Angels’ Pujols noncommittal on future after his wife’s IG post sparks retirement talk

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The wife of Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols may have revealed that he will retire at the end of the 2021 MLB season. This is the final year of his contract.

His wife Deidra Pujols wrote, “today is the first day of the last season of one of the most remarkable careers in sports!” This would indicate that he would retire at the end of the season.

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols running the bases during spring training
Albert Pujols running the bases during spring training (Photo by the Los Angeles Angels/Instagram)

However, Pujols told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that he has not made a decision yet. Deidra has since amended the post twice to make people know that this was not a retirement announcement.

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“Today is the first day of the last season (based on his contract) of one of the most remarkable careers in sports!,” Deidra Pujols wrote on Instagram. “I’m talking about my husband @albertpujols who since the time he was a child would eat, sleep, and breath this sport. I have had the privilege to walk out 23 years of this baseball journey and it is with such a full heart that I speak a blessing over him as he finishes this good race! I’ve never known anyone more dedicated, disciplined, and consistent than Albert. He has loved the game, he has hurt for the game, and he made sacrifices for this game as if it was his child. He has grown from just a zealous young man into a confident leader who so many look up to.

“We by no means are perfect and he is not a machine as so many have called him but he has given all he had to make sure we all had a victory to experience with him on the field. Albert says he doesn’t want to be known for what he did on the field but rather who he was off the field…today I will celebrate both! God isn’t finished with you yet my love and as you finish out this season I know, already prepared for you is another journey full of goodness waiting on the other side. Thank you for 21 years of incredible baseball thrills! Finish strong like the Angel you are and I know you will wow us all this 2021 season as usual! 700 we are coming after you.”

This is the final year of his 10-year, $240 million deal that he signed with the Angels in December 2011. Before joining the Angels, he played 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he won two World Series.

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The 41-year-old Dominican Republic native was a 13th round draft pick by the Cardinals during the 1999 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut in 2001.

He has a .299 batting average with 662 home runs and 2,100 RBIs in 2,862 games. Pujols is fifth all-time with his 662 home runs.

Pujols is unlikely to pass Alex Rodriguez, who is fourth on the all-time home run list. Rodriguez has 696 home runs in his career.

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