Albert Pujols is officially back with the Cardinals and he’ll wrap up his career where it began. Speaking to reporters Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) at a press conference announcing his return to St. Louis, Pujols confirmed he’s planning to retire after the upcoming season.
“This is it for me. This is my last run,”
Pujols is headed into the 22nd season of a Hall of Fame career. He has spent more than half that in Cardinal red, breaking into the big leagues with a Rookie of the Year-winning 2001 campaign. The slugging first baseman finished fourth in NL MVP voting his debut season, and he’d remain among the top five finishers in that balloting for all but one season of his St. Louis career ( a 2007 campaign in which he finished ninth).
Pujols has already racked up a laundry list of career accomplishments. He is officially 21 home runs away from hitting 700 HR's throughout his career.
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