Joel Embiid Should be Considered an MVP Candidate
It is only January and a lot of people are talking about either James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the MVP, but what about Joel Embiid?
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is out for the rest of the season after under going arthroscopic debridement on his left knee, the team announced on Wednesday. It will take six to eight weeks for him to recover.
He finished the season with a .245 batting average and 19 home runs and 64 RBI's, along with one stolen base. His on-base percentage was .289. Those are very good numbers to have at his age and how late he is in his career.
Pujols is 38 years old and is under contract for three more season. He is currently playing under a 10-year $240 million deal. The Angels only have made it to the postseason once ever since Albert Pujols came to this franchise.
Is it time Albert Pujols to consider retirement from baseball after another injury?
If Pujols were to retire now, he would no question be a first ballot hall of famer. We don't think Albert Pujols used steroids during his play days. If he did, Pujols might have to wait to get into Cooperstown.
His work ethic was one of the best in baseball at one point in time. Albert Pujols won two World Series titles in his career and they were both with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and 2011. He was not the MVP in either of those World Series, but Pujols won the MVP three times and it was all in the National League. He has been an NLCS MVP one time in his career and that was back in 2004. Albert Pujols has been an All-Star 10 times in his career.
He has been in the league since 2001 and Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year that season. His career batting average is .302 with 633 home runs and 1,982 RBI's. He had an .382 on-base percentage. Albert Pujols has stolen 111 bases and he has been caught stealing 41 times. He also has recorded 3,082 hits in his career.
In his playoff career, his batting average is .323 with 19 home runs and 54 RBI's. Pujols's on-base percentage is .431. He has stolen one base and he has been caught two times.
Albert Pujols also won the batting title in 2003 and has won two gold glove awards. He has nothing else to prove in his MLB career. Pujols has established his craft as an MLB player.