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Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: July 31 20, 3:42 pm
by TheoSqua
I know it's been a while since Albert was a Cardinal, but i still enjoy watching the sunset of his career and it's disappointing that a pandemic might kill his chances of hitting 700 home runs.

https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2020/7/31 ... lo-stanton

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: July 31 20, 6:56 pm
by CardsofSTL
Maybe they'll juice the balls some more

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: August 3 20, 2:24 am
by JoeMcKim
His Angels contract runs out after next season, are they going to offer him another one after that when he's 42? He's 43 homers short right now and I just don't see him still being able to be productive in 2022.

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: August 3 20, 9:06 am
by heyzeus
Interesting point. With a full season 2020 and 2021, he most likely could have done it. But as it stands, it's unlikely. He's not a major league caliber starting player today, and I don't see anyone paying him to do so in 2022. Maybe he could put together a few seasons as a PH/DH and eke out the 700, but I'm not sure they'll be playing 162 games in 2021 either.

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: August 3 20, 7:12 pm
by TheoSqua
heyzeus wrote:
August 3 20, 9:06 am
Interesting point. With a full season 2020 and 2021, he most likely could have done it. But as it stands, it's unlikely. He's not a major league caliber starting player today, and I don't see anyone paying him to do so in 2022. Maybe he could put together a few seasons as a PH/DH and eke out the 700, but I'm not sure they'll be playing 162 games in 2021 either.
I could see a team like the Marlins signing him in 2022. Not the Marlins specifically, but an AL team on pace to lose 100 games that thinks bringing in Pujols might help with attendance.

If the Cardinals were tanking it'd be a decent idea.

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: August 4 20, 1:43 am
by JoeMcKim
Won't the Angels personal services contract after he retires preclude him from playing with someone else? Or are the Angels hoping that Albert forgets about that detail and they try to get out of that with him.

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: August 4 20, 8:03 am
by Popeye_Card
JoeMcKim wrote:
August 3 20, 2:24 am
His Angels contract runs out after next season, are they going to offer him another one after that when he's 42? He's 43 homers short right now and I just don't see him still being able to be productive in 2022.
Keep in mind that is listed age of 42. Recall that he essentially admitted that he is likely ~5 years older than his listed age based on his anecdote of hitting a HR off of Octavio Dotel (who turns 47 later this year) in little league. Unless he was so skilled at that age that he could hit HR's off of kids 6 years older than him.

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: August 4 20, 8:20 am
by Michael
I wouldn't be shocked if Albert is released before his contract runs out.

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: August 4 20, 9:24 am
by sighyoung
Does Pujols even have 700 staunch fans in the L.A. area?

Re: Can Pujols hit 700 Homers?

Posted: August 4 20, 11:12 am
by Kincaid
JoeMcKim wrote:
August 4 20, 1:43 am
Won't the Angels personal services contract after he retires preclude him from playing with someone else? Or are the Angels hoping that Albert forgets about that detail and they try to get out of that with him.
Since the personal services contract wouldn't begin until he retires, it shouldn't have any effect on who he can sign with while he's still playing. He could go somewhere else, retire, and then activate the contract with the Angels.