It felt like a certain star power was missing in the major leagues last season. Perhaps that was because one of the games biggest stars was limited to less than 100 games. Albert Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $250 million mega-deal with the Los Angeles Angels a couple of seasons ago and he’s showing that his health may be an issue going forward.
Obviously, when signing a player in their 30’s to a 10-year deal, that team likely has a plan to win in the near future. The idea is that an investment and overpaying in the future will pay off in the present by helping win championships. Well, the Angels haven’t even made the playoffs yet and were one of the more disappointing teams in baseball a season ago. That could change if Pujols could stay healthy this season.
Pujols had three at bats earlier today in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics and went hitless with a strikeout and left five runners on base. It’s only spring training, so the ultimate result of the game isn’t the point. The fact that one the greatest hitter of our generation is back on the field is good news for baseball.
Given a full healthy season, Pujols should get back on track in 2014. Before last season, Pujols had hit over 30 home runs and driven in at least 99 runs every season of his 12-year career. Last season, he failed to reach both of those thresholds, but that’s because he played in just 99 games as opposed to his previous low of 143 games played.
So while Pujols is aging and was injured a season ago, he doesn’t exactly have a history of injury. While only time will tell if Pujols develops an injury history, but for now, it’s great to see him back in action. Even on a bad day like today, the legends have a way of getting us to watch.