Albert Pujols life and biography

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Albert Pujols biography

Date of birth : 1980-01-16
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Nationality : Dominican
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-10-23
Credited as : baseball player MLB, St Louis Cardinals, first baseman

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Albert Pujols is a Dominican professional baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. Currently a first baseman, Pujols is considered one of the top players in Major League Baseball, and was the most feared hitter in baseball in 2008, according to a poll of all 30 MLB managers.

Pujols was introduced to baseball early in life by his father, who was a popular pitcher in the Dominican Republic. The Pujols family immigrated to the United States when Albert was 16, and they eventually settled in Independence, Mo. Pujols impressed major league scouts with his play at both the high-school and collegiate level, and he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 draft. He held out for a better signing bonus, however, and did not enter the minor leagues until the 2000 season. That was his only season in the minors, as an impressive performance in spring training earned him a spot on the Cardinals' 2001 opening-day roster.

Presumed to be a reserve as he entered his first season, Pujols instead played his way into the starting lineup. He appeared in 161 games, posted a .329 batting average with 37 home runs and 130 runs batted in (RBIs), and was the unanimous choice for 2001 National League (NL) Rookie of the Year. Pujols continued to put up impressive offensive numbers in the following seasons and was twice (2002 and 2003) the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) runner-up to Barry Bonds. Pujols collected a number of other awards, including the 2004 NL Championship Series MVP and Silver Slugger awards in 2001, 2003, and 2004. In 2005 he hit .330 with 41 home runs and 117 RBIs and was named NL MVP.

In 2006 Pujols bettered the batting statistics of his previous season, hitting .331 with 49 home runs and 137 RBIs, and finished as MVP runner-up for the third time in his short career. That year he also experienced his greatest postseason success, as he helped lead St. Louis to a commanding four-games-to-one win over the heavily favoured Detroit Tigers in the World Series, giving the Cardinals their first title since 1982. In 2008 Pujols was named NL MVP after finishing the season with a .357 batting average and 116 RBIs. The following year he hit .327 with 47 home runs and 135 RBIs and won his third NL MVP award.

In 2011 on October 22, in the third game of the World Series, Pujols may have had the greatest offensive game in World Series history when he joined Babe Ruth (1926, 1928) and Reggie Jackson (1977) as the only players in baseball history to hit three home runs in a single World Series game. Pujols was 5-for-6 with two singles, four runs scored, and six RBIs. Pujols became the first player in World Series history to get hits in four consecutive innings: 6th (HR, 3-RBI), 7th (HR, 2 RBI), 8th (single), and 9th (HR, RBI).

Pujols's career highlights and awards:

9× All-Star (2001, 2003–2010)
World Series champion (2006)
3× NL MVP (2005, 2008, 2009)
2× NL Hank Aaron Award (2003, 2009)
6× Silver Slugger Award (2001, 2003–2004, 2008–2010)
2× Gold Glove Award (2006, 2010)
2001 NL Rookie of the Year
6× NL Player of the Month Award
11× NL Player of the Week Award
2008 Roberto Clemente Award
2003 NL Batting champion
2009–2010 NL home run champion
2010 NL RBI champion

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