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Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

Posted on: January 15, 2011 3:11 pm
 
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has vowed to remain tight-lipped on his efforts to sign Albert Pujols to an extension, but did share one detail with reporters on Saturday: It gets done by the start of spring training, or Pujols becomes a free agent after the season. The first baseman's agent, Dan Lozano, set the deadline at Pujols' request.

Pujols has made it clear he doesn't want to be distracted by contract issues during the season, but it was unclear precisely what the deadline was. Mozeliak has talked recently as if opening day was the target, but apparently the timeline is shorter than that. Pitchers and catchers report to Cardinals camp on February 14, with the full squad reporting February 19.

So yeah, John, it's only the most important contract in club history, and rioters will probably tear down the Gateway Arch at the mere thought of Pujols in pinstripes. No pressure.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

Halladay, Lee and Howard for Pujols???  That may be the stupidest post I have ever read.  Pujols is a great hitter but that's about it.  Defensively he's nothing special.  Last year was by far the worst of Albert's career, his numbers slipped across the board.  If the entire Phillie's front office were dosed with LSD they would still not make that deal.  Halladay and Lee are the best 1-2 combination in baseball and Howard is a helluva player too.  You may not remember but Howard was rookie of the year his 1st season, MVP his 2nd season and has finished in the top 5 in MVP voting every season he has played. 




Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:53 am
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

That is a funny post sibs. Why would the Cards want Howard? The only deal the Phillies could make to get Pujols would be to give up Hallady-Lee and Howard and then maybe STL would consider trading Pujols. We are watching one of greatest Baseball Players in our era. Enjoy the Show !



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:27 am
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

Look, I'm a die-hard Cubs fan, which means I'm genetically programmed to hate the St. Louis Cardinals, which should bias me from the start. And I hate Albert Pujols (but only when he faces the Cubs).

Given all that, I will say that anyone who does not think that Albert is not already one of the best 10 players to ever play the game is on crack.

In his first 10 seasons, no other player ever put up numbers at as consistently a high level as Albert.  Only Ted Williams is comparable, and if you include Pujols' Gold Glove fielding ability and baserunning skills, it is clear that Pujols is a better all-around player.

In his first 10 seasons, Pujols' worst Plate Production (PP = Total Bases + Hit by pitch + Walks + Steals + RBI + Runs – Outs - Caught Stealing - Double Plays Hit Into) number was 218 (in 2007).  That's his WORST!  That year he  hit 32 homers, had 103 RBIs, 99 runs and he batted .327.

Just some perspective, The only other player in history to have at least a 218 PP number in their first 10 seasons was Williams.  Nobody else. Ruth came close with 9/10, 7/10 are A-Rodriguez, DiMaggio, Gehrig. Those with six are Mantle, Mays, Ramirez, Bagwell, Mize, Bonds, Helton, Musial. With five are Matthews, Griffey, Aaron, Schmidt, Giambi, Foxx. 

Hall of Famer Eddie Murray's BEST PP season in his 21 career was 215.  

 

PP is just one statistic.  There are a number of other analyses that can be done to support his case.

Now, let's be clear, we're only talking about 10 seasons.  He could significantly fall off in production, he could get seriously injured, he could decide to retire.  But, even if you take just what he's already done you could argue that Albert is already one of the best right-handed hitters of all time and should be included in the conversation of best ever.

Now I will go to sleep and dream of Albert in Wrigley.  Can you imagine the numbers he would put up there?? Please st. Louis, screw up the contract talks!!!

(thanks to Martin Manley from the K.C. Star for the PP numbers)




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:25 am
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

Look, I'M a die-hard Cubs fan, which means I'm genetically programmed to hate the St. Louis Cardinals, which should bias me from the start. And I hate Albert Pujols (but only when he faces the Cubs).
Given all that, I will say that anyone who does not think that Albert is not already one of the best 10 players to ever play the game is on crack.
In his first 10 seasons, no other player ever put up numbers at as consistently a high level as Albert.  Only Ted Williams is comparable, and if you include Pujols' Gold Glove fielding ability and baserunning skills, it is clear that Pujols is a better all-around player.
In his first 10 seasons, Pujols' worst Plate Production (PP = Total Bases + Hit by pitch + Walks + Steals + RBI + Runs – Outs - Caught Stealing - Double Plays Hit Into) number was 218 (in 2007).  That's his WORST!  That year he  hit 32 homers, had 103 RBIs, 99 runs and he batted .327.

Just some perspective, The only other player in history to have at least a 218 PP number in their first 10 seasons was Williams.  Nobody else. Ruth came close with 9/10, 7/10 are A-Rodriguez, DiMaggio, Gehrig. Those with six are Mantle, Mays, Ramirez, Bagwell, Mize, Bonds, Helton, Musial. With five are Matthews, Griffey, Aaron, Schmidt, Giambi, Foxx. 

Hall of Famer Eddie Murray's BEST PP season in his 21 career was 215.  


PP is just one statistic.  There are a number of other analyses that can be done to support his case.
Now, let's be clear, we're only talking about 10 seasons.  He could significantly fall off in production, he could get seriously injured, he could decide to retire.  But, even if you take just what he's already done you could argue that Albert is already one of the best right-handed hitters of all time and should be included in the conversation of best ever.
Now I will go to sleep and dream of Albert in Wrigley.  Can you imagine the numbers he would put up there?? Please st. Louis, screw up the contract talks!!!
(thanks to Martin Manley from the K.C. Star for the PP numbers)



Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:01 am
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

Since the Rockies have turned into the new spenders of the NL...  Why not go after the "Machine"...  Just imagine what the following middle lineup at Coors Field would do...  CARGO, PUJOLS and then TULO....  Throw in Dexter Fowler, EY the 2nd, and a couple other role players and it's over....



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 2:34 am
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

IDIOT!!



Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

are you kidding me.. pujols has been in the top 3  mvp voting for almost every years he has been in the majors..........if you can name 3 better players they must be in hall of fame already



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

I gotta agree. Pujols is a great hitter, but top 10 in baseball? Nope, sorry! I would say he breaks the top 25 barely.



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

No where near the top ten?  That statement is borderline ridiculous.  In ten seasons, he sports a 331 career average and 1900 hits and 408 hrs.  I don't know where he'll finish all time.  He's not top 10 right now, that I'll agree with.  But if he just has 5 more season like he's averaged...he'll have 600 hrs, a fantastic career average and almost 3000 hits at the ripe old age of 35.  For you to say that is not someone who would be in consideration for top ten of all time...I'd like to know who is in your top 10.  You sir are ridiculous.

I think the original poster may have meant to say top 10 position players of all time.  It's questionable that he is there yet.  Barring injuries..I would feel comfortable guessing he'll be there by the end of his career.  As first basemen go, who would you place ahead of him?  Gehrig, foxx, greenberg, murray?



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Agent sets deadline for Pujols deal

As hitters there are not more than five who has been better than Albert Pujols.  So far he's having a better projection than Mantle but we have to wait as Mickey was for 18 years in the game.   Bonds prejuice was not even close to Pujols as a hitter.  He was better base stealer but Pujols a better hitter.


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