Albert Pujol


Quick Facts

Full Name José Alberto Pujols Alcántara
Name Albert Pujols
Nick Name The Machine
Date of Birth January 16, 1980
Age 42 years old
Birth Place Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Nationality American
Ethnicity Dominican
Zodiac Sign  Capricon
Height 1.91 m
Weight 109 kg
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Father’s Name Bienvenido Pujols
Mother’s Name Not available
Siblings None
Education
  • Fort Osage High School
  • Maple Woods Community College.
Marital Status Married
Wife  Deidre Pujols (m. 2000)
Children 5; Ezra Pujols, Sophia Pujols, Isabella Pujols, Esther Grace Pujols, Albert Pujols Jr.
Profession Professional Baseball Player
League   Major League Baseball (MLB)
Bats and Throws Right
Teams
  • St. Louis Cardinals (2001–2011)
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim / Los Angeles Angels (2012–2021)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (2021)
Debut Year  April 2, 2001 (MLB)
Status Active
MLB Statistics 679 home runs, .297 batting average, and 3301 hits
Net Worth   $170 million as of 2022
Merch On the Field with (Paperback), Autographed 3000th Hit Game Used Base
Social Media  Instagram, Twitter
Last Update  July, 2022

Albert Pujol currently has a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The baseball legend is the oldest active MLB player because he hasn’t considered retirement.

The baseball hero won the MLB All-Star Game ten times, was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player three times, and won two World Series.

Only five players in MLB history have amassed more over 2,000 RBIs, including Albert. In addition, he is one of just four MLB players to have 600 home runs and 3,000 hits.

Childhood, Family And Education

In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on January 16, 1980, Albert Pujols inhaled for the first time. His family just had him as a child.

When Albert Pujol   was three years old, his parents separated. His father then assumed custody of him. However, he did continue to have good interactions with his mother and stepfather.

Bienvenido Pujols, Albert’s father, was a well-known softball pitcher in the Dominican Republic. However, he suffered greatly as a result of his divorce and retirement from his profession. He consequently developed an alcoholism.

Every night after drinking with his pals, Albert, who was ten years old at the time, had to bring his father home. Because to his father’s drinking, he struggled.

The grandmother, uncles, and aunts made up the majority of the young baseball star’s family. His father had no concern for him. He used to care for his father instead.

Albert Pujol never, however, disliked his father or upbringing. Instead, he claims he owes his early maturity to his father, whom he idolizes.

Albert Pujols in his high school days.(Source=Instagram)

Pujol’s family relocated to New York’s Washington Heights later in 1996 in search of better possibilities. However, Albert came dangerously close to losing his life in the city shootout.

He almost avoided death as the bullets flew by him. The family relocated to Missouri following the shootout.

Albert Pujol attended Fort Osage High School in Missouri where he was raised. He completed his high school education in December 1998.

He later pursued his studies at Maple Woods Community College on a baseball scholarship.

Baseball career

How did he begin  baseball career ?

Albert Pujols attributes his baseball motivation to his father. Since his father was a baseball player and took him to his games, Albert became familiar with the sport.

As he watched his father participate in the games, he came to the realization that he wanted to play baseball like his father.

The baseball prodigy used limes as balls and a milk carton as a glove when playing the game. Along with other young residents, Albert played in the streets.

When he was 12 years old, Albert joined a young baseball team and played in neighborhood tournaments.

But because his family immediately emigrated to the USA, he was unable to continue a baseball career there.

Lost and Found Through Baseball

Albert Pujol  struggled to adapt to American culture because he didn’t speak the language. Additionally, he was unfamiliar with the location and culture because they were new to him.

He only spoke Spanish, and his classes were taught in English. Albert was unable to make acquaintances who could lead him because of the language barrier.

In addition, he was disoriented in this foreign land and had no notion what to do.

But he did discover something familiar there—baseball. Albert Pujol  joined the baseball team as a result, and in high school, he quickly rose to the position of star.

He won a baseball scholarship to Maple Community College and was twice awarded an All-State athlete.

Albert Pujol  had a spectacular first game while attending Maple Community College. His play soon grabbed the attention of the St. Louis Cardinals, who selected him with the 402nd overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft.

But after they boosted their bonus from $10,000 to $60,000, Albert eventually agreed to accept their offer.

This started Albert Pujols’ career as a professional baseball player.

St. Louis Cardinals Rising Star

Pujols began his professional playing career as a backup, but he eventually broke into the starting lineup.

He batted.329 in his first season, hitting 37 home runs and driving in 130 runs, earning him the 2001 National League (NL) Rookie of the Year award.

The following seasons, Albert put up outstanding numbers and came in second place to Barry Bonds in the NL MVP voting (2002 and 2003).

Setting Records

The rookie star has received numerous additional awards, such as the 2004 NLCS MVP trophy and the 2001, 2003, and 2004 Silver Slugger trophies.

He also won the NL MVP award in 2005 thanks to a.330 average, 41 home runs, and 117 RBIs.

Pujol raised his batting average every season, hitting.331 with 49 home runs and 137 RBIs to place second for the MVP award for the third time.

He also turned in his greatest playoff performance that year, helping the Cardinals win their first World Series since 1982 with a four-game triumph over the Tigers in St. Louis.

