What Happened to Albert Pujols?
Nothing much is the answer. He was still among the greats in the game, and there still may be no one I would rather build a team around than he. But he seems to be lost in most discussions. Perhaps it was because his team did not sniff the postseason. But last time I checked it was difficult to qualify for postseason play when one’s team loses its "ace" to injury after only a single start. And also because the team wasn’t all that good to begin with, however would have had a good shot at the division had Carpenter stayed healthy.
Before the season began, Pujols was thought of by most to be the best player in baseball, including myself. He threw out six consecutive seasons with an "Adjusted OPS" greater then 150, make that seventh after this season. Pujols belted 34+ homers in those six seasons, and posted an OBP of less than .400 only once, and that season it was .394. He won one MVP award and should have won two (2006). And did I mention this very important stat? His age? He is going to be celebrating his 28th birthday this upcoming January. Which means that those six seasons mentioned, and the seventh being 2007, were his first seven seasons in the majors.
Pujols has won a Gold Glove (2006) and should probably have two sitting over his fireplace now (2007). His line in the postseason you ask? Well that is .323/.429/.593.
Albert Pujols is still as dominant a force in the game as there is, and he will continue to be. He should not be forgotten, or even lost in the mix as a player (ARod) has one of the best seasons of all time. And he probably shouldn’t be finishing 9th in any MVP voting as he is still the best player in the NL.