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February 16, 2011

Pujols Won’t Sign Extension

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaelperchick @ 12:00 pm

ESPN is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols could not reach an agreement on a contract extension.  Rumors were that Pujols was seeking a 10 year/$300+ million deal from the Cards.

Pujols, the best hitter in baseball, will enter this season without a contract for next season.



  1. Pujols, ARGUABLY, the best hitter in baseball, will enter this season without a contract.

    Comment by VILJ — February 16, 2011 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  2. Who is ARGUABLY a better all around hitter?

    Comment by michaelperchick — February 16, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  3. Many will say Pujols is the best hitter in baseball, but when you are a journalist, you have to insert the word ARGUABLY, because not EVERYONE will think that Pujols is the best hitter in baseball. In the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, Pujols has only led the NL in hitting ONCE (2003). In Hits, once in 2003, in HR’s twice, in 2009 and 2010 and in RBI’s, once in 2010. Many will say that the best hitter in baseball is Ichiro Suzuki who has superior stats to Pujols in hitting average and hits in those same 10 years span from 2001 to 2010 and that’s NOT counting his numbers from when he played in Japan. Here are some players that led the NL in Hitting: 2009 Hanley Ramirez, 2008 Chipper Jones, 2007 Matt Holiday (Pujols was six in the NL that year) C.Jones, Hanley Rmrz, Edgar Renteria and C. Utley were ahead of him. 2006 Freddy Sanchez and Miguel Cabrera (Marlins) and 2005 Derreck Lee (Cubs). Other good hitters: Joey Votto, Robinson Cano, Magglio Ordonez, Carl Crawford, just to name a few. That is why one has to write ARGUABLY when saying who they think is the best at something, because there is always someone that will think differently. Now, for Fantasy Baseball… Pujols and Hanley Ramirez are my first two picks.

    Comment by VILJ — February 16, 2011 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

  4. Usually I would agree with you, but from someone who has followed baseball for years, I can say that since he’s entered the league, there has not been a better hitter than Pujols. All those guys you have on the list have nowhere near the consistency of Pujols, or close to the power of Pujols. Look at Freddy Sanchez now. Look at Chipper now. Look at what happened to Holliday when he left Colorado. Look at Edgar Renteria. Look at Utley’s stats.

    The only one that has been even close to Pujols for the last decade has been Ichiro, and if you look at the stats, it’s not close. Ichiro and Pujols have the SAME exact batting average of their careers, while Pujols has a much higher OBP, over 300 more home runs, nearly 700 more RBI’s, and way more doubles. Pujols has not hit below .312 in any season, hit less than 32 home runs in any season, or less than 103 RBI’s. His OPS has been below 1.000 only twice in his career (.955 and .997), and has done it all with very little protection in the line-up.

    Yes, there are other good hitters. But there is only one Albert Pujols. Look at everybody you named and look at their stats as a whole for ten years. A lot of the players you named had one or two great years and that’s it. Name one that has even come close in consistency over ten years that Pujols has done. I’d be shocked if any of these hitters have even done it for 5 years in a row with consistent stats outside of Ichiro- who’s numbers aren’t close.

    Comment by michaelperchick — February 17, 2011 @ 12:04 am | Reply

  5. I agree with you. Pujols, to ME, is the best hitter in baseball,of the active players, if I have the first pick in Fantasy Baseball, Pujols is it. BUT, as I understand it, this is supposed to be a blog for UM students in sports writing and as such, the student should not make an ABSOLUTE statement that Pujols is the best hitter in baseball. It could be true, but there is always someone, somewhere, that would disagree. If the student would have written Pujols is arguably the best hitter in baseball, then he is covered. Let the teacher “Prof K” decide. I would like to hear from her on this issue. Is it better for a sports writer to write “Pujols, the best hitter in baseball.” OR “Pujols, arguably, the best hitter in baseball.” ?

    Comment by VILJ — February 17, 2011 @ 11:10 am | Reply

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