Albert Pujols was one of the more highly respected and most offensively feared players in all of Major League Baseball just a few years ago. Now Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto is fielding questions about how much Pujols has to offer the Angels with his numerous injuries over the past couple of seasons. Dipoto points to the fact that Pujols is already swinging this offseason as evidence that he is fine and will be fine but that isn’t quite enough proof for the rest of us.
Pujols is a solid individual and I have no doubt that he is a great guy on and off of the baseball field. He is also very tough however which led in part to his having more trouble from his injuries. He just won’t sit down and take several weeks off when his foot demands it. The injury could be better right now and he could be ready to show the world how good he is when the 2014 season hits. It is possible however that he is pushing himself too hard too early and will critically harm his progress heading into the season.
One of the other is bound to be true. Pujols is going to go after his 2014 season with all guns firing. I have little doubt about that. Regardless of the money he is getting paid, I would love to see him regain his previous form but he will be 34 during the season next year. The simple fact is that he probably only has another 4 to 6 seasons left anyway. If his 2014 season falters again the Angels fans and the rest of us might have to get accustomed to a new Pujols standard. After all, who could really expect a player to keep that pace going for the long-haul anyway?