Pujols won the NL MVP in 2008 after finishing the season with a.357 batting average and 116 RBIs.

In addition to this, the season after he hit.327 with 47 home runs and 135 RBIs, collecting his third NL MVP trophy.

2011 saw a slight setback for Pujols as he batted.299 for the first time in his career, finishing with 37 home runs and 99 RBIs.

The Cardinals nevertheless staged one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history to reach the postseason and finally defeat the Texas Rangers in the World Series, despite his diminished performance.

Signing with Los Angeles Angels

He chose not to renew his Cardinals contract in 2011. This quickly rose to the top of the list of conversation topics, and shortly after the word spread, he agreed to a 10-year, $254 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

However, Pujols saw career lows in home runs (30) and batting average (.285) in 2012, and he was forced to miss the final 61 games of the 2013 season after suffering a leg injury.

Albert Pujols playing for Los Angeles Angels.(Source=Instagram)

His statistics were significantly impacted by this.

He did, however, make a comeback in 2014, batting.272 and scoring 105 runs.

Albert Pujol was selected for his first All-Star team despite hitting 40 home runs and posting a new career low in 2015, while he was playing for the Angels.

Although his first few seasons with the Angels were better, Albert Pujols’ performance fell short of expectations.

He led the Angels in 2016 with 116 RBIs and a batting average of.268. In addition, on June 3, 2017, Pujols passed the milestone of 600 career home runs, making him the ninth player in Major League Baseball history.

He did had a career-low batting average, though.

At the end of the 2017 campaign, 241. Pujols underwent season-ending knee surgery in August, bringing a stop to his 2018 campaign.

2019 saw him bat.

The Angels finished with their worst record since Pujol’s debut at 244 with 23 home runs.

Signing with Los Angeles Dodgers 

On May 17, 2021, Pujols agreed to a one-year big league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers when his contract with the Angels expired.

Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he started his first game for the Dodgers at first base.

How does he Start Volunteer Activities?

Albert Pujol and Deidre Pujols established the Pujols Family Foundation in 2005.

The foundation educates people about Down syndrome and provides assistance to persons who have it as well as their families.

Additionally, it provides assistance to the poor in the Dominican Republic and offers support to those who are afflicted with disabilities or fatal illnesses.

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What is the Relationship status  of Albert Pujol?

The Uncommon Love Story

Early in life, Albert met the love of his life. When he was only 18 years old, Deidre, a single mother, was the love of his life.

At the haphazard club, the couple first met. Deidre attended the girls’ night out at the same club. She noticed a tall young man, who immediately drew her attention.

Following a fruitful conversation in the club, the two decided to go on a date.

It took place in Kansas City’s Cheesecake Factory.

Albert Pujol admitted that he lied about his age once they got to know one another. Albert claimed to be 21 years old.

Deidre also acknowledged being the sole parent of a child with down syndrome. Both of them believed their relationship would fail because it appeared to have begun on the basis of lies.

However, Albert admitted to Deidre that he would adore to wed her and parent her daughter.

Marriage And Commitment

then got hitched on January 1st, 2000. After they were married, Albert watched over Deidre’s daughter Isabella while she worked one of her three jobs.

Albert Pujol thought about giving up baseball and looking for a job after he was picked as low as the 402nd pick in order to provide for his wife and Isabella.

Albert Pujols with his wife and children.(Source=Instagram)

After his brief season, he was hired as a part-time caterer at a country club outside Kansas City. They struggled to make ends meet financially.

But they both evolved into one’s support group.

Albert Jr., Sophia, Ezra, Esther Grace, and Isabella Pujols are the couple’s five children.

Awards and Achievements

  • 2003 National League hitting champ
  • 2005 Major League Player of the Year, according to Baseball America
  • Best International Athlete ESPY Award (2005 and 2006)
  • Awarded the ESPY for best MLB player (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010)
  • Most Valuable Player of the National League (2005, 2008, and 2009)
  • Champion of the National League (2004, 2006, and 2011)
  • World Series winner (2006 and 2011)

Controversy

Former MLB player Jack Clark charged Albert Pujols with using performance-enhancing drugs in 2013.

The baseball star instantly refuted the allegations, claiming that they were designed to harm his reputation and that he had never used drugs.

After a lawsuit was threatened, Clark changed his mind, apologized, and claimed that he “misspoke.”

Moving on, a former MLB executive alleged that Albert Pujols had misrepresented his age. Albert, though, has no concluding remarks to make on the subject.

But regardless of his age, we hope to see Albert playing nonstop.

How was the Net Worth of Albert Pujols?

Albert Pujols’ net worth is thought to be $170 million. He acquired his wealth through his success as a baseball player.

During his tenure with the Cardinals, Albert made $14.5 million. The $100 million he received during his final seven-year contract with St. Louis.

The second-largest contract in baseball history at the time of his signing, worth $254 million to the Angels, was Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275 million deal with the New York Yankees.

Only three contracts worth more than $200 million have been signed in baseball history before Albert Pujols’.

His biggest base pay with the Angels was $28 million. At his career’s height, he also earned an additional $7 million a year through endorsements.

Social Media

Albert has 262k followers on Instagram and is a somewhat active user. On his account, we can find him submitting arbitrary images. Additionally, he has pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook has 663k fans.
Twitter has 238k users.

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