Sports Writing, (EFE).- Dominican Albert Pujols ended one of the most brilliant careers in Major League Baseball history this Saturday after the Saint Louis Cardinals lost 0-2 to the Phillies of Philadelphia and lost in the first round playoffs.
‘The Machine’ or ‘Uncle Abert’ as Pujols is known saw his team fall in his second game of the Wild Card Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, marking the final chapter of a 22-year career that ranks him among the greatest hitters. never set foot on Major League grounds.
The 42-year-old slugger bid farewell to baseball at Busch Stadium in San Luis, in front of the crowd who supported him from day one and with whom he shared the greatest moments of his MLB career.
After 11 years since leaving the Cardinals after the 2011 season, passing through the Angels and Dodgers, the first baseman and designated hitter returned to St. Louis before the start of the season to give them the final baseball he had left. the tank, concluding his career with a performance in style, as he did in the best years of the league.
a latin legend
In Latin America, there are great figures who have shown their talent through Major League Baseball, but few can match the power shown by Pujols.
Pujols has earned this recognition, leaving behind a production legacy that marks the path for new generations to follow and surpasses those that came before them.
With a .296 batting average over 22 seasons, Pujols ranks second all-time in RBIs with 2,218, backed by the 14 seasons in which he made 100 or more carries.
His 703 full-round shots put Pujols third all-time.
To reach that number of home runs, the star hitter has 17 seasons in his record of 20 or more full hits, 14 in which he hit 30 or more balls out of the park, 12 of them consecutively and seven in during which he broke the 40 home run barrier.
On top of that, the Santo Domingo native is fifth in doubles (686), ninth in hits (3,384) and eleventh in runs scored (1,914).
With two home runs to his credit, 47 strikes during the 2009 campaign and 42 in 2010, Pujols has everything a player could want in his showcase.
On that tour, he received Rookie of the Year (2001), three National League Most Valuable Player honors (2005, 2008, and 2009), six Silver Sluggers (2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010), 11 All-Star Game selections (2001, from 2003 to 2010, 2015 and 2022) and a two-time World Series winner (2006 and 2011).
A hero out of the diamond
Just as he shone with his bat on Major League courts, Albert reached out to help others.
The Dominican baseball player was honored this year with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, which is given to athletes who make significant contributions to securing peace, social justice, human rights and/or social capital in their communities and around the world. .
The Saint Louis Cardinals player is recognized for his great social work, both in the United States and in the Dominican Republic.
Pujols’ legacy wraps its greatness with wood and with its work in favor of those in need, elements that have forged the historical figure that today says goodbye to the playgrounds of the major leagues.
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