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Albert Pujols doesn't matter anymore

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07:14 AM ET 05.21 | There was a time when any Albert Pujols at-bat was a slice of must-see TV. The thing that's strange -- the thing that's sad -- is how little excitement there is now when he comes to the plate. ... Each of the last two seasons, he hit well enough the last four-plus months of the season to end up with strong numbers. Last year, for instance, after May 14 he hit .312/.374/.589 with 42 doubles and 29 homers. You have to believe that he will start hitting again at some point. But, even assuming he does again find the range, even assuming he has a few more productive years, the truth is that Pujols has entered a different phase of his career. After years of being the best player in baseball, Pujols is now sort of beside the point.

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May 21, 2013  07:59 AM ET

He sure matters to Moreno's bank account, draining that sucker down pretty good.

May 21, 2013  08:00 AM ET

.....37 year old pujols is a smart man....moreno....not so much

May 21, 2013  08:02 AM ET

One good thing about being on the West Coast... Out df sight, out of mind.




Same with Josh and C.J. - except for that commercial.

May 21, 2013  08:07 AM ET

Nether Does Ike Davis!!!

May 21, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Phat Al has been quoting Jim Rice a lot lately..."I still get my CHECK."

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May 21, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Pujols still matters because of what he's already accomplished. He may have his struggles but like before, he'll end up putting it together again. Just because somebody isn't quite what they used to be anymore doens't mean that he cannot be an important part of something anymore.

May 21, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Pujols still matters because of what he's already accomplished. He may have his struggles but like before, he'll end up putting it together again. Just because somebody isn't quite what they used to be anymore doens't mean that he cannot be an important part of something anymore.

somewhere your namesake is smiling...

May 21, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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It's because the team doesn't matter as much as anything.Albert, you should have stayed in St. Louis.

No...

I am glad he did not stay.

He was not worth the contract StL offered him. Giving baseball players 8-10 yr deals is ridiculous.

No player, in any professional sport should get more than a 5yr deal...it is impossible to determine what a guys age will do to him over time...no matter how good he is.

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May 21, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

somewhere your namesake is smiling...

Yeah JC I do get that way from time to time lol.

May 21, 2013  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

No player, in any professional sport should get more than a 5yr deal...it is impossible to determine what a guys age will do to him over time...no matter how good he is.

I tend to agree. But it also matters if the contracts are guaranteed or not.

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May 21, 2013  12:15 PM ET

He matters to the IRS

May 21, 2013  01:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

One good thing about being on the West Coast... Out df sight, out of mind. Same with Josh and C.J. - except for that commercial.

and Ryan Howard and David Ortiz and....

May 21, 2013  02:17 PM ET
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It's because the team doesn't matter as much as anything.Albert, you should have stayed in St. Louis.

it is because,,,,he got his top contract and whatever happens happens,i can't blame the player but the GM himself,,, and nobody else,,,same albastros contract with punchless HAMILTON,,,
it doesn't matter if this two long gone tough hitters are vanished from the lineup in every game,,both hitters have their money and let the world roll,,,,

May 21, 2013  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I tend to agree. But it also matters if the contracts are guaranteed or not.

contracts are guaranteed,,so in other words,,if the players do produce or refuse to produce,the franchise can't do a single thing about negative results!!!!

May 21, 2013  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Yeah JC I do get that way from time to time lol.

CJ WILSON, is just as bad as pujols/hanson/hamilton/and blanton has done excellent job in replacing ERVIN SANTANA!!!!

 
May 21, 2013  02:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

No...I am glad he did not stay.He was not worth the contract StL offered him. Giving baseball players 8-10 yr deals is ridiculous.No player, in any professional sport should get more than a 5yr deal...it is impossible to determine what a guys age will do to him over time...no matter how good he is.

the best thing for a player output,,,,,get a contract for a 4 years deal,should those 4 years were greatly productive??then the team should sign them for another 4 years,,,,long term deals are about to fail 99% most of the times!!!!

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