Albert Pujols Celebrity Life
José Alberto Pujols Alcántara, a Dominican – American born on 16th January 1980, is a first baseman and hitter professional baseball player for Major League Baseball on the Los Angeles Angels’ team. Before this, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals for 11 seasons and was awarded 3-time Most Valuable Player of the National League (2005, 2008, 2009) and 9-time All-Star (2001, 2003–2010). In fact, in 2015, he was an all-star with the Angels. Other awards to his credit include:
- 2×World Series champion (2006, 2011)
- NLCS MVP (2004)
- AFL Hall of Fame Member (2004)
- 2×Gold Glove Award (2006, 2010)
- Roberto Clemente Award (2008)
- 2× NL home run leader (2009, 2010)
- Lou Gehrig Award (2009)
- 6×Silver Slugger Award (2001, 2003, 2004, 2008 to 2010)
- 2× Hank Aaron Award (2003, 2009)
- Baseball America Major League Player of the Year (2005)
- NL batting champion (2003)
- MLB Players Choice Man of the Year (2006)
Pujols, an only child, was brought up by his grandmother, 10 uncles, and aunts in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 1996, Pujols, his grandmother, and father, immigrated to New York City’s Washington Heights, and then shifted to Independence, Missouri.
Pujols played baseball in Independence at Fort Osage High School and was recognized twice as an all-state athlete. He was awarded a baseball scholarship to Maple Woods Community College once he graduated in December 1998. Prior to his decision to enter the Major League Baseball draft, he played shortstop, batting .461 with 22 home runs as a freshman.
Minor league career
Pujols’ career began by playing third base in the minor league with the Single-A Midwest League Peoria Chiefs in 2000.
St. Louis Cardinals (2001–2011)
He was picked in round 13 of the MLB draft in 1999 by the Cardinals and voted unanimously in 2001, as the NL Rookie of the Year. He played for the Cardinals and in 2006 and 2011, contributed to 2 World Series championships. In 2015, he became 1 of 3 players to have hit, in their rookie year, 20 or more home runs. Pujols soon became the first newcomer of the Cardinals to reach the All-Star Game since 1955.
Pujols played most of the 2002 in the left-field after playing many positions in 2001. He started the season with cleanup batting, but was then shifted to the third place in the lineup, and remained there for the remainder of his career with the Cardinals.
Los Angeles Angels (2012-present)
Pujols signed with the Angels on 8th December 2012 and was the 85th player to make 10,000 career plate appearances in April 2016. On the 2nd of May, he became the 20th player to accumulate 5,000 total career bases and on 17th August, he was the only player, apart from Barry Bonds, to be intentionally walked over 300 times.
Pujols became the 9th player in the history of the Major League to hit at least 600 home runs on 3rd June 2017. After Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, and Hank Aaron, he was the 4th youngest player to have accomplished this and was the 1st to hit a grand slam on his 600th home run.
Over the course of 2018, Pujols ranked, in 4 career categories, among the top 10 players in the history of the major league: home runs (sixth), batted runs (seventh), total bases (ninth), and doubles (10th). He also has the MLB all-time record in his career for most times grounded into a double play, which is 395.
Through his 2019 season, he has a batting average of .300, with 3202 hits, 656 home runs, and 2075 runs batted in.
On 1st January 2000, Pujols married Deidre and they have 5 kids, one being from her previous relationship. The Pujols is Down syndrome advocates, a disorder with which Isabella was born and in 2005, they started the Pujols Family Foundation, a non-profit group that spreads Down syndrome awareness, provides help to poor people in the Dominican Republic and offers support to individuals with fatal illnesses.
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