“I’m not upset”… Pujols, a fresh start in LAA where he was expelled
Reporter Kim Joo-hee = ‘Legendary’ Albert Pujols (43) will start anew as a ‘special assistant’ for the Los Angeles Angels.
On the 23rd (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, announced that “Pujols, who hit 700 home runs for the fourth time in history, joined the Angels as a special assistant.”
Pujols, who arrived at the Angels’ camp that day, will serve as an instructor in spring training this week. During the season, he helps develop youngsters in his home country, the Dominican Republic.
It is the reunion of Pujols and the Angels.
Pujols signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels ahead of the 2012 season.
However, with the Angels, Pujols did not perform as well as expected. He recorded a career batting average of 0.356, 222 home runs and 783 RBIs with the Angels, but was released during the 2021 season, the final season of his contract.
The reason he made a fresh start after retiring from the team he was released from was because of the contract he signed with the Angels. His contract at the time included a personal service provision to work for the Angels for 10 years after his retirement.
He may have remained sad, but Pujols returned to the Angels to keep his promise 11 years ago.
In addition, he said that he did not resent the club and showed the appearance of a ‘big man’.
“It’s nice to be back here. I have no resentment what happened two years ago. It’s part of the business,” Pujols said.
“I’m here to help out whatever the general manager Perry Minassian and the club need. I’ll be with the young players rather than the front.”
Pujols, who was in danger after being released from the Angels, went through the LA Dodgers and wore the St. Louis Cardinals uniform again. 스포츠토토
Last year, his last season of active service, he generously burned the last flame by recording 109 games with a batting average of 0.270, 24 home runs and 68 RBIs. Among all major league hitters, only four, including Pujols, have drawn 700 arches.
Pujols, who is enjoying his post-retirement life, has no intention of coaching just yet.
Pujols expressed his satisfaction, saying, “I have been blessed to play 23 years as a professional player, and I would like to do it again if necessary, but I am really happy with my life right now.”
He continued, “My job is like the many veterans who helped me. It’s my job to help these guys get better and become the superstars they want to be.”