurant, Pujols 5 Westport Grill with the Hanon family in Westport Plaza of Maryland Heights, Missouri in 2006. The restaurant was renamed the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Grill after Pujols signed with the Angels. He teamed up with St. Louis Soccer United in 2008 to bring MLS franchise to the St. Louis area. The group's bid for a franchise was unsuccessful. The group later formed a USL team, Saint Louis FC. His net worth as of 2019, is estimated at $170 million.
His annual salary is reported at around $25 million. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at $170 million.
Trivias About Albert Pujols You Need To Know.
- He witnessed shooting at a grocery store during his teenage.
- He hit a grand slam and turned an unassisted triple play in the first game of his only college season at Maple Woods.
- Former Cardinals player Jack Clark accused Pujols in August 2013 that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
- He scored a perfect 100 on his citizenship test in 2007.
- He is close friends with third baseman Placido Polanco and is godfather to Polanco's son, Ishmael.
- A 10-foot, 1,100-lb Pujols statue was dedicated to him outside his restaurant in November 2011.
- He became Christian in November 1998.
- He and his wife launched the Pujols Family Foundation in 2005.
- His foundation holds an annual golf tournament to raise money to send dentists to the Dominican Republic.